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Living on the Edge:
Life is a constant flow of thoughts, emotions, desires, disappointments and accomplishments. Everything here is changing all the time. Nothing lasts for more than a few moments. This is where all our comfort and joy is; nothing lasts forever.
Finding comfort in constant change eases the pressure on the mind to try and control everything. The mind is obsessed with the idea of controlling things; even at the cost of losing its happiness and peace of mind. Learning to live on the edge of this constant change is the whole art of living.
There are only two kinds of people in the world; those who hate change and those who love it. Those who hate change are in a constant battle with themselves and the world. Every moment of their lives is a fight; it’s a fight to understand and blend in with the constant changing environment around them.
Those who love change are always in tune with the constant changing landscape of life. They are always ready to take on a new challenge. They are never settled into their past accomplishments. People who love change realize that what they have achieved in the past will never be enough to deal with the challenges of today. Living on the edge is what they embrace and love.
Here is the beautiful story of the Eagle and its transformation we are all familiar with:
‘EAGLE can live up to 70 years, but to reach this age, the eagle must make a hard decision in its 40’s. Its long & flexible talons can no longer grab prey which serves as food, Its’ long & sharp beak becomes bent. Its old-aged & heavy wings, due to their thick feathers, become stuck to its’ chest & make it difficult to fly.
Then eagle is left with only 2 options: die or go through a painful process of change which lasts 150 days. The process requires that eagle fly to a mountain & the eagle knocks its’ beak against a rock until it plucks it out.
After this, eagle will wait for a new beak to grow back. When its’ new talons grow back, the eagle starts plucking its’ old-aged feathers & after 5 months, eagle can take its’ flight of rebirth & lives for 30 more years.’
Every moment of our lives we are faced with this challenge; how to unlearn what we don’t need and how to relearn what we need. Living on the edge is all about embracing change and be willing to make the necessary adjustments. Living on the edge is to be in love with change.
It is a painful process to let go of our accumulated knowledge we hold so dearly, but living is all about being in the moment and responding to the challenges of life as they come along. Embracing change is probably the best lessons of life. To be prepared to live on the edge is the only way to live and love life.
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