Our Life Is As Simple As We Make It

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Douglas Adams gives an indeed mind-boggling start to “The Restaurant at the end of the Universe”, which is the sequel to his first; “The Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy”. The exact words, as printed in the first chapter of the book, are quoted below:

“The story so far:

In the beginning the Universe was created.

This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

Many races believe that it was created by some sort of god, though the Jatravartid people of Viltvodle VI believe that the entire Universe was in fact sneezed out of the nose of a being called the Great Green Arkleseizure.

The Jatravartids, who live in perpetual fear of the Great White Handkerchief, are small blue creatures with more than fifty arms each, who are therefore unique in being the only race in history to have invented the aerosol deodorant before the wheel.”

*Go ahead, read it again and give yourself a chuckle*

We humans (Yes, you!), we have a short time to spend here, on Planet Earth. Well, short enough to know that we don’t have forever here.

We often make living seem harder than it has to be. We live to worry, we live in fear (Much like the Jatravartids), we live in a rush.

We try to do it all at once.

But do we really need to?

Let us now consider breaking things down to understand how we can simply live and live simply.

Here we go…

We don’t need to run right away. Just take one step. A foot forward. That’s all.

And when we take that step forward, we don’t need to know the entire path ahead of us;

Just enough light to guide us to take the next teensy step, yeah? Just enough space to keep our next foot forward.

If we stumble or trip on something, we can get back up.

Perhaps we’ll have a scar or two, here and there. Those scars will only remind us to take our next step even slow and even lightly perhaps, for we don’t want those wounds to deepen. We want them to heal.

And when we look back to check on what is it that we stumbled on; we shall know how we went wrong in taking the step in the first place;

We will know what did not work, so that our next step is smooth and steady;

We look back only to prepare better for the road ahead.

As we go along, we will come across some dead ends, some wrong turns and some road blocks, perhaps.

But we must see that…

Those dead ends were not roads that would lead us anywhere;

Those wrong turns simply redirected us to the paths that we were meant to be on anyway;

Those road blocks simply made us aware that we weren’t to stop despite their presence.

And we go along the road; one step at a time.

We live one step at a time.

All we ever had;

All we have;

All we will ever have;

is NOW.

And right now, we don’t need to do it all at once;

Right now, we need to do it once and for all.

Life does not demand us to live all our breaths and take all our steps at a time;

Life simply requests us to live one breath at a time and take one step at a time.

All we need to do is, respond to that request. That’s all that life asks of us.

You see? To live simply, we must simply live.

*For who knows, when the Great White Handkerchief makes its way to us*

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