After my last post about the yoga the moving ritual, I found this inspiring quote on my student (and some-time writing collaborator) Cila’s website. It’s from Ray Bradbury, who I always thought of as a science fiction writer. But apparently he was a philosopher too!
I don’t believe in optimism. I believe in optimal behavior. That’s a different thing. If you behave every day of your life to the top of your genetics, what can you do? Test it. Find out. You don’t know—you haven’t done it yet. You must live life at the top of your voice! At the top of your lungs shout and listen to the echoes….
Action is hope. At the end of each day, when you’ve done your work, you lie there and think, Well, I’ll be damned, I did this today. It doesn’t matter how good it is, or how bad—you did it. At the end of the week you’ll have a certain amount of accumulation. At the end of a year, you look back and say, I’ll be damned, it’s been a good year.
There are so many beautiful ideas compressed in this short quote. “I believe in optimal behaviour” is one I’ll remember in the yoga studio when I’m holding a tough pose. As is “action is hope”.
What’s your favourite line? Share in the comments!