do as i say, not as i do…ever hear that one?
ever see parent force their kids to go do something, like sending them to church, yet the parents never go? it is like some formal “checklist” that gets punched to say, “I did what I was supposed to with the idea of god and religion, but, I don't’ need or want to go myself.”
seems like a recipe for a kid to say, “why am I being forced to go, when you don’t go?”
it is a bit like someone with an addiction problem telling people not to do heroin while injecting the needle into their arm and dozing off.
it is an interesting journey each of us has or can have in terms of what our beliefs and choices in the world, be it with ideologies and beliefs and why we think or believe the way we do. when you pull back and realize there are several billion unique individuals on the planet, no two exactly alike – you get to see the complexity of the overall planet. what is interesting is how much of the planet will align or believe something based on where they were born, grew up experience in living and the various choice, or no choice in how life was lived. in many places, it is the world of habits and somehow those habits from the perspective of the world one live in, how it is constructed, and what is expected.
perhaps that is why I get frustrated a bit with the ‘normal” idea of the world. I am sitting here in the quiet, no tv blaring, no need for music or radio to keep me company….I have been amiss of some of my daily habits of writing, praying, meditating and exercising and I realize that if I don’t start and pick them up again, I am just going to regress or go backward.
have you ever noticed, that unless you are with the people that help you, push you, or challenge you – a lot of the world doesn’t want to take much of any risk and sit there and talk about life, versus living and experiencing it.
currently, I am in a place where there is very little want or need for the basics or any struggle in life, where when I sit and listen to the desires and wants of people – it seems a bit foreign to me. there is nothing wrong with wanting new or nice stuff – yet – when life gets consumed with that pursuit – the cares of the world will suck you right into its vortex until some event or tribulation shakes your habits loose and your question, “why exactly was I running on that treadmill to nowhere?”
I guess religion is a great example, in that all the books, readings, services, traditions, rules and regulations are all there for a purpose – perhaps to get you to a place where you get off that treadmill of religion and ask, “where is God?”
if you do that, you will learn that god and love are everywhere and in everything. yet, it is the persons choice as to how much or how little one wants to give to the pursuit of spirituality and improving / healing / making oneself better
what I learned is that when you make a choice to go down that road, there is a lot of the world that doesn’t want you to, for various reasons that only they can answer. I can only surmise fears, or people think they really are good, perhaps – they feel they don’t need God or anything else when one's plans and idea s are working out just fine with no seeming outside influence
as I type this, I think of my own past, the mistakes, pains, train wrecks and the really amazing and cool things that I have been blessed with along the way. when I was living the most, and experiencing the grace and beauty of the creator is not when things were seemingly on autopilot and going well – but rather – in the times of trials and tribulations.
what I learned is that in those times, the reality beyond religion and a walk into spirituality happens and you one day look back while the world thinks, “look how good I am, I don’t need god.
personally, I realized over time, just how small and insignificant I am all the cosmos, yet, how there is a force or something out there that simply loves.
my simple prayer is that each of you finds that force and walk toward it.
there is nothing wrong with living a safe and controlled life. it I very nice, comfortable, and you can pretty much predict what the next day will be – as it simply becomes a habit from all the previous other days you did the same thing. this is a great thing for things like controlled environment agriculture and growing plants – but I haven’t seen any research saying this approach makes humanity and the social interactions better on the planet.
as I look out to the world of people using cell phones and all sort of apps – oblivious with how much time they actually spend on their own devices – yet – if you touch yours, they get offended. it is a bit of the irony in life – we all have blind spots – but I wonder if the world is getting a bit blinded to each other the more we think we can control our lives?
just some odd thoughts from a guy typing away that needs to get back on his schedule and habits and simply take care of what he needs to while some of the worlds will get upset – yet – they can make the same choice to change themselves and move forward too.
what was that poem by Roosevelt? “the man in the arena?”
even if I am the only one in it – I would rather participate and try than sit in a chair and be an armchair quarterback, aka- a critic.
but I think about it, as I am not a parent, but if you want to teach your kids about anything – are they really going to learn anything if you just drop them off at the curb and tell them to go do some activity – yet- you yourself never show up
does anyone else feel this is like a junkie telling someone to not use drugs, while they shoot up and nod off?