What happened that happened so quickly in 8 months? Weeds in my garden grew slower. Now, in the stifling heat of July, I can still hear time laughing, sneering, teasing, chuckling at our 'best-laid plans'. My boss told me an interesting quote recently, she said: "Wanna make God laugh, tell him about your plans", which I totally love. There is a place for everything, and we do our best to make plans for the near future, the far future, and even our "to-do" list for tomorrow morning. Along the way we forget that reality truly resides in the "now". The future has not happened, and the past is filed away in our mind.
Although I practiced the "power of now" philosophy through winter and spring, and experienced some of the most joyful moments of my life doing so, I still cannot help thinking of how I can fight time, manipulate it, beat it, slow it down, enough to savor everything life has to offer. The wild self has much yet to discover, and sometimes the best way to do it is to do it now. Carpe diem!
In the past couple months, two good friends of mine carpe diem'd in their own, authentic, wild ways...
One, who is married with kids, and going through a bitter separation(soon divorce), saw 16 years of marriage slowly crumbling. Simultaneously, her once-thriving business had also started to fall apart. For the first time in her life, this dynamic woman decided to seize the day, and took off to Spain for a couple of weeks....by herself. Yeah, some say that is no big deal. But for her, it gave her new breath and meaning. The other, a fantastic girl I know who was diagnosed with a life-threating condition, and who continues to heal, figured that there is no better time than now. So she decided to grab a friend and embark on a life-long dream, a trip to Italy and France. Still, so many dream of taking that trip, planting that garden, starting a family, "When the time is right". Well, that time is really right now.
|Sunflower getting ready to open|
Wild self does not recognize time. Nor does it adhere to plans very well. Wild self is best friends with nature, and belongs to the natural world. Look at the plants and flowers that bloom around you, they thrive with sunlight, water, and fertile rich soil. They don't plan, they just do! Wow, how easy would it be to live that way. No amount of time is enough to plan and grow your own wild roots. Keeping an open heart and a sense of wonder is the only approach. There is an infinite universe to explore, things to learn, to share and give back. In the end, it is what you make, your own life design that is. Of course, nothing comes without a cost. The only real cost is time.