Friday, September 5, 2014

Silencing whispers of doubt

LInking up with other brave writers over at Kate's place today! Five Minute Friday is where we write for five minutes straight on a single word prompt. No worries about perfection or editing. Just writing for pure joy. Today's prompt is "whisper". 

Our lives are lived moment by moment, in the here and now, but how often do I live my daily life in the past? Ruminating over something I did or said. Thinking about how I could have done something better. 

Or how often do I live my life in the future of “what if”? 
What if I lose a loved one? 
What if I get sick?

Neither the whispers of the past nor the whispers of the future offer any good thing to my present moment. The present moment is all I have. 

Maybe this is why Jesus said, "Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow has enough troubles of it’s own."

Of course Jesus would say that. That is one of the wisest comments I’ve ever heard, and the best one for good emotional and spiritual health. 

I think he knew that we’d be absolutely useless to ourselves 

and those we are with if we are always living in the past or 

the future and never the present moment.

Oh, I don’t mean that we should not look back with fond memories to the past. That is reminiscing about good times and good things. That is healthy. It starts to turn sour though if all we can think about are the regrets or should-have-dones.

How about you? Do you have trouble with living in the past? Does your mind come up with whispers of days gone where you wish you’d done something different? Do you tend to focus on the future and worry what might happen next?

I’ve been working very very hard this summer on living in the present moment. My mind and soul have given me a very good workout in this. I’ve tended to focus too much on what has gone wrong in the recent past, and worry that it won’t be different.

But, I’ve made up my mind to keep trying to live in the present and not let the whisper of doubt crowd out my current joy.

Blessings to you today, friend!
Here's to living in the present moment!


  1. This post really spoke to me, Anne. I can particularly relate to, "Neither the whispers of the past nor the whispers of the future offer any good thing to my present moment. The present moment is all I have." Amen! If only we could learn to live moment by moment, how freeing it would be. Thank you. :)

    1. Thank you, Joy, for your kind words, and I'm glad you could relate to this. Yes, "if only" we could live in the present all the time! Freedom and peace!


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