Monday, March 28, 2011

Life Comes Around

by Jim Dollar

Life is always coming along, coming around, winking at us, flirting with us, asking us if we want to hang out with it for a while.

Is this thing really life or just another pretty face? It's hard to know up front. We have to hang out with it for a while.

Or we can turn it down and go back to reading our book. If it's life, it will come back around in time.

The trouble with putting life off is that we get out of the practice of being alive and settle into being mostly dead. It’s easier to stay dead that way.

Once we get used to being dead, we don't notice life when it walks right up and plants a big, juicy, wet one right on our kisser.

We don't want to get used to being dead. We always want to be looking for life, waiting for life, ready for life, wondering what's taking so long.

While we wait for life to come around, we have to practice being alive, doing the things that are life for us, that have a charge to them.

We have to keep some charged things lying about so we can take them up and practice being alive. Cameras are charged for me. I take photos.

Ideas are charged for me. I write things down. Cooking is charged. I stir something up. Outside is charged. I take a walk. I practice being alive, waiting for life.

I want to stay sharp, keep my edge, ready to tag along with life when it comes around, winking, blowing kisses, saying, "How 'bout me, honey?”


Lavenderzazen said...

I remember you saying to us once that you bring musicians to the church who love what they do so that we will be inspired to do what we love in our own lives. Or something to that effect. Rhiannon was one of those inspirations, and sounds like she will be inspiring a wider audience now that they've won a Grammy:

JEB said...

Jim, I don't know you but your writing speaks to me. Thanks. If you're ever in New York, or I'm ever in NC, we should get coffee, or whatever it is we would do.
Fond wishes,
Rabbi Jonathan Blake