26 Jul Peaceful Presence
The Small Things Matter
I am in a very Friday kind of mood!
It just feels like we have a lot to celebrate (and I’m not just talking about the weekend;))
Every now and then I come across something, or someone that strikes me to my core.
Sometimes it is a song.
Sometimes it is a sunset.
Sometimes it is the sound of the night sky.
Sometimes it is the sound of a friend’s voice.
Sometimes it is a hug.
Sometimes it is just presence.
Today it was Tom Robbins. Reconnecting to that man’s writing. Funny. Witty. Right to the point. Poignant.
Right out of college I read so much. I was in Japan and I couldn’t really understand what was going on around me and there wasn’t TV, or wifi, or iPhones, so I read and wrote. A LOT.
And one of the people I read A LOT of was Tom Robbins.
So, I am just going to blast you with some quotes right now. I hope you take what you need from them. Or, get what you need. And share.
I love you all so much.
Please take good care!
–Charry Shakti OM
“The unhappy person resents it when you try to cheer him up, because that means he has to stop dwelling on himself and start paying attention to the universe. Unhappiness is the ultimate form of self-indulgence. When you’re unhappy, you get to pay a lot of attention to yourself. You get to take yourself oh so very seriously.”
“A sense of humor…is superior to any religion so far devised.”
“Love easily confuses us because it is always in flux between illusion and substance, between memory and wish, between contentment and need.”
“You risked your life, but what else have you ever risked? Have you risked disapproval? Have you ever risked economic security? Have you ever risked a belief? I see nothing particularly courageous about risking one’s life. So you lose it, you go to your hero’s heaven and everything is milk and honey ’til the end of time. Right? You get your reward and suffer no earthly consequences. That’s not courage. Real courage is risking something that might force you to rethink your thoughts and suffer change and stretch consciousness. Real courage is risking one’s clichés.”
And- I leave you with this one to chew on…
(Caveat: Many of you are actually THE boss, so don’t know what you need to do to get this taken care of, but…;))
“You’ve heard of people calling in sick. You may have called in sick a few times yourself. But have you ever thought about calling in well?
It’d go like this: You’d get the boss on the line and say, “Listen, I’ve been sick ever since I started working here, but today I’m well and I won’t be in anymore.” Call in well.”
“If you believe in peace, act peacefully; if you believe in love, acting lovingly; if you believe every which way, then act every which way, that’s perfectly valid – but don’t go out trying to sell your beliefs to the system. You end up contradicting what you profess to believe in, and you set a bum example. If you want to change the world, change yourself.”