DRINKING ALCOHOL TAUGHT ME HOW TO FLY
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Friday, May 29, 2009

THE PAST HAS PASSED

FORGET THE PAST THAT SLEEPS


Regret nothing. Not even the sins and failures. When we view earth's wonders from some mountain height we do not spend our time in dwelling on the stones and stumbles, the faints and failures, that marked our upward path.


So with me. I must breathe in the rich blessings of each new day - forget all that lies behind me.

I am so made that I can carry the weight of twenty-four hours, no more. If I weigh down with the years behind, and the days ahead, my back breaks. God promises to help me with the burden of today only, the past He has taken from me and if I, foolishly, choose to gather again that burden and bear it, then, indeed, I mock God to expect Him to share it.

Whether for happiness or distress each day is ended. What remains to be lived, the coming twenty-four hours, I must face as I awake.

A soldier on a march carries only what he needs for that march. Would you pity him if you saw him bearing too the overwhelming weight of the worn-out shoes and uniforms of past marches and years? And yet, in the mental and spiritual life, I do these things. Small wonder our poor world is heartsick and weary.

NOT so must I act.

This one thing I must do, forgetting those things past--press toward the mark, asking God to put someone in my path today who God wants to help, using me, of course! And I ask Him to give me the Strength, the Power, the Words which I need to do his Will.

Peace, and LOVE for all of you blogger-friends!
Steve E


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16 comments:

Linda S. Socha said...

Great post!! Good reminder for today....and the reminder that if we always do what we have always done...we will get what we have always got!! Today is enough
Linda

Gin said...

A nice reminder to stay in the day. So many times I have such a hard time forgiving myself for past transgressions, but when I stay in the moment and in the day I always feel so much better. Have a wonderful weekend!

Cat said...

Love the photo and the sentiment!

Gin said...

By the way, I too GOOGLED the lyrics to Hello Young Lovers after you mentioned it. Wow. Really great lyrics. They actually made me tear up. Thank you for your kind comments on my post. You and Prayer Girl are always so encouraging to everyone. You are both truly a blessing to us all.

wolfie185 said...

Thanks Steve,
I wrote a post last night on the Prayer of St. Francis along similar lines because I was having a hard time living in the moment, my problem was projecting into the future which is always my problem for the most part.

In Fellowship
Scott

Lou said...

Steve-0-Inspiration, this was beautiful.

Ed G. said...

Some ideals and principles I can aspire to today...

Thanx...

Mary Christine said...

Link doesn't work.

Steve E. said...

Mea culpa...

Mary, thanks! It works now.

Hootin' Anni said...

U certainly have a way with words Steve. I like how you state that you see the weight of the years behind and to forget....to live for the day given to you.

You rock.

Thanks for the visits!!! And lovely comments.

chubskulit said...

Very inspiring, thanks for this realization Steve. Been busy for a while, sowi for not visiting so often. Have a nice weekend!

ryliej said...

Love the pic that you posted. But some past should never be forgotten because it gives us inspiration. What we should leave behind are the darkest hours that will just make our present miserable.

john said...

You sound like my Dad, Sir Steve. Thanks for sharing these inspiring thoughts.

Shadow said...

i agree here fully. the past is what makes us today. both the good and the bad. and without the bad, we wouldn't have the wisdom today...

Carol said...

You write really well.

Rose Marie Raccioppi said...

Yes, indeed a shared perspective. As an educational therapist, I tell my students that they have not "failed" they only have a particular "result."
This too, is to bring the student to present time, just as you have so aptly written about in this post. Thank you for the love and care you so openly share. You may be quite accepting of my post of May 29, 2009 on APOGEE Poet, "Is It As It Seems." Until our next visit, Blessings.