Better than a big box of nothing

Live from day to day, just from day to day. If you do so, you worry less and live more richly. If you let yourself be absorbed completely, if you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.*
(Anne Morrow Lindbergh)

[Young people] are thrown into a world that is unstructured and uncertain with few authorities or guardrails except those they are expected the build on their own.**
(David Brooks)

As far as the universe is concerned, a day is given without meaning. We have to add meaning, but more than at any other time in human history, it is in short supply yet absolutely abundant.

Meaning may come from your deepest work or a philosophy, a worldview or faith, but each of these requires work on our part.

David Brooks’ argument is that in an age of individualism the generations have less and less to work with. After being given a load of freedom, they are handed ‘a big box of nothing.’**

It’s why finding the time to work on what Joseph Campbell identified as two critical myths is so important – the personal and the social, and why U.Lab‘s two questions are so helpful because they reinforce this: Who is my true Self? and What is my contribution?

Don’t be thrown off or distracted by tomorrow. Be present here, today, to know, to feel and to do.

(*Anne Morrow Lindbergh, quoted in the Northumbria Community‘s Morning Prayer.)
(**From David Brooks’ The Second Mountain.)

2 thoughts on “Better than a big box of nothing

  1. I love this! I have been practicing being more present, especially when all the negative energy gets compiled, it’s easy to get sucked in. Being grateful, noticing the beauty around me, finding meaning, it really helps!

  2. I hope you find many different, simple ways to call upon an due present at different times and in various places.

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