Posted: 19 March 2015

BenevoLent: 'The future we want for ourselves is built today'

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Today, Lorna, offers some inspiring words for people giving up something for Lent. 

In my last post, I talked about getting back on track after a slip up by forgiving yourself. This has certainly worked for me, and my new tactic is to focus on the present.

When you make a mistake it is very easy to dwell on it, and allow the memory of it affect your present. It’s also incredibly easy to convince yourself that you will get back on track tomorrow, rather than fixing the mistake right away. It’s neither the past nor the future that will determine your success, it’s the decision you make right now.

I’ve been feeling very inspired by a quote from Charles Du Bos: ‘The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we want to become’.  So I’ve been trying very hard to concentrate on the here and now.

The future we want for ourselves is built today and that is a powerful thought.

So whether you are knocking it out of the park on your BenevoLent challenge or struggling to keep it up, think about what you can do right now.

And BenevoLent isn’t just about self-discipline. By donating the money you are saving to The Children’s Society you are building a fairer future for the most disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. You can read more about how we protect children forced to leave home or organise your own fundraising event.

What are you doing to right now to make the future you want to see for our children and young people?

By Lorna Barton-Nicol - Guest bloggers

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