Friday, Oct. 13, 2017
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
I had an easy life growing up. I was not serious, and I’m trying to make up for it now.
— Tom Harding
How we define an easy life may differ because everything is relative. Some of us were raised in prosperous homes, which might have meant we weren’t required to seek work or do chores around the house. But that kind of privilege didn’t guarantee an easy life. Wealth doesn’t eliminate the possibility for abuse of many forms.
To some, the easy life simply means there was little stress, few problems to contend with. Parents were supportive; school work came easy; friends really cared about us. Maybe we feel lucky if that’s how our lives evolved, or maybe we are like Tom and feel now that we need to make up for our lives of privilege. Let’s seek the counsel of others if that’s the case. It’s okay to have had the easy route. That doesn’t mean we have to pay for it now.
The important element is that we spend the present however we really want to. If we want to be more serious, that’s acceptable. If we want to be lazy, that’s okay too. If we want to have a positive impact on someone else’s life, perhaps someone who had a harder life than we experienced, that’s admirable, but not necessary. No one is grading us.
Today I’m free. The past isn’t of concern unless I make it so.
You are reading from the book:
Keepers of the Wisdom © 1996 by Karen Casey