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  1. Mary Pat

    To not take on anything new. For years, all of my adult life, especially the past 30 years, I have not taken time for myself, to do what I know needs to be done. Cleaning out cabinets and drawers is so much more than that, and I intend to not take anything new on in my life until my “house” is in order. That includes my inside house, as well as the one we live in. I am starting to remind myself of this every day. Now that my health is better, and I am recovering, it is my chance to do this and I am on my way to put it into practice. My kids are going to help us by moving a few rooms in our house around to make it easier for us to exercise. That is huge! So after the cabinets are cleaned and organized, and that last closet is cleaned up, then, and only then, will I take on another volunteer job. OH! And I promised myself a one day a week off from anything at all. It is a day I will leave the house to have tea, get coffee somewhere, walk or go for a hike. But I won’t be at home. That is important!

    1 year ago
  2. Malag

    Walk the dog

    1 year ago
  3. O.Christina

    Something came to my understanding, which induces the next right action. It is that for the sake of freedom of the ones who might feel caught by my clinging and for the sake of freedom in general, including mine also, I let go. I accept. May it help transform what needs to be transformed. May what is worth staying stay. May His Light and Love guide. For this I pray.

    1 year ago
  4. Dusty Su

    Literally. Move to a new-to-me rented room tomorrow after five months of living with lovely, but young and chaotic hordes of people, pets, and odd hours filled with mess, noise, and comings and goings. May peace, love, quiet, creative spaces, nature walks, and good supportive conversations ensue in a safe space that holds me wonderfully until I leave Australia again.

    1 year ago
    1. Michele

      Wishing you a peaceful move in day:)

      1 year ago
      1. Dusty Su

        Thanks, Michele, and so may it be!
        Cheers,
        Dusty

        1 year ago
  5. V
    Viv

    This feels not easy but being kind to myself while stuck in quarantine. Which means looking at the negative self talk and then talking back to myself in a kind and accepting way for all the things I’ve done that are hurtful.

    1 year ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      Hello Viv.
      Would you judge me if I were you? Would you be kind to me, forgiving, and help me?
      Please be at least as kind to yourself as you would if you were me or someone else.
      We have all done hurtful things. Hopefully, we learn and grow, are forgiven, and let some unpleasant things rest in the past.

      I have counted as my friends a few people who were once prisoners of war or in internment camps. I sometimes wondered how they could let go of that and move forward… and become such loving and gentle people. It taught me that we are capable of a lot of growth in our lifetime.

      You are on the right track, Viv. You deserve kindness. I wish you success in your endeavor.

      1 year ago
  6. Don Jones

    Creative expression.

    1 year ago
  7. EJP

    Believe.

    1 year ago
  8. V
    Varsha

    My next action would be to take responsibilities of my career. So far I have always be a go-with-the-flow kind of a person. Now seems like a time I should start looking deeper and make sense of my work life to be able to bring it all together

    1 year ago
  9. L
    Lavanya Pagadala35606

    The next thing I should do is leave my comfort zone. I have been unfocused on my life for the past 3 yrs I guess. Now, the right thing is to take action and responsibility of my life. I should stop pleasing people and not live a life according to their expectations. I should make more friends. I should work on my mental health.

    1 year ago
  10. B
    BasicMarsh

    To be here now.

    1 year ago
  11. L
    Lauryn

    Giving my partner space and stepping away.

    1 year ago
  12. Toni

    To look into life insurance so that my burial is not a burden to my loved ones. Recently two people I know died penniless recently without a will and without money in the bank. Both died suddenly and young. I thought I was responsible but when I witnessed the above I see there are areas I need to take care of so I don’t leave loose ends when my time comes.

    1 year ago
  13. Linda

    Acceptance.

    1 year ago
  14. Debra

    The next right action for me is to let go and let God direct me in allowing my kitty to transition. She has been a blessed joy in my life and I need to honor her in life and now shortly in death.

    1 year ago
    1. Michele

      My thoughts are with you as I am approaching this too. I have a vet appt later today and am anxious for what the outcome will be.

