The paradox of limitation

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is the power to choose our response.*
Viktor Frankl

We have to work with reality, including the reality within.

The five elemental truths identify our limitations:

Life is hard
You are not as special as you think
Your life is not about you
You are not in control
You are going to die.

I often suggest humility, gratitude and faithfulness as the means for playing with reality:

Humility to be our true self (which is a growth strategy)

Gratitude to notice all that we do have

Faithfulness to playing with these in imaginative and creative ways.

Slowly, we enlarge the spaces in which our choices can be made.

*Viktor Frankl, quoted in Rob Walker’s The Art of Noticing.

Just a doodle 5

Yet without realising it, each day each one of us is visited by beauty. When you actually listen to people, it is surprising how often beauty is mentioned. […] Yet beauty is so quietly woven through our ordinary days that we hardly notice it. Everywhere there is tenderness, care and kindness, there is beauty.*

*From John O’Donohue’s Divine Beauty.

Just a doodle 1

I can only meditate when I am walking.  When I stop, I cease to think; my mind only works with my legs
(Jean-Jacques Rousseau)

I’m taking a few days out for grandparenting fun and games, but there’ll be a doodle here each day.