16. Progress

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Circles

Most of life\’s activities are recurrent. Some things we do every day, some once a week or once a month, and then others, far less frequently, maybe once a year or so — like filing income taxes. Then there are things that are once-in-a-lifetime experiences, like graduating from high school or falling in love.

I love the change of seasons — the move from summer to fall and from winter to spring. They\’re all part of nature\’s big circle. The sun\’s retreat in the evening followed by her return in the morning demonstrates one of nature\’s small circles. It’s true that time moves forward, never to repeat, but the real motions of life are circular and curved.

I love a fresh start, a new day. Wiping the slate clean means forgetting about yesterday and starting over. And in that small circle of a day there\’s a chance for near perfection. Just think about your perfect day, a time when you just felt great all day long. You could feel that same way tomorrow. Emotions can turn on a dime when possibilities become real.

Day 16 Guide

Time does move forward, and we grow older by the day. But some of life\’s most important motions are circular. Every hour of every day is an opportunity for change — an opportunity to renew those grand feelings that make perfection a possibility. Today think of those things that enliven your spirit: music, memories, light. Then surround yourself with whatever has the potential to turn your emotions on a dime.

© 2009, Levi Hill

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