“A heart to resolve, a head to contrive and a hand to execute.” ~ Edward Gibbon
This lovely phrase is the basis upon which mountains are moved. Whatever your intent, when your heart, head and hand are unified in purpose and functioning in harmony, the likelihood that you will achieve your aims improves significantly. Internal disagreement frustrates the efforts and progress of many; a house divided against itself cannot stand.
I imagine that you have a busy week ahead of you, full of opportunities and obstacles. You have a finite amount of time in which to accomplish those aims as well as a limited amount of energy to propel your forward movement. To the degree that you employ both time and energy wisely, you will be able to say at the end of the week, “my goodness, I got a lot done this week!” To the degree that you indulge in wasteful pursuits, you’ll likely feel that you could have done better and promise yourself that it will be different next week.
When I was younger, I recall hearing people twice and thrice my age saying how much more they valued their time and energy as they grew older. Whether it was a recognition that – especially in retrospect – we have very little time on earth to accomplish that which we hope to achieve or if it was due to a regret for not having gotten down to business earlier, the point was clear: if you are neither clear in your purpose nor focused in your efforts, you risk wasting precious time.
The most fulfilling moments in life are experienced when you express the highest and finest of which you are capable. Little fulfillment comes from the accomplishment of nefarious or destructive aims, no matter how grand in scale they may have been, so there is wisdom in investing time and energy in those matters which have blessing at their core. By centering in blessing you open the floodgates of joy and happiness, regardless of the scope of the tasks you might face this week.
I chose the mantra “onward and upward” for this blog long ago as it encapsulates two vital principles. The first, “onward,” points to the necessity to move forward, to release attachments to the past and to value advancement over the status quo. The second, “upward,” highlights the vector which leads to happiness. Wallowing in the past or sinking to new lows in the present invariably poison your future. On the contrary, concentrating the mind on the present moment and relentlessly requiring of yourself the absolute best that you can give ensure that your heart, head and hands will be ready to make best use of the blessings of your tomorrows.
“All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance.” ~ Edward Gibbon