“Here is a new spiritual practice for you: don’t take your thoughts too seriously.” — Eckhart Tolle [Source: Present Moment Reminder e-mail]
“Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude towards us.” — Earl Nightingale
“Our attitudes control our lives. Attitudes are a secret power working twenty-four hours a day, for good or bad. It is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force.” —Tom Blandi
“How would your life be different if…You decided to give freely, love fully, and play feverously? Let today be the day…You free yourself from the conditioned rules that limit your happiness and dilute the beautiful life experience. Have fun. Give – Love – Play!” ― Steve Maraboli, The Power of One
Last year Bob and I left a big, violent city and moved to a beautiful place in rural Oklahoma on the shores of Grand Lake ‘o the Cherokee. So, how are things a year later? Any regrets? Please excuse me while a recover from the giggles …. NO!
This is not something we could have even imagined just a few months before we made the move. We had something else planned. In life doesn’t it seem that we always have something else planned? Bob had planned to work at least five more years. We had planned to travel when he retired. We had not planned on Bob losing his job and there not being another one due to obvious health issues.
So what did we do? We started making other plans — all of which gloriously failed. To make a long story short, we ended up where we were meant to be. One of our neighbors told us “The world puts us out to pasture and we end up here so God can bless us.”
Weren’t we frightened during the whole ordeal? You betcha! When Bob came home and told me he had lost his job I wondered how we would survive. Bob was upset and frightened by his sudden vision loss. We knew we needed to get out of the city, but where would we go and how?
Fortunately Spirit kept me calm. This is not something I am good at on my own (major understatement — stop laughing Bob). We began a daily prayer and meditation practice, we studied, and we trusted God — most of the time. Of course we had our moments, but when we put our trust in God and made the move having no idea what was ahead of us, we found ourselves in a beautiful place, in our own home and enjoying life.
Thank You God!
“Hope is important because it can make the present Moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.”—Thich Nhat Hanh