are we born to work and scheme and ensure an ever upward career path?
are we born to pursue an ever larger tv screen, a really huge fridge with an ice dispenser, a car which can exceed, by far, the legal speed limit?
are we born to reside in a home too large, in the best neighbourhood?
are we born to dine in the very best restaurants and savour the most expensive wines?
are we born to exercise and diet in an effort to maintain our perfect body?
are we born to slave away to pay for face lifts and botox treatments in our mature years?
are we born to grow old and die with the perfect pension plan in place?
this is the reason for our existence?? ...you think?
we are born to work and spend and pay taxes when we have to??
give me a break! there has to be more to life!
true enough ... some of us will live a sumptuous life and die with the perfect pension plan. we might well be nipped and tucked and exercised into our most desirable shape. we might grow older without frown lines and daily thank Clostridium botulinum for our serene visage. how wonderful if this is your desire and your life path provides ...
but ... life is a lot less complicated than we might ever imagine. we need a lot less than we think we do!
we may stride through our life or we may merely muddle through. does it matter? i believe not! we each have our destiny, we have many paths to chose from. each choice we make offers us a new life experience, a new lesson offered. will we take the time to notice, to contemplate, to learn? or ... will we curse the fates and grasp bitterness and negativity to our hearts?
if we craved a little less, if we were a little more easily satisfied ... we might well have to work a little less ... which would give us more time.
time to be still, time to watch and listen. time to appreciate the wonders which surround us.
time to listen to a child or an older person. time to learn from their innocence and their wisdom.
time to remember all the small acts of kindness, the loving touches, the concern and care shown to us by others.
time to reach out and offer our particular gifts to those who have need.
"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" Mary Oliver
“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” ~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
"There are too many people, and too few human beings." Robert Zend
"Strength is the ability to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands, and then eat just one of those pieces."