“Even castles in the sky can do with a fresh coat of paint.”
Today’s quote by the Japanese writer Haruki Murakami is one that serves as reminder that no matter who we are or how successful we become we need to continuously remember to give the time necessary to do our own self maintenance check when it comes to our moral compass. I’d like to treat it as our own wellness check with our selves and ensuring that we are always growing and learning. Better yet we are evolving into who we are destined to become.
Like a car that needs a maintenance check every 6,000 miles for a change of oil, rotation of tires, etc. we need to remember to always need to set a reminder to do the same in order to maintain our own well being. The thing to keep in mind though, is we don’t have a maintenance check light go on in our brains like there is one in our are car to remind us that that check is coming so we have to be mindful and plan ahead. That’s why journaling is something that can be done daily or even marking it in your calendar somewhere where you do make the time to check in with yourself from time to time. And yes we all say that we will do this but does it actually get done? Probably not.
In his quote Murakami gives us the mental image of castles in the sky receiving a fresh coat of paint because to me when I think of castles in the sky my mind immediately goes to the story Jack and the Beanstalk where the castle was found after Jack climbed the beanstalk that reached to the sky. And within that castle lied more riches than Jack could ever dreamed of. So in his quote even magical things like castles in the sky need to renew themselves and a fresh coat of paint can do the trick. We do this all the time when we repaint a room in our house. Just be giving it a fresh coat makes the room come alive again. And that is what we need to do for ourselves.
There are many ways in which we can continue to provide that same self care to our moral compass for the well being of our the mind, body and soul. The gift of knowledge is so very powerful and beneficial. Reading or listening to podcasts are ways in which you can continue to grow intellectually and gain new perspectives or insights along the way. Working out at the gym, doing yoga or going for a walk also helps increase self care methods. And of course meditating allows that necessary me time to help you to recharge your batteries and set balance to your moral compass. Remember it is not selfish to sometimes put the needs of yourself first because if we don’t take care of ourselves how can we take care of others?
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards defining/refining your own moral compass?