Monday, September 19, 2011

Real Life

Soar and anticipate the skies.

William Cowper
Hello Geo
Isn't it odd how we spend most of our adult lives somewhere between asleep and alert? I used to wear a button on my denim jacket as I wound my way through the bars, clubs, diners, theatres and apartments of Greenwich Village during my Beat days, which read "Real Life Isn't Like This." I still have the button somewhere. You can probably imagine the comments I got from people who saw and read it. They ranged from the insulting to the inane.

The button was simply an emblem of my suggestion not to just take life as it appears to be, not to judge the Book of Life by it's cover. It wasn't, nor isn't, a supernatural life I'm vending but a super reality, a superior reality. I'm for lifting one's head above the ordinary, mundane and often insipid reality most of us are faced with on a daily basis. I'm for expectations. I'm for search and discovery.

It's a matter of consciousness, it's admitting and knowing there is a greater picture of things than we are used to. There is a more beautiful, freer, more elastic reality than the tight, sealed and predictable little reality we have grown accustomed to and, in fact, designed or allowed to be designed for us.

Think of those moments when you come cross something you've never heard of before. There is plenty of self-destructive evil to uncover in the world, for sure. But there is more good to be found than we know about until we, first, acknowledge that it's there even though we've never heard of it, and second, that it is within the realm of our understanding, experience and appreciation if we reach for it. There is enough new/old, ancient and modern living to be done to keep us fascinated and turned toward an enhanced life.

Real life lives beyond positive thinking, beyond keys to success, beyond rules for good behavior, beyond and above doctrine, dogma and doxology. It is the undefined and undefinable spirit of possibility of which our daily lives are less than 1%. And it doesn't matter who we are or what we do we all have the right to look up and breath in that spirit.

DB - The Vagabond
Never Give Up
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Geo. said...

Hello DB! Re:"Real life lives beyond positive thinking, beyond keys to success, beyond rules for good behavior, beyond and above doctrine, dogma and doxology."
I think Morley Unwin falling off a horse had more to do with it but Cowper's an interesting choice. Good post!

Arlene (AJ) said...

Another wonderful, touching and thought thinking read DB.

Arlene (AJ) said...

Another wonderful, touching and thought thinking read DB.

pacifica62 said...

Does anyone think that in the visualization of "a greater picture" attempting to get past the "little reality we have grown accustomed to", that a person could be missing out on life here and now? I believe that all we have is the "here and now" because if we start to dwell on what was, or what could be or where we all fit into the grand scheme of things, we would be missing out on life entirely. I like to feel comfortable enough with my life as I know it at any given moment. A few minutes ago would be the past and that is time spent and cannot be changed. A few minutes from now is the future and I am not there yet. I must allow myself to be fully aware of being in this moment in time and in the here and now. How can I enjoy my life today if I encourage my thoughts to take me into futuristic interstellar space, or back into the dark recesses of time past. How am I ever going to know for sure where I fit into the puzzle of creation? I would rather be present right here and right now because that is all that really matters to me and that is what I have been given.

DB said...

I'm not suggesting that anyone leave the here and now, I'm suggesting that they see it more clearly.

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

I used to have a button in my Jeep that said, "FU*$ You if you can't take a Joke". A great philosophy.