Today is about beginnings & endings...
Everything that ends is also the beginning of something else.
- Pema Chödrön
Life is a mysterious process of comings and goings. Nothing is permanent, nothing lasts or stays the same. This simple and true observation holds the key to our happiness and our horror.
Everything that we encounter is in a transitory state. When we forget this, we suffer loss and longing. We cling to images and objects of the past, things and ways of being which no longer exist. We lament and obsess about unattainable desires. Meanwhile, we miss the opportunity to participate in life as it is and the opportunities available to us, here and now.
When we understand that life is a series of hellos and goodbyes, we are able to mitigate our emotional responses and reactions. We are able to recognize the unique, delicate and diverse qualities of the world which surrounds us and develop an appreciation, respect and kinship with all beings.
Everything is a dynamic part of life's cycle, unique, precious and mysterious.
That includes YOU!
For more inspiration read "Tomorrow is Not Promised"
Wishing you a day of easy comings and goings.
Fly on, Superhero.
Tomorrow is Not Promised
Sometimes people come into your life
And you know right away that they are meant to be there
They serve some sort of purpose,
Or help figure out who you are
And who you want to become
You never know who these people may be;
Your neighbor, child, long lost friend, lover, or even a complete stranger
Who, when you lock eyes with them
You know at that very moment that they will affect your life
In some profound way
And sometimes things happen to you
And at the time they seem painful and unfair,
But in reflection you realize that without overcoming those obstacles
You would have never realized your potential strength, will power, or heart
Everything happens for a reason,
Nothing happens by chance
Or by means of good or bad luck
Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness and sheer stupidity
All occur to test the limits of your soul
Without these small tests, whether they be events, illnesses, or relationships
Life would be like a smoothly paved straight flat road to nowhere,
Safe and comfortable, but dull and utterly pointless
The people you meet who affect your life
And the successes and downfalls you experience create who you are
And even the bad experiences can be learned from
In fact, they are probably the most poignant and important ones
If someone hurts you, betrays you or breaks your heart,
For they have helped you learn about trust
And the importance of being cautious to whom you open your heart?
If someone loves you
Love them back unconditionally,
Not only because they love you, but because they are teaching you to love
And opening up your heart and eyes to things you would have
Never seen or felt without them
Make every day count
Appreciate every moment
And take from it everything that you possibly can
For you may never be able to experience it again
Talk to people you have never talked to before
And actually listen
Let yourself fall in love,
Break free and set your sights high?
Hold your head up because you have every right to tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself.
For if you don’t believe in yourself
No one will believe in you either
You can make of your life, anything you wish
Create your own life
And then go out and live in it
Live each day as if it were your last
Tomorrow is Not Promised...