“What if you wake up some day, and you’re 65… and you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life?”
“You get your intuition back when you make space for it, when you stop the chattering of the rational mind. The rational mind doesn’t nourish you. You assume that it gives you the truth, because the rational mind is the golden calf that this culture worships, but this is not true. Rationality squeezes out much that is rich and juicy and fascinating”. Anne Lamott
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift”. Albert Einstein
“The people in the Indian countryside don’t use their intellect like we do, they use their intuition instead, and the intuition is far more developed than in the rest of the world… Intuition is a very powerful thing, more powerful than intellect, in my opinion. That’s had a big impact on my work”. Steve Jobs . . .
Reviewing the speed in which this year has sped by and perhaps because I just celebrated my sixty-second birthday, I can’t help but reflect on the year.
How many of the days that I just lived did I really truly live for me? How many of those days were filled thinking about things that have already passed, or have not yet happened? How many of those days were filled with purposeful and conscious choices? Probably not many. Most of them were sprinkled with worries, anxieties, and concerns about security and happiness.
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives,” Anne Dillard
Worrying about a probable outcome to a future that has not yet arrived is how I ruin my present! The present is real. The imagined worry is a lie. Great! I think I should go out and stand on my dock and howl at the moon. It would be as productive an act as ruining my present moments by filling my head with lies, or fantasies about probable outcomes that are not real. A better choice would be for me to write about these concerns. The act of crystallizing this bizarre psychological thinking pattern with pen and paper, or typed into my computer, puts the absurdity of it in my face. Now I am sharing it with you.
The best predictions are still matters of probability rather than certainty, and to the best of our knowledge every one of us is going to suffer and die. If, then, we cannot live happily without an assured future, we are certainly not adapted to living in a finite world where, despite the best plans, accidents will happen, and where death comes at the end. Alan Watts’ “The Wisdom of Insecurity” 1951
Worrying about an imagined outcome to a future that may or may not exist is intrinsically connected to my interpretation of happiness. No security about the future, no happiness. We all do this to some extent. I can’t help asking myself, what about the present? What am I thinking?
I know. Crazy isn’t it? If you are still here reading hoping I have an answer you can stop reading now. I have no answers. I will share some interesting reading material that popped up on my facebook page. Yeah! Go figure! But it did arrive just in time to help me not feel like I totally lost it. Other people have thought similar thoughts and made comparable observations. Perhaps you will find little nuggets of peace in their words.
Cassadaga Reading – The Magician!
A time of positive action with great potential, you are full of self-belief and feeling very empowered. It’s time to show everyone exactly what you’re made of. You will have the ability to think on your feet and The Magician is an excellent omen for success.