Yesterday I was clever so I wanted to change the world… Today I am wise so I am changing myself.
The present. Today. This moment. This is all we can know. All we hold. All we can ever promise. Anything before or after is a beautiful, wild, unknowable mystery. All of future is uncertain. All of love is uncertain. All of life is uncertain.”
Do you believe in timing? In the process of your life unfolding? In balancing responsibility and action, with receiving and accepting the gifts that come **unexpectedly?
I’m in a river and It is carrying me. I do not need to paddle and waste strength trying to go up stream. I must, however, use the a paddle to avoid smashing into large rocks or slipping into the Rapids- although sometimes this still happens and I’ve got to figure my way out of it.
Once I stopped paddling upstream I started to notice all the beauty around me. The trees overhead, the sun poking through, the grass along the shore, the sounds of birds and the sight of a fish or two or three or twelve. Gold ones and purple and turquoise and one all glitter. Stranger things happen, just as beautiful, when you let go.
** (Who can foresee everything? Who wants to?)
"Life is about seeing the opportunity in front of you and rolling with the timing instead of second guessing. Being irrational is what will get you somewhere" -Emily
This is a quote my friend Julian wrote down, and put on his wall. He called me today to show it to me and in doing so, gave me a huge slap in the face. A taste of my own medicine so to speak.
You see, just shy of 4 weeks ago I met Julian Brand, an aspiring actor who had literally just arrived in Los Angeles from NYC the night before. Long story short, he’s now a dear friend, who I consider one of my closest confidantes, a creative ally, and an adventure compadre.
In moving to LA he left his NYC agent, his life as he had known it, a girlfriend (albeit long-distance GF now), and stepped into the big, wide, unknown, in which his acting teacher had told him “you are going before you are ready. If you go into an audition any less than perfect, the casting directors will never respect you and you will tarnish your name forever.”
So, somewhere in the process of helping him re-edit his acting reel, let go of that acting teacher’s limiting (but well-intentioned) advice, and assuring him that the only clothes he owned- his black merino wool v-neck t-shirt, and black Levi commuter trousers- would be pro-fesh enough to land him a future, with a Hollywood agent, I apparently told him the above nugget of wisdom. Wisdom that I forgot, threw out, stomped on, and tried to avoid, until, in my own moment of fear and hesitation, Julian placed right back in front of me…
Time and time again, I am reminded that we give the advice we need to hear the most. Thank you Me-of-the-Past, and Julian-of-the-Present- we may both just be crazy, and completely misguided, but I’m at least up for finding out.
(p.s. he got an agent :p)
Can’t I just go, simply because it would be an adventure?
Wisdom from the wise on a serendipitous Sunday. Thx V. H :)
Your views, opinions, preferences, concepts, goals, beliefs, are all ways of bringing the infinite universe down to the finite where you can feel a sense of control.
—Michael A. Singer