Counting

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We count the minutes, the hours, the days, the weeks, the years.  We count dollars, cents, and credit card balances.  We count the number of miles we run or bike, the steps we climb, or the laps we swim.  We count calories, carbs, fat grams and the number of pounds we gain or lose.  We count.  And we count some more.

There are things in life we can’t count.  We can’t quantify laughter or tears or the quality of our relationships.  We reckon birthdays but we cannot count life.  We tally up anniversaries but we cannot count the love we give and we receive.  We can enumerate the number of college degrees we earn but we cannot count what we have learned along the way.  We can measure the spectrum of wavelengths but we cannot count the number of colors that streak across the sky when we see a sunset or the aurora borealis.

Albert-Einstein-Simple-Picture-QuoteWhat counts?  So simple to say or to to describe or to explain . . . but it’s sometimes so tricky to keep my perspective.  Real counting is an intuitive nudge.  We know when something is countable when we feel that let-the-bell-toll moment.  When life comes together into one brilliant episode of Hugeness.

These moments fill us full with something that we can neither count nor define.  Like a bell tolling, the ringing has a roundness that reverberates through us and out into the vastness of the Universe.  I consider myself lucky to have experienced such moments.  They remind me to stop counting stuff and to start counting  — to start making a difference — as a human being

Life.  Memories.  Experiences.  Hugs.  Encouragement.  True love.  Music.  Integrity.  Contributing.  Growing.  So many things that I cannot count.  So many.

 

Find X.

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Is it all really this simple?

Maybe not in the engineering of a road grade or the building of a bridge or the designing of a rocket or the researching of a cure, but I do believe it might be true regarding most things in life.  Find x.  Here it is.  Doink.

When I am in that perfect place in the moment — when life just feels so great, life is simple.  It is not complicated.  It is not orchestrated.  It isn’t planned.  It is simply . . . fun.  It is spontaneous.  And timeless.  It’s like having a terrific laugh with your best friend. . . the kind when you have to hold on to each other to keep standing.  It’s like that hilarious inside joke with your sweetheart that only the two of you understand.  You give each other the look, and you both just crack up.

It is like knowingly dodging some complicated pitfall in the day that would create a crazy amount of stress.  It is stepping aside and letting the trouble molecules move on to different territory.  Embracing simplicity.  Cultivating mindfulness.  Finding humor.  Allowing love to light.  It just feels so great.  Life is good.toaster oven

“The simplest solutions are often the cleverest . . . They are also usually wrong.”  I am not so sure about this.  Perhaps this is true when you bomb your algebra final in a pre-req that you are doomed to repeat until a passing grade has been achieved.  But when it comes to life and love and all things in between and around, I am thinking that over-thinking and over-projecting can complicate in ways that aren’t always the best.  At least this is what life has repeatedly taught me.  Sometimes it is best to see the truth and point to the obvious and just say it.  Just do it.  Be impetuous.  Be bold.  Exercise courage in making a decision.  Point to without apology.  Without apology.

beauty-in-simplicityThere is immense beauty in simplicity.  I have fallen victim to over-complicating that which neither requested nor required my sometimes insanely-high levels of energy.  Wow.  Sometimes it is good to let things grow or to let them go.  But to try to manage both at the same time?  This takes me away from center — when it would be better to just Find x.

So beautifully simple: a2 + b2 = c2  The Pythagorean Theorem possibly has the most proofs of any mathematical theorem.  It can even be generalized to include higher-dimensional spaces . . . the Pythagorean proof being one of rearrangement.  Were I grading the answer to this math problem, I would give extra credit for originality in higher-dimensional thinking.  For thinking outside the box.  For admitting, “I have no idea what Pythagoras was thinking when he created this theorem.  And I certainly have no idea what the answer to this problem is.”  It takes a lot of courage to be creative when having absolutely no idea how to solve a problem.

When I cultivate an awareness of What’s Going On, I can feel my perceptions rearranging themselves as neatly as that of Pythagoras’ four identical right triangles.  It all makes sense when you go into rearrangement mode.  There is a neatness to it — a beautiful usefulness that precludes any single answer.  Life opens up to a multitude of possibilities.  There are a lot of places for x to light.

Find x.  It’s right here all around me in a state of constant rearrangement– dependent on so many binding factors: appreciation, beauty, selflessness, creativity, positivity, identity. . . Is it really all this simple?  Yes.

 

Appreciation . . . so elemental

i think you are wonderfulAppreciation:  I think you are w-o-n-de-r-f-u-l.  When I tell you that I appreciate you, I am telling you that I value you.  Value you.  It is something that is so simple and elemental and primitive.  And easy.  And fun!  Oh, my — how much fun appreciation is.  It says: I love this about you!

Appreciation says thank you on the deepest of levels.  Thank you for being YOU.  It creates mega dimensions to life and to love and to laughter and bliss and to universal Truth.  How great is this?  It is absolutely amazing.

Google’s “define: appreciation” reveals: “the recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something.”  So beautiful.  Recognizing and enjoying the good qualities of someone or something.

Appreciation: I see you.  I think you are amazing.

Appreciating you is a privilege.  When I appreciate you, you — without even knowing it — encourage me to be aware of how great life is.

Is there someone you appreciate?  Please, tell him or her today.  It will rock your world.  Isn’t that the way of following your heart?

Appreciation: I love sharing with you.  I love who you are.

I appreciate you.