EGO, and thoughts on the Climb.

Oil on Canvas What you’re looking for is right here, right now.  Be present, breathe, and find your flow. How difficult it is for me to concentrate on the process, the allow the ease of life to bring about it's own beauty in its own time. Art, life, lifting, and in all other facets of my life.  FLOW over BRUT=Goals. :) “To the untrained eye ego-climbing and selfless climbing may appear identical. Both kinds of climbers place one foot in front of the other. Both breathe in and out at the same rate. Both stop when tired. Both go forward when rested. But what a difference! The ego-climber is like an instrument that’s out of adjustment. He puts his foot down an instant too soon or too late. He’s likely to miss a beautiful passage of sunlight through the trees. He goes on when the sloppiness of his step shows he’s tired. He rests at odd times. He looks up the trail trying to see what’s ahead even when he knows what’s ahead because he just looked a second before. He goes too fast or too slow for the conditions and when he talks his talk is forever about somewhere else, something else. He’s here but he’s not here. He rejects the here, he’s unhappy with it, wants to be farther up the trail but when he gets there will be just as unhappy because then *it* will be “here”. What he’s looking for, what he wants, is all around him, but he doesn’t want that because it *is* all around him. Every step’s an effort, both physically and spiritually, because he imagines his goal to be external and distant.” ― Robert M. PirsigZen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values A reminder to be present, happy and to breathe in the beautiful dance that life is, now.  Goals, I’ll always have them.  But finding a flow and appreciating the “beautiful passage of sunlight through the trees,” that’s a decent goal in and of itself. Cheers to the moments that make up our lives, let’s all soak it up.

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