More Yesterdays than Tomorrows : Lives of Quiet Desperation : The Man in the Mirror

 

More Yesterdays than Tomorrows

By Adam Mundorf

More Yesterdays than Tomorrows
No matter how much you try, you can't beat the clock.  Life and time continues to advance whether you're ready or not.  As one grows older, you begin to have more yesterday's than tomorrow's.  Live in the present, enjoying the simple things.  Realize that materialism is temporary but a content soul is forever.  Remember to leave the world better than you found it and to be virtuous in all that you do.

My old stomping grounds of consumerism.

Lives of Quiet Desperation
How many people have I seen live for others or society at the expense of themselves?  So, so many.  Back when I worked consistently in corporate America, I noticed people were living lives of quiet desperation.  Their souls were screaming as were their physical bodies.  Their waistlines are expanding, their joints are inflamed, they pick up harmful habits and become dull souls.  Only the old realized that the whole time :  Everything was connected and everything mattered.  An unfulfilling job flows into emotional eating, flows into harmful habits and flows into lack of activity.  They become saddled with financial obligation, even worse unplanned children, thinking that bringing a child into this world would provide them with intrinsic purpose. The whole time they lived life by the societal book, no matter how much their soul was screaming at them to stop.  They did exactly as their parents instructed them with no regard to what their true purpose was.  Don't be that person with regret, that has more yesterday's than tomorrow's.

How to live a fulfilling life :
  1. Be virtuous in all that you do.
    1. Could honestly be summed up here.
  2. Live for the long term and not for short term gratification.
  3. Don't emulate the non-virtuous.
  4. Avoid the five big vices of society :
    1. Drugs/Alcohol
    2. Selfishness
    3. Gluttony
    4. Promiscuity
    5. Consumerism
  5. Realize that there is more to life that meets the eye.
    1. Energy flows freely whether that be positive or negative.
    2. Synchronicity is real.
    3. Everything ultimately affects everything else aka the butterfly effect.
    4. Don't be consumed by sinful spirals.
    5. Your thoughts dictate your reality.


The Man in the Mirror

When you get all you want and you struggle for self,
and the world makes you king for a day,
then go to the mirror and look at yourself
and see what that man has to say.

For it isn't your mother, your father or wife
whose judgment upon you must pass,
but the man, whose verdict counts most in your life
is the one staring back from the glass.

He's the fellow to please,
never mind all the rest.
For he's with you right to the end,
and you've passed your most difficult test
if the man in the glass is your friend.

You may be like Jack Horner and "chisel" a plum,
And think you're a wonderful guy,
But the man in the glass says you're only a bum
If you can't look him straight in the eye.

You can fool the whole world,
down the highway of years,
and take pats on the back as you pass.

But your final reward will be heartache and tears
if you've cheated the man in the glass.

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