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A Cautionary Tale

“Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time — past and future — the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.” ― Eckhart Tolle

I am not the type of person who likes to tell people what to do. I am also a person who doesn’t like being told what to do. As I sit here after my early morning visit to the gym, I always spend some time reflecting on what got me to the position I am now in.

Please understand, I am grateful to be alive after my heart attack, and I have made changes to my entire lifestyle that will hopefully give me some more quality years than if I hadn’t. If I had listened to my doctors and family when I was in my early thirties, I truly believe that maybe I would not have gotten CHF and diabetes.

The truth of the matter is that death is not on our radar when we are younger. The grim reaper does not concern us. Our careers, families, and everything associated with them eats at our time and our souls. By the time we realize that the reaper is rapidly gaining on us, it is often too late.

In my case, the years of a strictly American diet combined with the stress of everyday living and a spotty exercise routine had taken their toll.

So mine is a cautionary tale. Unfortunately, I know that most people will react the same way I did every time my doctors told me to change sooner rather than later. Tomorrow was always my favorite word, and in my mind, the future was just that, the future.

But as we all know, life has a way of flying by without us even realizing it.

When we are young, it is easy to believe that getting older and the afflictions associated with it are a long way off, but all of us are only on this earth for a very brief period of time, and we should all make the most of that time.

So who should heed my tale of caution? If you still think that tomorrow either will never come or that you can escape the Grim Reaper, you are sadly mistaken.

Why not make the changes to your life now, so you are around for a good long time. You know if you need to change. You know that if your diet is crap, you need to change.

Please do it now before it is too late.

And that’s all I have to say about that…

Do What Is Right, Not Just Comfortable

“Be careful in dealing with a man who cares nothing for comfort or promotion, but is simply determined to do what he believes to be right. He is a dangerous uncomfortable enemy, because his body, which you can always conquer, gives you little purchase upon his soul.”

-Gilbert Murray

Hmmm….My current state of mind. That’s all I have to say about that….

My Quote Of The Day

“When life makes no sense, you must withdraw to the sanctuary within. Only in a state of peace will you see what you must do.”

-Leon Brown

My thought is when you are confronted by life, take a step back and assess the situation. Don’t automatically jump off of the bridge with everyone else. Be the person who makes the conscious and proactive decision to take the time to think before you leap.

 

Perception Is King…Or Is It?

“We have to recognize that the world is not something sculptured and finished, which we as perceivers walk through like patrons in a museum; the world is something we make through the act of perception.”

-Terence McKenna

Perception is a peculiar thing. When we perceive the way an event happened, we are trying to cultivate an understanding of how and what occurred through our own personal lens. Does this mean then that our perception is not reality? We know that what people perceive is usually what they believe, and this is based on what they hear, see and think. When it comes to events that happen in our lives, most of the time we cannot control what happens but we can always control our reaction to an event.

When then does the perception of an event become the reality? If enough people see the same event, and as a result have the same perception of the event, is it then considered the reality? And what then do we do if different people have different reactions to that same event? Is this where, after seeing and hearing something, we then rely on the thinking aspect to gauge an emotional response? One of anger, or of sadness?

Should we be careful to limit our analysis of events if we are not sure of their origin?

 

 

 

What Connects Us?

What is it that connects us?

Do we share the same hopes and dreams?

Riding a plush orange sunset as it slowly melts

Behinds the trees and into the horizon,

Are we connected through time?

The slow measure of yesterday and the quick tempo

of today moves us as our lives touch and then fade away.

What is it then that connects us?

Don’t we all flow from the same fountain?

The fork in the road, the bend in the river,

Our differences should serve as inspiration, but instead we

Let the dagger of the vile and repugnant rule.

 

 

Year (2)

I look in the mirror on the last day,

Wondering what awaits me tomorrow.

Another year has past, another year older,

Another year of loss, another year bolder,

Why do we wait, for each year to end,

Why do we wait, to be on the mend.

So I look in the mirror on the first day,

Wondering what awaits me tomorrow.

Year

Path (Weekly Photo Challenge)

“Our path is sometimes rough and sometimes smooth; nonetheless, life is a constant journey… whatever we do is regarded as our journey, our path. That path consists of opening oneself to the road, opening oneself to the steps we are about to take.”

-Chogyam Trungpa

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Path