My New Years wishes?
I hope i keep seeing things that tickle my creative nerves.
The verb to 'see' is an onion - many layers, literally the eye sends signals from the retina to the brain.
But that's only the beginning. After the seeing ends, the perception begins...
i have acquired to good use.
And i hope i always keep this saying, or prayer as it is called, close to heart.
The Serenity Prayer is the common name for a prayer written by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971). The best-known form is:
"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference."
So right now you're thinking "uh-oh, is this guy some kind of evangelical religious ranter, standing on a soap box?"
No, only "sort of".
My parents made us say the Lord's prayer before bedtime, go to church and sunday school. Age 10, i was sent to a boarding school, mildly religious - a short (10 min.) chapel service every morning, a long one on sunday, complete w/ sermon.
Did it all sink in?
The essence of the teachings is right on target, but i would delete any reference to an anthropomorphic 'God' or 'Lord'.
I think Buddhism gets closer to the truth = there's no 'higher power' but perhaps there is a deeper resonance in the universe.
And in us, all of us.
I'll end w/ a very short bit of wisdom, a Warren Zevon song lyric:
"We contemplate eternity under the vast indifference of heaven"
Enough said - Thank you Warren, you left us too soon.