Do What You Have To Do

“First, say to yourself what you would be, and then do what you have to do.” ~Epictetus

I read this quote earlier today in someone’s signature on 3FC. It really rang a chord with me. I googled it to see where it came from, and I really think it is wise advice.

I’m doing what I have to do to be who I need to be. I see myself running marathons (kind of dorky but I want to run in the Truffle Shuffle in full costume when they have The Goonies weekend if they have the run again in Astoria. It is across the country but that is my favorite movie) and hiking in the mountains, doing yoga and eating right. I see myself doing no harm. I am a big believer in that. I try to be as gentle as I can with others because there is more than enough hurt in the world without me adding to it. I don’t think kindness or gentleness is a sign of weakness, but rather of strength. Who I am now is going to lead up to who I will be. I feel AMAZING. I mean that. My body feels clean and healthy. What I feel on the inside is not yet mirrored on the outside, but if I keep doing what I have to do, it will be.

My husband wants to practice Buddhism. We are going to visit a Buddhist temple in Indianapolis and see what we can learn. He first brought it up maybe 6 months ago. I did read about it but we never had the gas to drive to Indy to check it out. I called around but couldn’t find anything closer. Basically, from what I have read, Buddhism is a philosophy of doing no harm. I already live that way as much as I can. I’m not going to lie, II’m no expert on it, clearly.

I have to do an intercultural experience for my Interpersonal Communication class. I was raised in a Christian family. My Dad was a minister and there were times growing up that I literally went to church every day of the week. Every Day of the Week! The instructions said that we attend a worship service for another religion that was not Christ-based if we attended a Christian church, so I think visiting a Buddhist temple and doing my research paper on it would kill two birds with one stone.

So for now, I’m just pushing forward, doing what I have to do and feeling awesome about it. :)

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