Every sunrise is different, but appears the same. The break of day is different, but also appears the same. Nature wakes up slowly, and only if we have very keen perception, will we realise the difference. On my morning walks around the garden, at first, I would just walk past all the trees and shrubs, looking at the dried plants and missing the newly flowering plants. As I began to combine my walking with observation, I began to also notice the bright yellow carpet of flowers — the little chrysanthemums, the little tomatoes peering from the plants, the cacti pushing out new red and yellow flowers. My walking became not just physical exercise, but a spiritual experience.
Breakfast and other meals were once a slapdash affair for me. Eating without consciously thinking of what I was eating and savouring it. Now, I eat with mindfulness. I have begun to enjoy my breakfast, my meals and the early hot cup of tea never ceases to energise and stimulate me. I now see in my meals, the chance to nourish my body and give me energy to carry on for another day.
I have discovered the difference between eating with an indifferent and inattentive attitude and eating well to revive my body and spirits.
The trouble is that most of us spend our time doing things, but at the same time thinking of something else. We are preoccupied with so many things. Will I miss the next bus, will I make it on time, will I be able to gulp down my breakfast, will I be able to catch up with the news, will I be able to put the garbage out for collection? Many little things that we do, do not always go according to plan.
And yet, every day offers us an opportunity to do things differently. Living a day at a time, enables us to savour the simple things of life and enjoy what we do. We rue the past — maybe we gave up a good job thinking that we would find something better, then discover the new situation is not as fulfilling as we thought it would be. We rue the loss of relationships, but fail to make new contacts, build new bridges, make new friends, and truly enjoy the people we have around us and interact with during the day.
Most of us are focussed on the future — the day that things will go smoothly, the day our health problems will go away, the day when we find we have saved enough to tide us through life, the day when we will no longer experience acrimony, when there will be only sunshine in our lives, driving away the rain.
To live a new day with new resolve and new joy, is to realise that every day is a gift from God, with both the good and bad. When we are caught up in worrying situations, we will learn to remain calm, to surround ourselves with positive energy and to believe that every situation we are in and every person we meet, was meant to be.
Our vision is not blinkered if we take one day at a time. It frees us from our compulsions and obsessions, teaches us to be more practical, to do our best, and put our best foot forward. So, if we have set our sights on an ambitious future, living in the present becomes a cause of frustration and resistance.
If we give up our resistance to the present moment, we will find that the grace of God flows more freely through us. Life itself may knock us down, but we will find new strength to handle it. And for the rest, we place our day before God, every new morning, and at the end of day, once again place our day back at the feet of the Lord.■