On Thursday, January 16th 2014 our group suffered the tragic loss of a beloved member. Jim Callaghan’s spirit will live forever in our hearts and in our hills…
“The Seeds of Success” by Og Mandino
As posted on Facebook by Jim Callaghan
April 9, 2009 at 8:02am
GOD, I thank you for this day. I know I have not accomplished, as yet, all you expect of me. If that is your reason for bathing me in the fresh dew of another dawn, I am most grateful. I am prepared at last to make you proud of me.
I will forget yesterday with all of its trials and tribulations, aggravations and setbacks, angers and frustrations. The past is already a dream, from which I can neither retrieve a single word nor erase any foolish deeds. I will resolve however that if I have injured anyone yesterday through my thoughtlessness I will not let this day’s sun set before I make amends and nothing that I do today will be of greater importance.
I will not fret the future. My success and happiness does not depend on straining to see what lurks dimly on the horizon, but to do this day what lies clearly at hand. I will treasure this day, for it is all that I have. I know that its rushing hours cannot be accumulated or stored like precious grain for future use. I will live as all good actors do when they are on stage, only in the moment. I cannot perform at my best today by regretting my previous mistakes, or worrying about the scene to come.
I will embrace today’s difficult tasks, take off my coat, and make dust in the world. I will remember that the busier I am, the less harm I am apt to suffer, the tastier will be my food, the sweeter my sleep, and the better satisfied I will be with my place in the world. I will free myself today from the slavery of the clock and calendar, although I will plan this day in order to conserve my steps and energy. I will begin to measure my life in deeds, not years, in thoughts, not seasons, in feelings, not figures on a dial. I will remain aware of how little it takes to make this a happy day. Never will I pursue happiness, because it is not a goal, just a by-product, and there is no happiness in having or getting, only in giving.
I will run from no danger I might encounter today because I am certain that nothing will happen to me that I am not equipped to handle with your help. Just as any gem is polished with friction, I am certain to become more valuable through this day’s adversities and if you close one door, you always open another.
I will love this day as if it were Christmas. I will be a giver of gifts and deliver to my enemies the gift of forgiveness, my opponent’s tolerance, my friends a smile, my children a good example and every gift will be wrapped with unconditional love. I will waste not even a precious second today in anger or hate, jealousy or selfishness. I know that the seeds I sow, I will harvest because every action, good or bad, is always followed by an equal reaction. I will plant only good seeds this day.
I will treat this day as a violin. One may draw harmony from it, another discord, yet no one will blame the instrument. Life is the same, and if I play it correctly, it will give forth beauty, but if I play it ignorantly, it will produce ugliness. I will condition myself to look on every problem that I encounter today, as no more than a pebble in my shoe. I remember the pain so harsh I could hardly walk and I recall my surprise when I removed my shoe and found only a grain of sand.
I will work convinced that nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. To do anything today that is truly worth doing, I must not stand back, shivering and thinking of the cold danger, but jump in with gusto and scramble to do as well as I can. I will face the world with goals set for this day but they will be attainable ones, not the vague impossible variety, declared by those who make a career of failure.
I realize that you always try me with a little at first to see what I will do with a lot. I will never hide my talents. If I am silent, I am forgotten. If I do not advance, I will fall back. If I walk away from any challenge today, my self-esteem will be forever scarred. And if I cease to grow even a little, I will become smaller. I reject the stationary position because it is always the beginning of the end. I will keep a smile on my face and in my heart even when I hurt today.
I know that the world is a looking glass that gives back to me the reflection of my own soul. Now I know the secret of correcting the attitude of others is to correct my own. I will turn away from any temptation today that might cause me to break my word or lose my self-respect. I am positive that the only thing I possess that is more valuable than my life is my honor.
I will work this day with all of my strength; content in the knowledge that life does not consist of wallowing in the past or peering anxiously at the future. It is appalling to contemplate the great number of painful steps by which one arrives at a truth so old, so obvious and so frequently expressed.
Whatever it offers, little or much, my life is now. I will pause if I am feeling sorry for myself and I will remember that this is the only day I have and I must play it to the fullest. What my part may play in the great whole, I may not recognize, but I am here to play it, and now is the time. I will count this day as a separate life. I will remember that those with the fewest regrets are those who take each moment as it comes. And take it for all that it is worth.
This is my day. These are my seeds. Thank you GOD, for this precious garden of time.