by Ray Potes
Is happiness related to meeting expectations? Is unhappiness related to not meeting expectations? Are expectations related to standards? Are standards related to perceptions and beliefs? Are perceptions and beliefs truthful? Is what is truthful real? Is reality true?
Can reality be questioned? Can beliefs be challenged? Can standards be evaluated? Is expectation related to judgment?
Is appreciation the opposite of expectation? Can appreciation exist regardless of outcome? Is appreciation related to the spectrum of choice? Is choice related to power? Is power related to freedom? Is appreciation free-ing and/or powerful?
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” – Victor Frankl
“We do not “come into” this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree. As the ocean “waves,” the universe “peoples.””- Alan Watts
Rest In Peace, my friend Dave Schubert. I always admired how you approached your photography, getting in and out of wild spots, breaking cameras, your body, head, and face trying to get a photo. It was important. Each frame had a great elaborate story that somehow referenced the entire history of photography and mankind. Each frame was momentous.
It was, is, and will continue to be inspiring. In your honor, I hope to infuse more passion and devotion into my own photography.
Time and energy are the obvious important resources, yet “focus” may be the most crucial. If they (would-be corruptors) can get to your focus first, then your time energy space spice money and mind are up for grabs next. Cracking your focus is cracking the egg shell of your egg mind.
Can it really be this sinister? Yes. If you are not working on your dream, then you are working on someone else’s.
Fortify your eggs, deepen your focus.
“The pendulum of the mind oscillates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.” – Carl Jung
A nice one illustrating how our own entire life is simply an argument for our own unique perspective, bound by our oscillations, and regardless of morals. Thus the importance of gaining perspective(s) and expanding awareness(es), that is to navigate the cosmos.
“Be melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself.” – Rumi
This one suggests that the oscillations that form the boundaries of our perspective are ego based, that we can reset these boundaries by melting them. That is if you care for expansion, or more importantly that it makes sense to you.
There is a mindset paradox where on one hand you are full and on the other hand you are still hungry. Ambition is not synonymous with contentment, in fact they are on different teams, are we supposed to choose a team?
Thinking about it in this one or the other way, you can see the shadow sides of both. Ambition can be corrupted by greed envy etc, while contentment can lead to laziness detachment etc. There is a balance.
On our boat of purpose, we will need both eagerness and gratitude (among other things like focus, bravery, intestinal fortitude, etc) to navigate the murky waters and find the most flowingest of flows.