Today wasn’t particularly noteworthy or unusual for me, but for some inexplicable reason, I feel extraordinarily grateful. I’ve been more aware of the fragile circumstances I or anyone else have; to live a life free of disease, threat of survival, as well as basic freedom to think as I want, to travel about without hesitation or question.
For many people, this isn’t true, and I ask myself, why not? Have we so lost our way that we can’t distinguish that which is valuable? Can we refer to ourself as caring or worshipful, while being full of hate, vengeance, controlling of others or in isolation? Do we enforce our morals on others at gun point, while believing our morals are superior? Do we build wealth or fantastic machinery to simply extend our own gain? What do we spend most of our time on? What do we truly find valuable in our life? I can’t answer those questions for anyone other than myself.
“You must teach your children that the ground beneath their feet is the ashes of our grandfathers. So that they will respect the land, tell your children that the earth is rich with the lives of our kin. Teach your children what we have taught our children — that the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth, befalls the sons of the earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves.“
“The earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth. This we know. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.” — Chief Seattle
I awake some mornings wondering why I’ve lived this long and yet know so very little? Is it because I’m not fully engaged with the life around me? Do I simply pass the time without meaning or direction? Have I come this far without knowing what I should? As far as I can tell, there are many questions searching for answers, and sometimes when we think we know or are confident in our understanding, that’s when problems come along and let you know, there’s much more left to learn and do.
“An approximate answer to the right question is worth a great deal more than a precise answer to the wrong question.” — John Tukey
“It is not about achieving your dreams but living your life. If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself. The dreams will come to you.” — Randy Pausch in his “Last Lecture”