This year we have had a relatively pleasant summer. It has been a nice blend of intense heat along with what was seemingly a much wetter season than we are accustomed to having in this high plains desert city. Well, that’s been my perception.
Perception... the act of perceiving. Ah, there is that word... "act". Everyone knows that I love looking at words (and it drives a lot people crazy when I do). Yet, when I think of “act”, I am instantly thinking of a person in movement that displays on some level their sense of identity.
And if I am correct then I have some questions for each of us…
Have our perceptions changed over time? Have we lived a life that challenges those previous perceptions that we may have held... no carried... and guided us from the distant past?
I dare to say that if our perceptions that we had twenty years.... perhaps maybe even twenty months... yes, even twenty days ago have not changed or fluidly adapted then we have not truly lived life. Think about this for a moment. If we have not grown emotionally, physically, mentally, or spiritually then we have become nothing more than a “garden gnome” in life. We will have sat or stood in "life's yard" watching cars... people... pets... rabbits and squirrels go by without a mere reflection or awareness of what is all around us.
Do you know who you are? Do you know what you have become or have the ability to become? Do you have a dream so vivid that you can feel the emotions within you rise up when you see the life that you desire?
What are you passionate about?
Some of us are thinking about the “end of life” issues; while others are thinking about living a life.
While being aware of the former, I prefer the latter. Also, I deeply believe that we live, feel, and think in tune with the seasons of time.
This is the season of summer, a time of action, and it doesn’t feel conducive to deep reflection. No, this is the time of year that we go to the parks or take a vacation or have family reunions. It is the season for bombastic celebrations. When like the "Fourth of July" fireworks, we seemingly just want to announce to the world.... HEY, I AM HERE!!!!!!!
This is a season when we externally search for something new; even if we go to the same beach house or camp site, we celebrate the moments when we discover a "jewel".
The season of summer... a time when we celebrate life and a time when death seems to have been suspended. Sure, we will grief over the losses that we had this summer when the leaves start to fall and we begin to move back inside ourselves to look a bit longer into the mirror.
Seasons. Movement of time. Life is all about cycles.
So again I ask…
What is that you dream about? Is it playing on the beaches of the world? Is it to hold your grandchild until they fall asleep in your arms? Have you ever dreamt about living at peace in your community? Have you dreamt of waking up next to someone that you are passionately connected with so much that you think more about how their soul feels than you do about having sex with them? Have you ever dreamt of climbing a mountain peak? Have you dreamt about writing a book or a song? Have you dreamt about the deeper reward of finishing a marathon, triathlon, or maybe even running around the block?
Here is my next question… when will you do them? Does your mental apparitions reflect your values? If they bring you peaceful contentment and celebration for your “inner greater angel”, then just simply make them reality.
Dreams are for those that sleep. Let your "inner sense of being" awake and let your mind, spirit, and body transition as one fluid movement.
We are greater than the soulful slumber that has visions. Yes, I will say this because I know that we all are thinking it… we are limited. I get it.
I remember when Carlos, my CNA, came into my room and told me that I was going to take my first walk and it was to a chair in the room. I remember the day that I could not even walk around the block without having to stop at every corner to rest and catch my breath. I remember the day that the doctors finally said that I could go for a jog not a walk. I remember telling myself on my first day of jogging that I would "jog a block / walk a block". I remember.... yet, I am here.
We allow our perceived limitations to become bigger than the vision that we see for ourselves. Guess what. Those limitations are nothing more than exercises for our soul. When we overcome one then we feel empowered to take on the next. We will not accomplish "greatness" with one step but we become better with each step that we take to accomplish the greatest challenge of all. That challenge is to live a life in the most meaningful way that reflects the truest spirit of who we can become.
Our life is present whether we are or not.