“If you want to make God laugh, tell her your plans”. Does anybody really know where they are going or what they are doing? Many of us have an inkling but I suspect we truly don’t. And that’s great because if we did know then that would be the end of it.
We all get confused about life. We like to pretend to some extent that we know what the future will bring. To be sure the overriding themes of our lives can play out as expected. My life certainly has. But It’s the little day to day events shunting us around: relationships, physical restrictions, intellectual frustrations that give life it’s uncertainty; it’s challenges. All these things shifting around like sand on a beach.
But we know it’s sand and that there are patterns. So from one day to the next we don’t know exactly where the sand bars will mound up and where they will subside, but we can see the order in the way it shapes a beach. It’s this order within the chaos that keeps our humanity ticking along. It’s the beauty we see everyday.
It’s not about knowing what it will be like tomorrow or next week. It’s about an intuitive understanding that each of us have of the unfolding nature of our lives and our place in the cosmos. That is what we must grasp and no one; not God, or Guru Swami Rami Pajama, or the person in the white coat or anyone can give us.
So if you want God to quit chuckling, give up on getting precious about your plans. Embrace the uncertainty. There is peace in that. (related post: Where do we come from..)
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