We’re a complicated lot, you, me and everyone else like us, aren’t we? I mean, we’re plagued with paradoxes collectively and individually. Our hearts and minds often disagree which, with little help from outside forces, bring us sometimes self-imposed stress and other times unjustified, unwarranted worry. Riddled with wants and needs, our spirits, with their unlimited capacity for greatness, at times soar so high only to skydive and sputter; fallen, flightless, all but lifeless for who knows how long.
If any of this proves anything at all, it’s that we’re not a boring bunch. Are you with me?
Case in point, the other day, I was speaking with my boss and mentor about the seeming dearth of inspiration in politics today, politics being a large part of my day job. We agreed to focus more on our foundation work and less on political affairs. Fine.
And then, a mere hour later, we meet a fantastic woman who makes us salivate for a seat in the Senate. She’s a sixty-five year old litigating grandma, possessing the energy of a twenty-five year old spinning instructor, coiffed with a spunky ‘do and endearing us with a charismatic personality. On paper, she’s scary intimidating with an impressive list of professional and personal victories. In person, she’s warm and smiley in a genuine way, with a comedic sensibility that could give Ellen DeGeneres a run for her money. So, we’re sold. We are getting involved in her life and there’s not a thing she can do to stop us.
I’m guessing you’ve done something similar: created a rule for yourself only to break it later.
We create rules only to break them. Why? Because we outgrow these rules. They fit us like a three-year old stuffed in a newborn onesie.
We create rules only to break them, and by breaking them, we free ourselves so that our hearts and minds align and our spirits soar.
Life is good.
We have immense powers but we often don’t know it.
Sure, sometimes, we stumble.
Take the accidental discovery of the penicillin. Alexander Fleming must’ve badly needed a break. This Scottish biologist and Nobel Prize winner neglected to tidy up his laboratory, perhaps a bad habit, perhaps in haste as it was right before leaving for vacation. When he returned to his laboratory, one of his cultures was contaminated with a fungus that released a substance he later called penicillin.
Sure, sometimes, we stumble. But sometimes, we stumble upon our greatness.
I give extra special thanks to the great Fleming’s enduring legacy. Without that accident, would penicillin be in antibiotics today? Are there thriving lives around now that would not have been otherwise? And on a more personal level, what would cure my son’s bacterial pneumonia now without Fleming’s genius genus?
Life is good.
Life is good. And yes, we are a complicated lot, you, me and everyone else like us. But that doesn’t deny that life is good.
Life is good even when we don’t think so. Tormented teens.
Life is good even when it seems bad. Haitians. Congolese women. The list goes on…
Life is good even when we simplify the complex and complicate the simple.
Life is good even when we collect clutter and then voluntarily undergo a painful process of decluttering — an existential letting go of extraneous things in our homes, our minds, our hearts our souls.
There are a zillion reasons why life is good.
As long as there is a life, there is a choice to live a life that’s good. Without life, there is no choice. But, without choice, it’s not much of a life and living a life without choice is not really living. Don’t you think so, too?
Do you think that life is inherently good?
Do you think that we should be free to make mistakes in life?
Do you value being able to choose what you eat, wear, watch?
Do you think that some or any of our choices should be taken away?
If you’re in the U.S., have you been following the controversy regarding the ad that may be airing on Superbowl Sunday? If so, do you think there’s ever any hope of transcending this kind of, what I think is tunnel-vision thinking, on both sides, so that we may perhaps see a bigger vision? If you’re unaware about this controversy but would like to know more, by all means, please feel free to tweet me or send me an e-mail at bvmthehalfwaypoint @ gmail dot com.
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