Begin decreasing the conceptual emphasis on what you “need” to do and start increasing the actual doing of what you want to do. When you focus more on what you truly want and move away from the false obligations you have been persuaded to believe are necessary, you fulfil your life purpose and by extension make the world a better place.
Find the balance of wants and needs. Respect the monopoly of the illegitimate use of physical force that the systems currently in power wield and find legitimate ways to transcend the constraints that are an irrational burden.
Be in tune with true inspiration and what is really wanted, instead of acting on what you have been manipulated to pursue by outside influences that do not hold your best interest. Your deeper feelings provide guidance and silent time in contemplation can help with the tuning process.
There is a saying:
Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.
Expect the best, prepare for the rest.
The former is problematic in several ways. Continue reading
I pledge to do my very best to uplift myself and others in every moment for the duration of this life and any others that follow. With the vast array of choices and opinions that exist, I pledge to continue learning and discerning what it means to live well, with an open mind and open heart. If I falter or forget I will come back and reread what I have written, to remember and reinvigorate my understanding of this pledge.
It is true, death is the warrior’s best friend. Continue reading
Got to bed too late last night and woke up too early this morning. While lying in bed, hoping I might fall back asleep, I started reflecting on my life and values. To boil things down, I sorted out the values that are most important to me: honesty, integrity and empathy. I then attempted to define each one and why they are important. Continue reading
“Killing time” is a concept I cannot comprehend. If I could figure out a way to keep the body at optimal operating capacity without sleep and without side-effects, I would not be sleeping. There is just too much to learn, experience and contribute; I am only able to do a minuscule portion of what I’d like to accomplish each day. I love my life and the people I have connected with, in-person and at a distance.
It is a tricky balance – carrying out responsibilities versus living an unfettered life…
Taking care of survival vs. pursuing dreams
Feeding the stomach vs. feeding the soul
Attending to needs vs. satiating wants
Most people seem to favor one extreme or the other. I have visited both extremes at different times in the past. Now, seeking equilibrium.