As Far As the Headlamp Illuminates

We don’t always live like this; work, travel and health problems have been confusing my mind and my heart lately. I try to calm myself with daily routines like morning pages and meditation but it’s obvious that I struggle throughout the day. I have plans, worries and negative scenarios that I have yet to overcome.

And then I remember this metaphor. When you go on the road, you can only see your destination on the map and not right there ahead of you. The whole deal is about going the distance to get there. I am deciding to look at as far as the headlamp illuminates. And it feels so good.

Even if the road is dark, even if there is heavy rain, I know that what I need to do is to focus on the illuminated road ahead. No further or no closer.

Then I remember the words of Eckhart Tolle: “There are three words that convey the secret of the art of living, the secret of all success and happiness: One With Life. Being one with life is being one with Now. You then realize that you don’t live your life, but life lives you.”

I say to myself, “What is a week? Don’t we spend our lives like this?”. The one we plan and God laughs at. I become filled with beautiful stories on a rainy spring morning. Ones that encompass me, everyone I love and the whole world. Even the road gets illuminated.

Safe travels to all of us, without getting engrossed in the distance.


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