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i'm hereBecause I’m Here

An old monk was sweeping the yard in a monastery under the scorching sun.

Another monk passed by and asked him, “How old are you?”

The old monk replied, “I’m seventy-seven.”

“You are so old! Why are you still working so hard here?”

“Well, because I’m here.”

“But why are you working under the scorching sun?”

“Because the sun is there.”

As human beings we have active minds. Minds that view the world in a certain way and impose our will in the way things should or should not be. We voice our opinions, even dictate the way life should be not only for ourselves but the world around us. We are quick to throw stones and in this way of being we miss the world around us exactly as it is…and it is beautiful.

A lifetime of somedays and should have beens turn into a life of suffering, a life of pain in wanting something different from what you have right now. Lao Tzu tells us in the Tao Te Ching:

Be content in what you have;

rejoice in the way things are,

when you realize there is nothing lacking,

the whole world belongs to you.

Your life is a series of right nows….RIGHT NOW….ACCEPTANCE. There is no good or bad just simply what is happening right now….GRATITUDE. Your context creates the rest. Albert Einstein said the most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe. Same universe, simply context. This is our life.

Set aside judgment. Set aside expectations and BE…BE in this moment right now.

Before enlightenment chop wood carry water….after enlightenment chop wood carry water

Life is beautiful right now, choose happiness, choose love, choose gratitude.


Because I’M HERE.

Everything else is noise.

Call to Action:

  • BE in this moment right now, right now is all you will ever have.
  • Choose which life, which universe you want. Your life is a mirror of this choice.

Thomas D. Craig

Author of A Cup of Buddha and soon to be released Is that so?

writer. seeker. Zen warrior