My Dad had taught me that no project was too small to merit all of our energy. That everything we did reflected on who we were. That everything was art. That we could turn something boring into something meaningful. That we construct our own universe, brightly colored and covered in glitter if we want, with our own hands. That we defined our reality. And my Dad and I did and do just that together.
Ruiz reflects this sentiment in The Four Agreements:
Always Do Your Best. Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
Every day we wake up, we should ask ourselves – are we doing our best? Are we using our energy to “turn something boring into something meaningful?” It can be tough, sometimes, to make decisions, to follow through, and to act the way we know is the most right. It can be hard work. But the difficult and risky ventures in all our lives can often lead to the greatest rewards. I struggle, too, but inspirational passages such as these remind me to never give up, and keep on living.
Get busy living, or get busy dying.
-Andy Dufresne in The Shawshank Redemption.