AN ANTIDOTE TO CHAOS-Rule 4
Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.
When you have something to say, silence is a lie – and tyranny feeds on lies.
Be cautious when you’re comparing yourself to others. You’re a singular being, once you’re an adult, you have your own particular, specific problems-financial, intimate, psychological, and otherwise. Those are embedded in the unique broader context of your existence. Your career or job works for you in personal manner, or it does not, and it does so in a unique interplay with the other specifics of your life. You must decide how much of your time to spend on this, and how much on that. You must decide what to let go, and what to pursue.
What you aim at determines what you see.
Pay attention. Focus on your surroundings, physical and psychological. Notice something that bothers you, that concerns you, that will not let you be, which you could fix, that you would fix. You can find such somethings by asking yourselves these three questions: “what is it that is bothering me?” “Is it something I could fix?” and “Would I be actually willing to fix it?”If the answer is NO, to any of the questions, then look elsewhere. Aim lower. Search until you find something that bothers you, that you could fix, that you would fix, and then fix it. That might be enough for the day.
Realization is dawning. Instead of playing tyrant, therefore you are paying attention. You are telling he truth, instead of manipulating the world. You are negotiating, instead of playing the martyr or the tyrant. You no longer have to be envious, because you no longer know that someone else truly has it better. You no longer have to be frustrated, because you have learned to aim low, and to be patient. You are discovering who you are, and what you want, and what you are willing to do. You are finding that the solutions to your problems have to be tailored to you, personally and precisely. You are less concerned with the actions of other people, because you have plenty to do yourself.
Attend to the day but aim at the highest good.
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