A New Day, A New You

A New Day, A New You


Pentecost 2018


Here I sit, thinking about the present and the future after having celebrated the first anniversary of the passing of my mother. The death of a family member brings not just grief but necessary action – all of the very real physical and legal requirements that accompany death.  Death was not on my calendar so my schedule required a detour in order to carry on and be proactive in the present. While the death of my mother impacted my living, it also made me think about not only today a year later but also about the future. Who am I today and who will I be tomorrow?  Who are you?


Today history will be written. Because of and in spite of the past, new stories will be created. Today we will not spend time in rehashing old living. Today is for living the here and now. It us, after all, the inly door to the future. Bold words, huh?  Perhaps they are also a little bit scary to you. Tomorrow life will return to its normal schedule but today….. today I am asking that you take time for the legend of you, the story of you that you yourself will write. Today I invite you to join me as we create our future.


The future is a blank canvas. Your story is yours to write. Interact with the world today 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 for someone, not just the elderly or 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 childten’s classic “Alice in Wonderland”.  Charles Lutwidge Dodgson famously penned: “I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”  Yesterday he was Charles Dodgson. Today ge was Lewis Carroll.


Yes, I realize that Lewis Carroll is not a woman and this month is about women. Alice, his most famous character, is a female. At some time we all have felt, women and men, like we have fallen down the rabbit hole. Last year I certainly did when my mother passed away. She was almost one hundred years and it still seemed as if she had died too young.  She was a firm believer in living each day to the fullest and she encouraged me to step outside of my comfort zone whenever possible.


“Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your iwn gift you can oresent every moment wuth the cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you have only an extemporaneous half pissession. That which each can do best, none but his/her Maker can teach him.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson knew the value of the individual. So did my mother.


Today write your own story. Maybe one day we will read it; maybe not. What matters is that you live the life you want. This is your day to become what you desire so travel down the road of life boldly. Today is for writing the story of you. Today the person making a difference is you.

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