Friday, October 11, 2013

What's in a Square? All you Need for an Amazing Life.

A day. What makes a day a "Day"? 24 hours, 1/7 of a week or 1 earth rotation.

We often get hung up in the fact that there are weeks, months, years and even lifetimes. We sing songs about the weekend, tomorrow, yesterday and all the other squares on the paper on the wall that has more writing on it than many other things in our homes- the calendar.

What is the most important square on your calendar? The one that has today's date. Really that square is a microcosm of our life. It has everything we need packed into 1 earth rotation. Like a perfect "square" meal, a day has a balance of all that we need and with enough repetition we end up with an awesome body of work called "life".

Like a balanced meal there are also components of our life that make it balanced like work, trials, needs, joy, laughter and community. There is enough of all that in every day to fill that little square up, we needn't try to add more to this square from either the squares previous or the ones to come. They are also well balanced and equipped themselves. 

JR Miller, someone I quote pretty frequently said, "The very best we can do for any day, for the perfecting of our life as a whole, is to live the one day well. We should put all our thought and energy and skill into the duties of each day, wasting no strength, either in grieving over yesterday's failures--or in anxiety about tomorrow's responsibilities."

At the end of our lives others may look back and consider our "body of work", talk briefly about what we accomplished and what we were known for but they too will move on from that square and into the next one, which will have a balance for them as well. But that body of work we call life is not what we are to dwell on while in this square called today. We are to focus on this square and this square only.

The awesome part about this square is that it will not crush us in and of itself. There is a lot to do today but only enough to fill this day and we only have to carry today's trials and needs until the sun falls from the sky today and then we can rest. 

If we know that we only have to make it today there is no problem making it. Our issue surfaces when we are more concerned about the following squares and try to dump the things that may come then into today. We end up more worried about tomorrow and don't live today.

So live today like it's your last with all the enjoyment and work you can pack into it. Laugh a bunch. Work a bunch. Shake the world around you as much as you possibly today and then rest tonight. 

There may or may not be another square to follow so don't worry about that one. Just fill this square up. 

What's in a square? All you need for an amazing life. 

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