DAILY CATHOLIC    WEDNESDAY     May 26, 1999     vol. 10, no. 102


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     Today we present two vignettes to make us stop and think and realize that in the twists and turns of life, we can get rapped up in the anxieties and forget to stop and smell the flowers. These two vignettes should help. The first "Tomorrow is here! Did you miss it?" was submitted by NH via e-mail and the second, "Turning to the Truth" was sent also by e-may from EJB. We are grateful for both and we trust you will be too after you read and contemplate them.

Tomorrow is here! Did you miss it?

          Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there, to serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson, or to help you figure out who you are or who you want to become. You never know who these people may be (possibly your roommate, neighbor, professor, long lost friend, lover, or even a complete stranger), but when you lock eyes with them, you know at that very moment they will affect your life in some profound way. And sometimes things happen to you that may seem horrible, painful, and unfair at first, but in reflection you find that without overcoming those obstacles you would have never realized your potential, strength, willpower, or heart.

          Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of good luck. Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness, and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without these small tests, whatever they may be, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere. It would be safe and comfortable, but dull and utterly pointless.

          The people you meet who affect your life, and the success and downfalls you experience, help to create who you are and who you become. Even the bad experiences can be learned from. In fact, they are probably the most poignant and important ones.

          If someone hurts you, betrays you, or breaks your heart forgive them, for they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious when you open your heart. If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because in a way, they are teaching you to love and how to open your heart and eyes to things.

          Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and take from those moments everything that you possibly can for you may never be able to experience it again. Talk to people that you have never talked to before, and actually listen. Let yourself fall in love, break free, and set your sights high. Hold your head up because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don't believe in yourself, it will be hard for others to believe in you. You can make of your life anything you wish.

          Create your own life and then go out and live it with absolutely no regrets. Most importantly, if you love someone tell them, for you never know what tomorrow may have in store. And learn a lesson in life each day you live.

          Today is the tomorrow you were worried about yesterday. Was it worth it?

Turning to the Truth

      Why was I put upon this earth?
      So many people ask.
      It seems sometimes just living
      Can be a difficult task.

      The pressures and the stress of life
      Can just put you in a spin.
      Just when you think you'll get ahead;
      You find you just can't win.

      Somehow you find the courage
      to hold your head up high.
      You find a way to smile,
      When you really want to cry.

      I think it comes from giving,
      And from realizing, too
      That there are others in this world
      With problems more than you.

      By seeking out these others
      We can lift a burdened mind,
      And turn a frown into a smile
      Just by being kind.

      If we but turn to God for help.

May 26, 1999       volume 10, no. 102


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