An odd thing happened today. I was thinking about some areas of my life in which I’ve been rather unlucky, and it made me realize how incredibly fortunate I am. I’m not sure exactly how that works, because it seems to be rather counterintuitive circular logic. Whatever the case, that’s where I ended up.
Coming to such a realization is not really an infrequent thing. Every time, the lens through which I view the world is shattered, expanded to eternity, and replaced. So strange then, that as the months go by, this lens can so easily shrink to the scope of simply the present day. We all face this problem, even if we are unaware or refuse to acknowledge it. So, what causes this tunnel vision?
In short, the pursuit of that which inherently possesses temporal value.
Of course everything has temporal value, but that’s not to say pursuing goals in this world is a bad thing. Conversely, it’s an incredibly good thing when channeled in the right way. Mostly, it comes down to a matter of mindset. It’s rather easy to get seduced by the glittering drudgery of everyday life, especially in the current day and age. However, if we can make the effort to take a macroscopic view of our decisions, wishes, dreams, and ambitions while evaluating them in the context of how they contribute to or detract from our quest to have a lasting positive impact on humanity…that I think, is something worth striving towards. Even if you are like me and try to do this - as my aforementioned mental lapse indicated today, there’s always room for improvement.
So in conclusion: when doors close, yes, other ones open. But they usually open at unexpected times and in strange places. Whatever mastery you think you have over your destiny is simultaneously transient and illusory, but also tangible. The pursuit of objects possessing temporal value will inevitably result in unfulfillment. The antidote to this is a bifocal, eternally focused perspective. Being able to toggle between present and future unknowns while managing them as necessary is important. And time is dynamic, not linear. Looking at where I started writing, this is not the cognitive pathway I expected to be on, so I will end the monologue here.
Stream of consciousness is good like that.
As for what I originally intended to write about in this post, that’s coming sooner than later.