“We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths; in feelings, not in figures on a dial. We should count time by heart throbs. He most lives who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.” – Aristotle
When it all doesn’t add up, stop counting. We wear ourselves down measuring, comparing, trying to figure it all out. To have it all make sense right now, to complete the puzzle. While aiming for the end of the story, we miss living the plot, the purpose, the depth found in a simple moment, in a smile, in rapt attention. Shortcuts sell us short. Depth trumps distance.
Join the living and start living each day, especially when it doesn’t all make sense. Worry, anxiety and demanding fairness traps us on the surface of the ocean of life. Sometimes one plus one equals five, sometimes it’s zero and sometimes it’s two.
Stop trying to “game” life and enter it fully with an open heart, willingness to be perplexed and grace to let go of the unnecessary and be grateful for the beauty, chaos and mystery. Never settling for less, demand, work and accept more than you ever thought possible.
Live more, count less.