      1 year ago
    2. sparrow

      This is a hard thing to do,
      dear Debra…
      I’ve done it many times
      and it never gets any easier.
      My heart is with you
      and with your beloved kitty
      with love…
      sparrow ♥

      1 year ago
      1. Debra

        Sparrow, Thank you very much for your understanding and support.

        1 year ago
  15. sparrow

    Word for the Day…
    Acceptance anchors us so that we might focus on the present rather than endlessly drift in a sea of wishing, dreaming, and pining for anything other than what is.
    Rose Zonetti

    Today’s Word
    struck me between the eyes this morning,
    as I was treated to a very unpleasant ‘wake up’
    that I took quite personally . . .
    the incident
    set me off
    on a wishing, dreaming, pining avenue
    that I have not visited for a very long time,
    but it came back,
    just to remind me it was still here,
    and available to me
    any time I wanted to sit on my pity pot.
    Thanks to the Word,
    I have been able to return my focus to what is present
    now.

    Daily Question…
    What is the next right action?

    to accept and not dwell . . .
    to remind myself
    what I have to be grateful for,
    and not play into a game I’ve long since grown out of.

    1 year ago
  16. Howie Geib

    What is so is that I am a bit lost, a bit fractured. Weakened by doubt (a common occurrence) fatigued by ennui born of a general disappointment with, well, almost everything concerning myself. Nothing specific mind you, no ‘workable’ condition. Malaise. And as somewhat aggravating and annoying it is to not have an ability to simply look up at an equivalent of a weather vane to see what and where to turn, I am on familiar ground. And finding myself here, again, I am relieved to know that far from desolate this is deeply verdant.

    The next right action is to turn off the technology and write.

    1 year ago
  17. Nelson

    I’ve been listening to a lot of Mel Robbins and the 5-Second rule. Applying it to work and working toward my goals. I’ve been getting more attentive to the tasks I’m resisting, which underneath, I’m just procrastinating on. But I know very well those are the exact tasks I need to do, like getting on the phone for example. So paying attention to how I feel, and discerning the real reason for resistance, has been leading me to the next right action.

    1 year ago
    1. Howie Geib

      I really appreciate the rigor in your answer! Thank you!

      1 year ago
  18. Carol

    1. Show Up.
    2. Pay attention to what has heart and meaning for you.
    3. Speak your truth without blame or judgment.
    4. Be open to outcome, not attached to outcome.
    Angeles Arrien
    I’m struggling with acceptance and found the quote above helpful. Today’s question refers to “right” action. That just brings me to compulsive doubting. I prefer Toltec Wisdom’s emphasis on always trying to do my best and that can vary from day to day. Sometimes, I trudge.

    1 year ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      I find that sometimes before I can accept, I need a loud tantrum.

      Expression matters, too, dear one. You have every reason to be frustrated, angry, grieved. Sometimes it helps to let it rip!!!

      I’ll listen.

      love ya.

      1 year ago
  19. Neil

    In order to ACCEPT we must learn to SURRENDER our individual expectations, outcomes, agendas, perceptions…EGO. For me this is the next right action and a lifelong pursuit.

    1 year ago
  20. Holly in Ohio

    I also found the quote of the day and the daily question to be an interesting juxtaposition.
    “Acceptance anchors us so that we might focus on the present rather than endlessly drift in a sea of wishing, dreaming, and pining for anything other than what is.”

    ROSE ZONETTI

    I find this very earthy. And it reminds me of not one, but two quotes from Emerson: The first is about acceptance:

    “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    The second is where I find the right action of today:

    “Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.”

    ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

    I don’t have any lofty right actions at the moment; just daily habits. I’m off to the farm to sow. It’s work. I don’t always feel like going, but I will go because it is right action. Acceptance is, this life may sound romantic from the outside, but sometimes I get bitten by something that itches intensely for a week, often it gets hot and I get dry, sometimes the amount of work seems daunting, often my hands or feet hurt from the work. However, it IS the right action. As will be coming home and then working on the house and getting my family fed and letting my teenager know I am interested in his interests and I love him, and my husband, too, and painting the walls some more. An ordinary day.

