the days of awe

It’s so simple that it seems banal, cliche.  It is neither of those things.

As I approach the Days of Awe, the need for these reminders is visceral, crucial to my present and future well-being, to my ability to affect my world in a positive way, to be more than flotsam, to have meaning, to make a difference.

“If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”

“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”

~Joseph Campbell

In an earlier paragraph, I used infinitive verbs quite a lot, and found myself unable to think of the word infinitive, all that would come to mind was infinite.  Metaphorical for this thread of thought?  Dictionary.reference.com defines the former as

a form of the verb not inflected for grammatical categories such as tense and person

and used without an overt subject.

and the latter

immeasurably great: an infinite capacity for forgiveness

Am I wrong to love a dictionary’s editors for juxtaposing forgiveness with infinity?  Make no mistake, I do not confuse forgiveness with forgetting. From Oprah Winfrey:

“True forgiveness is when you can say, “Thank you for that experience.”

“Forgiveness is letting go of the hope that the past can be different.”

And Buddha:
“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”
And, to paraphrase the Dalai Lama, you are what you practice, if you practice anger, you get good at anger.  If you practice compassion–
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Happy and healthy New Year to one and all.  May you be even more generous than you are lucky.
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