the last half of life

‘So get ready for some new freedom, some dangerous permission,some unexpected happiness, some stumbling stones, some radical grace, and some new and pressing responsibility for yourself and for your suffering world.’*

‘Decline starts with the replacement of dreams with memories and end with the replacement of memories with other memories.’**

If our aim in life is to identify the least challenging route then we’re going to be putting more and more distance between ourselves in the unknown, and somewhat mysterious, potential of our lives.  We just don’t know how far we can grow our thinking, relating, and actioning both personally and collectively, overcoming the decline and growing mastery.

It may just well be that a great life is the result of seeking out tension, not avoiding it.  A better life lies in our hands.  (Please note, I didn’t say a wealthier or more popular life.)

Of course, the easiest way of dealing with this is to do nothing.

(*From Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward.)
(**From Nassim Taleb’s The Bed of Procrustes.)

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