Since time began us humans have been a story people. Telling, listening and embellishing—fact or fiction, they continue to fascinate. Growing up in history rich London, England, there was no shortage of tales to ponder. Oscar Wilde said, "there are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it," but this is not a wisdom the young understand and I didn't know then what I have come to realize—something was very wrong in the story world.
Looking ahead, the path was clear and the trail before me, ready to be blazed. Early dreams dashed, the shadows came. Years, lost to wandering, but going nowhere. Time ticked…as the brain discarded answers it determined as irrelevant and the senses searched for solutions. None came…more time ticked…
Change happened. There was no mountain top experience or blazing light that burned away the mist. Just a realization that we cannot find answers when we are asking our questions using the wrong tools. Turning off the brain and disabling the senses we are not as we fear we would be; in darkness and alone—we are in our essence, surrounded by love, and in the center is a voice that is unique—just for each of us.
With eyes opened there is no path or trail beneath our feet, but stepping stones, and the promise that we will finish the journey if we take each, one at a time in trust, as we step towards the light in the distance.
In "Pocketful of Rainbows – A Parable of Hope," Gramps says, "In life there's bad news and good news. The bad news is life won't turn out as you expected, and you won't always get what you want. The good news is life won't turn out as you expected, but you will get what you need. The voices outside will tell you what you should have, think and do, and the voice inside will ask you to trust what it tells you, no matter what. It's time—time to free the demons...to ride the whirlwind again, to feel the breeze on your face. Life's not about falling down—we all have—it's about getting up and finding the courage that dwells in our dreams."
There is something very wrong in the story world when we stop paying attention to the most important story of them all—ours. Below is my life clock. One day it will stop and until then I'm going to keep listening to the voice that speaks the wisdom. Although I don't always understand, I know it will carry me through safely to each stone, the ticking time of my days here, because I won't always get what I want, but I will get what I need.
I hope you will find your good news in the time you have.