I innocently clicked on a random Ted Talk the other day, having no clue that it was going to change my perspective on so many things (I love how Ted Talks to that; they seem to instantaneously transform your life in 10 minutes, in the comfort of your own home).
The talk was entitled “12 Things I Learned from Life and Writing.” The speaker was a funky 61 year old woman (complete with dreadlocks and crazy pants) sharing her insight about the things she has learned from making mistakes over and over, and being forgiven by life. The talk was so genuinely human; her pieces of wisdom were both hilarious and touching, and I appreciated how creatively and beautifully they were phrased. They are funny but ohhhhh so true; I took the ones that I loved the most and wrote them down below. Enjoy!
- We are every age we’ve ever been regardless of what age we actually are. Meaning, we carry with us the tragedy we faced at 10 years old, the struggles we encountered as at 15, the elation we knew at 30, the boredom we felt at 40, the newborn excitement we felt at 50. Everything we’ve ever experienced is a melting pot within us, from every year of our lives.
- Life is filled with heartbreaking sweetness and unbelievable beauty and extreme poverty and acne and rain puddles and Mozart all swirled together; I don’t think it’s an ideal system.
- Everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes… including you!
- You cannot buy your peace of mind. It’s an inside job. We can’t arrange peace for the people we love most in the world; they have to do it on their own. Help is sometimes the sunny side of control.
- Everyone is broken and scared to some degree, even the people who you think are the most put together. Don’t compare your insides to other people’s outsides.
- Radical self-care radiates out from you into the atmosphere; it’s a huge gift to the world. Being full of affection for yourself is home; and where world peace begins.
- Temporary fame and success is as detrimental as it is rewarding; you may think that getting your book published or your record label signed will fill the swiss cheesy holes in your soul; it won’t. But writing or playing your music or doing the thing you love in the first place will. So will adopting a new dog, or painting community murals, or singing in a bluegrass band for that matter!
- Earth is forgiveness school, and it starts with forgiving yourself.
- Grace is spiritual WD40. The mystery of grace is that God loves Vladimir Putin and Henry Kissinger as much as he loves your new precious granddaughter. Go figure! The movement of grace is what changes us and heals us. Grace finds you exactly where you are, but it won’t leave you where it found you. Grace always bats last.
- Laughter is carbonated holiness! It lets us breathe again and again and restores faith in us and each other.
- Death; the person you cannot live without sometimes leaves you, and it will leave your heart with never-ending homesickness. However, they will live through you if you don’t seal your heart off. As Leonard Cohen said, the cracks in something is where the light shines through; keep your heart cracked open a little, and the person you lost will continue to be present in your life. When all is said and done, we are really just walking each other home…
I found this last comment particularly profound.
“When all is said and done, we are really just walking each other home….”
Our time on Earth is so limited in the scope of our soul’s existence; however, the people you encounter on that journey will morph and mold that soul forevermore. Take care when you walk someone home; that’s all our life is meant to be.
I hope you enjoyed these little tidbits of inspiring insight as much as I did. Love endlessly and without regret; at the end of the day, that is all that will matter.
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