Your entire life only happens in this moment. The present moment is life itself. Yet, people live as if the opposite were true and treat the present moment as a stepping stone to the next moment – a means to an end. ~Eckhart Tolle
In the South, it’s legal to kill you with kindness.
“Make sure the lid is on before you shake the juice. Bless your heart.”
“Don’t pick up spiders. Any spiders! Bless your heart.”
And my favorite: “If you throw rocks at each other, it’s going to hurt. Bless your heart.”
All of these are said because the offenders are idiots, but bless their hearts they can’t help being stupid. Their mama does some idiotic things as well.
There have been times in life when I stubbornly resisted what was going on around me. I ignored the passing of time because I just knew things would be better next year. I added more to my plate even though I couldn’t finish what was already there. I worried over things that might happen and never noticed what was actually happening.
I’ve learned something after years of stupidity.
Enjoy what is right in front of me. Bless my heart.
Enjoy a broken septic system? Look at it as a challenge to use less water in every situation. Imagine how many people wish they had a little clean water to wash their dishes in. I am truly blessed.
Enjoy emergency surgery? Notice how many people bring meals, send cards, call to check on you. What a blessing to have friends.
Enjoy an increase in the cost of insurance? Patiently wait and watch how it gets taken care of in unexpected, miraculous ways. All blessings come from God.
Are you standing in the middle of a mudslide?
A wrecked car? Cancer? Aging parents? Rebellious children?
Whatever the situation is, accept it. This is your life. This is your weight. This is your falling down house. These are your rowdy children with runny noses. This is the only time you will ever be here again. Enjoy it.
And look for the blessing. Before it’s too late.
Bless your heart.
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
“For who has known the mind of the Lord,
or who has been his counselor?”
“Or who has given a gift to him
that he might be repaid?”