I found out recently a friend had passed. He was young and it was unexpected, it was not in a nice way. I’ll leave it to your imagination. Everybody said that their life had been changed by the event and that it was not meant to happen that way. A wise friend then stated that we needed to be living our lives like that each moment could be our last .
Someone stated that was impossible as our mind and thoughts were so static about what life consisted of. This led to a healthy discussion as to whether this was true for each individual. It turned out about 50/50, we are close friends who are willing to go the distance and support each other in what’s so for each other.
So what does society say about a changing life. Here are 15 views on it that come from both sides of the bench: Let us begin our journey.
1. I think they left the word belong out of this quote. Paulo Coelho de Souza is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist. He is the recipient of numerous international awards, amongst them the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum. His novel The Alchemist has been translated into 80 languages. The author has sold over 200 million copies worldwide and is the all-time bestselling Portuguese language author.
2. This quote speaks to me of the power of remaining in the Now, not relying on the past or the future to sustain a life, but to enjoy the blissful moments we spend with our friends and family.
3. How many of us are in the careers that were suggested to us at the school counselling session. I was meant to be a school teacher, as was my dear dad. Unfortunately the high school principal did not agree and told me I was not returning for my final year of high school and my first job was an an apprentice french polisher. Mel B sings about this sort of thing : For once in my Life.
4. I recently posted about not knocking on closed doors because what is behind them is not meant for you. This would be a good thing to do, run to the open one this way.
5. Hands up who remembers what this is being typed on. The word typed gives you a clue. Like typewriters becoming obsolete so do the previous chapters of our life. Be brave and type something new each day.
6. How could you not thing of our beloved David Bowie when you read about changes: David Live.
7. Today, and Today , and Today. Step forward bravely allowing for what educates you now but not what was taken away.
8. ..it Happens, move on.
9. My sister pointed out after reading the blog that this is by Meister Eckhart not Eckhart Tolle. Meister was well known for his work with pious lay groups such as the Friends of God and was succeeded by his more circumspect disciples John Tauler and Henry Suso. Since the 19th century, he has received renewed attention. He has acquired a status as a great mystic within contemporary popular spirituality, as well as considerable interest from scholars situating him within the medieval scholastic and philosophical tradition.
10. Each time I walk into a new workshop or experience I understand that this is what is waiting on the other side.
11. I have not become an astronaut, a prime minister but I have been many things but I still have many to go at the tender age of 61.
12. Kelly Heroes was a war film about an operation where all the bridges were burnt and they were not expected to come back : Burning Bridges.
13. Unfortunately most of us meet someone or something in our lives that the above statement can be related to. Take the advice.
14. My mentor Arion has a saying that you can get to a point in your life where everything is a gift. This would be after a lot of lessons learnt for me, I am not there yet.
15. Tomorrow is another day, I say take you first chances today, keep tomorrow in reserve. Here is my favourite Tomorrow song: Silverchair.
I hope that there is a song or saying that empowers you to get through your day, and always remember there is a new life possible in any moment.
Namaste until next time, dear friends.
I’m sorry to read about your friend. Even though we ‘know’ that the end of a human life can come at anytime, it’s still hard not to think, or at least hope, that we will live to a grand old age and die peacefully at home with the ones we love. As you have pointed out here through your chosen quotes, living in the moment is our key for being able to shed expectations and live with what is so.
I didn’t know your school counsellor had recommended that you take up teaching! At least you have been able to take on the role in later life. 😊
(The quote attributed to Eckhart Tolle is from Meister Eckhart ‘a German theologian, philosopher and mystic’ Wikipedia.com. It took me awhile to work out that there are at least two quotable ‘Eckharts!)
i truly love them so encouraging