The parcel of wisdom that's been delivered to me over and over lately is this:
When I go around trying to change things, manipulating people and situations so that they come closer to what I feel they should be, or numbing myself to my feelings by drinking alcohol or watching too much TV, I become miserable and unhappy.
All of this self and other destructive behavior springs from having a stubborn blueprint, that I refuse to let go of, of what my life should be, instead of accepting my life as it is for the precious gift that it is.
In other words, I am comparing the life I have been given with the life I think I should have.
So this prayer, this urgent plea that has been asserting itself as a recitative in my day-to-day?:
God (or Inner Presence, or Great Spirit, or benevolent Creation) help me live this gift of life to the fullest. Help me to avoid the self-created madness and misery of my obsession with what "should" or "should not" be.
Thank you for my life, and my ever increasing clarity.