First published August 9, 2017. Because there is an outside and inside to the life of adventure I pay attention to politics and spirituality. If you’re looking for a life of adventure, we’re on the same wavelength. Writing is my adventure and how I discover what I know. I’m just attempting to go further and live deeper—trying to say what I have to say without presumption or histrionics.
If you suspect that happiness and fulfillment take practice and patience, I hope you’ll join the exploration and make it a conversation. Given the state of the world, we need to explore and discover a lot—fast.
To burn brilliantly in a life of service, we need the warmth and light of a grounded spirituality. My mission is to write from a heart that loves the real world—honoring all comers, listening before speaking, telling the truth, learning until the day I die, suggesting ways to “live on both sides of our skins.” It’s an alternative to the tournament of lies. But it takes practice and there’s still a lot of churning.
Our world, changing times, and how we’re evolving are always simmering in the back of my mind. A more humane future is hastened by our impatience with the world’s chronic injustices and invented in the ruminations and ponderings we’re willing to share. I’m deeply interested in what’s going on in other people’s lives and simmering in the back of their minds. I hope you will share your thoughts and wonderings.
Don’t be shy. I hate platitudes and thrive on candid give and take. My ego is under control and I learn by listening.[italics added 1 September 2018]. Let’s talk about what’s important.
Added September 1, 2018. As it turns out, what’s crucially important includes what Carl Jung calls the shadow—the hidden part of our own early-life experience that is intentionally, if unconsciously, lost to our awareness, because we’ve cast it into the shadows of our own inner world. The italicized words from August 2017, “my ego is under control and I learn by listening” are, at the most, only barely true. In the light of a year of experience and introspection, it would now be more candid to say, “My ego is growing up as I learn to look and listen to what has been hidden in plain sight but invisible to my awareness since childhood.”
The silence of the period from August 9, 2017, to September 1, 2018, signals the life-labor of waking up and working out what it means to fearlessly and honestly evolve into a grown-up human being. In the blog posts that follow I’ll explore the intrusion of awareness, the illusion-breaking, the temptation to escape, and the confrontation with deeply personal, life-shaping questions.