Hey, y’all. Things have been rather tough with some personal stuff going on here. That’s why Hunting the Hunted Part 3 didn’t make it out yesterday as planned. Or the second book review I’d promised. The issues going on will end soon. Not the preferred end, but an end none the less.
So, considering what’s been going on, today’s Random Sunday will not be quite as sarcastic and lighthearted as many of them are. Instead, I offer a few thoughts on life that have come up over the last while.
Life isn’t fair.
Life isn’t fair. I know we all know that. We’ve heard it a thousand times or more and memes have bombarded us about it. Which means I’m not saying anything too different here. But I think it’s important to remember that despite the inherent unfairness in this world, there is still beauty and peace and joy, if we look for it. A couple times I’ve seen it amidst all the darkness that’s been going on for me. And yes, there are times we can force changes to make life a little fairer. When we can, we should without a doubt. But we can’t always do that, and we need to practice the beauty of acceptance in those times where we are powerless. Much easier said than done.
There’s only one ride.
In that same vein, don’t let the harsh unfairness derail your amazing journey through this life. We only get the one. Again, nothing new, I know. But I serious, it is so easy—especially now days with all the political dumpster fires burning all the time—to let life become a dull drudgery chore. It reminds me of the Mr. Rogers quote that talked about watching for the helpers amid any tragedy. If you look for them, you will find them. I don’t think we have to wait for a tragedy, though, to find the good along life’s journey. And remember, the destination doesn’t matter because it’s the same for all of us. Death. Take the chances while you can to ensure your journey is one hell of a ride. When it’s your time to get off, you know your journey has been the best it could be.
Work to live, don’t live to work.
Which leads me to my final thought for the night. Particularly here in the US, we can get trapped into this way of life that forces us to place work above everything else. But that’s not how it should be. We should be able to work to live, not live to work. There is a huge world just waiting for us beyond our front doors. Beyond the doors to the office, or the manufacturing plant, or the windshield of a sales route. Fight to keep work from consuming your life. Work so you can live a full and crazy and adventurous life away from the paycheck that funds it. It doesn’t matter what you define as full or crazy or adventurous. We all will have our own way of looking at those things. What matters is that we each, in our own way, do what fits for us. The memories are what matter most, and jobs we hold, no matter how great the job is, should not dominate those memories.
What do you think?
Okay. Enough of my crazy ponderings. What are some words you choose to live by? What are your crazy ponderings about life, the universe, and everything?