Thursday, July 28, 2011
I could get all funky about the Code Orange air today, but I'm not going down that road. Tuesday and Wednesday were beautiful summer days, hot but not too humid. I was out and about both days, walking, thinking, taking pics and smiling. Hence, staying indoors today is OK.
Once upon a time I believed good health was everything, but I've changed my mind. It's ATTITUDE that makes all the difference. I know people who are very ill, but their positive attitudes, hopefulness, good humor and generous spirits help them enjoy life no matter how much pain or discomfort they experience, or how limited they are in terms of what they can and can not do. I am in awe of these people. Likewise I know people who are perfectly healthy, but sour of mind/spirit. They suffer like crazy. My heart goes out to these people. Lord knows if they could improve their moods, they certainly would. We never blame those who suffer from physical ailments. Why do we shake our fingers at those who suffer from wounds of the spirit, mind and heart? (I do it, too, actually. I try not to.)
According to my cosmology, people work through things physically, mentally, spiritually - which means it's not possible to always be positive. I'm not one of those folks who thinks everyone SHOULD be happy all the time. It's such a mean-spirited idea, isn't it? It's like the dream of a diet that works for everyone. If such a thing existed, wouldn't everyone weigh exactly what they think they should?
Sometimes I wonder if perpetually happy people have the capacity to evolve in the same way as those willing to drop periodically into their own spiritual quicksand. Maybe I'm thinking about it because I've suffered lately in mind and spirit. I struggled for awhile, I sure did. I would like to believe the struggle served some purpose. What do you think?
Climbing out of it, the world looks even better than before my downwards spiral. The dips and flights of spirit are alchemical, intrinsically human, too. But it sure is nice to rise above the horizon again. Oh yeah.