Have More Fun – July 16, 2020

Embrace with your eyes, taste the fragrance as you inhale, and be humbled in the presence of beauty

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” 
― Howard Thurman

“The imagination is not a state: it is the human existence itself.” 
― William Blake

Is it okay to have fun anymore? When I pass by families on the street, the mothers scold the children to stay to one side and not get too close. The playgrounds had yellow caution tape on the swings until just recently, and they were empty. Now, cautiously, they are beginning to open up. Children haven’t missed a beat, laughing and climbing and enjoying the company of other children. The adults stand by, closely monitoring the activity and speaking in hushed tones to each other about the heavy matters of a world under siege. It is a reflection of where we are.

It seems like having fun isn’t appropriate anymore.

Amusement parks attempt to open, but then some have had to shutter again. Sports are trying to get back on track but that is tentative and full of stops and starts. We lurch along, not knowing when this will end and beginning to feel like it never will.

Is there any room for fun? It is during this time that nature offers her sanctuary to embrace us and make us feel that it will all be okay. The sunrises are magnificent; the sunsets equally so. Birds and squirrels continue to thrive, and there is a comet gracing us with the beauty of creation in the night sky in a rare visit. It’s good to remember that in the grand scheme of things, we are so very small and our problems always come and go. This is but one moment in time, so allow it to be. Go out and have fun as much as possible. There is enough heaviness already.

Big Change – On this day in 1995, Amazon opened for business. Now it’s difficult to remember what the world was like without the retail giant there for all of the little things you need delivered quickly right to your doorstep. in 25 years the way we shop has changed, and with the pandemic some would say it is a blessing. It would have been more challenging to keep people in their homes if they couldn’t keep buying things they don’t need.

Thought of the Day – Continue the theme from yesterday. The thought today is to expand the moments of nonthinking that you experience. Call it meditation, call it a mental break, it doesn’t matter. Just know that it can be the most important exercise you engage in today. Have a beautiful Wednesday.

“Silence is the language of god, 
all else is poor translation.” 
― Rumi