Aristotle was the first to attempt defining the word ‘life’ and his analysis boils down to this: life is something that grows and maintains itself and reproduces. That is a pretty basic definition of continuing life which is quite different from experiencing life.
George Gershwin saw life quite differently and his lyrics in ‘Life is just a bowl of Cherries’ says it all. Life is just a bowl of cherries. Don’t take it serious; life’s so mysterious. You work, you save, you worry so, But you can’t take your dough when you go, go, go. So keep repeating it’s the berries, The strongest oak must fall, The sweet things in life, to you were just loaned. So how can you lose what you’ve never owned? Life is just a bowl of cherries, So live and laugh at it all.
Life is a chain of unpredictable and inexplicable experiences.
It would be dreadful if it were not because that would imply utter predictability. The magic lies in discovering and inventing the unknown. The charm is in the unexpected. Consider life as a journey through a maze where there is no way of knowing what is around the next corner and where the dead ends are. Of course it is confusing and challenges your wit.
Remembering the idea that if something won’t matter 5 years from now, don’t spend more than 5 minutes worrying about it. Many of us agonize over the smallest decisions. We spend hours ruminating over an email we sent or a comment we made.
Life is ever changing, and even if you get the puzzle ‘right’ today, tomorrow it’s different. It’s changed. Life isn’t a problem to be solved. The beauty lies in the unpredictability and waking up each morning with an open heart and open mind to all the day has to offer. Only our heart of hearts fully know. Our minds and bodies are here for the mysterious ride. And what a blessing that is. Appreciate the mystery. Love the unknown. Let life unfold in all its glory.
And, there is no mystery in living if everything is predictable.