“An autumn night–don’t think your life didn’t matter.”
Is this quote referring to the autumn night’s “life”, or a person’s life? Perhaps it makes no difference. However, we all make a difference, we all matter. All of our lives serve a role of sorts, or a purpose. We should not try to find the purpose as much as we shouldn’t try to find the way to enlightenment. To look for the path is not the path. It is like a mirror trying to look at it’s own reflection.
To try to look for the way is not the way. Instead we should all live our lives by being the best people we can be. We need to be the best “us” that we can be. That is not to say we are all perfect. We can all improve ourselves in different ways. Some of us may have strong bodies but weak minds. Others of us may have strong minds but weak bodies. Our bodies and minds are the same. Our minds are a part of our bodies.
With all of this in mind we need to develop our weaker parts. If we have a weak mouth, meaning we are not strong enough to contain words that should not be spoken, we need to work on that. If we have weak eyes, meaning vision that does not focus but instead strays to look at things we shouldn’t look at, we need to work on that. If we have thoughts that we should not be thinking, we need to work on that.
Similarly, if we have weak bodies, we should work on them. Start slow, do not kill yourself at the gym. Instead, begin by just walking, then walking more. Learn how to breathe properly into the belly rather than hyperventilating with shallow chest breathing. It should be natural though, not forced. Drink plenty of water, but not too much.
We can learn to listen to our bodies, which will help our minds, and vice versa. What we do to one thing affects another. This is why our lives all matter, as what we do in life affects others, no matter if we understand that or not.