- Tripper (Bill Murray) in Meatballs
Nothing in life is permanent: buildings, relationships, achievements, possessions, disasters...nothing. We're all just building sand castles while the tide comes in.
And since everything is fleeting and going to change anyway, we need to remember to not take it all too seriously.
That doesn't mean we shouldn't care or try. Doing your best is part of the process. But we have to be able to take a step back and remember that, ultimately, it's all out of our control.
Revere life but treat it with irreverence. Or, to put it another way, lighten up, people!
Silliness is a wonderful way to remind yourself to relax the white-knuckle grip your ego has on your self-perception, your actions and your life.
Next time you find yourself getting too worked up about something, stop what you're doing, flap your arms and cluck like a chicken. It's a great way to interrupt your pattern and a great way to put everything in perspective.
Even if it doesn't break your pattern, it's sure to give the rest of us a good laugh. And that's worth something, right? ;)
The Master never expects results;
Thus he is never disappointed.
He is never disappointed;
Thus his spirit never grows old. (v. 55)