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Does It Really Matter?


"The only difference between a wise man and a fool

is that the wise man knows he's playing."

Fritz Pearls

We've all been there.

We find ourselves facing a seemingly impossible situation that has been building for weeks, or even years, and struggling with the possible outcomes that may, or may not occur. As we find ourselves becoming increasingly heavy and serious, there may come a moment of clarity, right in the middle of the suffering and confusion, where a question arises that brings your mind to a complete stop.

"Does this really matter?" you ask yourself, and all at once you realize that, in the grand scheme of things, it doesn't really matter at all.

You might then find yourself laughing at this realization, and the absurdity of the mental torture you have been putting yourself through. In that one moment of laughter and relief you 'lighten up', and all of that heaviness you've been carrying around with you begins to fall away. You see clearly, if only for a moment, that nothing ultimately matters in the way the mind thinks it does, and in this realization there is freedom and joy. In fact, the only thing that ultimately matters is your feeling of freedom and joy!

When facing any kind of challenge in your life that seems overwhelming, remember to take a refreshing breath, and bring the great question, 'Does this really matter'? to your mind. Take a moment to allow yourself to gain some perspective. If you still feel a great heaviness, anger or seriousness around the situation, ask yourself if it will matter a year from now. How about 5 years? Contemplate deeply that whatever difficult challenges you have gone through in the past have eventually dissolved and vanished, and whatever you are going through now will do the same.

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