Monday, July 14, 2008

Daily Om: Living in Grace

What a beautiful concept, living each day gracefully. I already started off my morning on the right note, walked barefoot around my back yard and thanked the Universe for allowing me to be here one more day. Life truly is a gift, isn't it?

A Glimpse Of Perfection
Living A Day In Grace

Grace is always with us. It flows like a river through our lives, artfully reminding us that there is magic and power beyond what our eyes can see. At times we catch its subtle beauty, like during chance meetings, near misses, and insights that seem to come from nowhere. Other times we experience grace in all its powerful surety such as when a job or relationship comes to an end. Though we may forget that this is grace at work too, it is indeed influencing our lives, helping us to move forward and take the next step. Grace exists in all situations, in every moment, yet all too often we may overlook its presence.

Imagine how it would feel to live an entire day in grace, to fully appreciate that your day is unfolding in absolute perfection. Whereas usually you might miss the magic in ordinary events and interactions, on this day you would recognize them all as little miracles. Perhaps you could begin with your first deep breaths in the morning, becoming aware that there is an abundant supply of air for you to breathe. Your lungs know just how to carry oxygen to your blood, and your blood knows where to carry it from there. This is grace at work. You might appreciate the brilliant sunshine, the warm summertime rain, or the possibilities for learning that greet you at every turn. You might notice the ease with which you do your job or laugh with a close friend. These things are also grace. Even laying your head down at the end of this day and resting in the stillness of night is grace.

With each opportunity you give yourself to enjoy this current of benevolence, you may discover a deeper peace. Your faith may strengthen and your heart may open. You might begin to wonder if struggle is really all that necessary after all. By living this one day in grace, you might open the door to many more.


Aisling said...

It sounds as if your day, and your week, are off to a great start.

How is little Jackson feeling?

Rapunzel said...

Aisling, thank you for asking, he is all better now! :-)

Lady Laurie said...

What a beautiful post, and a lovely thought to keep with you not just today but everyday.

By the way, I find your blog very inspiring I am very much a believer in everyday magick ~ thank you for opening up a world of possibilites to me!

Robbin with 2 B's! said...

Funny how I opened up this post and Grace was what it was about.. I've had Grace and Mercy on my mind a lot lately, and you're going to think I'm nuts but years ago my son, Matthew, who is a die hard Garth Brooks fan told me, (at least 10 years ago) how Garth had described the difference in the two, and I liked it but had forgotten how it went. So I searched but no such quote have I found. There's lots of regious leaders who offer the different meanings, but not exactly like Garth did, lol. My son does remember telling me that, but he can't remember the quote either. Grace and Mercy, is one a gift and one earned? Or they both gifts. I need Garth Brook's phone number!
Any way, I loved your post and I hope you have Grace all day long.

Rapunzel said...

Lady Laurie, thank you so much. I'm re-reading my post and trying to reclaim that state of grace, am feeling less than graceful, or gracious, this afternoon...


Rapunzel said...

Robbin, thank you for your kind words! I did a quick google search, is this possibly the quote you were looking for? It was actually on a Garth fansite but it doesn't appear that Garth quoted it. ??

"Grace is when God gives us what we don't deserve and mercy is when God doesn't give us what we do deserve" - Dan Roberts

Robbin with 2 B's! said...

Rapunzel, I do believe that was it, thank you so much!