Posted by: Mike Ferruggia | August 10, 2009

Don’t Get Bogged Down

It’s easy to get bogged down with the many minor obstacles and challenges that come our way daily, sometimes piling up, and lose sight of the overall picture of things. Sometimes the challenges are big, like a mudslide taking out your entire community, any other natural disaster, losing your job, things like that. This week, it’s oil and transmission fluid leaking out of the car, corporate visits changed to tomorrow, needing to hire a key holder, trying to get a tai chi website off the ground, helping a relative with financial issues, oh, and the major pain of the day, for some reason I’m not getting cell phone service in my apartment the last two days.

The other issue is when you’re working long hours and all you want to do is go home and veg out in front of the tv. It’s easy to be consumed, or subsumed, or overwhelmed by it all like a strong magnet pulling your forehead to the ground so you can’t look around. But, knowing this is, I guess, half the battle. And being disciplined about carving out enough time for the really important stuff, like tai chi and contemplation, and walking.

Remember, it’s not life itself that is the illusion, but our perception of it, our attitude towards it. I don’t recommend lying to yourself about a situation, but learning perspective is key.

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