I have tried this in the past and it has always been right on. It's kind of like reading a fortune cookie or your horoscope. The contexts are so broad that you can fill in the blanks to suit your needs.
Or is it?
Tonight I tried this with the writings of Joseph Campbell (Follow Your Bliss is his phrase, not mine). Good 'ol Joe - or the universe or my higher self - brought me this quote:
The eternal principle, which never was born, never will die: it is in all things: it is in you now. You are a wave on the face of the ocean. When the wave is gone, is the water gone? Has anything happened? Nothing has happened. It is a play, a game, a dance.
- Baksheesh & Braham
The past few weeks have seen glorious celebrations, finales, joys & challenges. The story goes on. Thank goodness.
When I was young I used to write to my maternal grandmother every week and she, in turn, would always faithfully write me back. I still have her letters safely tucked away with my mementos from childhood. One particular snippet which has always stuck in my memory (for some reason) was about the innocuous task of washing windows. I remember thinking that washing windows was the ultimate waste of time. Windows just get dirty again.
As I grew up I began to realize that washing windows was important. Why? Because if the smallest task is considered extraneous then is it a far leap to thinking that bathing is unnecessary because you'll just get dirty tomorrow? Or getting up for work means nothing because you'll be doing the same thing tomorrow morning? Or paying bills, seeing friends, making love, laughing, praying, smiling, etc. It is all important. Perhaps not equally important but part of a universal whole that fits together to bring a sort of... completion.
I rejoice in the prospect of waking up tomorrow and once again driving to church to sing with the choir, mediatate and give thanks for the blessings in life, to go to breakfast, to see those that I love dearly, to ride my bike, to wash my dog, to dust, to check my email, to nap, to eat dinner, to cherish, to talk to my mother and to listen to music.
I am the wave.
I am the water.
I am grateful to be part of the dance.
Picture from Wave by Suzy Lee.