Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I have neglected this little blog again and as I have clearly posted a Blogging Without Obligation widget in my sidebar I'm trying not to feel too badly. It's that busy, hectic, frenetic time of year when I've got far too many irons in far too many fires. Plus that other blog keeps me pretty busy. This is how I deal with the ebbing of the light. I just keep throwing things on my straw pile until I'm far too busy spinning to dive into darkness.
I've gotten to an age where I find it difficult to take myself too seriously. There are far more serious things in the world than my silly problems and complaints. I figure once you've reached 40, you have no one to blame for your unhappiness but yourself. You've been an adult as long as you were a kid at that point. I've managed to create a pretty damn good reality here and I'm going to enjoy it while it lasts. I intend to continue seeking joy on a daily basis. If all else fails there's always dark chocolate and a glass of wine!
Still the light wanes and the skies have been relentlessly grey and a woman I know was killed in a bombing in Bagdad and one of our little guinea pigs died suddenly last week and I felt myself standing just a little closer to the veil. We take the bitter with the sweet. Death comes for all of us, so we might as well learn to embrace it.
We can dance with the darkness and still seek the light. It's one of the great contradictions of the human experience. The dark and the light, the joy and the sorrow...in the Tao it is all the same.