I don’t always make time to read lately. At least, when I do, it has been my ‘perpetual’ reads of The Secret, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, Think and Grow Rich, The Power, Nikola Tesla’s book and interview article. More of the ‘self-help’ books. Books that keep me thinking and evolving.
This week, I read ‘Tuesdays with Morrie.’ A book that claims to be about Life’s greatest lesson.. and yes it is. When I read a book like this, I very much see and appreciate the life perspective. A book about life and how to approach death, it reminds me that nothing else matters as much as how you live your life, and who you surround yourself with. And the thoughts you keep.
“Life is a series of pulls back and forth. You want to do one thing, but you are bound to do something else. Something hurts you, yet you know it shouldn’t. You take certain things for granted, even when you know you should never take anything for granted. A tension of opposites, like a pull on a rubber band. And most of us live somewhere in the middle.” …. “Love wins. Love always wins.” From the book, my favourite passage. And coincidentally, very fitting for me to come across this, this week. Things like this always have a way of showing up in your life just exactly when it’s needed, I find.
The other part which I love is the story of the wave, “bobbing along in the ocean, having a grand old time. He’s enjoying the wind and the fresh air – until he notices the other waves in front of him, crashing against the shore.” He says to another wave, “we’re all going to crash! All of us waves are going to be nothing! Isn’t it terrible? The second wave says, ‘No, you don’t understand. You’re not a wave, you’re part of the ocean.’”
And then I take a deep breath and remember, life is pretty amazing. Any minor trivial things or inconveniences, are they really a big deal? I remember to take a step back and observe my life more. Be a witness to my thoughts and emotions. Too often, I have been just like that wave feeling as though I have no control. So, like the tension of opposites, I can observe the tension, but let love (peace, kindness) win.