It’s good to be back – though I was never really gone. I tinkered a bit under the hood of the karma truck, checked all its levels and kicked the tires. And since I know absolutely nothing about cars, I’m assuming we’re good to go..
Live and Learn (davidkanigan.com) gave me a figurative kick in the butt the other day with a post containing this cartoon from Calvin and Hobbes.
I get it – there are some who feel it could always be better. Life is acknowledged first and provided with a caveat after (‘everything’s ok – but…’). But. Dangerous word I think, and one I consciously seek to avoid in my thoughts and actions. Of course things could be better, but how flippin’ self-indulgent to diminish the reality that in and of itself it’s pretty damn good. This morning I listened to the unscripted conversation between the trees as the wind traveled through their leaves, watching how one would nod, and another shake its leafy head. I am sitting outside as I write to you, looking for bears from my safe perch (haven’t seen any yet) and laughing to myself as I wonder just what I’d do if in fact I really did encounter one. The Sirs and I have been exploring the road, the foliage, the wildflowers, before returning to our aerie for a nap (them) and a bunch of books (me).
Is it perfect? Of course not. I can provide you with an impressive list of things that are not okay. I’m just not sure why I would want to do that. There are people who spend an enormous amount of time considering what wrongs have been visited upon them by others, listing shortcomings and offenses with righteous indignation. I’ve started to re-frame the thought – what kind of person am I to others? Am I bringing a little bit to the table that is more about others than it is about me? I’m trying. Because if I intend to live a good life – and I am and I do – it’s less about the injustices or pain that I have known – and far far more about the good stuff that happens every time I step outside myself.
Thanks for waiting for me to get the truck in gear – we’re heading to points north, south, east and west – though which way first, I have no idea. There’s no GPS in this thing. Have a great day – see you soon.