Your morning inspiration (a philosophical edition)

1 Nov

GOOD MORNING!!! and HAPPY NOVEMBER!!!

I am slowly making my way through “The Chosen” by Chaim Potok, where I came across this quote that was perfect for a Monday, but also for a Monday that was starting a brand new month:

“You are no longer a child, Reuven, . . .It is almost possible to see the way your mind is growing. And your heart, too. . . .So listen to what I am going to tell you. . . .Human beings do not live forever, Reuven. We live less than the time it takes to blink an eye, if we measure our lives against eternity. So it may be asked what value is there to a human life. There is so much pain in the world. What does it mean to have to suffer so much if our lives are nothing more than the blink of an eye? . . .I learned a long time ago, Reuven, that a blink of an eye in itself is nothing. But the eye that blinks, that is something. A span of life is nothing. But the man who lives the span, he is something. He can fill that tiny span with meaning, so its quality is immeasurable though its quantity may be insignificant. Do you understand what I am saying? A man must fill his life with meaning, meaning is not automatically given to life. It is hard work to fill one’s life with meaning. That I do not think you understand yet. A life filled with meaning is worthy of rest. I want to be worthy of rest when I am no longer here. Do you understand what I am saying?”

The best part out of all of that, in my opinion, is: “But the eye that blinks, that is something. A span of life is nothing. But the man who lives the span, he is something. He can fill that tiny span with meaning, so its quality is immeasurable though its quantity may be insignificant.”

There is so much significance in those lines, so much truth that can really help direct us and our purpose. The assignment that I have set out for myself this month is based on this quote: realizing that in our own insignificant ways, we are significant (if that makes any sense) and acting on it. One of my favourite related sayings (paraphrased) is “you might think that you are too small to make a difference. Imagine what it is like to be stuck in bed with a mosquito.”

We each of us have a brand new day, week, and month ahead of us. Let’s (together) make it matter.

Have a great day!

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