There is a story of a woman running away from tigers. She runs and runs and the tigers are getting closer and closer. When she comes to the edge of a cliff, she sees some vines there, so she climbs down and holds on to the vines. Looking down, she sees that there are tigers below her as well. She then notices that a mouse is gnawing away at the vine to which she is clinging. She also sees a beautiful little bunch of strawberries close to her, growing out of a clump of grass. She looks up and she looks down. She looks at the mouse. Then she just takes a strawberry, puts it in her mouth, and enjoys it thoroughly. Tigers above, tigers below. This is actually the predicament that we are always in, in terms of our birth and death. Each moment is just what it is. It might be the only moment of our life; it might be the only strawberry we’ll ever eat. We could get depressed about it, or we could finally appreciate it and delight in the preciousness of every single moment of our life. // Pema Chödrön
after a couple months of feeling self doubt coupled with hearing about one appalling thing after another happening all over the world and spending hours lamenting over the life/lives we all could be living if things played out differently, i finally decided to shift my mental state. living in fear and only hoping things will change is not the proper path i should be taking. maybe all i needed was to spend a few hours listening to uplifting-cool-female-created music to understand that i have everything i need right here and that being thankful for the way my life is right now if the best thing i can do for myself.
i have the skills, the abilities and the work ethic to makes things happen and the capability of guiding my life in the direction i want it to go. i think the power of choice is something we forget that we have. when daily we are shown that other people's choices are affecting the people and the world in an unfavorable way.
if people chose to be the kind of person they want to be, maybe their light will radiate outward and influence enough people around them to start bringing positive vibrations of change.
i chose to eat the strawberries.