If I don’t start tapping away at my keyboard, this blog will never get written. Simply put, I’m having a hard time getting my thoughts to gel.
I’m not exactly sure what the abyss of my personal Hero’s Journey will look like, or how I’ll know I’m really there, but if I were to guess, events of the last 6 weeks or so would indicate I’m in the thick of it.
Few things are worse than seeing tragedy strike your child and ‘child-in-law’. It is not the kind of thing that heals itself overnight. Maybe never. And there is nothing you can do. People who were trusted sources of inspiration and mentorship disappear, leaving you to find your own way through the void and asking whether your skills are sufficient to be of value to anyone who may rely on you. One day the phone rings and you find yourself in the ER with your aging mother and wondering if it’s the beginning of the end. Miraculously all is well for now, but the full diagnosis, prognosis and treatment plan lie ahead. Let’s not forget the impact on life and livelihood around the world by something we can’t even see. It is shocking to see empty shelves and the supermarket in disarray as though marauders broke in overnight. Actually, some were just leaving with all the toilet paper they could carry.
These are unprecedented experiences for me — all together in such a short time anyway. I am grateful to face them after having been through the MKE, yet I feel a little like Luke Skywalker — called upon to fight with only a few days practice with a lightsaber.
I find myself thinking about the Laws of Least Effort — particularly the one about Acceptance.
I will practice Acceptance. Today I will accept people, situations, circumstances, and events as they occur. I will know that this moment is as it should be because the whole universe is as it should be. I will not struggle against the whole universe by struggling against this moment. My acceptance is total and complete. I accept things as they are in this moment t, not as I wish they were.
I’ll do my best.