“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.“- Ralph Waldo Emerson
The moment you become mesmerized by your circumstances is the moment you become powerless in relation to them. Every person on earth is possessed of a vast internal resource, an inexhaustible source of power, that is tapped most efficiently by the spile of character and moral fibre. That power is capable of both overcoming anything that comes your way and releasing you from anything that has already gone under the bridge of your experience.
Life is eternal. The forms it animates are temporal and as such, to life there is no death. If your identity is lodged at the level of the animated form – your body, mind and heart – your sense of mortality will haunt you and compel you in subtle yet powerful ways. If, on the other hand, you take the steps necessary to come to terms with your true identity, that is, the particular focus of life that you are, you will be free of the burden of mortality.
That freedom does not imply license. Immortality does not mean as many mistakenly assume that “you get to do it over anyway so why try?” In fact, when seen in the proper light that freedom should inspire an even greater sense of responsibility for living a meaningful and generative life. In essence, you will be ignited by the fire of immortality. Previous judgments about the nature of your circumstances will give way to a new vision, one that emphasizes openings over limitations, starting points over obstacles.
The fact that you only have so long to live will constrain to a new standard, one that sits between and above the typical responses of capitulation at one extreme and hedonism on the other. Implicit in this new standard of living is the equal treatment of responsibility and privilege. Moreover, this new standard obviates the need for both self-abnegation and self-promotion. It is the healthy, happy and fulfilling median.
What is happening in the world around you is of little import when you live radiantly. To get there, habits of reflexive thinking and reflective living must be broken and replaced with new habits that emphasize thinking and living from the inside-out, that is, originally and proactively.
If you spend your entire life reacting to the world around you, you will be ridden hard and put up wet. If, on the other hand, you awaken to the reality of life and just as importantly, to the reality of you, you will be freed from the shackles of merely existing and liberated to live life as it was meant to be lived!