In life, we get lost. In life, we stray from our paths in search of deeper meaning only to realize in the end that we are on the right path all along. We are surrounded by experiences that neither make us or break us. God has given us the option to choose and yet sometimes, we fail to choose wisely. Nevertheless, our God is a merciful God and so he sends his angels to lift not only our physical well being but our spirits as well. Life wants us to learn, to enjoy, to breathe whats is in store for us. Everything is written in the skies as well as in the palm of our hands. I came across this book when Life was its bleakest and his insights have given me the wisdom to stand up and go on with Life. An excerpt from the book by Og Mandino and Buddy Kaye, The Gift of Acabar.
Concentrate your energy. To be everywhere is to be nowhere. Be jealous of your time, since it is your greatest treasure. Reconsider your goals. Before your set your heart too much on anything, examine how happy they are who already possess what you desire. Love your family and count your blessings. Reflect how eagerly they would be sought if you did not have them. Put aside your impossible dreams and complete the task at hand no matter how distasteful. All great achievement comes from working and waiting.
Be patient. God's delays are never God's denials. Hold on. Hold fast. Know that your paymaster is always near. What you sow, good or evil that you will reap. Never blame your condition on others. You are what you are through your choice alone. Learn to live with honest poverty, if you must, and turn to more important matters than transporting gold to your grave.
Never meet trouble half way. Anxiety is the rust of life; when you add tomorrow's burden to today's, their weight becomes unbearable. Avoid the mourner’s bench and give thanks instead for your defeats; you would not have them if you did not need them. Always learn from others. He who teaches himself has a fool for a master.
Be careful. Do not overload your conscience. Conduct your life as if it were spent in an arena filled with tattlers. Avoid boasting, If you see anything in you that buffs you with pride, look closer and you will find more than enough to make you humble.
Be wise. Realize that all men are not created equal, for there is no equality in nature, yet no man was ever born whose work was not born with him. Work everyday as if it were your first, yet tenderly treat the lives you touch as if they will end at midnight. Love everyone, even those who deny you, for hate is a luxury you cannot afford. Seek out those in need. Learn that he who delivers with one hand will gather with two. Be of good cheer.
Above all, remember that very little is needed to make a happy life. Look up. Reach out. Cling simply to God and journey quietly on your pathway to forever with charity and a smile. When you depart it will be said that your legacy was a better world than the one that you found.