Sunday, March 18, 2018
This weekend, I’ve been far more social... I went out with friends and heard 3 different bands play.
I’d forgotten how wonderful it is to connect with people!
Most people said “welcome back!” Even though I’ve been back for 5 months. Almost no one has seen me, because I’ve pretty much been a hermit. I think that was necessary. But now I need to take care of myself, and part of that is socializing outside of work.
At the most unexpected moments, I saw people who seemed genuinely happy to see me, hugging me and telling me how happy they were that I am here.
There is no place else like Grand Marais. There are other small towns... tiny towns. But they usually are not the county seat. They are not usually nestled between a vast body of water and a vast forest.
My brother says Fayetteville NC is large enough to offer a lot to do and small enough to do it all. I disagree. Grand Marais is the land of opportunity.
Life is still personal here. Sure, you have to think outside of the box. But you know what? There is still a lot of unboxed stuff here.
So I spent my weekend hugging, engaging in sincere conversations, and being inspired.
I told a friend that it feels like summer. Or vacation. All it was was a weekend in a dream town called home.
Thursday, March 15, 2018
I think the balance has shifted. I have more time behind me than I do ahead of me. The teeter totter is angling down.
Other people have said that time doesn’t exist. It is just a social construct we’ve created and maintain to manage events.
It’s easy to chart the events from birth to death on a timeline, and this is useful! But I think it is a construct that we will outgrow.
I’m picturing time as a finished painting, and I can only see one brushstroke now. All that was, still is. All that will be, already is.
Or how about a notebook being written in with a ball point pen. The story is being written in indelible ink, but my body confines me to that one tiny moment of interface between pen and paper. The “present”.
When the paintbrush of my body is put down, I will be able to step back and take in the whole picture.
When I talk to groups of kids, I often ask them whether they believe that I truly am a spaceman, and that I can time travel. The younger kids tend to believe that it is so, the older ones, not so much.
So I note the time at the beginning of my talk, and the time when I finish. We travel through that 10 or 15 minutes together, into the future.
Spaceman? Yes. I come from a planet in the Milky Way galaxy, called the Earth.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
(from March 29, 2017)
Monday, March 12, 2018
If a person lies to you, and then asks your forgiveness, what does that mean? Once trust is shattered, there is no switch on the wall that you can flip and restore things to the way they were. Nor would such a mechanism be wise.
To live is to discover facts about the world around us. Nothing has changed except our awareness. The hot oven rack is still hot. Do not touch it without a pot holder or making sure it has cooled first. The blister, even after it has healed, will remind you to protect yourself.
When you realize a person has lied to you, you no longer have the option of trusting them. It would not make sense.
So what is forgiveness? I’m not sure. Maybe forgiveness is an honest assessment which takes into account a person’s strengths as well as their weaknesses or limitations, and deciding that they are worth wearing an oven mitt.