Wisdom from 47
In two weeks I will be 47 years old. At this juncture in my life, I have become a reflective human being (it’s about time!!). This means simply that I now live consciously. I don’t just go through the motions of living, surviving day-to-day, trying to get by, hoping for some future happiness. At last I have accepted that true happiness can never be found in the future. A change in your present circumstances won’t bring joy or contentment to you. Trust me on this. As many great teachers before me have observed, it is only through our appreciation of the “here and now” that contentment and joy can be won. So my existence has come to be one in which I focus more and more on each moment as it arises. On simplicity. I’ve slowed down, and I’ve stopped struggling to make things happen, started allowing things to just be what they are, as they are.
In one sense, this is all about giving the instants that make up my life a space in which to breathe and be themselves. All life needs such space in order to thrive, and the moments that comprise human existence are no different. Without being properly grounded in what is happening right here and right now, life becomes a blur of chaos and frantic projections between the past and future, of hopes and fears, regrets and passing pleasures that can scarcely be recalled as they vanish into the mists of fading memory. And then one day you find your life has gone by, and you have precious little show for it, nothing to prove you’ve even lived. Maybe you’ll have a great big house with a great big yard; a shiny car; a successful, albeit fading career. But all that stuff adds up to nada in the end—no joy, no peace, no lasting satisfaction.
After 47 years I’ve finally accepted that it is the quiet moments of connection with others, with nature, with animals, and with God that satisfy. It is these moments that–when the time comes–will close the journey of your human path with peace and a deep sense of having truly lived, instead of with fear, the ghosts of wasted time, and that nagging sense of meaninglessness that haunts so many of us. You know what I’m talking about—the love you share and receive, along with every quiet moment of simple appreciation; these are your guardian angels in this lifetime, and in the next. They become the Beings who watch over you with love and deepest tenderness as you sleep, and as you awaken.
Take my advice, whatever your age: Don’t let the moments of your life pass you by unnoticed, unappreciated, and unloved. No matter how humble they appear to be. Slow down, and pay attention to what is surrounding you even now. Live fully, live completely, live fearlessly. Beyond the frantic rush of time whisking past, there exists a universe of pure light and endless life. You may not be able to see it with your eyes, but if you become quiet and still enough, you can feel it with your heart. This place is your home. It is the Kingdom of Heaven. It is Nirvana. It is all happening right Now.