I suppose it is my destiny to begin most of my posts with some comment about the passage of time. So why go against destiny now?
I am...dumbfounded that it is almost mid-October already. The Autumnal Equinox was almost three weeks ago, so we are well into the Fall season of 2020. We are on the fast track to the year's end. A year that feels like a collective heaping of chaos and upheaval piled onto us...AND it is a Presidential election year!
You’ll hear much more from me on this unprecedented year in the next couple of months. But today, I want to pose to everyone a question that the author Michael Singer poses in his simple, substantive and stunning book, The Untethered Soul:
“Do want to be happy from this point forward, for the rest of your life, regardless of what happens?”
It’s a simple question, isn’t it? And one that most of us would rush to answer “Of course!” Of course I want to be happy for the rest of my life!” Who wouldn’t want that?
It’s the end of that question — “regardless of what happens” — that haunts me as we begin to roll into the station at the end of 2020, ready to grab our baggage and jump the hell off this year of sickness, uncertainty, and loss. We want more than anything to hop on to the shiny bright newness 2021...ready to break that “seal for our protection,” and dive right into anything that isn’t from the year of seemingly unending burden.
But “regardless of what happens” means that there is no need hurry on to another year, right? There’s no need to hurry to another month, another day, another minute...Being happy from this point forward means being happy in this moment now! And each moment that follows!
I promise you that this is still a practice that I have yet to master...and I have a few ideas about how we might be able to help each other do so. I’ll share more thoughts on this in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, if you want a hefty dose of authentic joy and happiness, check out last Sunday’s service led by Rev. Janet Johnson, posted on ISDDC’s YouTube Channel. I challenge you to listen and not have a smile stretching your entire face when its over.
May you claim your Peace of Autumn today!