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  • Writer's pictureBob Prentice


Updated: Apr 9, 2020

“We can easily manage if we will take each day the burden

appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry

yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of

the morrow before we are required to bear it.” –John Newton

There are times when life seems to be one gigantic pressure cooker. The regrets of the past over all the should’ves, would’ves, could’ves, together with the fear and dread of the future with all its obstacles and challenges looming ahead, cause me to feel the mounting pressure. It is at this point that I remind myself that the most effective thing I can do is to live in day-tight compartments. Let me explain it like this. Say you have a canning jar, fresh-filled with summer’s harvest which you plan to consume at a later date. In order for the freshness and goodness of the food to be preserved for any length of time, the jar must be sealed tight or its contents will spoil. It’s like that with life, too. When I feel like I am starting to lose control in my day-to-day activities, if I am going to preserve the goodness, I must seal today into its very own compartment–separate from both the yesterdays which are gone, and the tomorrows which aren’t here yet. I recognize that I cannot do anything about the past except learn from it. I know I can do nothing for the future but plan and prepare for it, and the best way to do that is to focus all my intelligence, all my enthusiasm, all my energy, and all my efforts on today. I need to live in the now–this present moment of time–and do my best to turn the negatives into positives. Instead of allowing the circumstances of life to spoil my day, I choose to control the circumstances. I focus on what I can do, not on what I cannot do. It is amazing what happens when I choose to live one day at a time. Go ahead and take ownership of this principle and begin applying it in your life today.

“I cannot always control what goes on outside. But I can always control what goes on inside.” ~Wayne Dyer~

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