Some of us spend our whole lives waiting…
There is never any more perfection than there is now. There never was. There never will be.
And there is never any more opportunity than there is now. Never any more love and affection available to you than there is right now.
It’s right here.
And you might say, c’mon Jon. I’ve been locked down in a Melbourne with two young kids. This is a nightmare.
And I’m sure that’s true. But what were you doing pre-covid?
Were you celebrating your freedom – you ability to walk to the shops whenever you want? You’re ability to have a coffee in a café whenever you wanted? The way you could get up early and take the kids to the park?
Were you doing that? Or were you worrying about the future? Were you worrying about how you were going to afford that overseas holiday, or the renos or whether it might be time to change jobs and try you hand at something new?
Were you having the time of your life, or were you just living?
We can spend our whole lives ‘just living’.
We can spend our whole lives ‘just living’ and waiting for perfection to come, or waiting for the right opportunities to come, or waiting for the love and affection that life seemed to promise us was always just around the corner.
Somehow, some way, we have to stop our endless hunger and searching, and learn to enjoy the perfection and juice that’s available to us right now. Life is never going to slow us down or offer us something so perfect and beautiful that our worrying mind is completely overcome and we experience a naïve and innocent joy.
(That’s what drugs are for.)
We have to take this responsibility and do it ourselves.
But this is the key.
It’s not about blinding ourselves to life’s difficulties or frustrations. It’s not about pretending that they’re not there.
It’s about coming to understand that the things that annoy us or sadden us or freeze us in fear or hurt our hearts – these things are part of the perfection.
Your worries about the future – all your plans and hopes and frustrated ambitions – these are part of the perfection.
And the way your loves ones hurt you, or annoy you, or run hot and cold with their affection and care – this is part of the perfection too.
It’s happening now. It’s always happening now.
And until you can see this, and until you can learn to celebrate the gifts that life has to offer in the midst of everything else, then you will spend your whole life waiting.
You will spend your whole life waiting for the right moment to savour the beauty life has to offer you, or the opportunities that are here right now, or the love and affection that is already available to you.
And one day, it will be too late.
Your time will be up.
And you’ll go home empty handed.