WHEN ENOUGH IS NOT ENOUGH

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Today’s posting is unusual for me. It is highly philosophical and more than likely representative of little that is logic and sense. Okay, go for it!

I have been unsuccessfully grappling with a dilemma these past few days. The physical pain I have endured of late because of some ailments has only exacerbated the situation. My mind has been hyperactive.  I have had ramblings, I admit, and my direction has lacked focus.

The circumstance has made me reduce my thinking barebones, with no inhibitions or reluctance to declare what I feel are truths, no matter how difficult they are to face, no matter how much they may offend.

I have had a lifetime to learn life. It is not enough. But I do agree, the basics are achievable.   An effort must be made to absorb and then accept them.   They are not an easy learn. You must be disciplined, willing to accept change and be cognizant of others. But most of all, you must be keenly aware of yourself.

There is none other than the gift of human life. Do not debate it…it IS a gift and, assuming it comes with little asked, it is your obligation to make something of it. Why else would it be so freely handed to you?

I have become sadly disappointed with people who are constantly making poor decisions, always blaming others and never, never accepting responsibility for who they have been, who they are now and what they represent to those around them.

It is not enough to simply coast through life, formulating it to self-prescribed doses of alcohol, drugs, physical indulgences and material desires. In fact, I have decided there are a whole lot of not-enough’s that need be addressed if there is to be any substance and meaning to life.

And there has to be meaning, I believe. Whether you declare faith in a God or not, life can’t simply be something that is placed here before us and we are to accept it as is, drifting through its essence unchallenged, or with senseless abandonment. That is just not enough….

It is not enough to go through life accepting the paths set before you. The paths are there only as suggestions. Some may have merit, others may not. Some may lead, others mislead. You may choose among them or wander off in a totally different direction not part of the group.

It is not enough to go through life looking for what is best for you. True, you should make those decisions that benefit you the most but sometimes there are those that are better left for others around you. It is your obligation to know which to take and which to let go of.

It is not enough to wallow in your misery, feel sorry for yourself or look to others for sympathy and support. Misery is everywhere. It is a common commodity. It is yours to give into or yours to repel.

It is not enough just to create, whether it be art or life itself.  You are responsible for its existence and thereby duty-bound to attempt to do what is best for it until such time it must stand on its own and if it cannot, you will endure its hardship.

It is not enough to listen to only yourself, shutting out the thoughts and contributions generated by others. It is a natural obligation to share, exchange, profit and lose, succeed and fail.

It is not enough to walk away, leave others behind while you proceed beyond the boundaries unless, of course, you are to return and share what you have learned.

It is not enough to think you are the know-all, the be-all, the entity of ultimate perfection. In human life, there is no such spirit, no such soul, no such being because it is beyond enough for anyone to be.

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About Marc Kuhn

I am a retired radio exec. I've worked at major stations in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Miami. That was then. This is now: I've published seven books and this blog thingy. Need to know more? Really? Okay, I bare/bear all at http://marckuhn.com The other links are for the websites of each of the books I've written. I've been busy! Hope you'll stop by and check them out. Thanks for your interest!
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