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Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Reliable Forecast

In terms of a weather report, how would you describe your life at present? Your life five years ago? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 1564).

I have a friend I see often.  When I ask how he's doing he reliably replies "Sunny to partly cloudy."  That sums up well the reality of life as I generally find it--life is by its very nature a combination of the sweet and sour--life is reliably bitter-sweet.  Thus to pretend that it's all "sunny side up" seems unrealistic; but unrelieved gloom seems somehow self-indulgent and unrealistic too--as if you demand unrelieved sunshine in an inherently sunny to partly cloudy world.

Anxiety, stress, and worry hovering like gloomy clouds will be dispersed most effectively by action--we can't do everything, but we can enlist help and together do the best that we can do.  It is remarkable how often the "best possible" slides into home as more than sufficient.

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