A few days ago while sitting at one of my favourite outdoor cafés sipping a cortado, listening to the sea and the wind in the trees, the waiters joking around, watching the pigeons on their morning walk, the few soft clouds in the vast blue sky… it occurred to me that existence has no goal. The purpose of the singing birds, of the blade of grass glittering in the sun, of the meadow flowers… there is no purpose behind them. Everything is simply because existence enjoys the experience. The only purpose of the sun rising every morning, the children playing in the streets, is in the moment itself. And each moment is unique – like an alive, ever-changing piece of art that has never been seen before, and will never be seen again. Only once can it be experienced and then it is gone forever, making room for another unique moment to be born into existence. Life is not a science but a continuous dance, a work of true poetry.
Existence does not know activity; it does nothing because of a future goal since it does not have one. Existence knows only action, doing something because of the doing itself. Everything that happens in the universe is life delighting in itself and expressing itself through different forms: through plants, animals, people, everything on this beautiful planet. Nothing is accidental, and if one bird or one person suddenly disappeared, existence would miss it. Everything has its place and everything is needed. But life delights in its creation regardless of the future outcome; the only moment it is interested in is the present moment. There is nothing else and will never be; the past has already gone, the future will never arrive. There is only the eternal now.
It is humbling to realise that I am part of such a harmony, without ever really having done anything to deserve it. Everyone is so beautiful and unique, carrying endless treasures within them. Life delights equally in everyone no matter where they are at and how much further they think they still have to go. It is crazy that almost everyone seems to hate themselves on some level, incapable of seeing how perfect and important they are – irreplaceable, unrepeatable, a unique piece of art. Life loves everyone. 1 month ago
You deserve all the best things in the world, as well… you are such a beautiful, kind and caring soul and perfect the way you are right now – no change is needed, except perhaps the change in seeing so that you’d see you are good enough and don’t need any change in order to be loved and accepted. :)
Te mando mucho cariño y abrazos. 1 month ago
You’re so kind – and not just to me and in this entry, but always, and to everyone.
It always makes me happy when someone has visited my tiny faraway country! ...sometimes it’s traumatising for foreigners because they weren’t prepared for how introverted Finns can be :-) (It’s the weather, and the crazily long and dark winter!) But I’m glad your experiences were good. :)
(((Bob))) 1 month ago
Thank you so much for the wishes and kind words! You’re definitely one of my favourite people here, so the feeling is mutual :) I love to watch you live your life as an adventure, not postponing anything, and your relationship with Tiwa. Your love for her is so beautiful. :) 1 month ago
Thank you so much for such beautiful wishes – you’re truly special… every gratitude entry of yours I see in my subscription feed always fills me with positive energy. You have a way to see beauty everywhere. 1 month ago
How did you know I’d like the photo?! ;) It makes me miss all the Spanish lemon trees that allowed me to sit under them, watching the moments pass by. I know I’m weird, but there’s just something really special about trees. :D 1 month ago
I had a wonderful day and that photo is so perfect since I spent most of my birthday on the beach :)
Completely unrelated, but just wanted to mention that I love your username – it suits you so well. Just seeing it in my subscription feed makes me feel still, quiet and tranquil. 1 month ago
...so much, Sue ♥ I’m finding I still have a lot to learn when it comes to living every day in its totality, but I’m slowly getting there… :) 1 month ago
Remember to see the adventure in every precious moment.
—Mike Dooley 1 month ago
Look past your thoughts, so you may drink the pure nectar of This Moment.
—Rumi 1 month ago
Sitting at the airport waiting for my flight, the last rays of sun falling all around me, I found myself wanting to cry in gratitude to Spain and its beautiful cities for all of the gifts and disappointments they brought me without asking anything in return. In many ways they brought me further along the road than I could have ever imagined, and in others I didn’t quite arrive where I had hoped I would. But I’ve learnt to appreciate disappointments for they keep life interesting, flowing in directions I wouldn’t have chosen beforehand, but where I find things worth learning and exploring.
The effect spending time abroad always has on me is the seeing that the only way to live life is to live it dangerously – always accepting the challenge of doing what I’m afraid to do, courageously risking the known for the unknown, the familiar for the unfamiliar, the comfortable for the uncomfortable, going for a pilgrimage not to a certain holy place, but to oneself, not knowing whether one is going to be able to make it or not, for the journey may have a beginning but no end. It may not be important at all what I do with my life, but seeing the fact of it makes me even more excited about all the possibilities to experience and explore, because my freedom is absolute – since there is nothing I have to do, I am free to do anything.
I had a good opportunity to reflect while on the plane because it had technical problems severe enough for us to have to land in another country to switch planes before heading to Finland, and found myself at absolute, profound peace. Life is a dangerous adventure, but the uncertainty is the beauty of it – if I were able to know life, if I were able to control it and attain to security, it would become very meaningless. It is the mystery that makes life interesting and worth living. Nothing real can ever be threatened so there is nothing to lose, and yet, everything to gain. 1 month ago
Be on your own – only that way one grows. There is no other way to grow.
Once you start feeling responsible for your own life, you start growing, because then there is no point in wasting time in postponing, in waiting. Nobody is coming to help you. All waiting is futile, sheer wastage.
If there is a conflict, go deeply into it. Decide something. The sooner you can do so, the better. Postponement is simply stupid. Tomorrow you will also have to decide, so why not today?
Never postpone for the tomorrow; tomorrow may not come. If you have to decide, you have to decide right now. Make up your mind. Don’t go on postponing infinitely.
Be finished. Take courage. You have enough opinions with you already. Decide. Move! Let the unknown have a call for you because that you have not yet lived; you have not moved in that territory. Something new may happen there. Always decide for the unknown, whatsoever the risk, and you will grow continuously.
—Osho 1 month ago
Don’t think of yourself as a victim; you are not. You cannot throw responsibility on anybody else. Simply and absolutely, you are responsible. Just watch and see the fact of it.
Become aware of your responsibility and freedom, and let your life flow out of them. Whatsoever you decide is up to you. You are your own master.
—Osho 1 month ago
Allow the sun, the rain and the wind to come in. Whisper with the clouds and the stars. Fall in love with existence. To live without falling in love with this tremendously beautiful existence is ridiculous. That is missing the whole opportunity of being intensely and passionately alive.
—Osho 1 month ago
I had a great birthday – this year not with the people closest to me (since they’re in Finland), but with some new friends I feel blessed to have met. :) 1 month ago
...so much for the beautiful wishes, dear solasea You’re one of the few 43Thingers I’ve followed since they joined and have enjoyed everything you’ve posted so far – you’re such an artist not just in the way you express yourself, but in the way you live your life. 1 month ago
You’re the most exquisitely fluffy cat there has ever been and ever will be! I love you ❤
Here’s a mouse for you to catch:
Cuddle time?1 month ago
Thank you so much! I didn’t know I needed an ear massage, but it felt awesome! :D And I love the video!
Sending much love and hugs your way ❤ 1 month ago
Thank you so much for the wonderful wishes and for starting this goal – I didn’t expect anyone to remember since I don’t have my birthday in my profile, so it was a particularly nice surprise to see you start it! Thank you for being such a positive presence here :) ♥ 1 month ago