We do not remember days, we remember moments.
Cesare Pavese (1908 – 1950)
Lately I’ve been doing some inner work, trying to change life-long habits of negative thoughts and to root out limiting beliefs. In the past when I’ve tried to do this, I’ve been discouraged by the two-steps-forward-one-step-back nature of the process. It’s been no different this time.
I think I’ve been looking for a big moment. A “Eureka! THAT’S why I’m like this!” insight that will change everything in an instant.
But I didn’t develop these patterns in one moment. And the beliefs I have, right or wrong, have years of reinforcements to prop them up. That whole structure won’t tumble down in one moment. Instead, it is the collection of moments, the repeated actions, the sum of our life choices that make us who we are.
No matter how beautiful the moment, it is only part of the whole. And a bad moment need not detract from a spectacular outcome.
As I continue to develop a meditation practice, I come back to this simple advice: start, and then continue. If you get off track, get back on. Celebrate the good moments with outrageous joy so as not to forget them when the bad moments come.
One petal does not a flower make and one moment does not a lifetime make. And so I start again, and continue.
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