“If you take too long in deciding what to do with your life, you’ll find you’ve done it.”
~ George Bernard Shaw
“Before enlightenment – chopping wood, carrying water. After enlightenment – chopping wood, carrying water.”
Oh – the frustration of it all. The first quote for today deals with the importance of having direction – goals – in your life. You know – we’ve all heard it for years – our life will be happier, more prosperous, more meaningful if we have a plan, know where we’re going, and work systematically at getting there.
If you’ve tried to do that, you’ve undoubtedly met with a great deal of frustration along the way. It’s like the expression “Life is what happens to you while you’re planning other things.” No matter how hard you work at your plan, there are those constant interruptions that get in the way, and make it seem so difficult. You are not alone.
As important as the first quote is, think about the second one. A modern paraphrase might go like this:
“Before setting and achieving your goals, and having control over your life, your days are filled with trivia, interruptions, hassles, disappointments, family responsibilities, etc. After working your plan and achieving all your dreams and goals – your life is filled with trivia, interruptions, hassles, disappointments, family responsibilities, etc.”
Taking control of your life can result in great personal satisfaction, provided you understand it does not bring you to perfection. Intertwined in our desire to achieve peace, success, and enlightenment, there is still plenty of wood to chop and water to carry. The day-to-day responsibilities of life do not disappear. We simply gain the strength to bear them more readily – and with a smile.
So – carry on with your plans and your dreams. They are vital to a great life. Yet remember the words of Jules Renard, who said, “There are moments when everything goes well; don’t be frightened, it won’t last.”