“That is why it is so important to let certain things go. To release them. To cut loose. People need to understand that no one is playing marked cards; sometimes we win and sometimes we lose. Don’t expect to get anything back, don’t expect recognition for your efforts, don’t expect your genius to be discovered or your love to be understood. Complete the circle. Not out of pride, inability, or arrogance, but simply because whatever it is no longer fits in your life. Close the door, change the record, clean the house, get rid of the dust. Stop being who you were and become who you are.” ~ Paulo Coelho
I am quite certain that this is a summer of “letting go” for many of us. We are going through a death and rebirth process as a global village. No one is immune. No one will remain unchanged by the changes sweeping through the world. The solar flares and sun spots and eclipses and transits in the sky above are affecting this world, whether we realize it or not.
And as much as it is sometimes difficult for me to believe, no one is making the wrong choice(s) — even if from my perspective — they are not doing the right thing, voting for the right person, or embracing the right stance. Everyone has free will. Everyone must weave the cloth of his or her own life. None of us can course correct the choices of others. We can only course correct on our own path. That is where our power and our passion are. All the rest is someone else’s journey/story/experience/learning.
I often feel like time is compressing. In the space of a week, it feels as though a month or two has passed. At other times, life slows to the point that I sense the movement of the cosmos right before my eyes. Sometimes life glows with meaning and substance, and sometimes I wonder if anything means anything at all. I ride the roller coaster of my thoughts, and settle on fear or doubt or regret. It is hard not to be devastated by what is transpiring politically and environmentally. The crucible of human endeavor feels like such a mess. How will we ever save ourselves?
Still, at other times, the pendulum swings in the other direction. I see only what is hopeful, full of light, and moving forward. Such is the dichotomy of this current river of change.
We are living in a time of great disparity, terrible despair, and astonishing beauty.
We are like Phoenix birds — either we will be consumed by the fire of the changes — or we will be transformed by them. Some will choose not to make the journey. Some will choose to remain as they are and resist any changes to the status quo. Some will choose to exit this life and try their luck elsewhere.
I often think about the Buddhist view regarding how indescribably rare it is for our essence to encounter an opportunity to be born as a human being. This life we are living is completely unique. This opportunity to be of service or to love one another is rare. This moment of conscious understanding is a gift. Many among us will never ponder the meaning of life. They are here, but not here. Biding their time. Sewing their hearts and spirits to something offered as an afterlife. What if this life is where we must find our own sense of belonging, our sense of purpose, our means for changing ourselves and others? What if caring for this world is the reason we are here? What if our mission is seeded exactly where we now stand?
One of my favorite books is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I love its simple message elucidating the “hero’s journey.” The protagonist looks for the secret of life and finds it — after much travel and weariness — right where he started out. I believe in the notion that we are surrounded by benevolent spirits who are there to help us live our best lives. I believe there is a lot of mileage in embracing love and walking away from fear.
We are living in strange and, sometimes, dark times. Many among us believe that the tumult of the world signals the end of the world. I do not. I feel absolutely hopeful. I feel these changes are sweeping away the remnants of the parts of my life that no longer serve me.
I believe in a whole new world. I am watching in awe as it is being born. Yes. The beginning is near.
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