We love the story of life as a road. (Success is a ladder. Time is ever marching forward.)
But we know it’s not true.
We are on shifting sands, sliding forward and backward and sideways and diagonally in our thinking, our feeling, our learning and our lives.
Time swirls about us endlessly; effortlessly sweeping us back to That Day in the Third Grade…That Picnic by the Lake…That Long and Horrible Night…no, certainly time is the most unreliable of all the unreliables.
If we think of our lives as being linear, we cheat ourselves out of the fullness of our experience.
Plus, it’s that foolish linear thinking that leads to self-immolating thoughts like, “I should be more successful by now” and “Look, that person is more successful than I am.”
We know these thoughts are lies, too, but if you only measure by the clock it is all too easy to slip those lies into your pocket and carry them around as part of your belief about yourself.
The more we learn about our art (our love), the less we know.
The longer we live on this earth, the more the years seem to pass in a day.
As our fortunes rise and fall, the more we recognize that money and status are no more accurate a marker of success than a new crop of tomatoes or a big hug from an eight-year old.
Today, challenge yourself to notice the ways in which your life is a gyre, moving in many looping directions all at once. And how that is good and meet.
The world needs your art.
Sam, this is so true and the older I get, as even random memories surface, I really believe that everything I’ve ever seen, felt and done is all recorded in me somewhere.
That’s an interesting reference you made to the third grade…because in the coaching that I’ve done with people, many (myself included) have had meaningful and/or traumatic events in the third grade. Life, huh?
Yep – those 3rd grade memories pack a punch, don’t they? Thank you so much for commenting, Sherle.
I like to think of life as being like an onion: can be sharp, sweet, or mellow depending upon the type used and how it’s used. AND it’s multilayered. As each layer peels away, we get closer to the heart of the matter. YUM!
I love that! (Maybe because I love cooking with onions…. : ) Thanks, Patrice.