It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life
And I’m feeling good
These are lyrics to a song by bill withers. The words are also quite suggestive of our interaction with our constantly changing universe. The universe exists on all three levels. The universe it self and then the universe that we create and above all the universe within us.
When we seek change, when we seek refuge from an life altering event, how do we manifest our rebirth? How do we respond to life in that moment? How we respond to ourselves? How we respond to situations and events? That is where new subset of life lies, the turning point of our days ahead. Gandhi said, “you must be the change you wish to seek in the world.”
Wonderful thought would be one day you wake up and your memory has lapsed or reset itself so that there is no recall. The other thought would be to really develop the gadget like the one in the movie Men on Black which will erase events, incidences and memories that we are not suppose to harbor upon. Thus allowing us sort of naturally, to move past those roadblocks. We are suppose to explore, play, experience, learn and move on to the next best thing.
However in reality, sometimes we are in denial. Sometimes we are in both. Often I have recognized out of sight and out of mind is a better way of filing events and situations into an unretrievable space. Often it has literally allowed me to push it out of my psyche forever. It is the effort to deny yourself the pleasure of being stuck or being reminded of a life event that has really thrown you off your game plan, your life’s dream board. It is very amazing feeling.
Since we are a unique individual to say the least, we all act and react different to the same scenario in our lives. The recommendation is to recognize what has truly taken place in our life that which is bothersome, hurtful, that makes us resentful to our choice, remorseful to our decision, regretful that we could not see it coming.
A STORY : A Tragedy Or a Blessing? A point of view… Shifting your perspective.
Years ago in Scotland, the Clark family had a dream. Clark and his wife worked and saved, making plans for their nine children and themselves to travel to the United States. It had taken years, but they had finally saved enough money and had gotten passports and reservations for the whole family on a new liner to the United States.
The entire family was filled with anticipation and excitement about their new life. However, seven days before their departure, the youngest son was bitten by a dog. The doctor sewed up the boy but hung a yellow sheet on the Clarks’ front door. Because of the possibility of rabies, they were being quarantined for fourteen days.
The family’s dreams were dashed. They would not be able to make the trip to America as they had planned. The father, filled with disappointment and anger, stomped to the dock to watch the ship leave – without the Clark family. The father shed tears of disappointment and cursed both his son and God for their misfortune.
Five days later, the tragic news spread throughout Scotland – the mighty Tittanic had sunk. The unsinkable ship had sunk, taking hundreds of lives with it. The Clark family was to have been on that ship, but because the son had been bitten by a dog, they were left behind in Scotland.
When Mr. Clark heard the news, he hugged his son and thanked him for saving the family. He thanked God for saving their lives and turning what he had felt was a tragedy into a blessing.
In this example, Mr. Clark’s response to his event was totally influenced by the outcome. The same situation stood out differently in two different subsets.
Harmony for our purpose today as defined in Mariam Webster dictionary, states,
b : correspondence, accord
c : internal calm : tranquillity
The universe that I mentioned earlier, that exists on three levels, the universe it self and then the universe that we create and above all the universe within us. Harmonizing all three so that these are transparent and become identical may just be the “secret” to all of our woes.
How to get there is truly not for me to answer but it indeed is a question one must ask themselves. So I leave here, for all of us to contemplate, and seek the inner calm and allow harmony to get to work.