WORDS LIKE LIGHT
Sunday, September 5, 2021
Today, I hope to live as if life is unfolding for me as I stand on the summit of a vast mountain – which, in a very real sense, I am. The simple and wonderful truth is that there are absolutely no limits in life – no starts and finishes, no here and there, no past and present, no theirs and mine. All is present, right here and now – and right here and now goes on forever, and belongs to everyone and everything, and can never be damaged or destroyed. It’s so easy for me to fall into the opposite view – the near-sighted view of things that sees life as limited rather than limitless, as insecure rather than unassailable, as unreliable rather than everlastingly trustworthy. Today I hope I can hold in view the vastness and soundness of life. In the midst of fears, I hope I can see the shoreless ocean of calmness, and when anxiety surrounds me, I hope I can sense, all around and inside me, the security of limitless peace. I confess that, for most of my life, I have been small-minded and short-sighted, seeing life as frail and confined, but now, nearly 80, I am finally opening my inner eyes. I now see the wonderful fact that I am always – always – on a mountaintop with astonishing views, and in these elder years of mine, I’m finally enjoying the views.
IF WE LOOK CAREFULLY If we look carefully, we'll see there's a fresh path to travel each day, and something that amazes us wherever we are, and time enough to feel the flow of life. There are always inner mountains to ascend, with surprising views, and brand new, out-of-the-blue friends to widen the roads we have to travel. We'll notice improvements in the universe -- a bird's wings that seem startling, water that works smoothly with our hands to wash them, clouds that sway as they drift on their untroubled trips -- if we look carefully.