The Circle of Life: Searching for Peace on the Continuum
The third week in September, I joined with friends from my childhood to celebrate the 50th birthday anniversary of a dear friend. We kicked up our heels, danced the night away and reminisced about a past forty years in the making. One week later, I attended the memorial service for an in-law, who died after a long illness at age 64. This weekend, I will be attending the memorial service of her niece, who died tragically at the tender age of 22. At times like these, one is compelled to contemplate the circle of life and one’s place in it. The hub, the wheel, the character Angus Tuck calls it in the book Tuck Everlasting. In his case, he bemoans his condition of immortality after drinking from a spring that bequeathed him and his family with a legacy he would rather let go, yearning for a normal life; yearning to be part of the circle, to live and to die when the time comes. If dying as Angus Tuck puts it, is as important as living, how then does one reconcile the pain, the feelings of dislocation, of having one’s world turned topsy- turvy with the passing of a loved one? How does one measure one’s life and give meaning to one’s days?
One way, I believe is to explore your potential to create, produce and give meaningfully of your talent to those in your circle and to the world around you. I believe that we can strive to be magnificent in all that we do, wherever we are located. In accepting that we are part of the hub of life, we have to respond to the challenge to be creative and explore the abundance of the universe in ways that honor our talents and creativity; those unique gifts bestowed on us. I believe we can reach out beyond ourselves to touch, support and lift up those around us and offer strength in times when there may seem to be little relief from the depths of despair. We can connect to others in our tribe and share the hopeful message that even within the midst of pain there is beauty in life. As for me, I realize that even in the throes of relentless pain, I need to summon the strength and the courage to move on to the next step in the journey; listening carefully, intuitively; living my truth; taking each step boldly. For, it is at this place of awareness and acceptance I shall find peace.