life’s mysteries

This is a guest blog from my nephew, who is 8 years old.  I guess wondering about life runs in the family!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

It’s one of life’s strange mysteries. Some people would say that life has no possession, but no. They’re wrong. Life has a lot of things. Like you. You are just one of life’s little action figures. Life pretty much owns every living thing. “Living” comes from the word life, in fact. Life owns your dog, your cat, your hamster, (genipigs and gerbils) ANYTHING you own.

Life also owns mysteries. If you have a secret, and it’s a mystery, you’d think YOU own that mystery, but no. Even if it’s YOUR personal secret, it’s not personal. You share your secret with life. Life hears anything you speak, or even THINK. Life knows your name, your age, your secrets, life knows everything. Life can listen to YOUR secrets, but you can’t listen to life’s secrets. Yes, life has secrets too. But it doesn’t share. And its secrets are what people call, or I call, life’s strange mysteries. But really life knows it’s not a mystery. As I said before, life knows EVERYTHING. It’s just one of life’s secrets. And if you’re thinking, lives mean to not share its secrets, you should be sad. Because if we knew life’s secrets, the world would be a terrible place. There would be no excitement, no fun, and actually, you would know the future if you knew life’s secrets.

Some people would probably think it would be pretty cool if you knew the future, but really, no. Like, for example, think about your favorite TV show of something. If you knew the future, you wouldn’t say at a suspenseful end of a show, “Wow! I wonder what’s going to happen next!” also, if you like reading, like for example, this book, you won’t even… well, and actually, there would be no libraries. Because when you’re even BORN, you’ll know how all the books end and how they begin. And, now to think of it, there would be no question marks. Because, you would already know everything. There wouldn’t even be SCHOOL! Life would just be a pain to know life’s secrets. You would want to DIE if you lived knowing life’s secrets.

Now to come to think of it, you would know if you’ll come back as a ghost or something. In my opinion there isn’t any afterlife. But there might be. Wait… you wouldn’t know if you’ll still be conscious after you’re dead. Because life only knows until YOUR life ends. But, actually life will never die. Because its life. And life does its business. So, I hope I inspired you.

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living blind

FH and I went to get new glasses today.  It seems we are middle aged and can no longer see as clearly as we would like to.  This is a chore I have been putting off, looking in the mirror at my no longer young face, saying to a young woman, “I think these are too square” or “too dark” or “too low” or “too high”.

FH was in a lather today and had to get it done.  I went too.   Why a lather?  We don’t know, a mystery.

It turned out to be an exercise in vanity to some extent.  (Another mystery–why vanity?)  The big frames I wanted were big enough to magnify my crow’s feet…so they were eliminated.  In the end we both worked with different “frame experts” and chose much the same frames as one another. Additionally, our prescriptions are much the same. Has our vision as well as our taste become similar since being married?

Later we ate at a chain restaurant, which we never do, and felt we had entered an altered reality.  Was it an effect of having had our vision checked? Had our perspectives been changed?  Had reality altered?  Were the waiters and waitresses at said chain restaurant wearing enough “flair?”*

I wonder if when my somewhat minor prescription glasses arrive, if I will have a whole new perspective?  Will everything be more clear?  And given that, are there some Boddhisattva or Swami or Jesus glasses I could get, ones that would make all of these mysteries, significant and less so, more clear?

Yes.  They are called rest and relaxation glasses.  Everyone needs them.  Hardly anyone in our culture has them.  They are also called self acceptance and self forgiveness. I wonder where I can buy them and which would look best on my face?

*If you haven’t seen the movie, Office Space, do.