What were your first thoughts this morning as you awoke? It's ok, you can tell me. Hmm... Ok then, how about just whispering them to me, I won't tell anyone. ... No eh? Well that's ok, just consider them yourself then.
One thing hopefully you've realized by now is that those first pondered thoughts in the morning will often determine the 'tone' of the whole day. If we awake with negative thoughts about things going on in our life at the present, there's a good chance our day will be less than cheerful. If we awake thinking about the progress and achievements in our lives, then we may just have a fantastic day full of memories and even greater achievements. And if we think of neither our failures nor our successes, then our day will be just another day, without color or meaning, which we will just lose without having had the opportunity to really live it.
The point of this is that we make the decision, whether consciously or unconsciously as to how our day will be and what we will accomplish, all within those first few minutes or hours after rising. You might not always have a choice of what to do that day, but you do have a choice of how you will react to the things you experience that day.
Here is a short Zen story for you:
"The monk Shi Ching approached the Master and said:
"Master, my fellow monks and I have prepared your new garden, but we would like to see if it meets with your approval."
The Master pondered for a moment and replied, "It is just fine
Shi Ching." Shi Ching then asked, "But Master, you have not even seen it, how can you know whether or not it is suitable for you?"
The Master replied, "When I woke this morning, I knew I had a decision to make, as to whether or not the garden would please me. I have decided that I am pleased. Seeing it or not at this point, makes no difference."
My point with this story is simply to illustrate that on any given day, we may ponder our life and think about the things that have gone wrong, or that our life is not where we would like it, or that we are sad or upset all the time, or that we are addicted to a computer game that we cannot escape from.
But what you do from that point is up to you.
With regard to an online computer game, the path to freedom from its embrace may not seem clear when you first decide to quit playing. But the first step of this path is to wake up one day and decide that it's time to create change in your life, and that it's time to reclaim the happiness, once abundant, and which now eludes you, and it's time to clear the weeds from your garden of life goals and strive to live this day with freedom and clarity.
This path to freedom and clarity begins with first pondering your life, past and present, and by then trying to discover just what it is that gives you passion. For life is not a destination, but a journey, and each new day brings with it new opportunities to make these discoveries and fill your life with meaning and purpose.
You are the author of your destiny, and within the first few minutes or even hours of your morning on any given day, you decide how that day's chapter will be written.
Will you accept a past of defeat and shortcomings and write the day's chapter just like the previous ones? Or have you written this same chapter so many times that you have convinced yourself that the plot cannot change, or perhaps worse, that you have become terrified of writing it any differently?
Or will you dare to be different and to risk failure...or even to risk greatness by writing a chapter full of new experiences and challenges, knowing that this book of your life has a limited number of pages and eventually will end? If the latter, then you are fortunate for having realized that only by taking this risk can you grow as an individual, and that this collection of chapters which makes up your life will determine whether your story is ultimately a tragedy, or an inspiring tale of adventure.
The choice and the power really is yours.
So having read this...whether it is morning...or afternoon or evening...review the past chapters of your life which you have written so far. It is true that these chapters are written and complete and cannot be changed.
But then, flip ahead through the blank pages which make up your future life, and realize that those chapters are not yet written, and that each day when you wake up and ponder the day ahead, that you really are the writer of your own destiny, and the master of how that day's chapter will be written.
Once again, life is not a destination...it truly is a journey, and you, just as the Master, make the decision each day as to whether or not the day will please you, and what things, if any, that you will accomplish.
So pick up that pen, and open the journal that is your life. And now tell me, how will you choose to write today's chapter?
Ron Jaffe AKA Diggo McDiggity
Discussion Board Administrator
Addicted to Everquest from July, 1999 to April, 2002
Over 4,900 Hours Played
Edited by: Diggo McDiggity at: 12/1/02 10:08:18 am
Co-Founder of OLGA and member since 2002