You cannot make tomorrow into anything brighter or better than your potential to be present to yourself in the moment — present to any fears that are trying to convince you to take actions about tomorrow.
If you plant a fear seed you grow a fear tree. Our worries about our tomorrows have nothing whatsoever to do with the way we excuse ourselves for them. You could be the most passionate man or woman in the world about your tomorrow. You could have the greatest expectations in the universe for success and excellence in the moment to come. That wish, that longing, that natural aptitude we have to want to be excellent beings has nothing whatsoever to do with the tomorrows that we envision — where something has gone wrong and that’s why we have to protect ourselves in the present moment. Real excellence in a human being never protects itself; it’s always fulfilling its own potential by catching the fear that would drive it to what it calls perfection.
Any person who punishes themselves out of the belief that “everything that isn’t planned for tomorrow is a punishment for me” is living with a false responsibility. The true responsibility is to be actively present. A man or woman learns to be passionate about the moment because they’re present to it. They’re patient in the moment and they recognize that the moment is the seed. Tomorrow is not what matters. What matters is my attention to where we are and what we are and what’s moving through us right now.
You master something because you work at it in steps; and as you work at it, you recognize that you’ve taken yourself as far as you can take yourself with the possibilities that are present to you. Then what?
Now, when it comes to most human beings — in that moment when they discover they’ve reached the limit of their present possibilities — most quit right there, saying: “Well, that’s all there is.”
But, when individuals have a love for something, and they run into a natural and necessary limitation given their present level of development, they don’t say, “That’s as far as there is to go.” That person understands — because he or she can feel it living within them — that something still greater exists. They just have to wait for it to come to them. And they work! They work with their limitation, not their excellence. They work through what they don’t know — not trying to prove over and over again what they do know — because they’re agreeing to allow the principles, the perfection, the powers from the world above them to come into them, educate them, and ultimately elevate them.
Whenever we will do the very best we can do, give the very most that we have to give, even though we may be far from perfect in that moment nevertheless . . . that moment is acting upon us to bring us into its native perfection. And it is only through learning to endure our own imperfections that we realize Perfection itself is our guide and master.
When, in our love for the Divine — either through prayer, contemplation or meditation –we give to that Light our praise or adoration –we are (in fact) graced by that Life in proportion to the amount of love we find in our hearts to offer It. The true Friends of God have always known this law of reciprocal Divine Love. In other words, whatever we give our love to, gives us that love back according to the extent of our giving. The true pleasure of anything we practice for our love of it — gardening, golf, cooking, music, or whatever — is the love we have for that same action.