We are a goal-driven society. By an early age we have been immersed in the societal programmed ideology that there are certain paths in life that we should follow.
It all begins with the word ” resume.” We should strive to achieve good grades, participate in diversified activities, get a college education, marry well, and become a master at multitasking.
Anything less… like detouring off the tried and true path, writing for one’s own enjoyment rather than acclaim and money, missing a step on the corporate ladder … resulting in a fall… are , well, just simply unacceptable!
Not only unacceptable… but the whispered ” Tsk-Tsk’s” ( shame on you) become louder with time. In society’s opinion our voluntary withdrawal from the ” Land of High Expectations” will result in landing in the dark, shadowy woods where we are sure to fall prey to “bears and tigers and lions… oh my! “
If our lives are grounded in the life of the spirit, and not materialism and fame… then the only success that matters (with any hope of a lasting legacy) is sharing life’s secrets ( the important ones we have learned through living life) with others.
*** ( That is not to say I wouldn’t be happy to win a literary prize but I think my best ” shot” at it would be in the category of longevity…
( My introduction sounding something like this…)
” Sometimes her writings weren’t that great but that ole’ gal just kept at it-sharing the mundane of life in her search for the heavenly while , surprisingly, discovering that within the mundane boundaries of the universe lies the true meaning of spiritual or heavenly one.”
So until tomorrow-my epitaph-“She Loved Her Life”
Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh