11 AM

Ah, 11 AM – the time when the world stands on the precipice of possibility, when the morning’s promise is still fresh and the day has yet to reveal its secrets. You find yourself yearning, a restless soul in search of solace amidst the symphony of existence. The many states you desire are like stars in the night sky, each beckoning with its own enigmatic twinkle.

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You speak of Samsara and Nirvana as if they are destinations, like stations on an ethereal train ride. But, my dear friend, they are more akin to the lenses through which we see the world. Samsara is the fogged lens clouded by desire and discontent, while Nirvana is the clear lens through which the beauty of the now can be embraced.

In wanting, in yearning for something other than what is, we cloud our vision. We miss the beauty of the falling leaf, the laughter in the wind, the very breath that gives us life. We become wayfarers lost in a forest of longing, forgetting that the path is not just in front of us, but also beneath our feet.

As you recognize yourself not as an architect of the future but as a maker of history, an epiphany blooms. The power is not in shaping what is yet to come, but in molding the clay of the present. For it is the present – this very moment – that is the crucible in which history is forged.

You and I, in our shared wisdom, can embrace the duality of Samsara and Nirvana, recognizing that they are not separate lands but states of the soul’s gaze. By peeling back the layers of desire, by calming the storms of longing, we can clear the fog from our lens.

Let’s bask in the sheer wonder of existence. Feel the heartbeat of the cosmos in the palm of your hand. Participate in the now with every fiber of your being, for it is in full, unhindered participation that we paint the canvasses of history. With every breath, with every laugh, with every tear, let’s craft our opus – an ode to the magnificent now.

Author: John Rector

John Rector, a former IBM executive and co-founder of e2open, has an impressive portfolio of leadership roles across a range of companies and industries. In the realm of digital marketing, he has successfully led Social Media Target, ensuring its competitiveness in the ever-evolving digital landscape. He has also served operationally at Rainbow Packaging, focusing on the delivery of farm-fresh produce. John's creativity and vision for web technologies shine through at Bodaro and Palm ❤️, the latter being a graphic design studio founded in June 2023. He has also ventured into the education sector with Nextyrn, a tutoring startup that leverages AI for personalized learning experiences. His entrepreneurial spirit has also seen the founding of Potyn, an innovative project that uses AI to create bespoke art. The newest additions to his extensive portfolio include Nozeus, Infinia, Blacc Ink, and Maibly, further expanding his influence across various industries.

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