I consider myself a facilitator which is defined as a person that makes it easier to find the answer to a problem or makes an action or process easy or easier.
I admit to being a student of “all that is”. I have always wanted to know how EVERYTHING worked! I studied Philosophy, Physics, Chemistry, Electricity, Auto Repair, Architecture, Psychology, Sociology, Urban Planning, Business Law, BioEngineering, Anatomy, Physiology, Braile – and the list continues…
When I was about 7, I fixed our broken toaster with a butterknife – while it was plugged in. I obviously had not learned about how electricity worked yet.
I was reading about the Stoics by the time I was 11, and that was after learning about “the universal mind.” I also remember reading about metaphysics and existentialism, even though I can’t remember the authors. From Buddism to EST and Shamanism in the 70s and anything else that seemed interesting, and it was all interesting!
A few things stuck in my head and became touchstones throughout my adventurous life:
When I was three a hummingbird was trapped in our screened-in porch. Seeing it up close in the hands of an adult, I asked if I could keep it. He said that you shouldn’t try to make it into something it’s not meant to be. That even if it doesn’t die, it will never again be giggle happy.
The next was advice that I took to heart was from an 80-something neighbor when I was 8. I asked her how she knew so much. She laughed and replied, “honey, all you have to do is Stay Alive and Pay Attention.”
Sometime in the 70’s during a dinner with a group of friends, the conversation turned to being positive during the bad times. Among our number was a Holocaust survivor. (I can’t remember if it was Auschwitz or Dachau). She told us that true peace and happiness were not about believing or accepting or seeking. It was about feeling and knowing. Don’t think just look for something that will bring light to your heart. There is always something. A bird’s song. A flower growing in the mud. The touch of another human.
In the 80’s it was an Australian First Nation saying: “The more you know. The less you need.”
“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times when one only remembers to turn on the [your] light.” – Dumbledore
It is really not that complicated a process to rebalance yourSelf and create an extraordinarily happy life. The hardest part will probably be letting go of everything you think you have to do. Stay Alive, Pay Attention and HAVE FUN!
How do you expect the world to be a better place if you can’t bring happiness/joy/peace into your own life? Be The Change you wish to see in the world.
Stay Alive, Pay Attention and HAVE FUN!
When I was at university, we were asked that age-old question; What do you want them to write on your tombstone? My answer was, “She had the best laugh.” I stand by that answer still. Stay Alive, Pay Attention and Have Fun!
Laugh. Play. Celebrate life.
The true object of all human life is play. ~ G. K. Chesterton