About a year ago I wrote two posts that I still think about quite frequently: this one and this one. Today, a year later, in re-reading these two posts, I'm struck by a few things:
* Inevitably, people can't relate, or they forget. There's a lot of truth behind the saying, "Out of sight, out of mind." When you don't see things, why would you continually think about them? That's why we pray, set goals, etc... to remind us of what's important and to work against our cognitive short-comings. I definitely feel like I'm writing this for people afflicted by ill health (their own or someone in their family's), and you folks know what I mean when I say that the realities of our situations prevent us from getting involved in normal things. The doubly bad thing is that the situation further decreases opportunities to connect with normal people (i.e. doing "the usual with old friends and family). And the triply bad thing is that when you do re-connect with them, you realize you're living different realities, and you can't catch up like you would after a normal break.
this documentary about Buddha, who – let's be honest – was one of the most positively influential human beings to ever walk the earth (seriously watch it, it's good). Anyway, I've long been acquainted with his story, but watching it last night I realized that people facing terminal or life-altering illness (either themselves or those caring for those who are) are super Buddha's all on their own ... and maybe it was the actor in the documentary or my impatience for the tens of millions of princes and princesses I see on TV, the streets, online (etc), but I thought, "My god ... seriously!? You founded a religion based on overcoming naivety?! Like that's cool and all, but if it worked so well for you, does that mean we need a cataclysmic world event to snap everyone out of the fog?" And then I thought, "How much fog do I have left to clear," and tried to shift back to humble observer ... like Buddha.
One year later, so much has changed. Our little angel. So much of everything, all at once, in large and usually painful doses, and so much better for it.