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Trying Times

"No! Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try." - Master Yoda

With detachment, we have learned that focus on specific outcomes is not the way to go. Focus on specific outcomes is trying to do something. More often in life, the best we can do for ourselves is create opportunities for ourselves. The journey should be the reward. Each step along the way, no matter what way that is or becomes, should be enjoyed for what it is, not for what it might lead to, what it may bring us closer to, what rewards we might get, etc. When we look for those things, we are less likely to get anything out of it, and it ruins the journey as well.

Part of me hates to ruin that great philosophical paragraph with what may be a cheesy metaphor, but you can see this in human sex and procreation. It has been an all-too-common story of the couple that is trying to have a baby and cannot. Then, when they stop trying, they are able to conceive. (I would bet the sex is better as well, but I have never asked.)

Posted 2011 10 16 at 9:00 AM

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