It’s official! I am 65 years old today.
A “senior citizen!”
An old geezer.
& I have just a few short words of wisdom
to offer today.
If there is something you really really want, in this life
Go on out & get it for yourself.
Don’t, don’t, DO NOT sit around on your butt, waiting for someone/anyone else to come along & give it to you. Hand it to you, on a silver platter. As they say. (Or just drop into your lap. How likely is that??)
p.s. Inflections & intentions are important, okay? I am NOT suggesting that psychotic rapists & murderers & corporate planet-destroyers & family-destroyers & selfish, self-obsessed millennials (or members of any other generation, cohort, or sub-category of human beings) conduct campaigns of death & destruction & carpet-bombing (real or metaphorical) in order to fill up their damaged, wounded souls with more material props (or illusions of ultimate personal satisfaction &/or power) that will not, for the record, ultimately fill up their souls at all. (These types certainly don’t need MY advice about getting what they want! Lord a'mercy; they've been doing all this just fine, day after decade & century & millenium, quite without my advice or counsel!?!?!?!) I do suggest we all work on healing our damaged, wounded souls ... since deep woundedness tends to make us (& those around us) pretty darn miserable, hmmm?
p.p.s. Okay. Let’s get personal here, shall we?
What I really wanted for my birthday this year, was to come away from the Big City – for a couple nights in my now-favourite place on the planet ... & be surrounded, not by buildings & people & noise – but by the natural world.
Trees, not cars.
Quiet, not noise.
(well, bird sounds = totally welcome, of course)
& that’s exactly what I did. For myself. I gave myself the exact birthday present I absolutely most wanted.
Silence. Solitude. Nature.
Oh. & carrot cake.
Too long to relate the entire carrot cake story. Though wanting carrot cake on my birthday one time 12 or 13 or so years ago now – & not getting carrot cake (though it had been promised) – is when I really “got” the lesson about going after what I really want in this life ..... for myself.
& not sitting around on my butt waiting for someone (anyone; you know, Prince Charming; whoever) to deliver up my life for me.
This year? No carrot cake. But! A carrot cake muffin – a filled carrot cake muffin – is standing in just nicely, thank you very much.
I am in heaven!
p.p.p.s. as a wider reading of this blog will quickly attest, I am not someone who believes I can make absolutely anything I want happen in my life, just by wishing for it. The state of the world is as the state of the world is, hmmmm? I cannot "save the world" or "save humanity" or "save" myself. Things are as they are. However, I do have much dominion over some of the circumstances of my life. I act to do what I can, & also, there is lots I must simply surrender to. Life is an endless balancing act, is it not??
A Few Somewhat Relevant Quotes
“All great spirituality is about what we do with our pain. If we do not transform our pain, we will transmit it to those around us.” – Richard Rohr
“You decide to do something, perform one small action, and suddenly it’s a tide, the momentum is going, and there’s no possibility of turning back. Somehow, even though you thought you foresaw all that would happen, you didn’t know the pace would pick up so.” – Amanda Cross, American writer
“The magic is inside you. There ain’t no crystal ball.” – Dolly Parton
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance that no-one could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” – Goethe
“The universe oozes with power, waiting for anyone who wishes to embrace it.” – mathematical cosmologist Brian Swimme, author of The Universe is a Green Dragon, quoted in Matthew Fox’s The Coming of the Cosmic Christ – The Healing of Mother Earth and the Birth of a Global Renaissance
“We are not lacking in the dynamic forces needed to create the future. We live immersed in a sea of energy beyond all comprehension. But this energy, in an ultimate sense, is ours not by domination but by invocation.” – Thomas Berry in The Great Work – Our Way into the Future
“When you follow your bliss…doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors & where there wouldn’t be a door for anyone else.” – Joseph Campbell
“The unhappy person resents it when you try to cheer him up, because that means he has to stop dwelling on himself and start paying attention to the universe. Unhappiness is the ultimate form of self-indulgence. When you’re unhappy, you get to pay a lot of attention to yourself. You get to take yourself oh so very seriously.” – Tom Robbins, *Jitterbug Perfume* (from the Rob Brezsny site, way back who-knows-when) ** some great quotes on happiness here
“Almost anything you do will seem insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“If your house is on fire, the most urgent thing to do is to go back and try to put out the fire, not to run after the person you believe to be the arsonist.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
“Those who are sleeping, let them sleep. Those who are waking, wake them. Those who are awake, nurture them, for they are the gardeners of the universe.” – Anonymous
“You can ask the Universe for help … but not for a free ride.” – Janet & Grace