Day Forty Seven: Impermanence

Daily Journal:

Photo of a street in Taos, New Mexico.

I’ve fallen a few days behind on blogging, but I will be working backwards, filling in Feb. 13-15. I’m almost halfway through a 55 hour work week, which should help me get all debts paid off in the next couple of weeks. Yesterday, I had to deal with a tire on my car that was having a problem with a slow leak. I had to call in to work because the tire was flat. I took the car to the shop as soon as they opened, walked over to Starbucks inside the Kroger store, and sat down with a copy of A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose  by Eckhart Tolle that my girlfriend gave me for Christmas. I must admit, having been working overtime almost every week since around Thanksgiving, I enjoyed that two hours of just sitting there with a book and a coffee, no work or kids.


We are still working on the plans to move my girlfriend to Kentucky from Phoenix. I’m flying to Phoenix in mid-March, staying for the weekend (her birthday party), then leaving with her in a Uhaul truck on Monday morning. First stop: Taos, New Mexico for maybe a walk around and some breakfast. Taos to Topeka, or maybe all the way to Kansas City. Kansas to St. Louis to Louisville. Her father will be following us in her car, flying out of Louisville on Thursday night. That’s the plan anyway.

Deng Ming-Dao on Impermanence:

Impermanence is one of the core teachings in Buddhism. Everything is temporary and unstable. As he says, “governments barely survive from year to year, family erodes, personal relationships decay, and one’s career topples”. He compares the efforts of man to nature’s storms. Even a storm doing much damage to man’s structures only lasts for a day, so human work must be even less lasting, he says. Ming-Dao advises that we must understand that everything is transitory and work with it, instead of against it. He promises that understanding this impermanent nature in the world can be “the biggest advantage of all”.

Daily Stoic:

“Life (and our job) is difficult enough. Let’s not make it harder by getting emotional about insignificant matters or digging in for battles we don’t actually care about. Let’s not let emotion get in the way of kathêkon, the simple, appropriate actions on the path to virtue.”

Today’s Stoic is about not making tasks harder than they need to be. I’m reminded of getting emotional and angry while doing household tasks (usually angry at my children for the messes they have made), which is just making work harder than it needs to be. Most of the time, the spills are easily cleaned up in a couple of minutes anyway.

See you tomorrow.



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