Our life forms itself around us, reflecting our choices and decisions exhibiting our preferences and inclinations, expressing our degree of creativity and courage... We are content seeking shape and form. Our life becomes us so. And we blame our circumstances. "If we had had more of this and less of that!" If this! If that! Well. Easy to say. Maybe. Maybe Not. What we know is that we are the one constant through all of the times and places, chances and opportunities, contexts and circumstances of our life, and here we are now. We are the content, and this is the shape and form. If we would prefer a different shape, a better form, we only have the content to work with. How different can we be in the time left for living? If you are serious about finding out, sit before a mirror and see who looks back at you. Consider the content of you, and what is revealed/concealed by your appearance, body language-- including posture and facial expression-- tone of voice physical shape and overall demeanor. Take up the practice of changing your content and seeing what shifts your shape and form take in response to the shifts made in content. It will be a game you play with yourself for the rest of your life.
We could make a list-- and probably should-- of the people who know the truth when they see it, as a source of encouragement and motivation in our own work to see what we look at and know what's what. George Carlin Claudia Conway Dolly Parton Linda Ronstadt Eddie Murray Richard Pryor Jon Stewart Stephen Colbert Al Franken ... Who stands out for you? Let them be your soulmates, your guides, your gurus, your spiritual family, the people you turn to in time of trouble. Nobody can do it for long alone. Not even the people on your list! Live to be on somebody's list-- and keep going!
The old adage gets to the heart of the matter: "It's all grist for the mill." What are we milling is the question. What are we working to get, acquire, amass, attain, achieve, have, do, be? What is it going to take for us to be at absolute peace with the life we are living? What are we milling? Producing? Manufacturing? Making? Constructing? Creating? Processing? Assembling? Putting together? What is guiding our boat on its path through the sea? How we discern a favorable wind from and ill wind? A good place to be from where we have no business being? What is our business? What are we about? What are we milling? Where are we going? How will we know when we arrive? Who are we trying to please? How do we know what is pleasing? Who says so? How did they become the voice of authority ruling over our life? What makes us think they know what is pleasing? Our life is based on what? What is guiding our boat on its path through the sea?