All things seem to move and progress in waves. Light, sound, water, landscapes, even life, both for civilizations and individuals. People throw around sayings like "History repeats itself" and "What goes around, comes around" without considering the implications. There's a resonance in life we witness every day and it is only the lack of vision that keeps us from identifying it.
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Generations of men and women alike, making choices against which they have been forewarned, only to arrive at the same end result as their parents and grandparents before them. There is no moral cellular memory of which to speak or rely upon. Neither wisdom nor hope is genetic. Intelligence, sure, but intelligence lacking in wisdom and hope is really a death sentence for the soul. The mind will always convince itself it knows best. Wisdom says otherwise and seeks out truth.
As children we are shown a path, hopefully a good one, but it's not the only path. There are always choices to be made. To follow the yellow brick road or not to follow the yellow brick road, that is the question. Often times we look at the red road or the blue road or the overgrown footpath and believe everyone must. be. wrong. We have taken the words "Question Authority" and interpreted them as "Disregard Authority" and "Ignore Wisdom". So we take the dark path assuming, like Eve of the Garden Eden, that what we have been warned against is just one of those "best kept secrets", only to discover it really was the path to destruction after all.
Each of us figures it out at some point. Some of us decide to back track and find the Self-Illuminating Path, others wander up and down, lost, thinking that withstanding the dark is a badge of courage instead of a waste of energy. Still others, knowing where the dark path leads, continue out of pride, clinging to the right to exercise their choice or out of fear that the lighted path is an illusion, like a mirage in the desert, ending in disappointment.
Life waxes and wanes. Reality surges and recedes. At times we are drowning in a kaleidoscope of emotions or we find our selves parched flopping on the arid desert sand. Some swim up to catch their breath, others drown. Of those that find themselves shriveling, some dig down to where there is moisture, while the rest lay cracking from dehydration, resigned. It just depends where on the undulating wave of existence you find yourself. So what'll it be: Sink or Swim? Dehydrate or Dig?
We all start out surrounded by the brilliance of innocence only to pass through the gray pallor of adolescence to finally arrive in the great black void of the adult rat race and even that moves in waves and cycles; a path, whose pattern repeats in an overtly predictable rhythm, however boring or draining.
Life is a song, a sound moving through time and space, unique and persistent, awaiting an adjustment, however slight or great, in order that it may discover its intended beauty.
Search out the Lighted Path. The path has been designed and constructed, it merely waits for a traveler.
Burst through the surface of whatever is drowning you. Cool, crisp air is resting just above you.
Dig down, deep if you must, to uncover refreshment. The experience of drinking deep will be worth the effort.
Tune your song, it's already playing. Ask yourself, when the final curtain falls and the last bow is taken, will the song resonating in my minds-ear be sweet or bitter?
We're all in a moment... a moment that will step aside for another; each harmonizing with the last, continuing through all of eternity; a momentum that can only be redirected or halted with the purposeful interruption of a Word spoken before time itself.
There is a better way.