“It’s the circle of life, and it moves us all, through despair and hope, through faith and love, ‘till we find our place, on the path unwinding.” ~Elton John
In the spring of life we bud and unfurl. We spring forth and experience life to its fullest. We are not yet held back by fear or societal demands. We are free to blossom in our own way. We charm the world with our beauty and childish antics. We think of ourselves above the good of all. We haven’t yet learned we reap what we sow.
We travel the dusty roads of summer with wild abandon. Through trial and error we learn what is expected of us. We learn there are consequences to our actions. Still we desire to belong, and that overrides most of our sensibilities. We do what we must to fit into the world around us. If we are unable to shine, we blend.
Our wisdom kicks in during the autumn of our soul. We start to search within ourselves for answers rather than looking to the world. We practice self control. We balance our giving and taking. We discover the difference between fitting in and belonging. We find peace within ourselves and learn to live in harmony with those around us.
When we reach the winter of a lifetime we begin to reflect on the waters of our youth. Hopefully we don’t have many regrets, but regardless we share the wisdom of our experience with those less informed. We develop an understanding that only comes from time and living. If we are the recipients of a life well lived we are comfortable with the point we’ve reached in the circle of life.
Living in the Gap
March 2, 2012 – View from a window
Red, white, and blue, stars and stripes wave and whip high in the air. Behind freedom water flows from the fountains, ripples circle and expand into the pool. Cars enter. Cars exit. Cars pass by. Sun blissfully kisses all. Behind smudged glass I watch life unfold.