"Our real discoveries come from chaos, from going to the place that looks wrong and stupid and foolish."
"Eye contact: how souls catch fire."
Embracing Personal Disappointment as the Path to Awakening. | elephant journal →
Busy-ness creates the illusion of purpose because it enables us to create conceptual vouchers or identities that provide us with a fleeting measure of purpose. However, it doesn’t take long for this contrived sense of purpose to expire. Once our fabricated role reaches it’s expiration date it is revealed to be nothing more than a distraction, intended to divert our attention away from the truth of our underlying dissatisfaction. Then the job or relationship that was once a source of entertainment becomes an object of frustration. This oscillation between satisfaction and dissatisfaction is called the suffering of change. Now we find ourselves right back at square one—unfulfilled. Only this time, we have the added frustration of having failed, yet again, to find lasting happiness. This is the suffering of suffering.
I have found that having a very strong “Why” will help drive you in the direction you need to go in order reach your goals.
And not just any “why.”
It has to be a strong, emotional “why.” Take a moment to reflect on what truly is important in your life. Is it your family? Your children? Your spouse? Is thinking about how you want to provide them with a better, healthier life enough to push you to keep going? How about yourself? Wouldn’t you think it’s time that you took a chance on yourself and say “It’s about time I did this for me.”
Going in the direction you need to go will not be an easy road. There will be obstacles, road blocks, detours…
But if your “why” is strong enough, you will find a way around those obstacles, pave yourself a new road and keep moving forward. Nothing worth having will come easy. But the journey will be worth it. =) Strength you thought you never had will help and inspire those around you. And it all will start from you “why” and your decision to try. =)
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