I know I don’t have to be. I know I’m capable of more.
If I don’t make my journey through life well, I’ll enter the second half of life having opinions on every thing, every event, and every one, and I’ll just have to let you know – with some resentment and anger.
I can choose to live the unlived life, though:
‘Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.’*
The resistance comes from both within and without, but I can choose to be thrilled, intrigued, saddened, delighted, guided and mentored by the world full of people and things. And I’ve noticed how many of those who teach and mentor me are half my age.
We get another chance. A chance to be who we are at our very best. Many don’t think it’s possible, sadly – often because they’ve given in to the resistance.** As for us, it no longer matters what others think or say. The only thing now is to dance in the second simplicity, living as our lives ask us to, generating life and art from who we are and what we have for the benefit of others – which somehow takes away regrets and puts a smile in our heart.
Francis of Assisi said it well:
“The best criticism of the bad is the practice of the better.”^
We are falling into better, the very good, the true, and the beautiful life.
(*From Steve Pressfield’s The War of Art.)
(**This resistance takes the form of judgement, cynicism, and fear.)
(^Quoted in Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward.)