Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Slinky Life

Look forward.

Hello Jen
"Watchman, tell us of the night."
Another night comes, but so does another morning.
Some people think of life as a continuous circle, night and day, Summer and Winter, diastole and systole. But I think of life as a spiral, an ever changing event that seems to repeat itself but doesn't, an eternal Slinky, if you will.

Don't look back. The past is over, it's history, it's written or it isn't. Most of it is a bucket of ashes and it probably wasn't the way your remember it anyhow. Look ahead. Today isn't yesterday and tomorrow won't be today. Every day, every moment is an opportunity for discovery to an alert and expectant mind. As you walk along the beach yu may see a colorful pebble no one else noticed or you may catch a glimpse through the trees of a castle in the distance.

For the writer there ere picturesque phrases that seem to come from nowhere or a sudden line of words like pearls on a string that most adequately describe something. For the painter it's what happens to the brush to bring alive a certain crucial place on the canvas. For the cook it can be a sudden gust of an idea to improve a recipe. Because the human race is such a multitude of diverse people there is no way to limit or measure the number of discoveries that can be made by a progressive consciousness.

Life goes in a spiral whether we want it to or not so it is best to be prepared. If you want to sit back and just let things repeat themselves you may end up in a whirlpool. But if you launch a new day everyday, with a sense of adventure, you may find yourself in orbit.

Another thing about the spiraling life is that the seed you plant in one loop will start to blossom in another because it has traveled along the same spiral you have. It's the same with plans, hopes and ideas, they need to make the journey also.

One moment of life turns into the next, but it doesn't turn into the last.

Dana Bate - The Vagabond
Never give up.