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That change is inevitable and by returning to this present moment, be it through my breath or a moment of stillness then a sense of peace is restored.
Memento mori helps. Against that truth, the petty fictions I reflexively adopt to get through this day or that task take a back seat.
If you lean away it’s still going to happen! May as well get on for the ride.
Life is too short. This past year I have witnessed death, bankruptcy, loss and things changing from day to day. It has lead me to believe that you cannot control tomorrow. All you have is today. And when things are good, try to be in the moment as much as possible, embrace it and enjoy it.
Thank you for this reminder, John.
I guess one of my favorite perspectives is “this too shall pass”.
It seemed that a possible attitude was to find inner stillness. Then I came back to the reply which was appearing when I first read the question, which was that to realize that collecting all the experiences in life and to give it back to society like a ripened fruit of the life lived, so that the condensed experience might be available for the next generation for example, to me seems to be a very nourishing perspective for all concerned. Then the experience is passed forward and is available for the next ones who possibly might benefit from it. Thank you for this question and the time given to process it. 🙏
That is an interesting perspective Ose. Thank you.
The notion that every experience and happening in life is a potential blessing can help me lean into life as it is. This helps me remember that all joys and difficulties of life are opportunities for growth, wisdom, and gaining compassion.
By showing up each day. Just like the sun. Always there, even if you can’t always see it. And shines on everyone, without exception.
Movement is life. Move a muscle change a thought. It’s an AA term but it makes sense to me. I can get bogged down in overthinking. It’s best that I keep moving and not get so caught up in my head. I wrote a long explanation of my philosophy and deleted it by accident. It was good that I did. But I must tell you life for me is about movement. “You are as old as your spine is flexible”. I learned that from a yogi long ago and when I looked it up it is found in many circles so not its re-membered for me today and I will move in ways I have learned that make me feel alive and well. Qi gong, yoga, dance, core awareness work whatever it takes. Movement is life!
Absolutely agree Toni. We are bodies first. I regain a healthy perspective when I get out out of my head and move. I can count on it.
I figure everyone is challenged with the pandemic and just life’s regular trials like health issues, love issues and earning issues. So a smile or any effort at calmness, especially kindness to all now is so important. Again from my spiritual teacher I say every morning ” What would love have me do today? Something always arises to help me lean into life. Grateful and positive into life as it is now.
I like that, as a daily morning question – thanks for sharing, Melissa.
You can’t change what has already happened.
You can only attempt to affect your future.
You have full reign to affect what is happening in the current moment, so make sure to make the best of it!
Trying not to take anything too personally and remember that everyone is dealing with their own life stuff.
Looking forward, instead of getting bogged down by my past. .
I just read an article in Oprah’s magazine’s Resilience issue that brought tears to my eyes
I try to remember that I am a microscopic speck on a microscopic planet in all of reality, but that there are likely worlds within me, too.
I think the answer is what we all come here for every day…fostering a sense of gratitude.
Not everyone is granted the privilege of Life. People die young all the time and it’s a tragedy when they do. Growing older is one of the most dreaded maladies of the modern age, but it is the natural result of living. Age is a privilege, embrace it!
That what I may do or say may actually effect someone or make a difference in their day. Scripture tells us that the power of words is truly our super-power as human beings. We must be careful. My perspective is that everything will be ok. Let the process run, be patient, be prayerful, wait with anticipation that all will be well. Have hope, always hope.
I know that what I do today will affect tomorrow: How deeply I love. What I make or repair with my hands. What words I speak of encouragement. Taking care of myself and others. The actions I take to help the earth and equality or at least not cause harm. Teaching and leadership. How I deal with sorrows and challenges or help others to.
The perspective that what I do is relevant and that even as one small person I will affect my life and the world, this lets me accept imperfections in life. Life is experience and process. It is moments, like beads on a necklace. It is wabi-sabi (beautiful imperfection, incomplete beauty).
Current and past perspectives help leaning into life. All those experiences make up wisdom and knowledge. Each day there is something new to learn.
What helps me deal with life as it comes both are pleasant and the not so pleasant is the knowledge that there is a logic a certain kind of perfection to everything. And that I can learn from everything.There are lessons to be learned at every stage.
