“Cease trying to work everything out with your minds. It will get you nowhere. Live by intuition and inspiration and let your whole life be Revelation.”
I’ll make this kind of short (I know, thank God). I like this more so for my interpretation of it.
Obviously thinking does get you “somewhere”, but the quality of our thought processes leads to the quality of the “revelation” referred to above. We do tend to overthink obvious solutions to problems by thinking incorrectly to justify the least reasonable answers.
Remember what I’ve written in the past: when faced with a decision and the obvious answer is either yes or no, then the choice should be easy. If you struggle to justify answering yes or no, then it’s likely that the answer is the one opposite of the one you’re struggling with. If still challenged during this process, trust your instincts and intuition, and if you have doubts, find inspiration within yourself, and those people and stories that you connect with.
Another common phrase I use: we own everything that occurs from what we do and what we fail to do! No excuses of life’s unfairness, or results being a consequence of fate. We have the control to lead ourselves to our destination or in the alternative, allow ourselves to be meekly led astray. Who we are, where we are, and who we surround ourselves with, is because of what we decide to do – nothing more and nothing less. If you need to think about this, then you’re thinking too much and probably too wrong!
I love the fact that I can control (almost) everything I do and how I feel. It doesn’t bother me anymore that I have little control how others act or how they feel under similar circumstances because I’m only answerable for my own failures in judgment, their repair, and any reparations that I’m responsible for. If my values and belief structure is sound, then I have a good starting point.
If it’s my life, then let me completely absorb every product of its existence through its achievements, shortcomings, peacefulness, chaos, happiness, tragedy, loves, loves lost, etc., and come away individually better for it. The quality of what I have to offer others will be an extension of the “revelations” I’ve uncovered about myself in accordance with my own choices!
I’ll end with this quote: “Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” It’s really not that hard – just don’t try to overthink the obvious!