Live Simply 2020: April Mantra
There is never a perfect moment. The world is never without strife. The universe is never devoid of suffering. Lately, it’s felt as if there is more hardship and anguish than normal. Communities are united in collective grief, with fear gripping the globe.
Yet we are no less in charge of what we choose to focus on, and no lesser equipped to keep perspective. Now, more than ever, we must consciously channel positivity and hope. We must challenge ourselves to recognize the utopia that is this moment.
There is no later paradise. There is no future glory day. Not because it doesn’t or couldn’t exist, but because it doesn’t matter yet. The paradise is in the present.
Despite the uncertainty, and despite the spikes in anxiety, and despite the frustration of not being able to put to use one’s purpose in a satisfactory way, there is still nothing more miraculous than this: we are here now.
This knotty, new day–a singular phenomenon. This cup of coffee on the counter. The filtered water used to make it. The symphony of birds who always, always return. The tulips blooming, unbothered. Nature blooming in her perfect time, unconcerned.
The wild world rages on. Today it’s this and tomorrow it will be that, and we can’t predict what will happen. We can’t know for sure how the world will be changed, or how we’ll need to change to survive. We can try to prophesize. We can attempt to safeguard ourselves by stockpiling household supplies.
But we must take care not to postpone happiness and peace until some later date when “this has all blown over.”
This is it. Exquisite as it is boring. Potential-filled as it is paralyzing. Fear and hope are in neighbor breaths, and paradise is in between.
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