Just when I get almost comfortable with a challenge, Mark J and his intrepid team throw out a new one. Now that I’ve quit pretending (Week 17.1) here’s the latest: ” What would the person I intend to become do next?” Combining this question with the subject matter of Scroll V kind of sent my mind into a pause mode. .(Remember? “I will live this day as if it is my last” — which I have finally made myself read now and then.)
So, I chose to extract from Scroll V the thoughts that help to answer the “Next” question. The first is my favorite: “I will waste not a moment mourning yesterday’s misfortunes, yesterday’s defeats, yesterday’s aches of the heart…” I don’t know about you, but I have suffered for years from the “should’ve, could’ve, shouldn’t have” disease. Of course, what we focus on grows, so all that garbage from yesterday just kept multiplying — No More! Learn, Forgive, Forget!
The second gem worth focusing on: “Should I concern myself over events which I may never witness? Should I torment myself with problems that may never come to pass? No!” Once again, what we focus on grows. Over 7 years ago, when I was recovering from major surgery to remove part of my intestines that doctors convinced me could be cancerous, a well-meaning friend, (who was recovering from her own cancer issues and has since died), brought me a copy of her “Cancer” magazine. Before I even knew much about the “focus=growth” law, I not too politely asked her to get that out of my sight and never speak to me about cancer again. Funny thing is, I was informed last year that my name isn’t even in the national cancer registry, so who knows?
On to the third value I found in this Scroll: “I will avoid with fury the killers of time. Procrastination I will destroy with action; doubt I will bury under faith; fear I will dismember with confidence. Where there are idle mouths I will listen not; where there are idle hands I will linger not; where there are idle bodies I will visit not.” Okay, maybe not to the extent of “destroy, bury, dismember,” because, having attained senior citizenship, I think I deserve to be cut a little slack, as the saying goes. If I want to keep the friendship of most of my retired friends, I may have to be around some level of idleness. However, the continuous act of repeating “Do It Now” since this MKMMA course began has pretty much destroyed the procrastination!
So I continue to seek out those who are actively involved in different areas where we share interests. My “adopted mother” at age 95, is still so much fun to visit to talk about politics and world affairs, as was my own mother at 97. And I am so excited about my crusade to help more families become financially independent that I just added a physical wellness business to my ongoing financial wellness coaching one…so now I get to be around even more energetic, enthusiastic young people. I am carefully studying the leaders of both companies to find out what to do next to become such a leader–I am not at all interested in thinking about this as being the last day of my life. If it turns out to be, praise the Lord, because I am totally ready to relax in His loving arms, but if not…what’s next?