But I’ve noticed as I’ve continued to smooth out the rough edges of my thinking and behavior that The Tracinator has willfully given up the hammer of execution to the blending brush belonging to The Gracinator. I'll let you in on a little secret. Many folks wondered how and why I would step into the role I'm in now. It is a daunting situation to duplicate my father's presence, persona, and power. When I came back ten years ago, I knew I was so far out of my element with nothing in the proverbial toolbox that I had to rely on grace, i.e., unmerited favor wholly. In other words, I would do my very best, but the end result was outside my control.
Today, this truth has become so second nature that I know of no other way to get out of bed each day and do what life presents. I will work hard, stay surrounded by tremendous people and books, and take good care of myself. I pray; I study; I serve; I work; I love; I receive. Life is now a tremendous balance of pouring out and being replenished that I wish I had given credence to earlier in life.
But we don’t understand it when we’re younger. We’re the masters of destiny, the earth movers and shakers, the creators, the conquerors —and that is all well and good. But there's a much more calm way to go about existing on the planet, and that's allowing each day to unfold precisely as it's supposed to. I no longer go to sleep drained and angry but rather retire in absolute wonder at what the day has revealed before me. Is it all perfect and good? Not even close. But it's a process; it's one day in eternity; it's a chance to do the best I can, and that's all I can ever achieve.
I have my list of things to accomplish at the start of each day. Sometimes they get checked off and sometimes they don’t. But I never reflect at the end of the day upset that I didn't get more done. I got precisely done what life presented to me in those 24 hours. And that is one tremendous feeling indeed. Someday, we won't have the construct called time; but for now, I try to make time my friend and not my foe. Let go and let grace. It's ready to take a preeminent role in your life if you let it.
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