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a paradox of though

Allen writes, “I hated work that has to be done over; washing dishes, sweeping floors, paying bills. As a boy I had to chop weeds between rows of corn; all spring and summer they would grow and I’d chop them, and always they grew back. I never finished. So little time to shape permanence, and this was wasting it; and as I grew older I avoided or minimized everything that gets repeated – writing letters, even eating. It’s quicker to get a hamburger at the joint on the corner, to stand up and wolf it down, than to sit at a table set with linen and silver and crystal. The hunger for immortality makes food plain. I had no flowers; they have to be watered, fertilized, pruned, and put in the sun, and whatever you do to them you have to do again; you’re never through. Houses have to be painted, roofs patched, plumbing fixed, furnaces cleaned; I lived in furnished rooms. Pets have to be fed and walked and taken to the vet. I had none. Friendships too have to be looked after; so mine were few. My wish to live forever was in a fair way of preventing me from living at all. The sacrifice upon which talent was to flourish was starving any talent I may have had.”   Allen Wheelis from the “the illusionless man”

Marianne Williamson writes, “Our greatest weakness is the weakness of an undisciplined mind.  We need not let fear steel the morning; we can consciously choose not to allow our minds to be programmed by the worldly viewpoint that dominates the earth. “

And Marianne continues, “Remember, it’s not just the workers but souls who are gathered in the workplace; we’re not just here to ‘achieve’ in a worldly sense, but to spiritually learn and grow.  That is the purpose of work, because it is the ultimate purpose of everything.  The ego’s work drama is always centered on who does what, who works for whom, and how much money can be made.  But beneath the ego’s drama lies a deeper set of issues.”

Where do you fit?  Where do you want to fit?

Reflections – look back to look forward

From Meditations by Marcus Aurelius who lived between 121 and 161 AD.

“Men seek seclusion in the wilderness, by the seashore, or in the mountains – a dream you have cherished only to fondly yourself. Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul; above all, he who possesses resources in himself, which he need only contemplate in secure immediate ease of mind – the ease that is but another word for a well-ordered spirit. Avail yourself often, then, of this retirement, and so continually renew yourself. Make your rules of life brief, yet so as to embrace the fundamentals, recurrence to them will then suffice to remove all vexation, and send you back without fretting to the duties to which you must return.”

Reflections. When was the last time you took time out of your busy life to reflect on what is important to you? Are you living your values? Are you living comfortably within yourself? Are you living a life that is congruent with your beliefs? Are you living an authentic life?

If you can answer yes to those questions you may be able to answer the question, “Are you happy?” in the affirmative. If not, what areas of your life suggest discontent? List those things that you would like to bring forward and tame.

Which item on the list deserves the most attention?

The most important decision you can make is a decision to focus on your attitude. You make all kinds of choices each and every day but the one that makes the most difference is your attitude on how you choose to face the day. You can face it with joy or not. What remarkable things happen every day that you ignore or take for granted?

Did you eat today?

Did you have shelter and a roof over our heads?

What things did you not take notice of that you can appreciate? Are there relationships that we value that you can appreciate?

Grab a pen and a piece of paper and complete this exercise.

Take a moment to reflect on the day. Meditate on the things that went well. What were those things?

Take a moment to reflect on the week. Meditate on the things that went well. What were those things?

Take a moment to reflect on the month. Meditate on the things that went well. What were those things?

Take a moment to reflect on the year. Meditate on the things that went well. What were those things?

Take a moment to reflect on the past five years. Mediate on the things that went well. What were those things?

Look over your list. Are there any patterns that emerge? What are they? What would you like ensure stays on your list? Reflect on those items.