There is never nothing going on

One of the valuable lessons in the book “way of the peaceful warrior” is that there is never nothing going on. As you learn to live in the moment you begin to realize all that goes on in each moment you live. You will quickly understand that your moment affects the moments of those around you. It is on you to be responsible for the reactions you have to each one. You see, you don’t control the moment as much as you control how you allow it to impact you.

I have written numerous times about the difference between responding and reacting. This is just another way of saying the same thing.

As life progresses the one thing we seem to all agree on is that there will be
change. In some instance you can affect it. In others, your only contribution
will be how you respond to it. Learn to be readily adaptable and you will find
greater enjoyment out of life.

There really are only 3 rules of life:

  • Its a paradox in that it is a mystery that we will never understand
  • Its best to have good humor especially when it comes to matters of self
  • And that change is a constant to which you will eventually adapt.

Why not learn these things now and begin to choose the best parts for you?

Life is a play in which you are always the actor and often the director. See
you get to direct the effects, but not so much the causes. You can direct the
reaction, but not always what caused the action. Realize what your role is and
do your best at playing it out.

The fun thing is that your best will almost always be different based on the
moment in which you are. Be cognizant of your surroundings and the signs which guide your way and make decisions that will best represent the person you want to be. You do know who that is, right?

Its having a firm identity of your role in the universe at large that allows for
the greatest success. Everyone has a gift or talent that others will value.
The cool thing is that most times, you don’t have to find them. If you put your
talent out there and your vine is strong enough, you will attract the right
folks to you.

You can attract those folks at any given time just by being in tune with the
moment. Send them good will and prosperous thoughts. You will get them back.

The amount of nothing going on since I started writing this is staggering. Its
funny to me how you can be an active participant in the nothing or a passive
observer in the everything the moment has to offer. The only limitation put on the greatness of any given moment is the one you put.

5 Responses to “There is never nothing going on”

  1. 1 Anne Rice Wednesday, June 9 at 10:35 am


    This piece is wonderful…Thank you!

    Stopping for a ‘moment’ to read this enhanced my day. Choices are all we do have…I love your reminder to make this moments choices fit who I am.

    You speak such a powerful truth.


  2. 2 Ocie Wednesday, June 9 at 10:55 am

    “Peaceful Warrior” was one of my most impactful reads also. I enjoyed the book so much that when I was invited to see the movie I refused. I knew that the cinematic interpretation would not equal (might even detract) what I gained from reading the book. Since reading it I have encountered some of the same lessons in other programs/books/encounters/etc. One of the most clarifying lessons for me has been to be present in the moment. Anything is is an illusion (expectation of a future) or story (interpretation of a past) and largely irrelevant in the present.

    Ahhh… A Jon Klemmer album (yeah I said album) and Myers on the rocks would go real well here.


  3. 3 Gail Sanderson Wednesday, June 9 at 11:26 am

    I consider myself successful if I learn at least one thing each day. Thank you for my lesson today, Terry. Your three rules are such that everyone needs to heed them. I particularly love #3 – Change is a constant to which you will eventually adapt. I want to embroider that statement, frame it and hang it on the wall of my office! Thanks for sharing your wisdom, Terry!

  4. 4 trybean Wednesday, June 9 at 10:38 pm

    And thank you all for your touching comments. They each made me smile (and want some rum) as they came in. Thanks!

  5. 5 bobby kachi Thursday, June 10 at 1:39 pm

    You are truly a great person, because you tell it like it is.

    thanks for everything you do Terry.

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