Good evening everyone, it’s been a busy few days here in the land of Oz, or at least in my house. I’m taking a little break from the larger piece I’ve been asked to write [sanity demands it] and I was going through my little file of sayings, looking for something to grab me, when I came across these two little gems. The first one is a saying that I am sure many of you can relate to.
After all we’ve all had difficult people in our lives at one time or another and while it is often painful dealing with them it can give a greater insight into character traits you definitely do not wish to possess.
I am very grateful for some of the people in my life for showing me very clearly who I do not want to be. It is almost as great a gift as the example from others who you would like to emulate and somewhere between the two I think we find ourselves if we work at it.
The second piece of wisdom that caught my eye for this Two for Tuesday Thought of the Day deals with the concept of ‘normal‘ and whether or not achieving such mundane heights of conformity and comfort bring a person any real joy or spontaneity.
Life cannot be lived and we can not grow by confining our senses at all times, to that which is considered normal. Peace is often found in the strangest places and wisdom is rarely found amongst those who only repeat the actions of those who come before them with no thought as to why, knowing only that it ‘must’ be so as it has always ‘been such‘.
Think of the new styles of art, poetry and prose that would never have been discovered if some were not willing to stretch the bounds that society had defined as ‘proper‘. I am certain that a number of them would have had much more comfortable lives but would they have considered it living?
The daily marking of the calendar, the ticking of the clock to mark the passage of time; what is that to untrod paths and landscapes seen in colours never before used for such. New combinations of notes, harmony and discord until one is not separate from the other, these things lost to us if some had taken the ‘normal’ path.
When I look at my own life I can say quite simply; no my life is peaceful [to a point] but it is not normal and I am thankful everyday for that because I think normality nearly killed me. Stifling myself via chemicals so as to ‘appear‘ normal almost suffocated what it is that makes me who and what I am today. I may not write a classic, compose an opera or paint a masterpiece but I can see in the works of others such beauty and the pain that came with their creation that it is enough to simply know that such things exist because there are those who lived their lives to a different beat than most. I hope you all have a wonderful week and I look forward to catching up with you tomorrow when I will be Wondering on Wednesday.