Trying to change the moment…

“Trying to change the moment into something more comfortable instead of just accepting it for what it is… is really a waste of energy, ain’t it?… Of course, if you’re sitting on a tack or something, you might want to remove it, but still…” – Karen Molenaar Terrell, Great 21st Century Philosopher 

Beholding the infinite tasks of truth, we pause, – wait on God. Then we push onward, until boundless thought walks enraptured, and conception unconfined is winged to reach the divine glory. – Mary Baker Eddy


I had one of those days today. I got out of work a little late, and as I was driving home I started thinking about all the stuff that I still had to do before I could finally lay me down to sleep – there were things to feed and walk and tend – and I was really not looking forward to any of it.  In fact, the more I thought about what lay ahead, the more burdened and overwhelmed I felt by it all.  It was cold. It was dark. I just wanted a hot bath and bed and a good book.

When I walked into the house I found I’d walked into a sort of mini-crisis. I realized, then, that I was going to need to go back out on the road, drive back into the town I’d just come from, spend a lot of money, and use up a couple more hours of my night before I’d ever see that hot bath or my bed.

And this is when I had an epiphany: I wasn’t going to be able to change the circumstances, but I could change my response to them. Instead of focusing my energies on trying to find comfort for myself, I could just accept what was – not make any judgment on the moment as good or bad – not wish it away or wish it was something different –  and just live it.

Long ago I discovered that if I was biking or hiking or running uphill, and I was fighting the hill, it made it harder for me. But if I just let myself relax into it, everything came easier.  So that’s what I did with this “mental uphill” tonight.  I just sort of let myself lay back on the waters and let the currents take me where I needed to go.

I still needed to go back out on the road, still needed to drive into town, still needed to spend money – but I actually enjoyed myself, met some really helpful people, and even had the opportunity for some laughs I wouldn’t have had if I’d stayed home.

        One moment of divine consciousness, or the spiritual understanding of Life and Love, is a foretaste of eternity. – Mary Baker Eddy

Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts. – Mary Baker Eddy


3 thoughts on “Trying to change the moment…

  1. Right on! And a good reminder.

    I fly to Hawaii to work every six weeks for the past 11 years — and I’ve found “accepting what is” — even LOVING what is — a great way to handle the travel days.

    My flight home last trip, a red-eye this past Christmas Eve, found me waking up, opening my eyes, YET AGAIN, looking out onto a vast moon-draped wing, a friendly rotating beacon, and the constellation Cassiopeia just above the wingtip.

    So I decided that this would be what I would LOVE. That I would love and bless the wing, the stars, the marvelous technology that ushered me home. I realized that my entire life could be represented by this analogy, by loving where I am, what I’m doing, RIGHT NOW.

    And since then, this trip home, when I find myself annoyed or not wanting to be where I am, I’ve been going back to that flight, in my mind. And loving it again. (And wherever I am here is always less of a hassle than the discomfort of a night flight!)

    Funny! In all my years of flying there — that flight was the completion of my 11th year — next flight begins year number 12 — isn’t that something that I would remember and adore this very flight the most?

    By the way, I’ve copied the following links to posts I think you’ll enjoy.

    Happy New Year!

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