Impermanence is all around us. This helps me to stay connected to the people & things that are truly the most important in my life. It also reminds me to lighten up, embrace the beauty all around me, have fun & let the extraneous nonsense go.
I like the reminder to “lighten up.” It makes me smile.
As I approach my 65th birthday, I look around and note how many of my friends, and people who I know are either ill or no longer around. Yes I have my aches and pains and I cannot do all the physical things that I did in my younger days but I am learning to appreciate the things that I can do, that besides my resolved cardiac problem and my ongoing arthritis that living is a gift. I feel blessed that I can still experience life, feel grateful and try to live each day to its fullest. Enjoy the now because tomorrow is not promised.
There is an older gentleman who works in a bakery here. I’ve seen him in that bakery for decades and he’s been there much longer. Whenever anyone asks him, “How are you, Mr. Gibson?” He always replies, “Getting better every day!” We used to laugh at this and one day a friend and I were talking about his great attitude… we were in a different shop and like magic, he appeared! So we said hi and said we were just talking about his great attitude and he replied, “Yes, the first 90 years are the hardest!”
It still cracks me up. 😀
O devy, you are a young thing 🙂
But, in my experience, the next 10 yrs are fine.
Have a have Birthday. Your words are so correct. Enjoy what you are anticipating.
The writer’s perspective. Chronicler of events, descriptor of emotions and the generator of webs. It allows for creativity through allegory always with an eye to tack back towards core truths. Everything has potential, even the smallest detail: The feel of the mug in my calloused hands, it’s warmth from the coffee, the faint sounds of the birdsong as dawn hints on the tips of the palms and mahoganies, the sound of the car turning in the court below as the man arrives who brings the newspapers to my neighbors, his driver door left open as he sprints to their doors allowing the flow of Cuban music from his radio. The opening of the channels for inspiration, waiting for the words which always come.
Beautiful, Howie. Thank you for sharing those images. They transport me to another place.
Here I have pulled back the curtains. There is the pit-pat of steady spring rain. The maple trees outside my window and all the light is so green because of the wetness. Irish green. Spring green. A green that visually buzzes. One loud robin is singing a song high in a tree, and many little sparrows are arguing in a bush. Occasionally I hear the whooshshshsh of a car making its way down the street. My coffee cup shows a sheep in tartan on it, and the cup has a chip in the rim, and I use it every day.
Have a wonderful day, Howie!
Every day is a gift….just put a smile on your face and go with it.
The perspective that everything that I’ve done, everything that has happened around me all happens for a reason. Through that I’ve learned acceptance, which basically is leaning into life as it is.
My mother was married twice when I was a child before I was 6 years old. This has always made me feel that it was up to me 2 create my own sense of belonging in security. So, when I see others far less fortunate than I am, I count my blessings, and except life as it is. That means either accepting the trials as purifications leading me to yet greater dependence on God, or as I’ve learned in this space, the fortunate awareness of gratitude for the many blessings in my life. Most recently my lessons have been acceptance of all of my circumstances in the moment. Trusting that where I am in life right now is exactly where God wants me to be and to find waze to look for opportunities to help others and spread God’s love.
Having hope, love, and a reverence for life, in all its wild and unpredictable twists and turns, gives me perspective, as does knowing that my time on the planet is finite, which tends to keep one sober.
This quote from Cicero: If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. I can find comfort, uplifting thoughts and wisdom in my books and I can find comfort and hope in my garden. And the other thing is, I am always with love. I can lean on Love.❤🌱
Christine, so beautiful. Thank you for sharing this quote from Cicero. It is exactly what I need, as I am experiencing great sadness these days. Sending you love. ❤️
Dear pkr, I feel so sorry for you. I do hope that you can find some comfort in your sadness. My heart reaches out for you. 💕
Thank you, Christine – what fun! That quote is new to me.
I know that quote. I live that quote! 😀
Thank you. I love that quote from Cicero and it very much helped me this morning to keep perspective.
Hi Christine. I haven’t heard that quote in a long time. So much wisdom….
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