Over the past few days, the virtual Catholic world has exploded in a joyful celebration of the life of Mother Teresa.
My social media newsfeeds have been flooded with beautiful images and compelling stories. She is such a beloved saint.
I have nothing new to add to all that’s been so wonderfully said about this courageous, selfless, beautiful woman. But I do want to offer a humble thought on one of my very favorite of her sayings.
When I’m struggling with anxiety or depression (or both), it’s easy for me to become overwhelmed with life: all the ways I’ve failed as a wife and mom, all the things staring at me from my to-do list, all the what-ifs that my imagination can conjure up, all my secret fears that threaten to overcome me.
I can easily be tempted to let it all paralyze me. To refuse to begin out of fear. To think so much about yesterday or tomorrow that I forget to live and love the life that’s right in front of me.
And so, these words from Mother Teresa speak straight to my heart:
Yesterday is gone; tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
This very moment is all that we’re sure of.
I have a feeling that if I could learn to live well and love well in the present moment, my heart would attain a peace that I’ve not felt for a long time.
Mother Teresa, help me to begin.