Part …um….. a gazillion?
So much of my life/encounters with others, fall into this category –
“Why yes, that’s simple to fix, just do this/that!”
And yet, none of it is easy –
Not even telling your own story – doing your own work – connecting with others through shared passions, but not necessarily, the same way of looking at things the same way….
Very little of ANYTHING in traversing the modern world, is easy
Unless, overall, one has resources to spare, closes oneself off to anything that doesn’t EXACTLY match up with their aspirations and viewpoints…
The More One Explores to Broaden Horizons?
The more misinterprations that can happen – the more one opens up to being vulnerable, to ridicule, to attack.
Don’t we all wish at one time or another, to BE:
- The strong, silent type
- The lone wolf, self-made, don’t need nobody or nothing but myself personage
- The bridge builder
- The social butterfly
- The one who can always say the right thing, at just the right moment
- All while, we pick/choose what to pursue, but still feel ‘true to ourselves’ while pursuing
Oh, don’t we all just ‘wish’??
“If wishes were horses, we’d all ride,
If wishes were fishes, we’d have some fried”Multiple ‘atributions’ and links to versions of this, NONE of which match what I was raised with, so, nope, no author, no link – have fun with that Search on the first line – and seeing what pops up in results! 😀
Simply Put? Life Changes, Always
- Every interaction or time we open ourselves up to learn, connect, survive? we each change
- Our environment changes – through long cycles, self-regulation of Mother Earth, in response to our human actions
- Leaders change – through election, death, learning more, or because the latest popularity poll indicates a problem and they wish to stay in power
- Systems around us change – sometimes they grow to get better, or grow too fast, or grow too slow, go out of business, become the fox in the hen house or strive to be the guard dog in the henhouse who also is hunting the chickens, eating eggs, on the sly –
- The social mores and social justice movements and laws and interpretations or insights from religious, political, experts, self-proclaimed leaders, ALL change –
I Struggle with Change on Some Fronts
How about you?
I worry about changes made by the world around me, that appear, to me, as a ‘slippery slope’ to slide down…
Basically? Some changes announced on personal/wider fronts, DOES, to me, on many levels, ‘trigger’ my initial response of:
“Okey-Dokey then – everyone agreed we are gung-ho about collectively building the Highway to Hell infrastructure, here on earth?My brain committee, often, when observing the world around me….or what I feel I’m being called to provide/do, in order for myself to survive –
But MY VERSION of Hell on Earth is not the same, I don’t believe, as many who hear me say such things.
Thus, the moment I mumur, “Highway to Hell building time, eh?”
The response from others is rather mixed, dependent upon whether they are devout, which faith they are devout to, and whether or not they are an AC/DC, Rock music fan…:D
Response depends upon whether the person I’m saying it too, has an ego-centric or human centric view of the entire Universe, or not…
It depends upon what stage of their life span they are in…
Whether they are dying, living, or haven’t yet sat beside Death for a conversation…
It depends also upon the history of the area they were raised in, their family/early life history, their education opportunities, their self-learning motivations, their ease in navigating/searching for and embracing/turning away from a variety of online media fronts, published works, etc.
For myself? The ONLY way I can ‘hold on’ when stuff changes – is to remember the lines in various works that have touched my soul, so deeply and profoundly, that I return to them over and over.
The works that seem to, year by year, as I change, experience by experience, and I live through –
The works that appear to change, become richer and deeper in meaning – but do not, for me, change ever in wording/meaning or translations.
They just unfurl more of themselves, when I CHANGE!
I return to my faves, for comfort, and often find, more breadcrumbs/layers for me to explore, every time I revisit those works.
In the end?
Many works do I re-visit, as things change, as I change, as I learn more, as they speak to me more, but, overall?
The ONE work that speaks to me, that doesn’t change, no matter how much I change, the world about me changes, those around me change –
The work that doesn’t seem to have a great following of, or any organization built around it, and therefore, vulnerable to all kinds of silly translations/’what is the meaning of…” posts/theories/hypothesis?
I still, can sink into the comfort, the overall advice, reminders and well – no matter what is going on, this text changes in it’s applicability to daily life, and all, but still, doesn’t change in the core message I hear – thus?
(Note** I recently searched to learn more about the history of Bobbie Gentry and her song “Ode to Billie Joe” – I COULDN’T believe all the story lines/hypothesis/’what does the song mean’ posts – so many of which were so very dark and put in a whole bunch of story lines, I have to wonder if that was even CLOSE to what she was thinking of, when she wrote the song –
It’ll take me MONTHS to recover from that Research to Learn More journey, that dived into the darkest sides of our nation’s collective history, wars, global history, and the evil that resides in mankind’s heart -! If someone can think of it, write about ‘what something else means’ and expound this type of stuff?? Oh, yeah, Evil walks on Earth – all the damn time, century after century – not getting away from it – I just question exactly, who/what is the creator such things – :D. So easy to blame Satan or God – instead of looking to ourselves…. )
Philosophy, at some point, frustrates me – sociology? Endlessly fascinating to me –
But, if I had to be stranded on an island, with only one written text, or one memorized verse – for the good, the bad, the ugly, the hard days, the blessed days?
That doesn’t require me to quit learning, quit improving myself, but holds the space for me to sit still and not change, for awhile? No matter how much of me changes?
A work that just doesn’t fall apart in words, or perspective etc., as the world created by human thinking marches on, after it was written?
Just One meets all the below needs of mine, all the time, ever more (thus far)
It’s message is held and referred to, intimated to or repeated in so many other works -works compiled/created both long before and long after its own creation…
- Full enough to address core points
- Short enough to, with practice, memorize
- Rhymes and easy to call to mind specific lines or verses, without looking up, again, to ensure you got the original lines right
- Written by a spiritual leader – with a murky early on ‘reported/touted provenance’ of the work – and who knows, for sure?
But for me, it’s easy to share, quickly, that for me? Sort of encapsulates the deep parts of me I strive for, fail at, but are my root focus, and introduces the ‘core of me’ today, to another – even while time spent with others trying to share who I am, how I see the topic at hand, WHILE also trying to understand, they may not have any frame of reference to put into context what I just shared – to my mind? ad nauseum…
Its so very easy to shrug off and think, “They don’t get me, so why bother?”
When communicating ideas is a struggle, without writing a 7-volume series reference manual of all the reasons, I feel such and such away, or what influenced me on feeling that way
Also, very easy for humans, including me! to sink into the comfort of only hanging out with folks who agree with us, or flatter us – so our life is ‘easier’.
But, in our diverse, advanced, world?
With all the challenges to be faced?
Being comfortable and at our ease every moment of the day, no matter what job we are tackling, bridge to build or our own ignorance to conquer?
Nothing is ever built/improved without effort and sacrifice – and the following poem, which I have shared before, I still believe,is possible for everyone who speaks/reads English, to hear/read, and find at LEAST one verse, they agree with –
But that’s just me and I could be wrong!
What say you?
GO PLACIDLY amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
By Max Ehrmann © 1927