Aequo Animo

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I started out driving an old junk car that smoked and barely ran and I remember that old $500 Ford Galaxy every time I get behind the wheel of my Infiniti. They both have their intended and sacred purpose on my journey.They bothwere/are perfect fits per se. I also remember thejourney of this eternal spirit y’allknow as Tom at the moment; as it has traveleda few miles and years from that third grader with the burr haircut whosenew teethseemed too big for his mouth to a gray haired father who has to act all grown up but whose mouth still drops in awe every time he sees a sunset or the ocean. That spirit has been a perfect fit for me too.

Different, but all the same. Back then and now all I really want, if you scrape away all the hype, is to love and be loved and a little fun and comfort along the way is icing on the cake.

Imust make a big decision today as I do every day.I must decidewhether to livemy life in that endless struggle ofattempting to fitmyselfinto life as the world hands itto me, or to work to givemyself the kind oflife thatI (and everyone else) was created originally to fit into.

I keep asking myself (and try to live by example for my children) that within each of us dwells all that it is possible for us to be. It is our design. The image of the seed is used in our sacred texts and parables. Why look any farther?

We may either be the birthplace of endless desires and their various forms, or we may learn what it means to die to our desire nature, and for our sacrifice be given a real birth into a life of truth and love. I seek that higher dimension of existence.

I know that it comes a little bit each day for a reason for to have it instantly or without work would be overwhelming and would not afford me the time to really appreciate its magnitude.

AsJung would say, “Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.” That is a good fit.

With aequo animo (an even mind)


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