Monday, November 16, 2015

Still there is Much that is Fair

"The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands- love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater."- J.R.R. Tolkein

Indeed the world may have many dark places... Love is once again mingled with grief. Grasping on to the daily ordinary with wild appreciation and heartfelt gratitude for THIS moment of safety, we add to that greatness. Christmas trees, warm beds, water and stolen moments with loved ones are now perhaps all the greater...Right now it's crucial to remember all that is fair.

"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." - Roald Dahl

Do not loose your muchness. Do not give into the demons that fill up the holes of your soul in fear. There is still magic to be found. Innocent laughter and worlds of pure imagination.  "Take a look and you'll see into your imagination. We'll begin with a spin, travelling in a world of my creation, what you see will defy explanation. Somewhere out there beneath the pale moonlight, someone's thinking of you and loving you might be miles beyond the moon or right here where you stand, just keep an open mind, and suddenly you find Neverland...and that's my home where dreams are born and time is never planned. Just think of lovely things and your heart will fly on wings forever...if you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it. Anything you want to- DO it. Want to change the world? There is nothing to it. Come with me and you'll be in a world of pure imagination....There is no life I know to compare with pure imagination, living there, you'll be free, if you truly wish to be...somewhere out there, if love can see us through..." *Lyrics from Neverland Melody sung by Kenny Loggins.  If we can imagine the beauty, we can slowly open ourselves to the beauty that IS.

I often find myself quoting Alice in Wonderland or Peter Pan. Ironically these are some of my least favourite stories. However, the authors had wit, imagination and a penchant for crafting profound words. In times of trial, hold on to what makes you unique, don't lose your muchness and never loose that spark. Let's pull out our collective and individual imaginations...the lovers, the bonkers, dreamers, bohemians, eccentrics, and all those with childlike wonder. Think of lovely things. Believe in the good that is still perhaps all the greater in the darkness. When we lose our way the paths may disappear but we can sing each other home.

There is still so much that is fair.

"If you love something, love it completely, cherish it, say it, but most importantly, show it. Life is finite and fragile, and just because something is there for one day, it might not be for the next. Never take that for granted. Say what you need to say, the say a little more. Say too much. Show too much. Love too much. Everything is temporary but love. Love outlives us all." (-author?)

The greatest gift we can give each other during hardships is the allowance to be...without question. We can find pockets of home across the globe. Dwelling in our hearts is the longing for a haven. It's what we fight to protect...our innocence, children, imaginations and freedom. Rooted in the beautiful is our TIME. Those of us who have the freedom to decide what we can make of our ordinary, what we can infuse into a moment, can gift ourselves and those around us with an amazing journey.
"The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses, no one to lean on, rely on or blame. The gift is yours. It is an amazing journey and you alone are responsible for the quality of it..." - Bob Moawad

Just because someone else is having a tougher trial does not dismiss the daily struggle. Nor if someone seems to have more beauty, does it diminish the beauty of your life. We are responsible for our imagination and the choices we are capable of, but we are not responsible for some of what happens in life to us. The worst disservice we can do to ourselves and others is dim the light or ignore the darkness. We deserve to tell our stories and be in our stories. Life is dramatic. It's raw, its grinding but it also can sparkle. The greatest secrets lie in the most ordinary moments. When the sun seeps through a window and illuminates a corner as the dust flies and connects or when the stomach is satiated with nutrients or when our minds are filled with the whimsy of imagination, we find hope.

"As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same."- Nelson Mandela. Let your light shine by allowing your ordinary to take on meaning. "The world IS full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper."- W. B. Yeats. This does not cancel out tragedy instead it enhances compassion. Grow your senses. Discover.

 The bigger than life people I know have had a life full of tragedy, trials or constant battles. Some have not fit in and have had to find their own way. My favourite books and film characters have the most massive scars. They own a depth that has been earned through little discoveries along the way. There is a timeless beauty that can not wither and die even if they pass onward. Their beauty leaves an imprint that can not be taken.

"I swear to you, there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell."- Walt Whitman.

"Sometimes, carrying on, just carrying on, is the superhuman achievement."- Albert Camus

Be Brave. Bravery is found in being yourself fully and completely. It is about accepting your complexities...the dark corners of your mind along with the illuminated.  Bravery is not comparing your journey to anyone else's. It is not about going on a grand adventure, though that could be part of your story, but it is owning that you are already in a grand adventure- YOUR story. This minute is yours. You have an imagination to capture the beauty and escape into worlds we were meant to enjoy. I promise you, in these worlds of the mind, of literature, of film, we find much that is real. Just because it is in your mind, does not mean it is not real.

What we think begins to become what we are, which in turn helps create our worlds. There ARE divine things in our world. There is beauty. There is hope. Still there is much that is fair.

I wish this for me, I wish this for my children, I wish this for you...

Two posts that I also specifically mention Wonderland are:
Also see the Wonderland label for more posts along the quirky lines of self.
* (I have no idea about the images in this video but picked it because of the full song version.)


nyssa said...

just what I needed. thank you xoxo

Kmarie Audrey said...

I tend to have one or a few people as an audience in my mind to give perspective to whom I am speaking to...sometimes it's just me.. but this time I can honestly say I was pretending we were having tea...and this is what I would say to you...and then to others...but you were for front in my mind. love u. xo