(7 Shots of Wisdom from an Urban Monk)

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Discern and cherish the current season of your life for what it is. Whether it is (or would be) good or bad, it will all depend on how you see it and how you deal with it.

Don’t make the mistake of comparing your momentary life station with someone else’s. We all have our own journey to take and our own unique story to tell.

If your season now seems to be mundane, difficult, or complex, take heart!                   

It’s only a season. This too shall pass. It will be over even before you know it.            

And you will remain. You will live on.

Resist the temptation of complaining about your circumstances.

It will only make you bitter, not better.                                                                                   

Your trials are customized to make you and not break you.

Do not dwell in the past nor sulk in regrets. Both can no longer be undone.

Focus on the here and now for it can (still) make a difference in your life and in what’s yet to be.

Listen carefully to what your life is telling you to do right now, and know where it is bound to lead. Your path may be different from others.

Run your own race against time and space.

Relish every moment and enjoy them come what may. The storms will pass. Your struggles won’t last. But you and your unbeatable soul will remain, survive, and thrive if you intentionally weave your own story in the web of life, march to the beat of your own drum, to live and fight for your dreams come hell or high water.

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