Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote “Things that matter most in life should never be at the mercy of things which matter least.”
How often in our walk through life do we pay attention to the things that matter the most and put our energy and effort into those things that matter the least? Everyday we put off what would mean most to us and work on things that in the long run will have a very little impact on our lives. We get stuck in a routine of sameness, a routine of habit that forms the cadence of our life. Each day our predictable and routine self goes through the motions of sameness, comfort and ease.
Some people eventually recognize the routine and realize that the routine is not a good measure of the self, yet breaking the habit of routine is often difficult to do.
What would you describe in your life as routine or habit? Are these habits things that matter the least or the most?
“And what will I myself be at that hour, when I am only myself and nothing else? My whole life long I have been nothing but the ordinary routine, all business and activity, a desert filled with empty sound and meaningless fury. But when the heavy weight of death presses down upon my life and squeezes the true and lasting content out of all those many days and long years, what will be the final yield?” Karl Rahner
The ancient Masters
didn’t try to educate the people,
but kindly taught them to not-know.
When they think that they know the answers,
people are difficult to guide.
When they know that they don’t know,
people can find their own way.
If you want to learn how to govern,
avoid being clever or rich.
The simplest pattern is the clearest.
Content with an ordinary life,
you can show all the people the way
back to their own true nature.
“For the passing minute is every man’s equal possession, but what has once gone by is not ours.” Marcus Aurelius
Faces frozen in time, a couple of them, do you see them? Perhaps you feel as if your life is frozen in time. Perhaps you feel as if life has become routine and each day has a familiar pattern that repeats itself over and over again. Would you like life to be more than a pattern an all too familiar pattern?
We don’t have to be like the rocks frozen in time and space. Our lives should be dynamic, filled with movement, filled with wonder and filled with joy. We should be able to find moments in our day that cry out “WOW”. If we don’t experience that moment of awe and wonder perhaps we should evaluate what it would take to have those sensations.
The time we have is limited and what we use that time for is unlimited. Using our time to improve our lives is a good use of time. How would you like to see your time being used?
Find those things that excite and motivate you. Weave those things into the patterns of your life. Change the routine, change the patterns and begin to live life more fully.