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The Best of Now and Here

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No longer forward nor behind I look in hope or fear; But grateful, take the good I find, The best of now and here.
John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892) American Quaker, Poet, and Abolitionist

As I was getting ready for church this morning I was reflecting on this past year and how quickly the months have flown by. It's been a remarkable year, though things haven't always gone the way I thought they might. That's the challenge of placing expectations or time frames on things one can't control -- when things are different you have to learn to adjust.
I was raised to have goals in life - things to work toward and accomplish. At an earlier time in my life I fared pretty well at achieving many of those goals. When my health deteriorated and I wasn't able to do as much as I wanted, it was easy to look back with longing for that which I felt I had lost. Reflecting back from time to time is good, but looking back with longing limited my ability to look forward. I learned to look f…