How do we wake up spiritually, and what does that mean anyway? As writers or bloggers, what can we say that hasn't been said?
There is a lot to say, for we live on the leading edge, but there is a drop-off in front of us, and we don't know how to handle it.
In times of trouble, we can rely on the arts to give us a moment of reprieve or a thought that no amount of preaching or expose' can do. It's the stories we love. We usually want the good guy to win, and happy endings work better than sad ones.
See, we are really dreamers and romantics at heart.
That is something we have forgotten.
Tomorrow is Ground Hog's Day. I will always remember the date, which is also my grandson's birthday. It's time to watch that movie again. Bill Murray, who begins as a pompous jerk, must relive the same day over and over until he is transformed into a nice guy and wins his lady love.
Is that what we do with our lives? Must we keep living it until we get it?
It tickled me when I read that author Mark Manson said he would like to be a barista at Starbucks and write a note on everyone's cup. It was dismal stuff about the meaninglessness of life, but then how can we send them off with "Have a nice day" when so much depression abounds?
"Depression," Manson says, "is a crisis of Hope."
"Hope is what we believe to be greater than ourselves. Without it we believe we are nothing."—Mark Manson.
I mentioned Thailand in an earlier blog after watching a documentary on Happiness. The Thai people were listed as among the happiest because they believed in HOPE.
"Getting it" is different for everybody. However, I think a few characteristics could apply—take care of yourself, the people, and the earth, be kind, and don't hurt things-living or otherwise. Have a spiritual understanding without beating other people over the head with it. Continue to grow. Believe in hope.
We are only here briefly, so we should make it count for something.
P.S. I was depressed until I wrote something. That’s a lesson on putting the pen to page and begin.