The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;-
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!”
William Wordsworth wrote those prolific words over 200 years ago and they are just as applicable today! In light of the latest horrors in the news, perhaps it is time for us to slow down and smell the roses.
When our minds are racing around and we move at a frenzied pace, there are greater chances of faltering and blundering. Every thing that grows takes a rest. The ocean waves ebb and flow; bears hibernate in order to survive and most trees shed the old leaves and go bare until it is time for a new growth. Even music takes pauses and rests.
We replenish as we stop, think and reflect. Hopefully, we can then make good choices and decisions that we can live with whether we are seen as a success in the eyes of others or not. Even if we are struggling to make ends meet, living a principled life is a form of success in itself.
We don’t have to run and hide because we are ashamed of some hurried choice that we made, which now permeates every aspect of our lives. If we can fall asleep at night with a clear conscience, then, that is a grand form of success as well.
Wordsworth warns us that if we become too worldly and too busy attaining things, we may end up losing something of great value. We end up compromising our peace and maybe lose a few special friends along the way.
We may have forgotten to respect nature because it teaches us how to have longevity. Or maybe we have forgotten how to love others and in turn, ourselves. Those wiser ones will balance the frenzy of the world by clinging to their faith and finding creative outlets to stop their grasping.
There are artifacts, books, poems, paintings and sketches, movies, film and photography to feed some of the soul’s needs in a healthy way. It’s like making choices in the grocery store. Either we buy junk and have temporary satisfaction or we buy fruits, vegetables and other life-sustaining items that help us stay here a bit longer.
We have the freedom to choose so that our hearts will not end in a sordid boon. Positive outlets can reassure us that when we lay our heads down on the pillow for the night, we can wrap up in the security blanket of hope, let it hug us and comfort us before we get up and face the world again!
Thinking of those in Charleston!
June 21, 2015