The Middle of the Pack

Ὁ βίος βραχύς,
ἡ δὲ τέχνη μακρή,
ὁ δὲ καιρὸς ὀξύς,
ἡ δὲ πεῖρα σφαλερή,
ἡ δὲ κρίσις χαλεπή.

Life is short,
and Art long,
opportunity fleeting,
experience perilous,
and decision difficult.

– Hippocrates

As I mentioned yesterday, one of the great challenges from the standpoint of inner life is to find the means by which the outer body, mind and heart can be trained to the point that they are in position to convey the fullness of blessing which emanates constantly from within outward. Life, in this sense, is quite short and the art, long.

Contrary to popular opinion, you are not born into this state of being. You must rise into it. You must relinquish worry, doubt and fear, forswear selfish concerns, acquisitiveness and comparison, and center your heart and mind on the spirits of renewal, blessing and service. It sounds like a tall order and I suppose compared to the normal state of affairs on earth it is. But if I’m not mistaken you are reading this blog because something in you tells you that you are not here to live in mediocrity. If you had such a hunch, you are correct!

Navigating the fleeting opportunities, perilous experience and difficult decisions is made easier by a number of things, chief among them are the tools of mercy and forgiveness. These tools, properly used make you stronger, restore perspective (especially when it is employed in relation to an area of your function where you were previously or chronically judgmental) and release a pressure wave that allows others to decide for themselves as to whether they will rise up or mull about the median.

You can do this. You can be a better person. If you feel you have no one who believes in you, you’re wrong. You have at least me. I know that you can do it. I know that you can overcome the gravitational pull that is dragging, seducing, enticing and shaming you toward a life in the middle of the pack. I know you can, but you have to believe it for yourself.

4 thoughts on “The Middle of the Pack

  1. Zach

    I can really see how relinquishing judgement restores perspective. I think that limited vision is one thing that really inclines people to mediocrity. If they can’t see how their actions matter or affect others, why would they be inclined to change? However, when judgement is ceased, you stop putting your personal stamp on other people’s actions that narrows down your vision to a particular circumstance.
    We don’t have to live in the middle of the pack, especially as the world stands right now. There is so much opportunity for excellence. All it takes is the courage to keep going.

  2. David R

    One can see that a big factor separating the extraordinary person from the ordinary one is the attitude towards challenge. If we are intimidated or dismayed by challenges it is likely that we will seek to diffuse pressures and avoid the very circumstances that would sharpen and deepen our capacity. If we welcome challenge, on the other hand, because we are confident in our inner and outer resources, we find that there is design to what confronts us, and we have capability we would never have imagined!

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