A New You

A New You

Pentecost 125


Today history will be written.  New myths will be created.  Today we will not spend time in rehashing old living.  Today is for living the here and now.  It is, after all, the only door to the future.  What we do today will write a new story.  What that story is depends on what we do.


Today is a blank canvass.  Your story is yours to write.  Interact with the world and live.  Be the hero or heroine of your own wonderful, magical myth, the story of you today.  How do you start?  Share a smile.  Give a hug.  Hold the door open for someone, not just the elderly or the infirmed.  “One of the secrets in life is that all that is really worth doing is what we do for others.”  Lewis Carroll knew that each day we fall down the rabbit hole called life.  He became the legend known as the author of many poems and the children’s classic, “Alice in Wonderland”.   Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, famously penned:  “I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”  The he was Charles Dodgson; now he was Lewis Carroll.


In this series about making something out of this ordinary time, we need to be honest with ourselves.  We really cannot go back to yesterday.  We need to learn from the past and respect it for what it was – a lesson.  We cannot live in that past because it is not who we are today.  Yesterday is a time full of shoulda, coulda, “Wish I had done it” things.  We all have them.  Today is not for getting lost in yesterday.  Today is for living the here and now.


Another famous writer expressed it this way:  “Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you have only an extemporaneous half possession. That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson knew the value of the individual.


Today write your own story.  Maybe one day we will read it; maybe one day there will be songs about it; maybe not.  What matters is that you live the life you want.  This is your day to become what you desire.  Today you will write the extraordinary story of you.


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