CONTROL & PERCEPTION
Death, Taxes, and the Eclipse
JoAnna Bennett, O’Brien Communications Group
April 20, 2023
Hybrid Solar Eclipse
While geographically I wasn’t able to see the majestic solar eclipse that happened early this morning, our friends in Australia were! And it was a magical sight. And while viewing the eclipse, even on YouTube, I could sense the overall eerie feeling. Historically, humans have thought of eclipses as bad omens, or things to fear. But with the advancement of scientific knowledge, they’ve become more exciting. We know when these events will occur. And we are able to perceive them in a light different from the fear of our ancestors. Perception is such an interesting idea to explore. We all see the world from a slightly different lens. And if we’re open to the possibilities of learning more, seeking truth, and letting go of our expected outcomes, we can navigate life more peacefully. Life is going to happen around us and many of the external forces are outside of our control. Once we can accept those truths and simply remain curious, we’ll experience a much more fruitful existence.
As Lao-Tzu said, “By letting go it all gets done.”
While at times we’re all guilty of rigid thinking, it’s important to recognize those moments and be curious as opposed to fearful. We can never be fully in control of the environment around us. Our taxes may be reviewed or audited. We may survive an incurable cancer. And we may lose sight of the sun at midday. We don’t have control over any of those events. We only have control of our ability to perceive them.