What is this life if full of care?
An old Chinese Proverb says ‘An inch of time is worth and inch of gold. But an inch of gold cannot buy an inch of time.’
I have wondered today about life and the time we waste worrying about it instead of living it. I have thought about the things most of my friends talk about and usually this is about life in general, what plans we have for our future. We talk about the goings on in the world and the usual question, what do you think it’s all about? But the biggest moan I hear is that there never seems to be enough time and we’re all getting older.
Way back in the 1800’s Abraham Lincoln said ‘And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.’ I think this is a good starting point.
We all have to take a path in life, whether it is chosen for us or not. But for most of us, the choice is there. Again, I look at my friends and see some struggling because they are simply on the wrong path. I myself have probably taken many a wrong turn, but I still managed to arrive back on my chosen path and still, I sidetrack from time to time.
So how do we know what path is right for us? I think the simple answer is to listen to our inner selves. Do you hear the quiet heart and the peaceful mind? Or do hear the stressful voice and feel the troubled mind? The latter, is telling you something is not right. Your body is overloaded. You need to ease the weight of whatever it is that drags you down. You have probably heard of the straw that broke the camel’s back! Life is not easy to live but perhaps we should try not to complicate it as much as we do.
Some people choose an earthy path, that takes them away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, though they can’t escape it entirely, I guess. Others long to be something or someone in the distant future and strive long and hard to achieve this and forget to live in the present. At the end of the day, you have chosen to walk that path and it is you that has to listen to your inner self to know whether to continue or not.
Meditation comes in all different forms, but for me I like walking through the valley or along the beach or sitting quietly by the pond, drinking a cup of sweet tea. Sometimes, just simply closing my eyes and focusing on something special, a face, a picture, a place, another time. Hold that image even if it’s just for a few moments and block out the rest of the world. And remember to get out in the fresh air as much as you can. If it’s cold, wrap up. If it’s raining, use an umbrella. My father used to say ‘you are not a sugar mouse Jill. You will not melt.’ He was right!