“You have to assemble your life yourself – action by action. And be satisfied if each one achieves its goal, as far as it can. No one can keep that from happening.
-But there are external obstacles…
Not to behaving with justice, self-control, and good sense.
– Well, but perhaps to some more concrete action.
But if you accept the obstacle and work with what you’re given, an alternative will present itself – another piece of what you’re trying to assemble. Action by action.” – Marcus Aurelius
Riding horses, if it is done correctly, teaches the rider the importance of building progressively. Every time a horse is ridden the horse is either improved by the rider or diminished.
If the rider displays equestrian tact, for example, by employing a balanced, deep and feeling seat and by using his various aids judiciously, he progressively gains the confidence and trust of his mount, which in turn leads to a more harmonious relationship between horse and rider. If, however, the rider demands unreasonably, coerces insensitively or anticipates ignorantly, the horse may be brought into the appearance of a harmonious relationship (to the untrained eye), but such stopgaps inevitably crumble under pressure.
So it is in living. You have to assemble your life yourself, piece by piece, step by step. There will be obstacles, but to the degree that you maintain your composure – your self-control and good sense – you remain an open channel through which inspiration and wisdom can flow. Tense up physically, mentally or emotionally, and you will impair your ability to discern the right course of action and thereby hinder the natural flow of progress.
Whether raising my children, tending to my animals, dressing and keeping my property, cultivating my friendships or any other number of activities I might be involved in from day to day, I know that I must assemble carefully, thoughtfully and deliberately. Action by action. Anything less is likely to diminish that which is presently under my care.
– Eternal progress.
Isn’t that the point of our existence anyway?