I was a know-it-all when I was young. In fact, up until a few weeks ago, I still was a know-it-all. Today? I don’t know a thing! I came to the conclusion that based on my lifespan and experience, now at almost-seventy years old, I don’t know a darn thing.
I think this global pandemic has really put a hamper on human life. Nothing makes sense anymore. People don’t make sense anymore. Lifestyles don’t make sense anymore. Medical technologies don’t make sense anymore. There is so much uncertainty. No one knows what tomorrow will bring. And neither do I. Everything is in flux.
The secret is just to get through the day. One day at a time. You can’t plan for a future and you can’t rely on your past for guidance. The stock market is crazy. Investments are crazy. What was up is now down. What was wrong is now right. Jobs are insecure. Food is insecure. Housing is insecure. Knowing they neighbor is insecure. Relying on God is insecure to say the least. Where is He in all this mess?
The first rule of thumb in troubled times such as these is to worry about yourself. Isn’t that true when you’re on an airplane and turbulence comes your way? You fit the oxygen mask on yourself first, then worry about your family and co-passengers. Put your mask on people and secure your health first at all costs. Do you have any idea the horrors that may await you should you contract this virus? Even if you come out of it cured, something will be amiss in your health. Your heart, your lungs, your brain, your breathing, your ability to think or reason may all be damaged for the rest of your lives. Is that what you want?
There is uncertainty in almost everything. There is uncertainty in the job market. There is uncertainty in financial stability. There is uncertainty in food acquisition. There is uncertainty in housing. There is uncertainty in your health. There is uncertainty in the daily news reporting, in most governments, in most politicians, in all social media, in law and order.
“The older I get, the less I know. It’s wonderful–it makes the world so spacious.”
― Swami Chetanananda (click here)
When I was about 20, the world was in a total turmoil of politics and racism. I looked around at America at the time of the Vietnam War and didn’t recognize it as the country that I had been taught it was. I know that might sound strange to some of you now, because you’ve grown up in an age where we’ve been constantly at war in one arena or another. When I was young, we thought war was a very unusual, unfortunate occasion, and that we only engaged in it to defend some higher truth. Now it has turned out that the highest truth war defends is profitability.
Everyday I wake up, and I don’t know if I should read the news or not. Everyday it seems to be more bizarre out there. But I can’t really worry too much about the world; it’s always been a little bit bizarre. And there’s nothing I can do about it. But I can bring peace and joy to my own heart and extend to the people with whom I share my life, the simple peace and joy that I find within myself that has transformed me over and over and over and over again.
Have faith in the good feeling you find within yourself and patience that you will be guided from within yourself to the finest possible place you can be.