“Time passes so quickly. Minutes are like seconds. Hours fly by in a wink. Responsibilities are inherited, expanded. Your self-image pushes you forward to embrace the challenge. Thinking becomes a luxury. Quick fixes and band-aid solutions become the norm. There is always something to do, somewhere to go, something to be acquired.
Adapt. It becomes increasingly important to be concise. To be clear. To avoid trivialities. However you cannot lose who you are. What motivated you to go where you have gone, and to be who you are today? It likely makes no difference, since who we are, and the motivations that drive us change with us every day. What is important, in fact the only thing that is important, is that you continue to try to be a better you.
There is no better critic of your personal character than you. You think about it. Don’t lie to yourself. It does bother you to see people suffering in one part of the world, while corporations bask in wasteful ignorance in another. It does bother you that most of society is locked into a dependant relationship with such corporations. But the cure for the world’s pain can only come from awareness and education. No one is different from anyone else. Aggression breeds aggression. Tolerance breeds tolerance. Empathy breeds empathy.
Simple things can make a big difference under just the right circumstances. Never give up, but don’t be hard on yourself for not going as far as you would have liked, as fast as you would have liked. Time passes so quickly.”
Here is a wonderful poem that I remember from my childhood. Although many of the things that we learn in school as children are akin to shrink-wrapped airplane food, there are some juicy bits of wisdom that are worth taking the time to stop and savour.
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
“The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.” These words always seem to dance in the back of my mind after any significantly challenging or rewarding moment in my life. It is a reminder that despite where we may be right now in our lives, we have miles to go (both in mind and body) before we reach our true destination, which is (when you really think about it) just another point of departure. Go bravely into the great unknown.