Imagine what would happen if each of us did that? Rather than holding ourselves back in fear, we simply attune to the love that knows no end — and let ‘er rip through the universe? Imagine the energy released — far greater than a million nuclear bombs! Indeed, our penchant for building weapons to blow things up — might this be simply the perverted use of our innate intense creativity? As one magnificent black woman exclaimed, way back during the so-called “energy crisis” of the early ’80s (remember that?), while forcefully thumping her chest:
“The energy crisis . . . is IN US!”
This morning, a text message from friend Ted, with a photo that he took somewhere in Wisconsin. It’s a quote from George Bernard Shaw, found in someone’s wallet.
Ted, texting: “You came to mind immediately when I discovered the Shaw quote.”
Thanks! I do want to “thoroughly use myself up” before I die — and then simply let go.
Actually, dear Ted, the quote reminds me of you!
In large letters:
“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and so long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no ‘brief candle’ for men. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”