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A Monday Maverick Meditation

September 8th, 2008

So, all of my plans for today are out the window.  My child is home sick AND we’ve had an unexpected death in the family, so everything I thought I was going to have time to do today – POOF! up in smoke.

Now, I could freak out, stress out and resent the plate life has handed me today.  In fact, that seems to be my natural default position most days.  BUT, since I am on the Maverick Mom journey of being present, flexible and gentle on those who must live with me, I think I will make a different choice today.

The Universe must be stepping up to the plate in hopes that I might stop my griping and complaining because over the weekend, as I was cleaning out my office, I found a mediation that someone sent me ages and ages ago that seems to apply perfectly to this moment, today.  I thought I would share it with you.

Just For Today

Just for today I will try to live thorugh this day only, and not tackle all my problems and once.  I can do something for 12 hours that would appall me if I felt that I had to keep it up for a lifetime.

Just for today I will be happy.  This assumes to be true what Abraham Lincoln said, that “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

Just for today I wll adjust myself to what is, and not try to admust everything to my own desires.  I will take my “luck” as it comes, and fit myself to it.

Just for today I will try to strengthen my mind.  I will study.  I will learn something useful.  I will not be a mental loafer.  I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration.

Just for today I will exercise my soul in three ways: I will do somebody a good turn, and not get found out; if anybody knows of it, it will not count.  I will do two things I don’t want to do – just for exercise.  I will not show anyone my feelings are hurt.  They may be hurt, but today I will now show it.

Just for today I will be agreeable.  I will look as well as I can, dress becomingly, keep my voice low, be courteous, criticize not one bit.  I won’t find fault with anything, nor try to improve or regulate anybody but myself.

Just for today, I will have a program.  I may not follow it exactly, but I will have it.  I will save myself from two pests: hurry and indecision.

Just for today I will have a quiet half hour all by myslef, and relax.  During this half hour, sometime, I will try to get a better perspective of my life.

Just for today I will be unafraid.  Especially I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful, and to believe that as I give to the world, so the world will give to me.

Don’t know about you, but if I can just manage to do this much today – or even half this much today, my day – and my Maverick Life – will be called a success.  I’ll let you know how it all works out.