The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The essence of life is a hunger for satisfying experiences like a caterpillar feasting on new and interesting green leaves moving from limb to limb on the ever rising tree of life.

I was speaking with my intelligent searching son last night about my somewhat unconventional, at least in the circles I grew up in, ideas regarding a possible afterlife or afterlives that may await us. Last month I turned seventy, twice his current age plus ten. My daughter, Jay’s sister Emily, died eight years ago just after her thirty second birthday. That seems so short a turn to me but more than a life time for him. Time is as they say relative, but then as The Circle of Life song, that I often quote says, “There is far too much to take in here, more to do than can ever be done.” Yet like the hungry caterpillar we want to devour it all one bite at a time.

Yes, religious friends, I too have a hope beyond the grave that we will meet again. In fact I think we probably already have met again and again countless times, familiar spirits that we are drawn to, life after life, to act out scenarios and dreams together of our own design.

How or when this particular dream will end, I confess I do not recall, at this time, but I am confident it will be at least as memorable as the beginning of this adventure was though I confess I have forgotten that as well. Somewhere all those memories I believe are kept for us and a set of wings too and we will get to use them again and probably already have soaring through lives past.

The important thing is, I believe, to make the most of this adventure opportunity, loving everyone we meet as a long lost friend found again, for chances are that they we indeed are. Hungry caterpillars turn in to the most beautiful butterflies.

Your friend and fellow traveler,

Always hungry for more,

David White

Never Enough

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