Friday, September 11, 2009

This day


"There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief...and unspeakable love." Washington Irving

Today is another day, another opportunity to live as if this were my only day. It's a day for me to stop thinking about how much better life would be if "this" happened or if I had "that".

I never know what circumstances will come along to extinguish the life that I now have. It could be a tragedy of unspeakable proportions, it could be a health issue. I don't know the hour or the day when life will end. God alone knows that.

Instead I choose to live my life without regrets or expectations that there will be more to come. I hope that there will be. I don't want to take anything for granted anymore. I don't want to project about what could be, might be, or should be.

Instead, today I remember how fragile and brilliant living is. Today I don't feel hatred or revenge. Today I realize that regardless of our differences, we are basically all one group of flawed humans. God help me to do your will and to be grateful for having this day as a reminder of that.

26 comments:

  1. Syd, I woke up feeling a tad grumpy, not wanting to go to work, wanting my weekend time alreayd to be here and then I looked at the date on the calendar and my whole perspective changed. Today became a gift and having that reminder helps me to make the most of this day.

    Lovely post - have a good weekend.

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  2. Syd,
    This is an important reminder for all of us. Thank you.

    You are loved,

    SB

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  3. Thank you so much for this beautiful and peaceful message. Lately- it seems- everyone reminds me of how important is to live the very moment... and you are one of those.
    I hope it comes true for both you and me and the rest of the world
    Great lessons we learn...
    (Dulce)

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  4. I think this sums up Gods will for each of us. We just never know when this precious life will end.

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  5. Nicely said. A great platform for the hope that I would like to feel.

    Blessings and aloha...

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  6. Thanks Syd. Have a great day!jeNN

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  7. So very true, Syd. We never know..and it is so important to appreciate, cherish and do our best to enjoy every moment we have. Thank you for the reminder.

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  8. Dearest Syd, I know now that God brought you into my life. I am truly blessed to have found you & your blog. I love that quote! If tears are a sign of strength, then I am getting stronger every day. I truly believe it is better to spend a moment in time crying then a whole day fretting over what you can't change. It has taken me the better of 30 years to learn how to cry and it find to be very cleansing. Thank you once again for a very profound post.
    Tammy

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  9. Hey!
    Sorry I left my comment from my work blog. This is me again but if you get curious this is my inspirational blog here.
    Thanks for being there. :)

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  10. What a very beautiful post - as usual. You have such a wonderful way with words and emotions. The photo is gorgeous.

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  11. Another beautifuly written post Syd.

    Thanks...

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  12. Today is all I have to work with, feel joy in, discover peace, work with another recovering alcoholic, practice kindness, and generally love my life with all its ups and downs. When I put on my new pair of glasses, I find beautiful moments scattered throughout my day like daisies in a field. Thank God for a program that teaches us such valuable lessons. Please visit my blog. I'm new at it, and looking for people like you to connect with. Thanks for a moment of calm in a busy day.
    Chris A.

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  13. Beautiful sentiments dear friend. Each day is truly a gift not to be taken lightly. (Hugs)Indigo

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  14. After nearly losing my 8yr old grandson last week, I appreciate life even more.

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  15. A beautiful reminder... thank you.

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  16. Thank you, Syd, for a beautiful post. I too am an adult child of an alcoholic, and parent of two sons who have abused drugs and found recovery in Christ.

    I pray blessings on your journey,

    Cheri

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  17. Thank you for this Washington Irving quote. Tears - messengers of grief and love - just about says it all, doesn't it?

    One can be getting closer to God, growing in spirituality, and living the program and still be in a place of tears. We are human.

    It is what we choose to do with our human nature that is so important.

    Love this blog,
    PG

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  18. Your writing is so lovely and always brings my emotions to the surface. Thanks once again not only for the great post but for the reminder.

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  19. this is such a wonderful tribute, i have read so many today and each one is different, and each one is powerful and each one gives new meaning to the word gratitude.

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  20. What a wonderful post, Syd. I was so moved by this... So wonderfully written and truly meaningful. Thank you.

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  21. Thank you, Syd, this was perfect for me today.

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  22. I love that quote. I cry all the time. Not sobs, but quiet tears.

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  23. great outlook syd! that's why i love coming to visit...

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  24. Serenity, I feel serenity reading this.... :)

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