One morning on the way to work, I saw a possum in the road that had just been hit by a car. I thought it was surrounded by birds, but when I looked closer they were actually baby possums climbing out of their mother’s pouch.
I called animal control and they said they would rush out and help. On the way home that night, I passed the same spot and saw proof that they never came.
I wanted to stop that morning, but I was in a rush. I didn’t want to be late for work. I ignored myself to follow the “rules”.
There’s this cat that strolls around my neighborhood. I always see him in the field behind the house hunting birds. He’s even gone after a couple ducks. He’s no match for ducks, trust me.
He never catches anything though. He’s a house cat, so his hunting skills could use some work. But hey, at least he tries. He’s a few steps ahead of most of us in that regard.
I remember when I was a kid, I thought I would write music, break dance or play basketball when I grew up.
Over the years, I gave up on all of those things. Because I was good in private, but when the time came time to perform, I couldn’t do it. Well, at least I thought I couldn’t. As a result, I never tried when I needed to.
About a year ago, I was frustrated with my job. Things didn’t seem to be going the way I wanted, so I decided it was time to leave.
I felt like I was invested in the company, but the company didn’t give a damn about almighty me.
I found a new job and even though it didn’t feel ideal, I wanted out of my current situation. It was a risk I was willing to take.
Now a year later, I’m back in the same position. Actually, it feels a little worse, but that’s probably just because we tend to over exaggerate things for our own justification.
How could this happen again? Continue reading
Their use to be this cartoon on TV called Courage The Cowardly Dog. It was about a terrified old mutt who was constantly trying to protect his owners from scary creatures.
Even though he was afraid of everything, even his own reflection, he still went to great lengths to keep his owners, Muriel and Eustace, safe.
One of my favorite parts of the show was when Courage would see huge shadows of monsters on the wall, only to realize it was just Muriel walking into the room or a lamp shade.
Nothing was ever as bad as he imagined and things always turned out alright in the end. I watched a couple episodes the other night and I can relate to Courage.
Modern day life is kind of like standing in a money booth. So many of the things we desire are within arms reach. Even the stuff we feel like we can’t reach isn’t beyond our capability of someday obtaining.
And it’s not only the material stuff. We want the intangibles too, like better relationships, better habits, less stress, more fun, etc. We want it all and there’s plenty of how-tos on how to get it.
I’m big in to cars, so I have a tendency to drive down the road, see a car I like and think, “I should get one of those”. It seems like an innocent enough thought.
Then I start to imagine what it would be like to drive one. Then I wonder how much it would cost me. Then I imagine ways I could earn more money to buy more cars. It’s a never ending story that leaves me feeling like I need more of something if I want to feel happy and content.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting, but we often forget that we don’t have to do anything with our desires. We can have them and take no action. Continue reading