Life does not need to mutilate itself in order to be pure. —Simone Weil—
How terribly complicated we choose to make life’s many questions. Should we call a friend and apologize
or wait for her call? Are the children getting the kind of care they must, right now? That we “Came to believe
in a power greater than ourselves” is often far from our thoughts when we most need it.
Our need to make all things perfect, to know all the answers, to control everything within our range, creates
problems where none really exist. And the more we focus on the problem we’ve created, the bigger it becomes.
Inattention relieves the tension; last week’s problems can seldom be recalled. The one we are keeping a problem with our undivided attention can be turned loose, at this moment. And just as quickly, the turmoil we’ve been feeling will be beyond recall too.
The program offers us another way to approach life. We need not mutilate it or ourselves. We can learn to accept the things we cannot change, and change the things we can . . . with practice.
I will pray for wisdom today. I shall expect wisdom, not problems, and the day will smoothly slip by.