Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Live & Let Live

I learned in my maturing process that it is the overcoming of obstacles that simultaneously causes me the most pain and pleasure. Sometimes when I’ve done what I feel I’m chosen to do, it causes problems for others around me. We cause disappointment and suffering to our proclaimed friends, our appointed guardians, our children, any of the people we know in our flow of life. Sometimes my words make people squirm. I’ve also discovered life has a flow with friends too. Sometimes there is a flow of everything I know. Various flows happen to me daily. Mostly I see, sometimes I don’t.
It is my nature to jump first and ask questions later. This life long habit has caused me problems but like most humans when I err it is on the side of trying to do the right thing. Very often in my leaps of faith I have helped other people. I’m not bragging about this; it is my nature to be helpful and I’ve always done it. I consider it my inborn talent and strength. It is this nature that made me become a social worker and writer. I accede that under most usual conditions most humans will try to do right thing. Spike Lee’s movie was his device to make us wonder what is the right thing to do?
When I decide I must do something my decision may cause someone near to me pleasure or pain. Likewise any choice I make may cause me pleasure or pain. I don’t make decisions in a vacuum. Neither is any choice going to give me one hundred percent pleasure or one hundred percent pain. So everything must be weighed out like a chore, a balance scale of life when I make choices. Most of all I am a survivor filled with hope and desires for my future.
When I progress, I feel pleasure in becoming unstuck. Think about this. What is the alternative to moving ahead? The answer that strikes me here is death. The primary obstacle to moving ahead is to remain the same with all your sorrows and regrets, or you move ahead with a different set of sorrows and regrets. Life contains all; pleasure, pain and hope. Hope keeps me going. Sometimes it’s not about wrong or write (please forgive the pun, I can’t help it.) and it’s not a matter of sorrows or regrets. Sometimes life is about moving ahead. Sometimes it’s about sorrows and regrets. Sometimes life is for living and not being still. Sometimes I meditate and like to be still. Sometimes I meditate and like to be in motion.
I write of a different type of movement, not a parallel movement but a movement that leaves old things behind to begin anew - using new building blogs (forgive another pun). New can strengthen my spirit when old ideas crumble. Spiritual nourishment is ideal.
Sometimes I meet someone and feel a special pull. I don’t know what the pull means and I must decide how to respond to that pull. I may decide this is meant to be but perhaps this decision is an excuse to move in the direction I want desire or need. Some people inspire, some people relate, some do both. I am still that jumper who is a known chance taker. Many people have told me I’m a blessing in their life. I assume they say this because it’s true. Seers have called me a reborn fallen angel. I strive constantly with my power and the talent I was born with. I’ve nurtured my powers (talents included) with love and dedication. My powers have grown. Making wrong or right choices can build my power too. I must live with my choices and always move forward. I value that place in my life and in your life where we strive towards betterment. It is this common striving and our connections to one another, that make us human and makes life worth living.

4 comments:

  1. I think you must be a very remarkable person, Joy. Most of the people I know don't leap, even once they've looked, and they spend a lot of time regretting the things they didn't have the faith to do. Personally, I would rather be condemned for the well-intentioned but wrong-headed things I've done than scorned for being too lily livered to give it a go. I think the person you're with makes a big difference to the way you act. When I was single, I used to revel in impulsive action, and the only question was, "Will I survive this or not?" The "or not" option didn't bother me particularly, because I took it for granted that I'd bounce rather than crack if I fell down. When Blondel did his tightrope act across Niagara Falls with his manager riding piggyback, I bet his manager wasn't screaming, "We're gonna die!" in his ear. If he was saying anything at all, I'd think it would have been words of encouragement. My piggyback rider favours images of impending doom. I did the Lottery today. Not much chance of THAT throwing up any surprises!

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  2. I also often leap because I like to follow my dreams... and become impatient doing so. And that is what I'm trying to learn, to leap in measured jumps... maybe more thoughtful ones. Because sometimes when I jump, like you, I "land" on someone... inadvertently.

    I find dealing with thing difficult sometimes... and devising new coping stratagies is my goal. Amd the only way I can do that is from learning from others... so it is good for other people to share their life experiences. We learn about commonalities and differences... and learn from that.. at least I do. Thanks for sharing your thoughts...feelings... much appreciated.

    You see I finally joined google... :-)

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  3. Don Stabler10:12 AM

    may the "experts" live, but let the ones with maybe at least a tiny
    flaw, a blemish to show they are real and human, "let live", there is where the true soul lives and let lives.

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  4. " I don’t know what the pull means and I must decide how to respond to that pull."

    OMG You are a talent. Love it. I should be working but I started reading your page and I can't stop...

    Thank you!

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