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Tiny Wisdom: On Enjoying the Light

“If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.” -Morris West

Today I watched Finding Nemo, one of my absolute favorite Disney movies. When Dory and Marlin are searching for his lost son Nemo and it seems like they’re doomed to fail, Marlin says, “I promised I’d never let anything happen to him.”

Dory responds, “Hmm. That’s a funny thing to promise. You can’t never let anything happen to him. Then nothing would ever happen to him. Not much fun for little Harpo.”

As someone who has often worried about people I love, I find this incredibly insightful. The truth is we never can know for certain when a storm is coming. We can’t fully protect ourselves or the people we love from hardship.

What we can do is choose not to cause ourselves pain by shutting down, fearing everything that might go wrong. When we hide from the worst that could possibly happen, we also close ourselves off from the best.

Today if you’re feeling fearful about things that might go wrong tomorrow, come back to the present and recognize things that are going right today.

There’s a lot of sunshine to enjoy in life, but we can only appreciate it if we’re willing to be firmly rooted in the here and now.

Photo by Nieve44/La Luz

About Lori Deschene

Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha and Recreate Your Life Story, an online course that helps you let go of the past and live a life you love. Her latest bookTiny Buddha's Gratitude Journal, which includes 15 coloring pages, is now available for purchase. For daily wisdom, follow Tiny Buddha on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram..

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  • Lindsey

    I love this. I write often of the preemptive regret and anxiety that robs me of the moment … I so relate to what you beautifully express here. Thank you. xox

  • I’ve experienced my share of preemptive regret, as well. It’s tempting to want to try to control everything! You’re most welcome. =)

  • Melanie

    Thank you so much! I love this – it is a keeper!

  • Bob S

    “Today if you’re feeling fearful about things that might go wrong tomorrow, come back to the present and recognize things that are going right today.”

    When I signed-up for Daily Wisdom I thought that would be a tall order for anyone to fulfill. But once again you come through with another simple insight which helps me in my walk.

    Thanks!

  • Funny how as an adult you really can learn a lot from a kids movie. I love all the old disney movies.

    Sometimes I find myself so caught up in worry, trying to plan and control things way too much. I’m learning to let things flow more, and accepting to be in the moment and at peace.