A dream of happiness and vision of hope

My friend Inge Sengelmann is a wise woman and gifted psychotherapist. Recently, she posted this on Facebook:

 Simple advice. Live in the now. One foot in the past and one in the future creates a lot of imbalance.

Purple gallinule finds his balance.

Purple gallinule finds his balance.

So true! Long-held regrets for past mistakes or missed opportunities can keep you locked in self-pity. The dreadful “If Only” road is a dead end street that leads straight to depression.  Just as joy-robbing is the worrisome “What If” highway. Travel this dark route and you’ll find nothing but paralyzing fear, panic, and stress along the way.

Yes, we learn and grow from our past, and we plan and prepare for the future. But true peace and happiness is  always found today – in the present moment . It’s the key to finding your balance, as my feathered friends demonstrate.

Least Bittern

Least Bittern

Common Gallinule chick

Common Gallinule chick

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Most 12-Steppers will recognize this beautiful Sanskrit proverb. Read it slowly and mindfully, and allow the energy of the words to awaken your spirit today:

Look well to this day, for it is life, the very life of life. In it lies all the realities and verities of existence: the bliss of growth, the glory of action, splendor of beauty. For yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow only a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore, to this day, for it and it alone is life!

Cattle Egret keeps his balance

Fledgling Cattle Egret keeps his balance

One response to “A dream of happiness and vision of hope

  1. Your writing is a great reminder to live as fully as possible in the present moment. And,..if I am going to refer to my past, use it to lift me and not keep me entrapped. As Einstein so brilliantly stated: “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

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