For those who live in warmer climates, winter weather is rarely a concern. As a north-easterner, we can get some pretty severe winter storms. I can deal with the cold and even a foot of snow. But, the worst is freezing rain that becomes black ice on the roads, walkways, and stairs. If you've experienced it, you know how treacherous it can be. If you haven't, trust me, you don't want to.
I was sitting in a pizzeria the other day. It was later than the usual lunchtime rush, so the crowd had died down. There were eight or nine of us having lunch. I’ve been traveling a lot lately, so I was using the time to catch up on the numerous emails that piled up. As I’m sure you know, they can quickly get unwieldy. So, I’m sitting there, gnoshing on my pizza and typing away on my tablet, when a couple of “business casual” dressed guys came in.
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We all run into instances and situations that can cause frustration and, yes, even anger. I'd be lying if there haven't been times when someone cuts me off while driving that I didn't think having a Howitzer mounted on my car would be a handy option car dealers should offer. Rudeness, inconsideration, and selfishness also get under my skin.
There are a lot of things in life that are truly complicated and challenging to solve – a long-term solution for peace in the Middle East, calculus, mapping the human genome, or deciphering if my wife is really 'fine' or if I'm actually in trouble.
When you practice detached involvement, you're both a participant and an observer of your life at the same time. You see all experiences as part of life’s journey without judging them as being good or bad. You simply experience them and are in control of your responses to them. You’re fully involved, but detached from the allure of outcomes.
Whether you realize it or not, experiencing Love is all you really want. Money, treasures, even good health and better relationships are all things you think that you need. But they are only strategies - means, not ends.