Point To The Moon
It seems like everyone has their own theory on how to live a good life.
You do a simple search on YouTube or on Google about ways to live a happy life and you will probably get millions upon millions of varied results. Even this blog is aimed at helping the reader hopefully find better peace of mind and more fulfillment.
Everyone has their own idea on how to succeed. How to be happy. How to make all your wildest dreams come true.
For me, I have seen marked improvement in my health and wealth over these years. And I have some common practices that I feel helped me improve on a day-to-day basis (even though there is admittedly still a long way to go).
However, all these words that I write. All the advice that I can give. Every experience that I’ve garnered throughout these years. They’re all just my finger pointing to the moon. They’re not the moon itself.
These goals and recommendations and the wisdom gleaned from others are very useful to help you find the rock that you are looking for and to help you find greater inner peace. But at the end of the day, it is up to you to find whatever path it is that you are looking for.
Our words. Our advice. They’re just the finger. They’re not the moon in itself. And sometimes, there simply isn’t a need for words and all the analysis and cogitation that they could bring.
I do admit that in this everyday life – where we have to budget for retirement, pay the utility bills, go out to grocery shop, and take care of our loved ones – we are subject to countless times where we have no choice but to cogitate and analyze and overthink. That is the norm. And that is often a necessity.
After all, we do need to eat. We do need to remain solvent. And we do need to be educated in terms of what should and should not be done in this world. All this requires constant thinking and constant analysis, which in my opinion will not get us closer to the truth.
But again, this is just my thought and my feelings. I’m not even sure if I found the moon yet. I am still a work in progress, and I am still slowly building myself day-by-day to hopefully a brighter future. I am also subject to the constant fingers in life that point in all different types of directions and tell me what the supposed right things are to do. And I follow some. And I don’t follow others.
My path is my path. And it is my responsibility to figure out how to move myself the best way forward. I will provide my finger to others if they need direction. I will help provide guidance if requested. I will help provide support given my limitations. But at the end of the day, only they can walk their own paths as well. I can’t be fully responsible for whatever lies ahead for them. And they shouldn’t be fully responsible for my well-being either.
For me, meditation has been relatively key in helping establish greater consistency and stability in life. And that is a practice that I look forward to continuing consistently daily. Again, this practice might not be for everyone in the world. It would be foolish for me to think that it is a good fit for every single human being on the face of the Earth.
Toastmasters has also been a relatively boon in my life over this past decade and a half. It has helped me hone my communication and leadership skills and given me the opportunity to contribute to the community and to leave a positive impact in society at large. But again, all I can do is share its gospel and leave it up to others on whether they want to listen or not.
So, I am grateful to have many practices and support groups that have helped enrich my life thus far. And I hope that others have similar beacons in their life that can help them light their way forward. Fingers that help them point to the stars and the moon. That helps to illuminate whatever it is that they may be searching for within.
And I will continue with my path. Whether it be straight or winding. Long or short. Fulfilling or distressing. I will try my best to accept it with open arms and learn from them and continue to stumble forward through inevitable trial and error.
I hope you find whatever it is that you are looking for (if anything). And I will continue to follow or adjust my own blueprint as I see fit. And cherish the countless opportunities that lie ahead.