Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Pretty Fine, Thanks for Asking
Today (October 19) is Evaluate Your Life Day. That should take all of two seconds. My life has been mighty fine; thanks for asking. I get my canned tuna-in-oil, a nice, warm, dry place to snooze, and I get to blog about whatever I cat-fancy. It just doesn't get any better than this.
My minions, however, should do some serious life evaluation. Well, Scowl-Face's life is a train wreck, so there's not much point to evaluating there. The Lady With the Red Hair seems to have her career and family life well sorted out. She cares for eight kitties (and, occasionally, moi) as well as two slobberdogs. That's a full plate, for sure. Plus she does her librarian stuff.
Here's a thoughtful quote that's appropriate for today's holiday. It's so good that I'll offset and italicize the paragraph.
"We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us."
-- Joseph Campbell
Hard to let go, and the future is uncertain. There's the rub; the trick is having confidence in yourself and trusting in your sound judgments and abilities. You're living your life right now. "Now" is all there ever is in life. That doesn't mean that things won't change, or that you shouldn't plan or work toward goals. Of course you should. Just don't fret about what's going to happen. Release yourself from your past and its lost opportunities and unrealized expectations. "Use the Force, Luke; let go of your feelings." Obi-Wan was a pretty wise Jedi, particularly in Episode IV, which was, of course, the first Star Wars movie (1977).
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P.S. Joe Walsh released "Life's Been Good" as a single, which first appeared on the soundtrack to the movie FM (1978), but he also released a longer studio recording on his album But Seriously, Folks.... (1978). The song title says it all. Walsh has a great sense of humor and doesn't take himself so seriously. Scowl-Face, take note.
P.P.S. Continuing with Joe Walsh, here's "A Life of Illusion," from the LP There Goes the Neighborhood (1981).
P.P.P.S. Let's close with a more meditative, spiritual tune of self-reflection. Here's "The Wind," by Cat Stevens, from the album Teaser and the Firecat (1971).