Rules for Intrepid Living: Rule #64.

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Rule #64. Know your place.

I know, this might sound negative. Perhaps even a little derogatory. It reeks of privilege and smacks of ignorance. But before you get upset, let me give you a little more context in the form of a quote from someone who most decidedly knew their place.

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.”

-John Muir-

Well ladies and gentlemen, that’s your place. In the universe, in this world, connected to everything (and everyone) else. No matter how separated from nature, distant cultures, or a higher power you may feel, you are connected. No matter how alone you may feel, you’re hitched to everything and everyone.

We may enjoy the world around us, but we also must be good stewards of the earth. We may reap the benefits of our connections and friendships, but we have the responsibility of being good people.

So know your place. Be the part of this universe that you are meant to be. Make the world a little bit better. Be kind to one another. Know where you belong, which is here, in the universe, doing your thing!

It’s easy to forget sometimes that we’re more than just workers, tax-payers, and check-writers, but we are. We’re part of a greater whole; and the universe needs you.

Yes, you!

Whether you realize it or not, you are- well, the wise Emmet Brickowski said it better than I can;

“You are the most talented, most interesting, and most extraordinary person in the universe. And you are capable of amazing things. Because you are the Special. And so am I. And so is everyone. The prophecy is made up, but it’s also true. It’s about all of us. Right now, it’s about you. And you still can change everything.”

So with that in mind, what will you do next?

“Rules for Intrepid Living” is a recurring post suggesting how we might all live more adventurous lives.


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