I was going to skip posting today, but then I read some answers to this prompt and thought, hey, I can write just one line! But apparently I have to write more than one, in order to write just one. Good thing the rules are bendy.
“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
― Maya Angelou
One of the Team Pepper prompts suggests finding a quote which says how you want to live your life and explaining it. There’s not a lot I can add to this, except to say keep learning, Keep laughing. Be happy with your “now”.
“Why do they not teach you that time is a finger snap and an eye blink, and that you should not allow a moment to pass you by without taking joyous, ecstatic note of it, not wasting a single moment of its swift, breakneck circuit?” (Pat Conroy)
“To offer no resistance to life is to be in a state of grace, ease, and lightness. This state is then no longer dependent upon things being in a certain way, good or bad. It seems almost paradoxical, yet when your inner dependency on form is gone, the general conditions of your life, the outer forms, tend to improve greatly. Things, people, or conditions that you thought you needed for your happiness now come to you with no struggle or effort on your part, and you are free to enjoy and appreciate them – while they last. All those things, of course, will still pass away, cycles will come and go, but with dependency gone there is no fear of loss anymore. Life flows with ease.”
“Always say “yes” to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? what could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say “yes” to life — and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.”
— Eckhart Tolle
It’s so hard to explain, but perhaps what it all boils down to is that life is too short to spend it being pissed off at everything.
It is what it is. The present moment is all that I have. NOW is the primary focus.
Hard to do? Of course it is. But every time I get lost in the present and empty my mind of useless regrets and the stifling fear of what might happen next, it gets easier. To just BE. Accept. Allow the goodness within to emerge. Be still, and at peace.
Blah blah blah.
Perhaps you would have to know what a crazy worry wart I used to be to appreciate how calm and accepting I am now in comparison. Start with deep breaths and letting the negativity slowly dissolve. Circumstances may still suck, but will no longer have such power and control because – those things don’t really matter, and you no longer care to give them such importance.
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