Reflections

Maybe tomorrow

Eleanor Deckert

My get-up-and-go just got-up-and-went.


I just can't seem to go forward in a forwardly motion today.

Maybe tomorrow I'll walk to the post office. Maybe tomorrow I'll make that appointment. Maybe tomorrow I'll answer some email. Maybe tomorrow I'll return the message on my phone.

Maybe tomorrow I'll make a good supper, catch up on the laundry, beat the rugs, tidy the coat closet.

Maybe tomorrow I'll take the dog for a hike, do a few sit-ups, drink three litres of water.

"Maybe tomorrow I will remember my camera when I go for a walk so I can capture the sunrise, preserve the frosty sparkles, record the migration of the geese, bring home deer tracks, share the swoop of an eagle."

Maybe tomorrow I'll write in my journal, read a page of the Bible, spend a moment to actually talk to my Creator.

Maybe tomorrow I'll apologize, invite, forgive, accept.

Maybe tomorrow I'll straighten out my finances, fill in that form, re-visit that problem, get more information.

It is all so overwhelming. Maybe today I'll wrap up in a blanket, and click through the TV channels.

…Sigh. I'm stuck.

But, wait. An idea is forming in my foggy mind. There are not a zillion things demanding my attention. There are only four: Heart. Spirit. Mind. Body.*

As long as I pay attention to each one, even a little bit, I can make progress through the day without wading up-to-my-eyebrows in heavy impossible tasks; and each of those four parts of me need the same thing: Nourish. Exercise. Cleanse. Rest.

OK - Let me start this day again: Heart: that's people, my social life, my artistic self, my sense of beauty. What can I do to nourish my relationships today? Pa-ching! That's not so hard. Let me choose one email, phone call, letter, neighbour, family member.

Spirit: What can I take in? What can I share out? How can I put into practice something I believe in? Just one tiny fragment could shift my Spirit from gloomy to bright.

Mind: Maybe it would be to my advantage to avoid a day scrolling through TV programs. Maybe there is something more nourishing I can put into my wee-little head? Maybe I could produce a solution to a problem? Or wrestle some cluttery mess on my desk into order.

Body: surely taking care of my physical self should be on my priority list, a daily habit, non-negotiable. What was that to-do list again? Nourish (OK, I can plan a menu for the day). Exercise (large or small, my body will benefit). Cleanse (my body, my home). Rest (so, at the end of this event-filled day, I will indeed take a snooze on the couch, having accomplished many worthwhile tasks).

Success breeds success. Maybe tomorrow I'll try it again. Only four things on my to-do list: Heart. Spirit. Mind. Body.

Just for today

“Just for today,

I will try to live through this day only and not tackle my whole life problems at once. I can do some things for 12 hours that would overwhelm me if I had to keep it up for a lifetime.

Just for today,

I will adjust myself to conditions as they exist

and not try to adjust everything to my own desires.

Just for today,

I will try to strengthen my mind. I will learn something useful.

I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration.

Just for today,

I will exercise my will.

I will act courteously, criticize not one bit,

not find fault with anything and not try to regulate anybody but myself.

Just for today,

I will have a personal program of plan for myself.

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 to myself and relax.

During this half hour, sometime, I will try to get a better perspective on 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.”

- Author unknown

* Eleanor Deckert developed seminars based on this simple idea. Seven Predictable Patterns ® seminars have been presented in many cities throughout USA and Canada since 1999.