What would it feel like
On a cellular level
If you’d reached the pinnacle
Of whatever you’ve imagined
And longed for
your entire life?
Perhaps it’s a job
Or financial status.
Perhaps it’s a spiritual ideal.
Regardless what you envision as the Ultimate,
What would it actually FEEL like?
How would you act?
How would you move?
What thoughts would predominate your thinking?
If you were living that life
Goals and aspirations are important.
But visualization and action is far more valuable.
Hint: you’re already there.
Find yourself in a place of wonder
Find yourself in a state of rapture
Of awareness and peace
Find yourself in a creative mood
A state of abundance
An essence of gratitude
This too is possible.
The road is closed.
You shouldn’t even bother going.
Never mind there is certainly an alternate route.
One with new turns.
And new twists.
With new scenery.
And new people to meet.
With new experiences to be embraced.
But you shouldn’t bother going.
Because the road is closed.
And to be a seeker is too scary.
You go anyway.
You risk the alternate route.
You trust that there will always be parking.
And you enjoy the ride.
Because predictability is boring.
And this life is short.
You can thank me later.
What is real?
The list is short.
Everything else is…
Living in the NOW means to be ever working toward self tuning
Knowing fully that “it” will never quite be perfect
And that this truth
Is the point.
What’s the goal?
What’s the point of this activity?
Is it pure survival?
Or are we working toward something?
Some sense of accomplishment.
One of substance and meaning.
Or just coasting?
Dreading the bottom of the hill.
Because we can see it in the distance.
And we know that eventually our momentum will wane and the wheels will come to a stop.
The alternative being a life in gear.
One with a destination.
One with drive.
One with twists and turns and obstacles to negotiate.
One with roadblocks and challenges to our patience, ingenuity and savvy.
With learning opportunities at every curve.
Coast down a steep enough hill and your brakes, no matter how resilient will eventually overheat.
And the park ranger of life wielding a temperature gun will wave you off the road to cool them for a bit.
While those climbing are learning all the way.
Working toward the top.
What then stirs your being if not the trivial and the menial and the trifling?
What drives you to want better and more meaningful experiences of this life?
To desire deep authenticity and tangibility?
Hint: very little of the material world is required for this type of joy and bliss.