ANOTHER IPS (Inner Peace Symptom): A growing understanding that life is all about “multiple bottom lines” and the way you balance the lot of them promotes inner peace or inner chaos. [If you start getting frazzled, you know something’s gotten out of whack and you have to go hunt it down and bonk it back into line…which doesn’t SOUND particularly peaceful, but is kinda fun.] For weeks now I’ve been mired in a bog of paradoxes of the finest kind….
“Freedom’s slave.” This phrase is fascinating to me. The words evoke a sense of mayhem and magic, and of paradox and painful lessons. A world-traveling friend gave the words to me as a gift. (He knows I collect such things.) He told me he had seen a tattoo of that phrase two different times in his many years of travel. One of the tattoos was inked on the forearm of a fellow traveler, a scammer and nascent chaos-hound traveling through…
A while back I was involved in an infuriating (to me) conflict that seemed to be made up of a lot of little niggly nothings that got blown up into bigness. It stopped me in my tracks and got me riled up…badly.
Another IPS (Inner Peace Symptom): an understanding that past mistakes have consequences and what we have been and done does not just disappear because of good intentions now. [Sometimes it takes a long time to get back to pono.] It seems to be a given. We’re clumsy oafs, us humans. Often we break things without meaning to. Our words and our actions break hearts and shatter lives – our own and those of the ones we love.
Apparently there is a fairly new form of social angst going ’round, a mind-set gone viral in the past decade or so. The people- in-the-know call it “FOMO.” The acronym stands for the “Fear Of Missing Out,” it says here.