Shaken Not Stirred
“The cause of being shaken seems to be outside, but it is always inside you, and its solution is inside you as well.”
I didn’t make any New Year’s resolutions this year, but I did make a promise to myself to try to look inward rather than outward in the coming months. My birthday falls within two weeks of the New Year, and it seemed like an especially good time to look back and make sure I was learning the correct lessons life has sought to teach me.
My forties were spent trying to deal with some of the biggest changes in my life since I had gotten married – mostly spent fighting those changes now that I look back on it. There is something about your fifties that makes it seem important, if not downright urgent, to understand these things. And so I have spent the first two weeks of this year reading some books on Taoism, Buddhism and trying to channel my inner Zen.
The above quotation, which came to me through a wonderful little iPhone app called “Tao Way of Life“, has become my mantra. Or I guess, to put it another way as I read somewhere the other day, “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it”.
You know how there are some people who just let things roll off their backs and go with the flow? Well, I’ve never been one of them, and I may never be.
But I’m trying.