TODAY

You may be uncertain where life is leading you. If there is anything this year has taught us all, is that uncertainty is within our lives. It holds true that life has curveballs being thrown at us from every direction. That is an anomaly that will follow us throughout our life. Something that we feel the need to control, but we learn throughout life it is something that is uncontrollable. The only thing that we have control over is how we handle each and every turn. Some call it struggles, some call it seasons. This year I have taught myself to call it TODAY.

You see if I call the difficulties in life “seasons” then I am giving life to the future of difficulties. I have no need within my frame of mind to see that my hardships come in seasons. Seasons last months before the change happens. In fact by doing so, I am teaching my frame of mind to accept the longevity of my current state. I simply have learned that if I refer to my hardships as Today, then I am leaving the option to have peace tomorrow. Which in turn allows me time to breath, as well as have faith that tomorrow will be better.

Will that peace come to me tomorrow? Only God knows that answer, but why should we accept that our time with difficulties continue on for months to come. I have found within my heart that holding the possibility that tomorrow will be difficult, allows me time to dwell on tomorrows problems before tomorrow even arises.

Allow yourself to heal today. Even if tomorrow is difficult. Because if we dread tomorrow before it arises, then we are doing ourselves a disservice. Happiness can be formed by looking forward to tomorrow rather than dreading it before happens.

Mary Swinney

Now, I know what some of you are thinking… “How can you look forward to tomorrow when today is so hard.” It isn’t easy at all, in fact it is a constant struggle to refrain from future sabatoge. The amount of pain we go through in life is at an all time high. Even the mental capability of the events that have taken place in 2020 has been overwhelming to say the least. Maybe some of you have lost loved ones, maybe some of you have taken job losses, maybe some of you have dealt with personal battles. One thing is true in all of these things…YOU! You have made it to a point within your life where you are seeing change all around you. Even if you weren’t ready for it. Sometimes our comfort level here in this World is shaken.

With this, we have to understand that some things, as much as we want to hold the chaos at a distance, it will inevitably come into our lives. A play that we do not want, but have to overcome. In hindsight we have to also understand that we can overcome all things. I believe that we all are strong minded individuals given the tools to become so.

Just Remember two things: 1. You are enough– Even on the days where tears are flowing, and nothing seems right. Remind yourself that you CAN OVERCOME! 2. There is nothing that can bring you to a point of no return. You WILL look back months from today and see the progress you have made, and with that you will be proud of the person you are, and how you used grace to become anew.

Deal with the uncertainties of Today, but look forward to tomorrow. Your destiny isn’t over, it is just beginning.

Mary Swinney

Author: Mary Swinney

Growing up in the Tri-Cities the love I had for the area tilted more towards how Id love to leave, rather than to see what the area had to offer. I didn't want to see at the time just how enchanting my hometown was. As soon as the chance arose my family and I made our way to Rhode Island. Once there we made some amazing life long friends, who took us in, and showed us just how proud they were of their state. It may be the smallest of all the states, but it was packed with charm and adventure. Each week we were visiting new restraunts, meeting new people, and visiting so many areas that I had only dreamed of. The residents were so proud of what they all had built together that it made me realize just how much I had missed out on back home. I have always been proud of my Southern Roots and I vowed that if God ever brought me back to my hometown I would make it my mission to explore the best it had to offer. I have been back for two years and have fallen in love with so many places. It is my mission now to bring my small town back to life and spread the word on how charming the Tri-Cities truly is.

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