We are like many pellets of incense falling on the same altar. Some collapse sooner, others later, but it makes no difference.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 4.15
When we compare ourselves to others, we lose the ability to practice acceptance. Why? Because we’re not accepting the truth and reality of our present moment, and instead are focused on their moment, or wishing the present was a different time or place other than what it is. Wishing is not accepting. Dreaming you were someone else is not accepting.
Like the Havamal says,
All men are mortal. (stanza 77)
We’re all here now, AND we’re all going to eventually die… so practice acceptance in each moment.
If it’s the truth that sets us free, then acceptance is the process by which the setting-free happens.
(See y’all tomorrow)