The longest day of the year then begins to shorten in hours almost immediately. A hiking accident on this day shortened the items on my “to-do” list. With a broken patella, life is taken at a slower pace, dependency becomes a reality, physical limitations a given. At least for a while as the miraculous body begins the healing process. I’ve written about the healing process in “Our Crowning Curio.” The importance of saving a tree.
“We must be willing to be rid of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” Joseph Campbell
This is like a cipher. How do we rid our life that we are so intent on controlling, so intent on intention, as it were. What actually is our plan except perhaps to be relevant. To make a difference, To be kind. But if there is another life that is waiting for us, perhaps the opportunity to let go of our daily routine, our current goals and expectations provides a vehicle to experience a new life waiting for us. Seeing the world with new eyes. I’m not sure. But it will be worth a try for the next few weeks while waiting for healing to take place.
Meanwhile, this senior is visualizing participating in the 2.4 mile portion of the Tiki Swim in September. I’m just putting out the vibes…more healing vibes.
The current state of affairs at our borders has brought the word compassion into examination for me. Thomas Merton in his wisdom wrote: “The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another and all involved in one another.” That’s worth contemplating.