326. Victories of Love

… maybe Char and I are robots now. And maybe a day like this is a confused mess, with deep clouds on the horizon still, and objective recognition that you are just not getting anywhere with your business, dreams, goals.

But you have the spark. You have a smiling baby. You have a mom in good spirits. You have the will to accept the crappy work-hours and not whine, except maybe a little when you sit in the bus.

You have these small victories and if you pile them up and focus on them, they look like something.

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204. The Folly of Our Complacency

Death reveals to us the folly of our complacency.

When we are confronted with some death or other, especially a death of someone close to us, we are stripped naked – even if only for a short while.

We are reminded of something unpleasant (not only our own physical mortality). We don’t like to be reminded. Hence we try to forget as often as possible, as quickly as possible and … ‘move on’.

I’m as guilty of that as the next man!

What we want to forget ASAP is:

That we think it is ‘all right’ to live on forever in a certain way — or at least for a very, Very, VERY long time.

That it is all right not to change.

That it is all right to always be the same.

It is not all right.

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45. Emotional Time

Don’t focus on what’s not left. Appreciate what is left. Don’t forget all that you have had. Appreciate what you have had. Don’t obsess about how many years you think you may have left. Forget about it. You can never know. That’s what I tell myself is the best. Now I have to train my mind to be good at it.

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