“Wasting energy to obtain rare objects only impedes one’s growth.”
(From A New Way of Thinking, A New Way of Being Experiencing the Tao Te Ching)
“We get caught in a hectic maze. Rising when the clock determines. Battered by news headlines that seem remote and beyond our reach. Jangled by all the mechanical operations that launch us into activity and productivity. Tested by traffic, forced to calculate time and distance to the second. Elevators and phones and gadgets guide us through necessary interactions and keep human interactions superficial and at a minimum. Our concentration is interspersed by meetings and small crises. At the end of the day we rewind ourselves: traffic, automation, headlines, until we set that alarm ticking and timing. Little room for responding humanly and humanely to the day’s events; little time to enter into the wisdom and freshness and the promise of its opportunities. We feel our lives closing in, confining, and conforming us.”
In the film, Groundhog Day, Bill Murray’s character is given the fantastical opportunity to relive the same day over and over again. With comedic and tragic trial and error he eventually gets it “right” as he works his way out of the hectic maze of his life as described by the above quote. Be the lead actor in your own movie today and make it the best day ever.
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