The other night I was watching one of the CSI’s with my daughter, where some guy was killed by mistake by the police. A good guy, an ideal person in a not so good or ideal neighborhood. Basically a typical CSI theme. What caught my attention at the time was how everyone kept repeating the victim’s ‘today is life’ motto.
Prior to that my daughter and I were having our own conversation about ‘life’. It had all started with her complaining that whatever happened to her dad was not fair and that she will never be happy again. I tried to remind her life was never fair and she would have to look around her to see those who are less fortunate and she will start feeling grateful or happy. The usual talk or advice that is easy to give but hard to accept.
Eckhart Tolle writes:
“Accept – then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
‘Today is life’. If we accept the fact that today, this moment, rather, as we are breathing, is the only certain thing that we have in our life, then it makes everything else much easier. There is no sure thing in this life. It all depends on if and when and where. We are all thrown into situations we don’t choose, we all have our ups and downs at some point in our lives. Sometimes it feels that our share of downs is much more than that of our ups and there is no way out of it. And so we are unhappy. In the words of Eckhart Tolle:
“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.”
There is a situation always out there for everyone. If not for everyone, for the majority of people. There is always someone better than us or someone worse than us. It’s just that how we look at it is what is different. We can either accept it and work with it and find a way around it. Or we can continue to nag and be miserable and unhappy about it and miss everything else that is going for us. It’s like stopping our clock while everyone else’s is moving with the rest of the world.
William Saroyan wrote:
“Nothing good ever ends. If it did, there would be no people in the world- no life at all, anywhere. And the world is full of people and full of wonderful life.”
Remember! ‘Today is life’ and the world is full of wonderful life.