Yesterday I had to deal with some health issues and they knocked me on my arse.
I take everything really seriously. Don’t get me wrong – I like to kid around and joke and play around – but at my core, I’m seriously serious. I’m that person who doesn’t do well at parties because I don’t have patience for small talk. I want to talk about how we are going to change the world with love. Admittedly, I can be a bit much – and thank god for those who ‘get me’, put up with me and are in the same clan as me.
There is so much absolutely-ridiculous shit going on in the world. And there is only so much I can take, being so serious, without breaking.
The pains in my chest were sending me a message and since then I have made some tough decisions about how I’m going to participate with and engage in the world. I say tough, but honestly, in light of who I am in this world and in context of the actions that needed to be taken, the decisions weren’t that tough. I do take pride in having put serious thought into the decisions and not making a knee-jerk-reaction choice.
Today, I stepped out for a breath and this happened. Watch closely. I was hoping to capture more than one, as they had been really active before I started filming. It was such a beautiful and timely reminder about what really matters. My family, my friends, my more-than-human relatives – all very precious to me.
In order to make good decisions and to make good changes in the world, I must find balance. I’m reminded that balance is necessary for every aspect of our life – and that balance takes work.
What does that look like? If I think about what it takes to be balanced in nature, the following things make sense to me: there needs to be a supportive community where relationships are collaborative; there needs to be acceptance of the change that is always in motion; to remember to rest and to honor the cycles of life; to never take more than I need (including burdens); to try and leave a place better than I found it or at least in the same condition in which it was found….just to name a few.
I’m currently on a journey – no drinking for the month of September. Hopefully, in early October, I will be able to take a couple of days off to practice a deep spiritual quest. My words are just words but – as my Celtic brother Jack likes to remind me – they must be chosen wisely. This quest will hopefully set my heart and soul on a good path to be able to say good words in good timing, and follow them up with good actions.
Balance is not static – it is very dynamic. Knowing it when you achieve it is a priceless gift. May we all be blessed with a sense of balance during these turbulent and distressing times.