“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12: 1
Don’t trip over the finish line. That’s an expression I share with people who are so close to achieving their goal. That’s the expression I’m using for myself in these last few weeks of completing my supervised hours towards independent license.
Many distractions have been hollering from the sidelines in my endeavor, which I accept (some days reluctantly and some days enthusiastically) as my calling for this time in my life. It has been tempting to throw in the towel and pick up the pieces from my former vocation. But as a new mentor has cautioned me, we can’t go back, we can only keep moving forward. So, I keep with the plans my Employer (aka as Higher Power) has laid out for me this day. Being all powerful, God is supplying me with all my needs. Apparently, some of my needs have been to learn how to persevere through unpredictable circumstances at work and in my personal life. And in an ironic way, I recognize if life was predictable, then many of us wouldn’t have a calling.
Today, my focus is on what I can contribute to the stream of life in a positive way and detach myself from the negativity others may try to project onto me. And when someone throws something into my lane, I will step over it and keep going.
“Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.”
― Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
The only moment which can be relied upon is the current one. Beyond this, everything is up for grabs. To be comfortable with the emptiness of the unknown is challenging and improbable to me. Yet, do I have another choice? My thinking wants me to believe I do. I can and do fill up my time thinking about the future. Yet this is nothing because my thoughts can’t occupy the space of the future, they can only occupy right now.
Understanding this offers me freedom from the illusion of control based on my thinking. If I can remember, it’s a blessing to discover there’s power in my powerlessness over what comes after now.
I thank you, God, for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes. e.e. cummings
We plant a tree and have faith it will grow for decades to come. When we see trees on our walks and Sunday drives, we can offer a prayer of thanksgiving for the anonymous person who years ago planted it for the mothers, fathers, and children he would never meet.
If we can take ourselves out of the equation and make decisions based only on what’s beneficial for future generations, we are in God’s will. At a conscious level, we frequently are not aware of how far out our ripples extend.
Prayer and meditation improves our conscious contact with God who then directs us to plant trees. Otherwise, we bumble through life, benefitting from others’ hard work but not contributing to the comfort and security of our children.