Things That Took Me A While To Learn
Recent events have reminded me how fleeting life is. I’m feeling grateful to have lived long enough to at least feel like i’ve made some sense of my existence. I’ve learned so much from my own and others’ mistakes. This is a working list, in a way, representing my version of a 21st century cave drawing…
Dear Internet, I believe:
• the phrase “i was wrong,” should be used often and can be ironically empowering
• being right isn’t half as important as the delivery
• time is the most valuable resource there is, so be concise
• more than one truth can exist at once and usually does
• we shouldn’t try to fit in. satisfaction comes from seeking out people who connect with and inspire you
• life is nothing without change, you can either create it, or react to it
• we are metaphysical beings. our thoughts and words are just as important as and create our behavior and our world
• learning about the science of the universe can strengthen our spirituality and faith
• if you try to ignore your true passions, they will always call to you, so listen to and cultivate them
• you can’t control love any more than you can close your fist around water. let it wash over you while it lasts
• lead with your heart. no matter what happens, always leave it open and give love freely. you’re stronger than you think.
• forgive. and forgive yourself. we’re all in charge of making ourselves happy. no one is perfect.
Believe nothing on the faith of traditions,
even though they have been held in honor
for many generations and in diverse places.
Do not believe a thing because many people speak of it.
Do not believe on the faith of the sages of the past.
Do not believe what you yourself have imagined,
persuading yourself that a God inspires you.
Believe nothing on the sole authority of your masters and priests.
After examination, believe what you yourself have tested
and found to be reasonable, and conform your conduct thereto.
For Sandy Hook
red-rimmed eyes shoot toward the sky
battered hearts, heads spinning, cry out why
face familiar poison we can’t deny
children wake, are kissed, then die?
when it feels all we’re left to do is cry
thousands fret the unresolved reply
answers seem beyond our eyes
but we strain to see, to change, to try