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116: Waltzing with shadows
On Choosing to keep spinning forward.
In the dance of life, you’ll sometimes feel like you’re waltzing with shadows.The unknown stretches out before you, and the steps you take seem to hang on the edge of meaning.
You make choices, and those choices make you.Each decision comes with a price, a consequence that you must bear. There's no escaping it, no magical path free from the weight of choice.
But in this mysterious dance, there's beauty to be found. You can search for meaning, even when it seems to hide from you. By shouldering the burden of responsibility and reflecting on your own experiences, you can begin to see the patterns and rhythms of our lives.
As we twirl and spin through each day, we must remember that life is lived forwards, even though it can only be understood backwards.We learn from the steps we take and the partners we choose. And it's through these lessons, these moments of personal experience, that we find our way.
So, as we dance with uncertainty, let's be brave. Let's close the gap between our dreams and our reality. Let's create meaning from the shadows and paint our lives with the colors of choice.
Ecclesiastes 1:2-3 (ESV): "Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun?"
Jordan Peterson: "You are going to pay the price for everything you do and everything you don’t do, You don’t get to not pay a price. You only get to choose which poison you are going to take. That’s it."
Lee Kuan Yew: "Young people learn best from personal experience. The lessons their elders have learned at great pain and expense can add to the knowledge of the young and help them cope with problems and dangers they have not faced before; but learning second hand is never vivid, as deep, or as durable as that which is personally experienced."
Søren Kierkegaard: "Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards."