It can often be difficult to move forward in life as one of the things that separates humans from other creatures is the ability to reflect and contemplate. Though this particular ability is a useful tool for growth and development, it is just as easy to dwell upon the negative aspects of an experience and end up with prolonged damage.
Our blog has been sharing many mindfulness stories and quotes from Asian culture with our lovely readers as it is part of our goal to share the beauty of traditional Asian culture with the world however today we will look at two quotes from more modern and celebrated individuals.
Hal Boyle stated “What makes a river so restful to people is that it doesn’t have any doubt—it is sure to get where it is going, and it doesn’t want to go anywhere else.”
A very powerful statement about fluidity and overcoming challenges. A river bed is a fine metaphor for life, it contains many different things and is constantly on a journey. Short of a structure altering event, it continues to flow over and around obstacles such as rocks though even if the structure is altered it finds a way, with time, to flow.
The second quote is by Alexander Graham Bell who states “When one door closes, another opens. But we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed-door that we do not see the one which is opened for us.”
Most would be familiar with the first part of that quote however the latter is just as important as it speaks of the missed opportunities that arise from dwelling on a situation.
Thus, it is important to take time to reflect and contemplate on life events and that amount of time differs for each person however when reaching a stasis point where the only thing that comes from said contemplation is regret, self-doubt and self-hatred – it is time to move on.