Friday, October 21, 2011
I Go The Distance
You can tell I'm in a fantastic mood this morning. Of course, sure, there are things that could get me down were I to dwell on them. Like anyone, the future is always uncertain in particular respects. But I've always managed to deal with it before and there's no doubt in my mind that I'll keep on like that for the foreseeable future.
The thing about life is to take care of the present moment, looking out for your affairs right this minute, and to keep it all as clean as possible. Clean as in no entanglements you can't untangle. On that front, I have to say I'm doing pretty well. I may walk out of here and be run over by a truck, but that has nothing to do with what I'm talking about. If I look both ways, I will likely make it.
So I'm in a fantastic mood. I got up, took care of business, read a little (fiction), then read a little of some good spiritual literature, gave it all a joyful thought and zeroed in on the essence of the thing. And when I left it behind, it went with me, because I'm reminding myself as I go on. (It's not just me, it can be you, too!)
The idea I have is that we basically set goals for ourselves, personal attainment stuff, then we discipline ourselves (something I'm not always good at) to persevere and attain them. There's mile-markers along the way and we go past those, not just to be going past but because we're moving in life and enjoying the trip along the way. It's cumulative, not postponing anything!
I've really been thinking that giving attention to detail is the way to live, and less is more, or less is the whole thing. If you're feeling and knowing the texture of life along the way, that's better than postponement or seeking to attain more more more. My way hasn't always been like that, but right this minute it is. I might be thinking of planetary systems (appreciate that), something big, huge, then turn to the extremely small, a spider's web (appreciate that). Then a few words of something inspiring and I'm feeling pretty good.
Are you going the distance, are you advancing on and advancing in?