Donald Trump announces Tuesday that all Muslims are to be executed. Your friend tells you her car was stolen, no sorry, your car was stolen. The deal fell through, didn’t get the promotion, out of ice cream AND toilet paper.
WHAT IS YOUR GOAL?
South African skydiver Christine McKenzie leapt from an airplane and parachuted safely to the ground more than 100 times in her life. But in August 2004, while executing jump number 112, a crucial step in the skydiving process failed: Her main parachute didn’t open. Hurtling to the ground at 100 mph, McKenzie attempted to open her emergency chute, which also failed. Luckily, she landed across a string of power lines before falling all the way to the ground, and the 11,000-foot plummet left her with only a broken pelvis.
While most of us are not skydivers, we sometimes still find the need for a metaphorical parachute. Life presents us with a myriad of seeming choices. Should I stay in this relationship, quit this job, remove this wart off my nose, trade my car in, move to a remote island in the South Pacific, buy Viagra, take this trip, rob this bank or that one.. When confronted with the reality of these being first world problems, they seem very important non the less. So important in fact that suicide is the number one cause of death in the world today.
Since the only thing for certain is change, you wonder if people crave death because its the only way they can get anything really finished.
Setting The Goal
If we were to get up everyday and set the goal as being happy, and letting that come first, then the problems become second. We have all made to do list. The problem I find is that the list only gets longer and longer until all peace is lost, leaving us wondering the point of the to do list. This is good! What IS the point of a to do list?
Albeit the mind is trained to seek out and find imperfections and create to do list, it may be trained to another systematic way of thinking. That way of thinking will stem from the approach we take in each event.
In any situation in which you are uncertain, the first thing to consider, very simply, is…
“What do I want to come of this? What is it for?”
If you watch close, history does nothing but repeat itself. The only thing we need concern ourselves with is, will We repeat our non-serving old patterns. Those who fail to learn from history are destined to repeat it. Everyone knows this and still continues to pursue goals that have no chance of bringing lasting peace and happiness. WHAT IS IT FOR, should be the question.
Culture is the greatest cult of all.
Many of the people I talk to regarding any issue surrounding their peace of mind state: they just do not have enough time to meditate, take a walk in nature, read something or just sit and listen to music. Inevitably it surfaces that the reason for this is because they have chosen to be this busy. Some choose to stay this busy to keep from having to look at their pain. For some it just happens that we over commit. If we ask “what is this for” to every situation them we can identify the false need to do this activity. A journey to peace may actually start with a step backward.
Sometimes after all of the searching and questioning we come to realize that “I Am, what I was searching for”. The seeker is the sought. One needs not search for peace if that is where he is coming from. That which causes life within you IS you. The home you seek is within you.
What is the goal? Peace, which then happiness will spring from.