It is so easy to get carried away by the show that we put on for our friends, family, and even strangers. Most of the time, we think jamming our days up with endless tasks and responsibilities leads to a fulfilling life. Unfortunately, it is the opposite. It is in the emptiness that we find true peace – for the haze of events and activities around us only serve to distract us from looking inward. It is in the silence that we are able to hear our true calling. It is in the stillness that we are able to see more clearly.
So “keep a space inside you,” as Burgs advises in this short talk. Our life is only a brief time – a momentary bubble that pops almost instantaneously in the vast totality of the universe. We are both significant and inconsequential. There is no need to take things too seriously. Enjoy and have fun. Nothing lasts forever except in your memories. This present moment does not necessarily secure the future, for the past and future are only imaginations. There is only now. What you do with the now – this series of nows – creates your life. “Keep a space inside you” so you can find yourself, be yourself, and follow your true bliss – and that makes life, even the simplest non-actions, worthwhile.
Keep a space inside you. Don’t be in a rush to crowd it out because it’s easily done. Having that space inside you in which you feel you can breathe properly that you feel you have time for the things you do.
That’s the thing we most quickly surrender and that’s the thing we give up so quickly. And it’s the thing that when we find it again we realize how precious it is.
So don’t judge your life by the amount of things that you cram it full of, by the quality that you bring the things that you do, which may mean a little less, a little better. A little more time for the things that are important and a willingness to let go the things that aren’t.
You can’t have everything. You can’t. Wanting more than you can put into your life comfortably is nothing but a vexation and before you know it, everything stops making sense.
Let go the stuff that crowds you out so you can breathe with the things that are meaningful for you. It’s not rocket science. It’s just choices and make them. Make them.
Most of the reason that we struggle these days is not because we’re struggling to survive. It’s because we’re struggling to keep an inordinately complicated show on the road. Maybe we’ve become so extraordinary, elaborate, life has just got too much in it that we can’t breathe anymore.
Find a little space for some simplicity and enjoy it. It’s just a brief time. It’s actually not a long time. and it’s so rare.
Find the things that you want in your life and that are reasonable to expect and honor them. And don’t find yourself months and years gone by saying “I wish I had given more time to this or that.” I hear a lot of stories tell me about how their life is completely all over the shop. How they’ve lost their way or they don’t know what they’re doing. It doesn’t matter what you do! People spending their entire life trying to figure out what they were supposed to have done with it. It doesn’t matter what you do. You know tinker tailor, soldier, sailor, rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief. Whatever it is we could possibly do we’ve dreamed it up and done it amongst us. There were a lot of miserable tinker’s and tailors for a lot of happy ones. There are a lot of miserable soldiers and sailors, there are a lot of happy ones.
It doesn’t matter what you do. It is the heart in which you do it.
Maybe what you’re already doing could be more than enough if you could give you a whole heart to it. And if it’s not and let it go. Do make the choices and the decisions that are important and enjoy it. It’s just a brief time.