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INSTEAD OF GULPING DOWN LIFE TAKE A STEP BACK, PRAY, AND SEIZE EACH LIVING MOMENT

 
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01/30/2005 01:29 PM
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INSTEAD OF GULPING DOWN LIFE TAKE A STEP BACK, PRAY, AND SEIZE EACH LIVING MOMENT
INSTEAD OF GULPING DOWN LIFE TAKE A STEP BACK, PRAY, AND SEIZE EACH LIVING MOMENT

Advice of the week: donīt gulp down life. Strange little piece of advice, at that, isnīt it?

But itīs also a serious piece of advice. Donīt we all do that -- especially in these times when everything is so rush-rush?

We gulp at this. We gulp at that. We want everything at once. We even want everything spiritual at once.

But what we have to realize is that what grows strongest (and tallest) takes time.

God shows us that in nature. How many realize that it can take more than a generation for a single olive tree to bear fruit -- but that once it does, it does so for centuries. Look how long it takes for a redwood! (Or a mustard tree, which starts so small.)

The same holds true for us -- not that we have a generation of time to spend, but that the firmest advances in our life take natural development. Be natural, the famed mystic Maria Esperanza always used to say.

God is not interested in how quickly we do something (unless there is an emergency attached to it), but how well we do it. In nature we know that when we nurture a tree as it grows at its natural pace, instead of forcing it along, it grows better. Producing nice flowers means flowing with the flowerīs natural pace.

Do the same with yourself -- and those around you.

Nurture steady growth in the timing of God, and donīt gulp too much. What happens when we gulp too much food? We really donīt enjoy it. Itīs gone before we know it. And all that we remember is the heartburn.

How we gulp! How we grab!

When we feel too much in a rush, thatīs when we should clear the deck, settle down, and pray. God will provide the proper course of timing! Meanwhile, try to enjoy what is here. As one e-mail put it, "Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they havenīt thought about it, donīt have it on their schedule, didnīt know it was coming, or are too rigid to depart from their routine.

"How many women out there will eat at home because their husbands didnīt suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched īJeopardyī on television?"

Good questions for us all -- men and women. Weīll go back and visit the grandparents when we get the baby toilet-trained. Weīll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet. Weīll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college. And, of course, when thatīs done, thereīs something else...

Have we called that friend or relative we should call? Are we maintaining a personal touch in the era of answering machines, voice mail, and e-mail? Have we taken the time to give ourselves a little treat we may deserve?

Americans cram so much into their lives that we tend even to schedule our headaches. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves that we will do this or that when all the conditions are perfect!

They never are. Instead of taking one thing at a time, instead of taking one day at a time, we pump adrenalin into the system by starting each day with a growing laundry list of what we have to do -- until weīre nervous wrecks and donīt have the time to do anything.

We all are susceptible to this, and what a shame it is. When we wait too long to do something we should, itīs a missed opportunity. When you worry and hurry through your day, itīs like an unopened gift: thrown away. Life is not a race. Take it slower. Seize every situation. Savor it. Hear the music before the song is over. Start the day not with a list of everything that you should do, but with with a prayer to the Holy Spirit about what you need to do that day.

That list will almost certainly be shorter than the one you create but will bear fruit for eternity.


[link to www.spiritdaily.com]
neti
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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Nice post, NIGHTMARE, but, Geeezzzz, I didnīt know people rushed so much!

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Nicholi Tesla
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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I gotta control freak for a boss

th other day he says to me, "you gonna be done today?

I say, "no, weīll be done tomorrow"

he says, "we needed it done TODAY"

I say, "well then we shouldīve started a day earlier"

nod tīNightcheers
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12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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Nicholi Tesla..

cheers.. Friend.
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12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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yes as a Hopi-Native American said "slow down and detach ",best advice at most stressed out times...trans_sign
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12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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amen to that - this moment, or any other will never come again - enjoy, learn, help and love for no moment is guaranteed to be another
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12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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Praise the Lord:

cheer::cheer:cheer

Couldnīt live without it.
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"True Faith"

I feel so extraordinary
Somethingīs got a hold on me
I get this feeling Iīm in motion
A sudden sense of liberty
I donīt care īcause Iīm not there
And I donīt care if Iīm here tomorrow
Again and again Iīve taken too much
Of the things that cost you too much
I used to think that the day would never come
Iīd see delight in the shade of the morning sun
My morning sun is the drug that brings me near
To the childhood I lost, replaced by fear
I used to think that the day would never come
That my life would depend on the morning sun...

When I was a very small boy,
Very small boys talked to me
Now that weīve grown up together
Theyīre afraid of what they see
Thatīs the price that we all pay
Our valued destiny comes to nothing
I canīt tell you where weīre going
I guess there was just no way of knowing
I used to think that the day would never come
Iīd see delight in the shade of the morning sun
My morning sun is the drug that brings me near
To the childhood I lost, replaced by fear
I used to think that the day would never come
That my life would depend on the morning sun...

I feel so extraordinary
Somethingīs got a hold on me
I get this feeling Iīm in motion
A sudden sense of liberty
The chances are weīve gone too far
You took my time and you took my money
Now I fear youīve left me standing
In a world thatīs so demanding
I used to think that the day would never come
Iīd see delight in the shade of the morning sun
My morning sun is the drug that brings me near
To the childhood I lost, replaced by fear
I used to think that the day would never come
That my life would depend on the morning sun...





GLP