Have you every gotten up early and watched the sun rise? It seems to take forever for that big ball of burning hot gas to first reach the edge of Earth. But the moment it does, it seems to only take seconds to reach all the way up past the tops of the trees.
We're fighting against the clock...the sun, even, as it rapidly soars. Days, weeks, and months go by. We are always so surprised at how time flies. They say, "life is short." And yeah - from a certain point of view that definitely rings true. But what happens when we move from panic into a genuine curiosity about the speediness of time and the sun's streak across the sky? Past and future melt away along with worry and regret.
Let us not scramble to live the best life, doing all the things that we think are great like being influential, rich, and traveling the world. We can experience the greatness of the beauty, influence, and vastness of what stands right in front of our eyes, with no effort and force.
“There is no need to search; achievement leads to nowhere. It makes no difference at all, so just be happy now! Love is the only reality of the world, because it is all One, you see. And the only laws are paradox, humor and change. There is no problem, never was, and never will be. Release your struggle, let go of your mind, throw away your concerns, and relax into the world. No need to resist life, just do your best. Open your eyes and see that you are far more than you imagine. You are the world, you are the universe; you are yourself and everyone else, too! It's all the marvelous Play of God. Wake up, regain your humor. Don't worry, just be happy. You are already free!”
― Dan Millman, Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives
Ethan Small has been posting to Friendly Warrior since 2013 with his experiences and wisdom to inspire others to improve their quality of life.
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