Satya: be you.
The primary reason to be honest is to save yourself the energy of the anxiety required to plan and maintain deception.
Like any habit, dishonesty becomes a well worn path, deepening with the decades, so that it’s difficult to see off the path. This is especially true when we are confused or in need of a purpose: it’s far more gratifying to run straight forward along the path we’ve always run, even when the trench deepens so far that we cannot tell we are running laps and pretending to enjoy the new scenery. And it’s not just others that we deceive: the games begin within. We hold back from being our true selves when we pretend, pose, play the role that has always worked in the past.
There isn’t time for that.
The ultimate truth is that each of us is mortal, with a finite capacity for enjoying and creating what we can with the time and space that we do have.
What is unlimited is our perception. The mind has limitless imagination, infinite capacity for desire, and the ability to believe any illusions that are pretty, pleasing, or the opposite, the ideas that other people are worse off, which makes us feel better in comparison.
Comparisons are what make us crazy: what we want compared to what we have; what we have compared to what others have; what others have done compared to what we are doing. It’s no better to compare our present to our past, or future, which leaves us longing for something completely unattainable: a moment other than now.
We crave the reassurance that there will be the right amount of time, and so we measure everything we can from life long marriages and five year plans to tomorrow’s dinner our next cup of coffee.
Small amounts of time are easier to manage: we can find purpose, direction for our energy in the small space of an hour, a month, a year. With purpose, we can be productive, true to our higher purpose, and inspired to act in the present. But when we micromanage our moments, measuring time and filling our freedom with endless doings, we experience the anxiety of too little time.
Unmeasured time can be vacation, unwinding the unneeded structures of clocks, but without purpose, we cannot feel fulfilled, and so end up listless, idle, guilty for “wasting” time, and looking for something, anything, to end the endless.
Time is neither scarce nor excessive: those are just the ways that our minds have evolved to think of things. When we drop time, find ourselves in the present moment, we realize that everything that we “need to do” or “need to be” is without comparison. That liberation gives us great energy, to be exactly who we are, and move through life doing what no one else can do: enjoy the life you are currently living.