February 17, 2015 1:11 PM
Some validation of the “expect good things to happen” item from my List of Truths and Practices:
At the moment, Mom’s only comfortable driving short distances, so this morning I drove Dad to get some blood work done at the hospital. The parking guy pointed me to a spot right next to the entrance and even though it was the morning after a long weekend and appointments aren’t taken for lab work, there was zero waiting and Dad and I were in and out of there in less than ten minutes.
Here is my revised list and how I remember it:
- C: COMMUNE with God.
- S: SURRENDER your will.
- I: The INSIGNIFICANCE of thoughts.
- E: EXPECT good things to happen.
- D: You’ll be DEAD soon.
To remember the list, I pronounce it “CSI, IED” (there’s only one “I” (Insignificance), but it’s easier to remember with two).
SURRENDER : I surrender my personal will to whatever is going on at the moment.
INSIGNIFICANCE : I (try) to remember how insignificant my thoughts are.
EXPECT : In any situation that I am participating in, I expect it to work out well (see this morning’s example above).
DEAD : I try to remember that I’ll be dead soon which acts as a compass for my actions (Is whatever I am doing right now what I want to or should be doing?).
I do these practices as often as I remember—at least as long as I don’t have something more pressing to focus my mind on.
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