At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself: “I have to go to work – as a human being. What do I have to complain of, if I’m going to do what I was born for – the things I was brought into the world to do? or is this what I was created for? To huddle under the blankets and stay warm?
– Because it’s ‘nicer’ here…”?
Keep reminding yourself of the way things are connected, of their relatedness. All things are implicated in one another and in sympathy with each other. This event is the consequence of some other one. Things push and pull on each other and breathe together, and are one.
– Marcus Aurelius
He wrote these words over 18 centuries ago and I think he had it pretty well sussed. Living, dying, the good life, human character, nature and the soul.
A shift in perspective is good – it can open you up to change and letting go. That’s what happened when the New Year’s new moon came and went. I plan to continue how I started out… not getting caught up in the “what ifs or if onlys” of the past or the future. To understand that all things change – that is the nature of nature and why it is so beautiful. And in this moment this is all there is and it’s always changing. That you make what you choose of your own experience. There are no random acts.
In the end, we all lose the same the thing. We give up the present, which is all we ever have.