Posted by: syncopated1 | May 13, 2011

Chapter 17: Life Goes On

Picture borrowed from Kartoen.Be

I got some news today that somewhere in my subconscious I had been expecting; and yet I wasn’t really ready for it. So I got a little upset this afternoon. No, upset is the wrong word, discontent, perhaps? At any rate, I didn’t really know what to do with myself so I went for a run. It was on the agenda today anyway and I had some mental mojo to work out. So off I went.

I ran just over three miles in what was, to my surprise, a blistering 20-25 minutes. I had focused entirely on my run, making sure each foot fell correctly, that I was able to navigate traffic without getting struck by Prions or any other motorists, and I let my discontent control my speed. By the time I was home and able to think about things other than putting one foot in front of the other I was over my melancholy. And I had realized a few things.

The most important thing I realized is that most things in life are inevitable in the grand sense of other people’s involvement in our lives. I can control no one’s actions but my own, not matter how others’ actions affect me or make me uncomfortable. It’s inevitable that people are going to do things I don’t like, all I have to do is step back, breathe, and remember that Life Goes On.



  1. Whenever I find myself in a quandary, or an uncomfortable situation, I find myself saying, “No worries. At the very least you’ll still be breathing when it’s over.” Then I remember to breath.

  2. Exactly, simply being aware that no matter what happens in this moment, several moments from now life will be completely unaffected by that moment before is a powerful awareness and control one has over their life.

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