Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Home Schooling - Peace Of Mind - The Art Of Paying Your Dues


Song:  Nostalgia

Album:  Live at the Acropolis

Artist:  Yanni



True peace of mind...

comes only when you know you are walking the correct path...
are traveling at the highest sustainable rate...
have eschewed hedonistic actions
(that which would hinder or halt progress toward the goal)...
as measured against the way points (objectives)
of your planned route (to the goal).

It is never being satisfied with where you are...
but in the direction and at what level of efficiency
(which will give you your endurance and
ultimate rate of travel)...
you are traveling.

When someone wishes to have peace of mind as their goal...
what they are really striving for is a lack of stress in their life.

While many think that a lack of external stress is somehow good...
instead of realizing that it is a prime motivator in life...
a fuel that feeds the fire of true desire...
and that to eliminate it is to hamstring yourself in the progression of life...
they blindly attempt to minimize all possible missteps in life
by simply not taking the journey.

It is by knowing yourself enough to realize that
which makes you most happy...
the steps necessary to achieve it...
by planning the provisions necessary to complete it...
by traveling at a rate quick enough to achieve it in your lifetime...
and doing it.

The peace of mind
 doesn't just come at the conclusion of the journey.

It is with you every moment...
so long as you are steadily walking that path toward
goal fulfillment in the most efficient and effective manner.


Through the correct striving toward goal fulfillment...
a peace settles in...
along with a lingering excitement...
of things to come.

All of life seems so fulfilling...
so wonderfully alive.

Colors are brilliantly vivid...
simple tunes become a symphony...
an orchestral performance in the mind...
a simple hamburger becomes a veritable feast...
a drink of water becomes liquid pleasure as you feel
it coursing from your core to your extremities...

I think you get the picture...  :)

What I speak of here is nothing that is new to anyone.

What applies to the micro...applies to the macro...
what applies to the macro....applies to the micro.

Just as so many of you have experienced in a long hike...
where you had planned and provisioned...
had carried a burden up a long path toward a peak...
breathing the delicious mountain air of the high country...
reaping great internal rewards with each objective conquered...
with the goal ever in sight and ever in reach...
the momentary discomfort and pain only adding to the
great pleasure of the ordinary...
the simple beauty of the sky and landscape...
of the clouds and the sunset...

once your goal is achieved...
you have the sacred memories to recall at will...
to once again... vividly live...
all the while being motivated, all the more...
to once again...climb...

all of life is no different from a well planned hike.

To have yourself helicoptered to the peak...
is to have cheated yourself from the true experience...
the beauty of life only gotten from having walked
steadily up that path...
of having experienced the pain so necessary
to experience true beauty and pleasure.

That is paying your dues.

It applies to academics as well.

I know only because I had done it incorrectly...
for so long, in my youth.

For too long...
I hadn't studied...
I hadn't completed my reports before the weekend.

I had this constant dark cloud over my head...
a constant and nagging worry.

I really could not enjoy anything all weekend.
I would then have to rush late at night the night before it was due.

Had I just paid my dues first...
I could have enjoyed all of my weekend...
and realized a better way of life earlier.

Although I was paying my dues in physical endeavors
much earlier in life...
I had stupidly not seen the application of it to everything in life.

Only when I had gone into the Army (at 17 years old)...
where we paid our dues first
(there was no choice)...
did I realize how much more enjoyable life is
by paying your dues first...
not only at goal achievement...
but throughout the whole process.

Life took on a whole different meaning.
Everything in life became far more beautiful...
far more pleasurable...
deeply satisfying.

Those who are...
 bored...
depressed
(situationally... NOT psychiatrically)...
even lack a zeal...a zest for life...
lead a hedonistic lifestyle...
unnecessarily medicate themselves in search of
peace of mind...

are the ones who helicopter themselves onto that peak...
and so, miss all the beauty and pleasure from the ordinary...
that necessarily comes through the discomfort and pain
of their journey...
of having skipped paying their dues...

and wonder why they don't feel full of life.

Take a look at the woman in red playing the violin solo
in the video
(about 2/3 of the way).

She is one of the top violinists in the world.

She makes her violin sing.

Her playing is the embodiment of perfection.

She had sought, and achieved...
mastery of herself, and so...
mastery of her instrument.

For a person to reach such levels...
they had to realize early on...
the pure pleasure to be had by
having true...
Peace of Mind...
from each step of her journey.

That is the only way anyone
can practice long and hard enough...
to reach her levels.

The look on her face as she plays is
not one of a feigned state of exuberance...
as one so often sees in musicians and singers.

The look on her face bespeaks of sublime rapture...
one that is pure...genuine...
one that is only gotten when one experiences the
supreme satisfaction of becoming one with her instrument
and her music.

She has paid her dues.

Peace of Mind is never stagnant...
not just of what was...
not just of what is...
but of what will be...
with steady effort...
along an intelligently mapped route.



2 comments:

  1. Nicely stated.

    So true about the dark cloud or procrastination. And, as you say, paying dues applies in everything we do.

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  2. It is one of those realizations in life where I wish I would have just matured earlier rather than later.

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