Caretake this moment.
Immerse yourself in its particulars.
Respond to this person, this challenge, this deed.
Quit the evasions.
Stop giving yourself needless trouble.
It is time to really live; to fully inhabit the situation you happen to
be in now.
You are not some disinterested bystander.
Respect your partnership with providence.
Ask yourself often, How may I perform this particular deed
such that it would be consistent with and acceptable to the divine will?
Heed the answer and get to work.
When your doors are shut and your room is dark you are not alone.
The will of nature is within you as your natural genius is within.
Listen to its importunings.
Follow its directives.
As concerns the art of living, the material is your own life.
No great thing is created suddenly.
There must be time.
Give your best and always be kind.
~ Epictetus ~
I posted this for myself as much as anyone. Forgive me for giving you another's words once again but my own seem stupid and clumsy of late.
My heart has been bothering me some this past week and it has occurred to me that when it skips and stumbles in it's rhythm, I also begin to stumble. I lose my stride and start to doubt things and people. Myself. I get a little scared and very tired. All the more reason to remember that last line.