… how we are made – all from the same ingredient list
Saturday May 17, 2014
Of what are we made?
Plain things, or fancy ones?
Complicated for the sake of complicatedness?
In hot-pursuit of things/places/people to make us whole, are any of us made from different ingredients from anyone else – not DNA, but real things, qualities, influences; or are we all just the same?
Observation isn’t, in my view, so much about what we see as it is about what we understand. Too often, so often, it is so easy to move from one conversation to another, one activity or project to another without pausing to seek some grains of understanding, to squeeze out of that situation a drop or two of good-knowing, a dollop of laughter or a cup of knowing more, understanding better – than if we’d not paused, not cared, not asked, not tried . . .
The ingredients in humanity are in us all, it’s just that not everyone has those switches turned on all the time, or ever. If someone doesn’t, do we have the right/responsibility to kick-start them? Conversely, if we are remiss, does someone have the right/responsibility to kick-start me?
I’ve always been curious about what makes people tick, what made them who they are, why they are the way they are – and what they believe, and why they believe it. While perhaps not as obvious in that process, is me trying to better understand me, as well as you, me trying to articulate what I believe, and why I believe it.
In closing, I’ll pass along this gem (from my calendar the other day) – incredible old-wisdom to share with everyone:
“Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.” – Lao-Tzu
column written/ published from Calgary
morning walk: 4C/38F, light clouds and sunshine swirling around, light breeze – and early and uneventful walk, though I think Gusta was hoping for a repeat-deer encounter as she sniffed that same yard so carefully.
Lucky? Or blessed? Never was one to stare at luck....My life seems to fall under that category of "if it wasn't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all." Prefer instead to see life's challenges and opportunities as just that-no luck involved. I face challenges as if they were opportunities to overcome the things, people, circumstances life throws at me. I have been told I am competitive. No offense taken as I thrill to the opportunity to compete with life. Just thinking out loud... GW, Bon Wier, Tx.