Then, as you grow older, if you're observant, you realize much of what you enjoy was made possible by the contributions, work, and labor of those who came before you, and you're taken aback, disappointed even , because with maturity you can now see cracks in the façades, imperfections in the details, and 10,000 ways it could have all been done better.
At which point, folks typically choose one of two paths: Spend a lifetime lamenting how far from perfect things are. Or, to one degree or another, roll up their sleeves and pitch in.
And should they choose the latter with gusto, dear Lune, they will come to know, to the core of their sacred being, that the differences they might make in the world cannot be made by another.
~snippet from a daily inspirational "Notes from the Universe" email from www.tut.com
Thoughts become things, the homepage reminds us. That's just the first taste of the sort of inspiration available from the site where, it says: We're a FREE philosophical club for the adventure of life, with over 160,000 members from around the world who believe that living in the jungles of time and space, as a creation amongst our creations, is the ultimate Adventure because, dreams do come true, and all things remain forever possible!
I loved the little notes like this scattered through Richard Bach's work and was delighted when a friend told me about the Notes from the Universe (free) daily email. They are wonderfully uplifting little tidbits, with an added little bit tucked into the text below the main message - don't miss it. It's often humorous. Today's says: Oh, no, Lune. This doesn't mean life becomes all work and no play. It just means work becomes play, no matter what you do, and play becomes ecstasy.
They've been a bright spot in many a dark day for me, and I thought I'd share.
I really like that message today. It reminds me of thoughts I've been seeing elsewhere about reacting to a negative positively. In other words, suggesting that on seeing something wrong in the world, instead of becoming negative against it, work for its opposite in positive ways, thus sending out a positive energy instead of a negative one. Pro peace, focusing on and actively working for peace rather than 'anti war', for example. Visualizing Earth as a strong, capable Being, able to heal and right the Balance again, working positively for that change rather than seeing Her as a broken victim, as another example. Focusing on what we can do and putting energy into that rather than on what we can't.
Long ago on the radio I heard a speaker, whose name I've long forgotten, describe negative thinking as a shopping experience. Every day, he said, we begin the day with a certain amount of currency (our thoughts). Thinking through our day is like going shopping. When we see something we really don't like, and keep focusing on it, obsessing over it, finally taking it home with us, we can tend to spend all our 'money' on this, filling our homes with it.
Or we can acknowledge it and move on, never bringing it home with us or wasting our thought currency on it, focusing on beauty and ways we can help improve our environment and our world instead.
(reposted from October 04, 2007)