Today, Gratefully.

I came across this quote by Maya Angelou that reflects the importance of trying to live with the notion of today, the present moment – to try and heal from our past and not fret too much about the future:

“If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present….gratefully.” – Maya Angelou

As a therapist, I do believe in the process of looking back. But it is never about blame, and always about understanding. It is meant as a way to heal and move forward – to do so forgivingly. When we look forward, we have the choice to do so from a worried place, or one in which we have faith; we can do so prayerfully.

And today, we can do so gratefully – by focusing on our blessings, by being thankful for the day and for the experience it brought to us. Thank you Maya Angelou for the reminder. :)

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6 thoughts on “Today, Gratefully.”

  1. Love Maya Angelou! And a friend reminded me the other day that it had been 13 years since we travelled to Toronto to hear her speak. It was to be her last visit to Canada. Also, where did those 13 years go? Hence her wise advice to live in the moment gratefully.


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