Buddha always provides such great insight on life, this one speaks to me just as strongly as most quotes from Buddha do. The trouble with our society is procrastination.
Sure, we procrastinate important things, like completing a project that is on a deadline. But more important than a project is life. It’s fleeting, and it is precious. That’s a huge reason why I made a recent career change that, frankly, gave me more of my life back.
We all build walls. Sometimes to protect ourselves, sometimes it’s because we think we need to protect others. Whatever your reasons for building walls, you create them.
I often build walls that limit myself. I am afraid of failure, so I build a wall that keeps me from trying. The wall protects me from failure because I can’t fail what I don’t do.
It is these walls that have held me back in the past, prevented me from doing all that I could do. I try not to build these walls anymore. It’s hard. Instead of walls, I try to create nets. I try to build an environment that is safe, that will protect me from failure, but one that can be easily torn down if needed.
Friends and Family make up my net. Stability helps my net. There are people and actions that allow me to create a protective wall that allows me to feel safe, while still giving me room to breathe, to be free. It’s all about perspective.
I like nets, not walls, because nets allow me to see what’s on the other side, and reach it if that’s the path I want to take.
What are your walls? How do you destroy them or use them to your advantage?
This quote is one of my favorites, it really holds true for my entire life. I grew up in a small town, my family rarely took vacations, we were sedentary. My family lived in the same place they grew up. My grandparents and all twenty-five cousins all lived relatively close to one another.
But I had two uncles that had left. One on my mom’s side, one from my dad’s side. While both sides of my family often criticize these two for “not coming around more,” I related to them.
Helen Keller said that to not live life to the fullest would be a wasted life. Ask questions, and get out there and find your answers. Don’t wait for adventure to find you and don’t wait for somebody else to do it for you.
If something is going wrong in your life, change it. If you are stuck, change something you can. Find something good to look forward to that helps you to forget about the things you can’t change. There is no good in allowing yourself to stay stuck.
If you can’t change the circumstances, change your outlook. Life is too precious to let it pass you by. Take every obstacle as an opportunity for a great story. A great adventure. One you’re not ready for but have to take anyways. You’ve got this.
Today’s Wednesday Wisdom is brought to you by my never-ending need for adventure. The only limitations we have in life are the ones we set for ourselves. I have found that through prioritizing (and cutting back on the Netflix power-sessions) I have more time to accomplish the things I truly love. I keep focused on where I am going, not how much time I have left.
Keeping focused on creating the best environment for myself has really changed my perspective. I am leaving my career path (already) because it keeps me from achieving personal goals in order to accomplish career goals. I have realized in the last few years that I am not a career-driven individual. I’m not driven by a clock. And it was time for me to step back and re-analyze where I was going.
This Wednesday Wisdom is making me reflect on where I’m going, but that’s the beauty of this quote. It is focused on a destination, not a time restraint. Where am I going? I’m not sure yet. But that is the best part of the journey.