The meaning of life is that it is to be lived, and it is not to be traded and conceptualized and squeezed into pattern of systems.
There are uses for systems and routines, but you have to be careful not to get stuck in them.
It is about spontaneity, living in the present and enjoying every single day with a clear mind. Routines do not necessarily destroy these ambitions, but they often make it very hard to just live and enjoy it.
A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?”
Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.
She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”
She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if your think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.”
Remember to put the glass down.
With this in mind, enjoy your weekend!
Before enlightenment, carry water, chop wood. After enlightenment, carry water, chop wood.
Being happy can be very simple. Be willing to enjoy small things.