“Think of the whole universe of matter and how small your share. Think about the expanse of time and how brief – almost momentary – the part marked for you. Think of the workings of fate and how infinitesimal your role.” Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
It is easy to blow things out of proportion and to jump to conclusions without checking the evidence of how things really are. Driven by emotional thinking and fuelled by our set of values about what we think is important in our lives, we wrestle with the wrongs and injustices we perceive have been done to us, and we revel in the glory and fortunes of success.
All this too shall pass. The moment is ephemeral and the consequence insignificant in the scale of things, the bigger picture, the greater purpose. This is not adopting a fatalistic attitude, believing that whatever happens is predetermined, but it does demand realism and the courage to accept what is not in our control.
With today (15 Jan 24) being designated as ‘Blue Monday’, I think it is more important than ever to look at the bigger picture. Avoid the trap of being dragged into thinking, feeling and then behaving in line with what it ought to mean to feel ‘blue’. Why would you want to do that?
According to Wikipedia: “Blue Monday is the name given to a day in January (typically the third Monday of the month) said by a UK travel company, Sky Travel, to be the most depressing day of the year. The concept was first published in a 2005 press release from the company, which claimed to have calculated the date using an “equation”. It takes into account weather conditions and thus only applies to the Northern Hemisphere.”
The weather here in Sheffield this morning: clear blue sky and brilliant sunshine (so much so that I’ve put a load of washing out on the line to dry, even though the temperature is hovering around zero degrees Celsius – and then with a slight windchill on top!).
You be the person who chooses how you want to think, feel and behave today! Choose your own path, but never let it become so important that you miss site if the beauty and wonder all around you.
Photo by NASA on Unsplash.