    The best book about Zen that I ever read was not about Zen at all, but about tea (The Book of Tea by Okakura Kakuzo. One of the concepts it taught was that it is possible to have, “Too much tea.” Without saying it directly, it showed with clarity that it is possible to be too heady, too spiritual, too Zen. Real Zen is here and now. It is in the practical. It is in the annoyances as much as in peace. It is in having too much stuff as much as asceticism and detachment. It is in existence.

    So I’m off to the farm now. Have a great day!

    1 year ago
  21. Patricia

    Writing to my elderly dad; and acceptance of what is without too much acquiescence. It’s a delicate balance.

    1 year ago
  22. Katrina

    The next right action for me is to find a place to volunteer, to plug in to the community in which I love, to connect, give, make new friends, serve others, get outside of myself and be present with others I don’t now know.

    1 year ago
  23. Ed Schulte

    Word for the Day(PHOTO BY ANDHARA CHERYL)
    Acceptance anchors us so that we might focus on the present rather than endlessly drift in a sea of wishing, dreaming, and pining for anything other than what is.
    ROSE ZONETTI
    Or as Joshua Emmanuel reminded mankind “You already have everything you will evert truthly need” Realization of that truth IS Gratitude and Acceptance at the same time.

    1 year ago
    1. sparrow

      I’d give you two ‘likes’ if I could,
      dear Ed… ♥

      1 year ago
  24. Mike S

    I would say but the next right action is not purely speaking an action, because it is presence, simple presence. Presence includes being at one with whatever is happening in the moment. Presence is built on the foundation of mindfulness, awareness within and without of content and qualities of each moment. In that sense we are resting in the God in whom we live, move, and have our being as the apostle Paul explained. I have found that in my life and in the life of many others I know actions can tend to be reactions and I’m not necessarily coming from a core of presence that bodies peace and loving kindness..

    1 year ago
  25. Trish

    The next right action is to nurture relationships: the ones I already have that can be strengthened & new ones, with people I’ve yet to meet. It’s really what life is all about…

    1 year ago
  26. devy

    In spite of all the negative things going on share love and caring with others , understand why it’s going on and stand up and support those who are being affected. Yes accepting what is happening to a certain point but I believe one sometimes people do need to stand up to make a change.

    1 year ago
  27. G
    Gregoire

    In line with the word of the day, I would say in the next action is accepting. Accepting may initially appear as if you are taking the moment and making it yours, and it kind be interpreted as such rightfully.
    However, it is really giving. It is the surrendering of one’s own will to the realities of what actually is. In my belief what is, is God’s will for us in our life at this time. Acceptance gives us that opportunity to take just a moment and recognize God is working in our lives always to prepare us to serve one another in his grand plan. It is our opportunity to return his love by surrendering our will and willfully accepting his.

    1 year ago
    1. Mike S

      Thank you Gregoir for your insightful thoughts,

      1 year ago
  28. Chester

    Amidst varied moving parts in this current season of my life, indeed what matters most in this moment and the next is the next right action. I will take it and the next and work to navigate through one at a time in however quick succession may be required.

    1 year ago
  29. Clarity

    Living my life in light so that I can reflect light in the world and helping others to find and reflect their own light.

    1 year ago
  30. Michele

    The next right action is I have to take one of my cats to the vet:( He has an appt tomorrow but might have to go sooner.

    1 year ago
    1. Toni

      My heart goes out to you and your cat. I pray for the best possible outcome. I took my cat in twice in one week and have no regrets. To be the advocate for our pets is the best right action on their behalf no matter what the cost. Their love is unconditional and are at our mercy.

      1 year ago
      1. Michele

        Thank you Toni.

        1 year ago
    2. Holly in Ohio

      Dear Michele,
      I’m sorry your cat is not well.

      1 year ago
      1. Michele

        Thank you Holly.

        1 year ago
  31. Antoinette

    The next right action is to be present with life and allow everything to be.

    1 year ago
  32. Kevin

    I will know when my next ‘right action’ has taken place when I feel at peace with the action that I took.

    1 year ago
  33. Christine

    🙈🙉🙊

    1 year ago
    1. Patricia

      I had to think about that a moment. Thanks, Christine!

      1 year ago

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