I want today’s post to be short and sweet: I’m only 5’ 8” and Cupcakes. Get it?!
Maybe a bit more about the utter joy that comes from knowing when I am in touch with the flow of the Spirit, which is the opposite of being depressed and stressed. It can come in a very short time and can be exceedingly sweet. It opens the doors to understanding, creativity, and achievement.
Many catalysts exist to help us achieve this, more than I could ever think of sitting here. One, though, that I will mention is poetry. Sometimes the poetry is in the form of a song, but the one short and sweet piece I wish to share has shades of Dead Poets Society on it.
In Walt Whitman’s “O Me! O Life” the narrator bemoans his existence as he looks through the filter of the ego and decides that life is useless — until he hears his heart, a heart that mediates with the Spirit. A question borne by the rationalizing ego wells up: “What good amid these, O me, O life?” His distressed soul finds the answer to a meaningful, significant existence when he pauses to listen to the sweet voice of his heart: “Answer/That you are here — that life exists and identity,/That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.”
Short and sweet. Distressed by our own failings and the failings of others around us? Let the ego rage on in despair and denigration and know that it has a purpose but it can be destructive. However, we are still breathing and we are here to make a significant contribution. Let’s find ourselves — “life exists and identity.” Now, how will we express that identity? What will we do to give light, sense, and meaning to all around us? Just contribute that wonderful self that you are. Joy. Significance. Relationships. Purpose.
Short and sweet — way better than a 5' 8" short guy and a cupcake!