#05 DFQ

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Imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, “This is an interesting world I find myself in–an interesting hole I find myself in–fits me rather neatly, doesn’t it? In fact, it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!” This is such a powerful idea that as the sun rises in the sky and the air heats up and as, gradually, the puddle gets smaller and smaller, it’s still frantically hanging on to the notion that everything’s going alright, because this world was meant to have him in it, was built to have him in it; so the moment he disappears catches him rather by surprise. I think this may be something we need to be on the watch out for.

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  1. Many have the tendency to stay put in their cozy world, oblivious to changes happening around. The feeling of being secure in their fantasy protected world makes them blind towards realities.

    We have to watch out for complacency which surely leads to disaster.

  2. Well lets see. A puddle is a hole in the earth and he believes feel well in himself, but when the sun and the air comes the puddle begins to dissolve in the vacuum. And this catches him by surprise!

    So what is going to happen soon in my surroundings that could make me to be destroyed! Or going back to my true nature.

    Of course it could be my death . Something that is going to happen with out fail and could be here by surprise.

    The wise men say it is wise to think in the nearness of our death in order to live fully. Search for the highest meaning, my dear me.

  3. We/I need to be more aware of NOT enjoying the moment. Planning the future is a bit overrated. Why not plan or ‘live the present’ instead, because the future may not be as pleasant as you expect.

    NOTE: At the age of 65, this idea of enjoying the NOW versus not has never been more evident as I witness the physical aches and pains of dying. That is, the process of aging which seems at times wayyyyy…premature.

    “Laugh a lot and do a lot…and don’t look back”

  4. When we become too comfortable, too lazy to look beyond our cvs, we become navel-gazers and our future successes stultify. This is definitely something to be on the alert for, if we intend and expect to move onward and upward to a bvs. A pool has so much more potential than a puddle.

  5. Taking those we love the most for granted and not actively participating in the change that takes place in those relationships. It is a wonderful thing to be in relationships where change is excepted and expected.

  6. “…this maybe something we need to be on the watch out for…”

    …Or not

    I think we need to smell the roses more often than we do. And realise that all things sooner or later change/alter into something just as intriguing as the smell of a rose.

    Notice it, appreciate it, adapt and learn. I am here for a short time…live for now.- (this is not something I do well)

    Or not

    The puddle was always going to evaporate someday…

    Change is inevitable. Change is constant.

  7. ….it’s still franctically hanging on to the notion that everything’s going alright….Well, the puddle failed to figure out why he is getting more and more miniature and became extinct in the process. We need to be on the watch out for CHANGES in our environment and be thinking why they are occurring and what can we do about them?

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