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No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man. —Heraclitus
Anyone who thinks that life is too routine and that hardly anything changes has gotten himself into a rut. We can allow ourselves to be numbed by our daily routines, bored with the predictability of our days, and dwell on the many things we don’t have or we’d like to have.
Instead, though, we can notice the richness of each day as we move through it. For me, there are a great many things that pique my attention or give me joy. When I get up early in the morning, I will notice the stillness that rests in the house; somehow that day’s silence has its own soothing quality. Or on my walk, I’ll notice a new blossom on my lemon tree; a walker who has an English mastiff who’s decided to stop and greet me; or an armadillo that scampers blindly to find his breakfast.
Or I may scan the newspaper, noting how the stories seem to lean from one side to the other. Or how my breakfast cereal seems especially tasty that morning. Or note that it must be time to find another fruit for my cereal, since the Sugar Kiss melons are drifting out of season.
At times I’ll appreciate that in spite of my 71-year-old stiffness, I seem to be moving with some ease on a particular morning. Or my husband makes me laugh with a silly joke.
On certain days I’m especially blessed when I notice that I have some new insights that I’m challenged to analyze, accept or reject. That in spite of the pleasure I experience as I reflect on this great country, I am saddened by all who suffer and cause suffering.
But I truly believe that each day I awaken, when I thank G-d for restoring my soul that morning, I am a different person, hopefully a wiser person, with more gratitude and humility. And my life, that particular day is a brand-new day unlike any other.
The day is new, and I am new.
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