There are three simple steps to living well. They are:
- Do something
- Expect nothing
- Get everything
The fine print:
Step one: The truth of our lives is in our actions. Simply put, we are what we do, and attempting to flee from our actions won’t help anyone. Thoughts, visions, dreams, and internal reckonings are necessary elements of action, but alone they don’t suffice. The truth is that words (and thoughts and dreams, etc.) are cheap, but be sure to choose well what you do, because regrets come cheaply, too.
Step two: If you’re a receiver in a football game, and you’re running for a pass, do what you need to catch the ball and don’t think about what will happen next. If you think about anything but catching it, you’ll drop the ball, even it hits you in the chest. Same goes for trying to catch a fly in baseball, or in the kitchen, for that matter. Or shooting hoops. Or writing something great – if you spend your time thinking about what this contribution to thought and science will get you, then you’ll produce something that will get you nowhere. When you take your eyes off what you’re doing in order to see what’s around, what to expect, what dangers or bonuses are lurking in the environs – when you start thinking about what you might get – you’ll stop doing (see step one) – and you’ll mess it up.
Step three: You can now experience what happens when everything – in this case nothing – contains its opposite and you reap your reward. The reward is everything, but like truth, this comes with some unspoken qualifiers that actually make everything, in this case, much more rich and interesting. Get everything that you truly need. The Rolling Stones’ song is quite right, but there’s even more at stake. Get everything that you truly need, because anything else is too much and will kill you. Which implies the following sub-step: Don’t take everything you get. Too drastic? Abundance is the wellspring of dead-living.
True riches come to us without asking. They are in the things we cannot see, prove, or make tangible in any permanent way.