The Importance of Perspective

Blog 1694 – 05.11.2020

The Importance of Perspective

The way to eat an elephant they say is one bite at a time. And the best way to enjoy this great big pie called life is, I think, one thin slice at a time. Problems big as elephants and even wide angled views of potential life scenarios can seem at times daunting and even overwhelming but relax because like those time released capsules the Universe has so arranged life so as to be lived one moment, one hour, one day at a time. What’s the rush? Where’s the fire? There is enough time for your to explore leisurely every desire.

It is a bad habit many of us get into as children, this mad dash to grow up, to be adults, to get to do all the things that children are expected to wait to get to do till they are grown up. Well, grow up and realize that anticipation is and has always been a big part of the fun or at least the Universe meant it to be. I have a little mantra that I have shared many times with others but even more often with myself that goes like this:

“I am so glad and grateful that everything that I could ever want or need is already mine and coming to me at just the right time and in just the right way from my loving and infinite source.”

Now that is a mouthful and certainly will not fit on a trucker or baseball cap as easily as “Make America Grape Again.” I never did quite get that one. Did not Welches and the American grape growers and wine makers already do that years ago? I kid, but not really. Important words to live by rarely, if ever, fit on a ball cap or bumper sticker but life I think should be lived and likewise meals taken in smaller portions. Attempting and demanding instant gratification may even more than the love of money actually be the root of all evil. It certainly is the root of many of our problems and frustrations with and in life.

I have been told we need big goals, something to look forward to, something to live for, and towards. I agree in most part, but even more we need something more, we need a real and easily measurable and achievable something to make each moment whole and holy. My favorite Gone With The Wind Rhett Butler quote is not, “Frankly, my Dear, I don’t give a damn” for frankly he did and even if he left Scarlett and went back to Charleston and she never saw him again I am sure she was always a part of his heart and that he died giving a great damn about the woman called Scarlett. I wander a field, my favorite Rhett quote is his proposal to Scarlett. Catching her between husbands, drunk and wearing widow’s weeds, he said, “Scarlett, I cannot go on trying to catch you between husbands. You must be aware that for a long time there has been something growing between us. Dare I name it, can it be Love?” That line though meant to be suggestive, and funny was nevertheless most revealing and true for Rhett and us all, for it is love that makes moments matter and moments are what life is made of.

It is the wish, the prayer, the intention of my heart to make every moment matter for myself, for everyone I love, each and all of you. Let love have her perfect way with us, little moves, little steps, little bites, and full of love, every moment. Now that is living, not just looking back, or even forward but enjoying the most precious gift, the present, this eternal moment.

Your friend and fellow traveler,

David White

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