“When we resist change, it’s called suffering. But when we can completely let go and not struggle against it, when we can embrace the groundlessness of our situation and relax into it’s dynamic quality, that’s called enlightenment” ~ Pema Chödrön
“It’s all fine to say, “Time will heal everything, this too shall pass away. People will forget”—and things like that when you are not involved, but when you are there is no passage of time, people do not forget and you are in the middle of something that does not change.” ~ John Steinbeck, Cannery Row
Two great opening quotes today. As for the first – when I feel the need to resist change I go ahead and use my debit card. Mr. Steinbeck there has it nailed. When you are in the thick of a situation . . . ummm, things are thick, right? I mean its like of course things will get better, I know that, and you are completely missing the point of my plight. That said, the changes around me and in me have come in so fast and sometimes furious lately that I find myself looking around for Falkor the Luck Dragon. That may be a somewhat obscure reference, but iffin you’ve never seen The Neverending Story you just oughtta. Not exactly a kid’s movie now, is it? My friend Barbara turned me on to the movie. I used to go to her place several times a week, in the morning, to drink coffee and gossip. Barbara was a breathtakingly beautiful woman from Ocala, a true Florida Cracker, which is not a derogatory term iffin ya use it right. I went over one morning and as soon as I walked the the door she handed me a joint and said with a big grin “Spark it up, man”. So I did and she then said “sit” and pointed to a chair by the window, where I sat and sparked up the joint. Next came coffee, then she slipped a VHS tape into the player.”You gotta see this!”, she said, and so I did. It is a remarkable story, and deep. Case in point, picture a twelve year old boy, Bastion, reading a fantasy book which was given to him by a strange old man in a book store that seemed to have popped up out of nowhere. At one point in the book he finds that the characters in the book are discussing him, just as a sudden storm blows open the window to the attic where he is reading. You see the fear rise up into his face as he says “That’s not possible”. And so it goes. It was, of course, possible. I can tell you this right now, in regards to the story, there is no way to escape The Nothing, but when dealt with it becomes quite manageable. Watch, you’ll see.
This post is number 600 for EyeYotee blog! Woohoo! No, wait, “Woohoo”? I am so sorry. My bad. I began this blog, after spurning Google/blogspot, on the very first day I began working at Stray Hearts animal shelter, back on tax day 2014. I no longer work there but the blog lives on. I think I will leave it at that for today. The shelter has been on my mind a lot lately. Maybe there is something to it, it feels fresh. I’ll just breathe and publish #600 here, then on to the day. Fresh, I tell you.
Peace out, y’all. Goof gloriously.