Wednesday, January 5, 2011


“The day the house fell on my sister, was a sad day indeed!” Glinda, Good Witch of the East

“Everything comes out in the end. If things are not good, it’s not the end.” Anon

The quote from Glinda just tickles me. I love it, love saying it, hearing it, seeing it. It’s so nonsensical and so obviously possibly true for her in a distant, non-involved way. Perhaps I like it ‘cause I’d like to take things more this way.

The quote about the end has a paradoxical quality. Like we all want to be re-assured, but re-assurance is not possible, or if it is, only temporary. Also, I, and I think most of us, are concerned about the end. Maybe it’s the Judeo/Christian thing about the ‘final reward.’ A related aphorism – “It ain’t over ‘till the fat lady sings,” refers to the end of church services in old time African American churches.

“What’s it all about, Alfie?” Life goes on all around and within us and is not limited by our poor capacity to understand. In fact at the deepest level, our understanding is not necessary. All we need is the experience of our reality as spirit. Of course, we’re primarily mental so the experience is not enough. But if we could let it be we would know that “everything comes out in the end and if things are not good, it’s not the end;” that we don’t have to know what its all about to live it well; and we could take things so lightly that even if the house falls on us, it’s only a sad day indeed, not the end of the world.

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