Hands on the Handlebars


“Wear your too large wings with confidence. You’ll grow into them.” ~ Anna Sabino

“You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish. I have no responsibility to be like they expect me to be. It’s their mistake, not my failing.” ~ Richard Feynman

“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.” ~ Ansel Adams

Wow. That Richie Feynman quote gets me every time. Feynman, of course, was one of the nuclear physicist on the Manhattan Project, and a fine writer as well. As I see it his overall perspective boils down to ‘just because you can name it doesn’t mean you know it‘. Aye to that, good buddy. I’ve been finding that out in therapy lately; I can nail something down with laser-sharp accuracy and clarity, but clarity is a barrier. The emotional turmoil is not something to be fixed. You’ve got to dive in and surf that wave, no matter how turbulent, no matter how dizzy you get. Think Luke Skywalker, flying down into the internal chasms of the Death Star. Note that it was not control of the ship he relinquished. The one guiding the ship is the Ego. There is no need to let go of the ego because it ain’t goin’ nowhere. And don’t remove your hands from the handlebars when the going gets scary. I’ve got a story I could tell about that but I am out of time. I’ve been sleeping later, which is a totally perplexing change, and it ain’t intentional. But I am devoted to this early morning blogging. I ain’t goin’ nowhere.

Peace out, y’all. Goof gloriously.


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