I’m back! First and most importantly, I want to thank you for your powerful prayers and wishes. I couldn’t have come this far without you. Four heart surgeries have taken a toll but I am healing and improving every single day. Thank you.

We have all read and practiced the powerful notion of being in the present moment, the Now of Eckhart Tolle and others. It is true that being totally present when communicating with another adult or child is the epitome of respect and love and caring. It is true that being in the present moment brings us an awareness and clarity about everything around us. It is true that all we are ever living is the eternal now but what do you do when the present, the now sucks?

When there is great pain or great loss, the present moment can seem dark and bleak. I, for one, do not believe that a person is helped in any way by staying or contemplating that darkness. For Heaven’s sake, why would you want to stay in a place that made you feel horrible? We have been suckered into believing that we have to get up and dance with every dark mood, shadow or pain that walks into our life. Rubbish!

God has given each and every one of us gifts beyond counting. One of the greatest is our imagination. We use our imagination to plan a vacation to take a break from the toil of work. We use our imagination to plan a wonderful weekend. Why then can we not use our imagination to plan for a better time than the present if the present is unbearable?

It is in using our imagination and planning that we create everything in our life. Why not imagine and plan for a brighter future when all is dark and painful now? See a brighter tomorrow. Feel Grace overflowing in your life. Imagine everything getting better and hold on to that.

Events can throw us into a dark dungeon at any time and we have two choices. We can close the cell door and wail about our plight or we can open the door and start moving towards something better. Your life. Your choice. Free will. Imagine that!

(C) 2012 All Rights Reserved, Patrick McBride


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