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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Minute by Minute: Marian and Storm

Every time I give a talk at CrossRoads Ministry, I read a passage from Marian Wright Edelman's "Twenty-five Lessons for Life": Lesson 18: Be a can-do, will-try person. But today Lesson 19 is what I need to pay attention to. Maybe you too?

Lesson 19: Try to live in the present; don't carry around unnecessary burdens from a yesterday you will not live again or a tomorrow that is not guaranteed. To escape Washington, Congress, and the child care battles of 1990, I went on a marvelous Outward Bound adventure. Participants were given a little books of quotes. One by Storm Jameson hit home: "I believe that only one person in a thousand knows the trick of really living in the present. Most of us spend 59 minutes an hour living in the past, with regret for lost joys or shame for things badly done (both utterly useless and weakening) or in a future which we either long for or dread. ... There is only one minute in which you are alive, this minute, here and now. The only way to live is by accepting each minute as an unrepeatable minute, Which is exactly what it is - a miracle and unrepeatable." 

May we take life not one day at a time, but one minute at a time, savoring the present, living fully into every unrepeatable miracle. 

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