Despite the best efforts of reality TV shows to make "going tiny" look easy, the challenge remains for living legally
In January, Midge and I joined friends at a local church for a White Stone Ceremony.
In this personal time of meditation together, each person holds a pure white stone (okay it was a bright piece of bathroom tile), warms the little rock between clasped hands, and sits in quiet contemplation for guidance. Generally a word comes to mind, and helps set an intention for the next year. These first four words came quickly to my mind:
Live. Laugh. Love. Learn...
Some time later, as the exercise ended, our eyelids fluttered open, and Midge and I simultaneously scrawled out:
Strangely, even a single word of true clarity had eluded Midge for the minutes of the exercise. Why then this word? And why for both of us the same time. A mind meld perhaps?
I'm a "web guy" and did a search for the term. I found lots of variations using the first four words, but adding "share"... that made it unique. And that's hard to do in our ever-more entwined web-wrapped world!
So imagine my surprise when I visited the church's pastor and found the SAME 5 WORDS neatly painted on a bright and cheery little sign by her front door. In my haste, the sign caught my eye and set my head spinning. I paused a moment in disbelief... then laughed with certain acceptance and rang the bell.
When the pastor answered the door, I shared our White Stone story with her, hit the punch line, and pointed at her little sign. She smiled knowingly, and quite simply said,
"It's been there all along."
In a word: Wow. Again... cue The Twilight Zone!
How simple this phrase, yet how poignant the command to:
LIVE - Exist in a simple state of be-ing.
LAUGH - Fully enjoy all that life has to offer.
LOVE - Embrace an all-consuming affection.
LEARN - Allow an openness to new ideas.
SHARE - Pass along all you know to others.
Midge and I are moving through an incredible time of busy-ness in our lives. It's hard work to re-learn how to
"Live simply so others may simply live."
Now on the cusp of our living together as a couple once again, we seek an open-minded community of friends with similarly kind and kindred spirits. Friendly folks that openly share food, fun, and fellowship while working to achieve personal goals, attain cooperative objectives, and (if desired) affect positive global change.
Midge and I are thankful for all that we have and look forward to meeting many more fellow travelers who embrace and embody those same core values while having a great, and fun time, simply be-ing.
So wherever we meet, and however we connect, here's to all that answer the call to live, laugh, love, learn, and share along a gently winding road... together.