“Few of us consciously intend to undermine our relationships or careers. Yet if we remain unaware of subtle cues, such as body language or tone of voice, failures tend to repeat themselves. By paying attention to our words, tone, and actions – and by noticing and learning from other people’s responses to what we say or do – we develop our talent to achieve a rapport. And by making what was subconscious fully conscious, we improve our batting average in life. No longer needing to repeat the same old lessons, we can go on to new ones. We attain more of what we desire.
This is why paying attention – shining the light of awareness into nooks and crannies that once went unnoticed – is a primary skill in purposeful living. Yet it doesn’t serve to become too self-reflective, always wondering or second-guessing ourselves over every gesture. Stay aware, but stay alive. Go out and make mistakes and learn from them. It may be true that the unexamined life isn’t worth living – but neither is the un-lived life worth examining.”
Dan Millman, in “Living on Purpose”
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BONUS PONDER on THIS by Sarah Varcas
“If conditions are not right for rain to fall there is no rain. We don’t see the clouds trying to squeeze out a storm because they want one now, regardless of the conditions necessary for it to occur. Likewise a tree will not grow where its needs cannot be met, no matter how attractive the place may otherwise look. Nature knows all about timing and exists accordingly, in a state of balance and vitality.
As forces of nature ourselves we must learn to do the same. No matter how much we desire a certain life, a particular role, a specific reward for efforts made, if the conditions are not in place for those results to arise we will not get what we desire. Not because we don’t deserve it, but because our desire is less important than the balance of the cosmos and the integrity of the living breathing organism that is this planet.”
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