Let It Shine

“Perhaps a creature of so much ingenuity and deep memory is almost bound to grow alienated from his world, his fellows, and the objects around him. He suffers from a nostalgia for which there is no remedy upon earth except as it is to be found in the enlightenment of the spirit–some ability to have a perceptive rather than an exploitive relationship with his fellow creatures.”  ~ Loren Eiseley

“People who want a cure, provided they can have it without pain, are like those who favour progress, provided they can have it without change.”  ~ Anthony de Mello

“The problem with certainty is that it is static; it can do little but endlessly reassert itself. Uncertainty, by contrast, is full of unknowns, possibilities, and risks.” ~ Stephen Batchelor 

Should I talk about gratitude? Yeh, I suppose. Thank you all for reading here. It is my hope that something of value will come to you, on occasion, from reading my words, and whatever it is I do with them. It is usually fun to write a daily post. Today, not so much. Got some of them lowdown holiday blues goin’ on, don’tcha know. Many people do this time of year. More than I’d like to think of, I’m sure. One of the things I am grateful for today is that there is growing awareness of mental illness in this country. I mean look at the president. He displays it every single friggin day. It should be a lesson for us all. Seek treatment. Just do it. Or encourage (gently, gently, tiptoe if necessary) encourage anyone you know who needs it, or may need it, to seek a professional evaluation, and to accept treatment as needed. These professionals know what they are doing. Listen to them. I did. And I do. I am not arrogant enough to say that it can be beaten and exiled from one’s life. That’s just me. I’m sure that there are people who apply positive thinking and put an end to the illness for good – ya know, like heal and stuff. Maybe it can, I don’t know. Maybe it can be beaten. Boy howdy I reckon I would be right obliged to be able to say bueno bye to the demons that haunt me and smack me around. Someday I may. Who can say. But enough of that. I’ve learned to manage the beast. That sometimes means ya gotta jest step back and let it roll. Think of it as weather rolling through – to allude to a Rodney Crowell lyric. Take a walk. Something. So what if you have a droopy sad look on your face and a stoop in your gait for a while. Like me. I have to go to the store to get coffee, because nitwit here got all freaked out and stuff by the holiday crowd yesterday and forgot to buy the damn coffee! That’s a sin, ya know. And I may get freaked out again. Lots of folks have a serious jagged edge during the holidays. Those people, in high concentration, poke and tear at your aura. Just be careful, manage it, and go anyway. That’s me talking to myself. Whatcha got here, ummmm . . . agoraphobia, paranoia, free-floating anxiety? The list of labels goes on. My advice? Avoid shame, blame, and guilt. Drink lots of water. Don’t try to buck up and take it like a man. As for gratitude, I am grateful to have something to share, to comment on. I coulda just fluttered downhill for the past 34 years. And then what? But I worked hard to learn what I could. These demons ain’t so good at handling the Light, so aspire to let it shine. That’s what I’m sayin’.

There’s a place in the world
For a gambler
There’s a burden that only
He can bear
There’s a place in the world
For a gambler,
And he sees
Oh, yes he sees
And he sees
Oh, yes he sees
There’s a song in the heart
Of a woman
That only the truest of loves
Can release.
There’s a song in the heart
Of a woman.
Set it free
Oh, set it free
Set it free
Oh, set it free
Set it free
Oh, set it free.
There’s a light in the depths
Of your darkness
There’s a calm at the eye
Of every storm.
There’s a light in the depths
Of your darkness.
Let is shine
Oh, let it shine
Let is shine
Oh, let it shine
Let is shine
Oh, let it shine.
Let it Shine ~ Dan Fogelberg

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