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The Best Self

Brian Hernandez

“There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker, or smarter. Everything is within. Everything exists. Seek nothing outside of yourself.”

Miyamoto Musashi

As this life goes on, and my awareness of things continues to move – sometimes expanding, sometimes changing and shifting it’s shape, a few things come to mind.  One is that, the only constant does seem to be change.  That, we are certain of.  Anything outside of this mind, this awareness… will change and decay and transform into other things.  The only solid ground we have is what is inside us… and from what we are told by our teachers, has existed before our parents were born.

But still, I feel this urge to live in this life as fully as I can.  There is a striving to be better, to become more than I presently am.  Is it just this human condition that tints this awareness with such a yearning?  Regardless, it is there.  And I enjoy it.

In all relationships, there is a yearning, a striving to be the best that I can be.  To be the best brother that I can be.  To be the best son, the best cousin, the best friend that I can be.  To be the best business and romantic partner that I can be.  To be the best customer, the best client, the best stranger, the best teacher that I can be.  To be the best participant in the various roles as a human as I can be.  

This extends into the various human endeavors, whether it be a business, a fashion sense, being creative and creating things, physical appearance etc.

It may just be built into the universe this way.  If the only constant is change, then we can only be in a state of forever evolving and striving to reach the greater stages of our own evolution.

It feels in this life, it is important to strive, to attempt to grow and experience and become more.  But, at the same time there is an absolute that maybe feels like, its all perfect just as they are.  Because perhaps in any given time… the sum total of evolution actually is the most and highest level that there is possible.  That the leading edge of the current moment is directly related to the energy that comprises this universe.

We can strive to become more than we are out there.  But the wise maybe know it’s what is being searched for is already in here.