Life is Doing

Life is doing, everything else is just waiting. You have to be open, engaged, and implement. To paraphrase Oliver Wendell Holmes. “To reach the port of success and happiness, you must sail. Sometimes with the wind, sometimes against it. Always sail, never drift nor lie at anchor.”

So, luck, or in reality preparation meeting opportunity, only works if you are flexible and have the scope to face the realization that you have been; procrastinating, preoccupied, not prioritizing, and making excuses, (which in reality is just a well-planned lie,) and not making time to alter your direction and grow. So, meditate on living in the now and being absolutely engaged, open yourself to new opportunities, cultivate a more objective persona, simplify and plan, and adapt as your new mantra, Life is Action.
Satoru

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Happiness and circumstance

Have you ever seen a stonemason split a huge rock? He will hit the rock many times just to draw a straight line. Then he will strike the rock on the sides to guide the fault. After tapping the boulder many more times in incremental steps he will, at last, give the stone a final blow and split the rock. Sometimes when we work, it is hard to see the cumulative effect or results. There is usually no easy way so expect difficulties and solve them in progression. All choices lead somewhere. Fix the difficulty, do not place blame. Define the problem and then adapt to the challenge.

Happiness has less to do with your circumstances than how you perceive them.

Satoru

Zen Objectivity

We fabricate our illusions, basing our perceptions on thoughts rather than realities. Perhaps it is because thinking is more entertaining than knowing. And although we think in generalities we live in details. So, we focus on the details of planning, compiling and refining lists, calculating variables and alternate scenarios, and dreams of improvements and expanded life styles. This lack of objectivity in our thinking manifests itself by allowing us to become emotional attached to possessions, expectations, and situations. But the real quantum leaps of improvement in our lives escapes us because we are not detached enough to simplify our existence to concentrate on the absolute priories and look at the world with fresh interest.

Open your eyes and see in the Now, simplify, understand, search, meditate, read, plan, and begin.

Satoru

Zen Truth

Objectivity alone is valid. Blind trust of authority leads to self-deception and misunderstanding. Truth is a rear bird but not completely extinct. We have to be more accommodating to reality and not pay homage to every cultural diversity, appease every ethnic sensitivity, and bend to political correctness. Or else we become the personification of passive aggressive and, especially when faced with overwhelming incompetence and political powerlessness, turn to considering only our own lives, first and exclusively, and become too busy with our careers, ambitions, successes, failures, and improving our lives at any costs.

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Modern Marriage

A woman accompanied her husband to the doctor’s office. After his checkup, the doctor called the wife into his office alone. He said, “Your husband is suffering from a very severe disease, combined with continual stress. If you don’t do the following your husband will surely die; “every morning, fix him a healthy breakfast. Be pleasant, and make sure he is in a good mood. For lunch make him a nutritious meal he can take to work. And for dinner, prepare an especially nice meal for him. Don’t burden him with chores, as this could further his stress. Don’t belabor your problems with him; it will only make his stress worse. Try to relax your husband in the evening by wearing lingerie and giving him plenty of back rubs. And most importantly make love with your husband several times a week and satisfy him. If you can do this for the next 10 months to a year, I your husband will regain his health completely.”

On the way home, the husband asked his wife, “What did the doctor say?”

 “You are going to die.” She replied.

Exfoliation

Change: Only rocks never change. (Wrong.)
Exfoliation is an earth-science word that has to do with wearing away mountains through erosion. It is the process by which water freezes in the cracks of rocks and expands until the rock shatters, ever so slightly, and eventual breaks apart.

Good choices begin with good information. Words have the power to destroy or heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world. If you are alive, you must change in order to grow. But, don’t expect life to go in a straight line or stand still, because the future always comes before you’re ready to give up the present. We always have the answer with us. “Yes, I can do it.”

Happiness Now

Happiness and misery depend as much on temperament as they do on fortune, so try cultivating a better outlook and disposition. Your chances for happiness in life and love will be greatly enhanced.

Change your physical routines and move more toward action. Acting happy creates a better mood. Look in the mirror and laugh out loud. When was the last time you laughed with a big stupid grin on your face? Feel the stiff muscles give. Put on some music and dance, move, scream, yell, and shout out loud and remember that other people are home or at work sitting and typing.

We spend so much time working, often sitting hunched at a desk, and typing for hours. Our bodies need a chance to relax. Natural movement, whether outside or in the comfort of our homes, does wonders for us physically and mentally. Satoru