I absolutely love coffee, but it was turning me into a monster, and making me feel like crap most of the time. So, I quit. I feel great, and this time, it’s for good.
I have often asked myself these, and many similar questions. We as humans seem to be programed with an insatiable interest in purpose. We want to accomplish something, we want to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, and we want to know why. We often imagine purpose as something that we must find, discover, or create. Or something that must be bestowed, or given to us by some other entity. But purpose is something that is always with us. It is an integral part of who we are, and we cannot be separated from it.
Water does not strive, it does not desire, and it has no goals. It does not search out its purpose. Simply by behaving according to its own properties, it fulfills its purpose. As a result clouds are formed, canyons are carved, and life is sustained (The water does not aim to accomplish these things, yet they are still accomplished). The purpose of water is to be water.
Consider A Tree
What is the purpose of a tree? Other than to grow and to become a perfect manifestation of itself? There is none. A tree does not desire to make a name for itself. It does not try to make the world a better place. A tree is a tree, and that is its purpose.
Can we live like the tree, or the snail, or the bird? With no purpose other than to be ourselves? Is it possible to stop striving, planning, searching and asking? Or is longing for a greater purpose simply part of our nature?
“The Master gives himself up
to whatever the moment brings.
He knows that he is going to die,
and he has nothing left to hold on to:
no illusions in his mind,
no resistances in his body.
He doesn’t think about his actions;
they flow from the core of his being.
He holds nothing back from life;
therefore he is ready for death,
as a man is ready for sleep
after a good day’s work.” ~Lao Tzu
“Do you want to improve the world?
I don’t think it can be done.
The world is sacred.
It can’t be improved.
If you tamper with it, you’ll ruin it.
If you treat it like an object, you’ll lose it.”
If you’ve watched any movies or read any books that involve time travel, you will know that there are certain issues to bear in mind when visiting the past. Don’t go see your past self, don’t allow yourself to be seduced by your grandmother, thus becoming your own grandfather (Its not your fault, you didn’t know) and most importantly, don’t try to change things. Any little change you make can cascade into devastating consequences, up to and including flying baboons, early apocalypse, and the Nazis winning World War II. In fact, its really best not to touch anything. If there is one thing your friends will never let you live down, it’s damaging their favorite timeline.
Now I would like to tell you, if you can believe it, that I am a time traveler (Albeit in one direction, and at a slow and constant speed). I am in fact living in the past of the future, and far be it from me to bring on a plague of killer robots by selfishly trying to change things.
Far too many people treat the world as an object for their own entertainment and satisfaction. Using it. Abusing it. Wringing it out until it gives up the last drop. Take a step back. Let the world be. Preserve the future’s past.
“I’d love to change the world
But I don’t know what to do
So I’ll leave it up to you”
~Ten Years After
Eddies in Space-time
are bending the universe
The sofa is gone
An obstacle does not prevent you from reaching your goal, it only changes the path you take to get there.
An obstacle reminds you where you are going
An obstacle gives character to your journey
An obstacle fosters growth and change
An obstacle gives perspective
“The obstacle is the path” – Zen Proverb
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure , the process is its own reward.” ~Amelia Earhart
It is a wondrous thing to be an autonomous being, able to feel and to think and to decide. Run your own race, and don’t let anyone keep you from doing what you know is right.