Monday, September 25, 2017

I am just THRILLED to Have a Cup

lots of people tell me i am an optimist, i’m optimistic.
That is not my perception of myself - i believe i am a realist.

i don’t focus on the cup half- full OR half-empty 
- nor do I mean to project that into the future.
I don’t believe any of this is useful.

I am just THRILLED to Have a Cup
(and hoping to keep having a cup for a while longer ; )

I have a CUP!

I Get to play this challenging game, 
on this beautiful earth, 
with so many amazing characters, 
and unending scenarios to explore.

I can 
- enjoy it or not,
- seem to be winning or not.

Meanwhile, I can step-off the game board any time I choose.
I don’t HAVE to play.
But I do GET to play.

(I find this choice is very important to me, not just theoretically, 
but in my everyday processing of my life, experience of my challenges.
It is my choice, to play, so I might as well enjoy it!! ; )

I am blessed beyond measure 
- I can receive and drink it from my cup.

I know humans have an endless ability to take stuff for granted.
We can get used to almost anything - wonderful or terrible

So, it helps to remember:
I have a cup
and I get to decide, not just how to SEE it, but what to DO with it.

I chose to 
- play my own game.
- go Onward, Adventuring in the hero’s journey of my Soul.

I may or I may not be tilting at windmills
but I am happy and I live in hope.

So, I like my game, 
even when it isn’t so popular, 
or others don’t get it, 
or think I am losing the game.

My perception is, I am winning my game.

Because I am playing my own game and 
Beyond all reason and rationale and deserving and reasonable expectation 
I have a CUP, and a lot of opportunities to enjoy it.

The who, what, where, why, how
what it all means, what are the stories,
and what do i do about it? how do i live?

I have some working theories. 
Better ones than I used to have!
These days, I have some places to stand and how to operate my life, that seem to work really well.

I used to get all snarled-up.
and miserable about Meaning...
what does it all mean? what are supposed-tis? the stories about?…

But regardless of the meaning
(or gauging my current success or future outcome)

I have rarely heard better coaching than these 2 perspectives, 
which I have learned myself, the hard way, 
and bow to the wisdom of these men as well:

My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, 
but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate
— that's my philosophy.
- Thornton Wilder, The Skin of Our Teeth (1942) (I added white-space)

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart
and try to love the questions themselves,
like locked rooms and
like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue.
Do not now seek the answers,
which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them.
And the point is, to live everything.
Live the questions now.
Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it,
live along some distant day into the answer.
- Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet (1934) (I added white-space)

thanks for reading ; )


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