"TIME AND ETERNITY"
"FAITH IN A POSITIVE LIFE FORCE, which is the essence of a spiritual perspective, presents the possibility that we can afford to relax and just let life be. Until we do that, the moment in which we live gives neither comfort nor sustenance, insight nor wisdom. Worst of all, perhaps, is that it gives no joy. We cannot find peace by seeking it in a past we cannot change or by seeking it in a future we cannot control. Peace can be found only in the present, in which we deeply accept all of life-what was, is and will be.
Here are two more sections from Marianne Williamson's "The Time That Matters Most".
LIVING IN THE PRESENT does not mean surrendering our responsibility to correct some things from the past or to plan and make way for the future; in fact, it is the ultimate taking of responsibility for both. The only point where God's time-eternity-meets time as we know it is in the present moment. And in that place of power, both past and future are healed."
- - - Marianne Williamson
There are so many things that call for my acceptance - things I am powerless to change. (If I cannot change them, I need to accept them if I want any peace and serenity.) I cannot change my past - the things I said or did that I deeply regret cannot be unsaid or undone. I cannot go back in time and relive anything. Nor am I able to control anything that will happen in my future. One of my favorite sayings is:
"What is - is! What was - was! What ain't - ain't!"That about sums it up - perfectly - in my opinion.
Our program offers so much hope. In the present moment God offers me an opportunity and a way to heal the errors and regrets from my past. I have experienced this. As THE result of taking the 12 steps and my continuing practice of them, especially steps 10, 11, and 12, I have had a spiritual awakening that has allowed God to work in my life. He has done for me what I was unable to do for myself. My past has been healed - what a miracle. I no longer fear the possibility of errors and regrets in the future - as long as I continue to work this program, God continues to heal.
Thank God for the 12 steps!
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