“We can easily manage if we will only 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 …
Today holds requirements of us, most of which become unmanageable when we are not completely present. As John points out, this means not carrying the burdens of yesterday with us, nor adding to our burdens by worrying about tomorrow. What happened yesterday is done and gone, and there is no need to dwell on it. Doing so only serves to weigh down our hearts and minds with feelings and information we already had to deal with yesterday. And whatever is going to happen in our future, will be experienced and taken care at the appointed time. Worrying about it now only serves to waste precious time and subvert our focus on what is happening right here, right now.
Yesterday I may have had troubles and difficulties–perhaps someone was mean to me or hurt my feelings, or maybe I had to cancel or reschedule an activity due to unforseen circumstances. Regardless of what has happened, it has happened and is past, and hopefully I have dealt with it to the best of my abilities. Of course, some things may seep into today. But if I keep a strong focus on the present, I will be able to see them as issues of yesterday and deal with them much more effectively.
Then there are those things you worry about that have not come to pass. What if you fail your semester test next week and fail the class? What if you’re short on money for your financial obligations next month? Filling your todays with such worries and concerns will be of no help to you. As long as you take care of your todays, your tomorrows will more than likely turn out to be quite manageable when they arrive.
It is up to us how heavy or light our burdens are each day. Either we can pack light, and accomplish what is required of us with more to spare, or we can carry our excess baggage from yesterday and tomorrow, and fail to accomplish what is asked of us today.
Ensure the burdens of today are ones that are truly appointed to the day.
Questions to consider:
How many of yesterday’s burdens and tomorrow’s worries do you frequently hold on to?
What are the benefits of focusing on just what today has in store for us?
How can we learn to release thoughts of past and future burdens?
For further thought:
“Money and time are the heaviest burdens of life, and… the unhappiest of all mortals are those who have more of either than they know how to use.” ~Samuel Johnson