“Life is like a book.  Some chapters are sad, some happy, and some exciting.  But if you never turn the page…you never know what the next chapter holds.” ~ Zig Ziglar

The newest chapter of your story just opened.  Much has happened so far.  There have been friends, lovers, drama, disappointment, tragedy, thrills and spills.  It has every element of a best-seller.  Looking over the pages already written, there are things we might have scripted differently.

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But then the unfolding would have been altered, making it almost impossible to reach this part.  What a tale it is.  How interesting and compelling.  Wouldn’t it be sad if we made it boring and dull by sitting around, feeling sorry for ourselves, doing little or nothing?  This newest chapter could hold the climax to the whole thing.

Life is all about participating fully.  We might need time for rest, reflection and refueling, but never need to languish so long that the adventure goes on without us.  God has given us an amazing gift of here and now.  He puts a pen in our hands and asks us author this page.

He gives us everything we need, waits with us, prays with us, celebrates with us and grieves with us.  He delights in what we do just as a parent delights in the development of the growing toddler.  Every step and every move are a source of joy.  As a grandfather, I get to hear wonderful stories about the never-a-dull-moment lives our little kids are living.

This is the nature of full participation.  No dull moments.  No time for self-pity.  No more resentment.  Write your story well.  Move on.  Just like my Dad often said. ‘Damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead’.

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Robert Kenneth Jones

Robert Kenneth Jones

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Robert Kenneth Jones is an innovator in the treatment of addiction and childhood abuse.

In a career spanning over four decades, his work helping people recover from childhood abuse and addiction has earned him the respect of his peers.

His blog, An Elephant for Breakfast, testifies to the power of the human spirit to overcome the worst of life’s difficulties. We encourage you to visit and share this rich source of healing, inspiration and meditation.

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