Everything that comes together falls apart. Everything. The chair I’m sitting on. It was built, and so it will fall apart. I’m gonna fall apart, probably before this chair. And you’re gonna fall apart. The cells and organs and systems that make you you—they came together, grew together, and so must fall apart. Buddha knew one thing science didn’t prove for millennia after his death: Entropy increases. Things fall apart.
If you’re interested in something, you will do what is convenient. If you’re committed to something, you will do whatever it takes.
Ask yourself this question: if you weren’t anxious, what would you? And then don’t wait. Don’t even think. Just go do it.
You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It won’t happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, ‘I don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.
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Shall I not follow in the footsteps of my predecessors? I shall indeed use the old road, but if I find one that makes a shorter cut and is smoother to travel, I shall open the new road. Men who have made these discoveries before us are not our masters, but our guides.
The more you struggle to live, the less you live. Give up the notion that you must be sure of what you are doing. Instead, surrender to what is real within you, for that alone is sure….you are above everything distressing.
The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak.