the president will be flying to Switzerland in a few days. already you see the parking spots for the private jets filling up the tarmac for the world economic forum in Davos. aside from how odd much of Europe feels about president trump, I also am hearing about how much “stuff” the president brings along with him for a visit. I try to shrug it off, but the reality is since 9-11 and the invention of the selfie, the western world in the usa has gotten skewed quite a bit out of normal, to that of people thinking they are secure and as long as they keep adding layer upon layer of make-up and/or security measures, they somehow can think they are safe and in control.
how much stuff do you really need? how much stuff are you carrying around inside your heart and soul that is hurting and not helping you grow? how many barriers had you erected over your heart and soul so you never have to feel ambiguity or actually live life in the moment, not some day when all “feels” right? how much stuff do you need? how many storage lockers, houses or spaces do you need to hold all your stuff? do you think that life might be happier and simpler with less stuff, or do you think more is better?
nothing can be further from the truth. life can change in the blink of an eye. I am thankful that this is usually not the case, but the reality is such that our life and time on air can be over at any given moment. perhaps that is why I look at the tarmac of private jets, hear about all the planes, equipment and security issues that are being forced upon a country that probably is close to japan for safety….well, it does make me scratch my head and wonder, “how much is enough?”
in Norway, the king could ride the train and not be pestered. for security he said something like, “why do I need security, I have a security force of millions with my citizens.”
after 9-11, capitol hill took on more of a bunker mentality with every funded security solution imaginable. I fear this was when trillions of dollars have been spent on trying to keep “control” in a world that really has no control in humans. if you think of all the successful terrorist efforts inside the usa – most have been simply caused by home grown folks that we somehow politely try to label as deranged, versus a batsh*t crazy person bent on creating fear and terror in new ways that were unimaginable a few years ago.
crazy is the new norm? the behavior of I am so important and how dare you offend my thinking, feelings and way of life! it is ironic in that I don't know if there is a middle point to all this. we all want to feel and be loved, treated special, and in some way be elevated as special in a world where everyone is special. but there is another level beyond this and our human emotions, and to get there, I guess you have to give up yourself and let something far greater in love lead you, as the journey will have you rubbing up against people that will have you feeling like you are taking a shower with sandpaper soap. love will be more irritating and not so great feeling then, as you have to give up something to help another person grow and flourish in love
with doing that process and changing yourself…you will probably grow more in love and help more people than you ever could just looking out for yourself, but the cost will be high.
I just got done chatting with a man who broke up with his partner in Switzerland over various cultural / spiritual and ideological beliefs. so I sat and listened to him chat, and the previous thoughts of how life can change in a spilt second came rushing into my brain. I think we all want and desire a safe, secure, pleasurable, and love filled life.
the question is who is going to unwrap the layers upon layers of make-up, security, and protectionism elements that we seem to let life wrap upon us while thinking we can control our life?
that last question…is a pain, as there is no shortcuts, drugs, or workarounds from the reality of doing the work and putting in the effort to actually change.
have a nice day. this posting is very bittersweet, odd, and strange at the same time. I just left the airport where the advance team for the white house is already on the ground and the locals are asking, “what is it with your country and all the stuff they need to bring?”
I really have no answer. while I do know there are credible threats to the well-being of our countries leaders, I have to ask if we really need to carry around all the stuff? life is a lot simpler when you let go of the stuff you don’t use or need.
right now I am 38,000 feet in the air looking down and asking myself, “what don’t I really need? how can I simplify my life and learn to love?”