The Way I See It #291:
"In a world where celebrity equals talent, and where make-believe is called reality, it is most important to have real love, truth and stability in your life."
~ Bernie Brillstein
Film and television producer.
Tiny print at the bottom says (ironically):
"This is the author's opinion, not necessarily that of Starbucks. To read more or respond, go to www.starbucks.com/wayiseeit."
Though I'm not a big fan of Starbuck's as a corporate entity and would rather patronize a locally owned establishment, this is what's available. After exercising several times this week (yeah!) I've stopped in for a cup of Tazo herbal tea (very cool website) and some writing time away from the distractions of home. Somehow, writing in a public place has allowed me to dive deeper on the page, saying and hearing things that I might not have gotten to otherwise.
Cup quote, above, relates directly to one of the life's lessons brought into sharp focus this summer. Real love, truth and stability really are the most important things in life. Everything else is frosting.
As an artist/musician, when I'm working on a project I can become highly focused and goal oriented, to the exclusion of other things, like eating and getting enough rest. Being sick this summer forced me to stop everything completely, to let it all go and realize that I wasn't really falling behind. There is no behind or ahead, only now.
All we really have is the way we treat each other. Money is a useful illusion, necessary, but temporary. Accomplishment, the same. Even health will sooner or later fail each of us.
What we ultimately leave behind us are the small ways our lives have touched each other's, for the better or not. Even trying to do good for another may have unintended consequences. We can only do the best we know how. The rest is up to Someone greater than ourselves.
Think of it this way: when you're not feeling well you may long to get back to doing the things you enjoy, the things that give a sense of accomplishment and offer a chance to make a useful contribution to others through your skills, but mostly you long for kindness and tender companionship, you long for someone who will share their strength with you until yours is restored.
It all gets whittled down to this--the way we treat each other.
Kindness is the most lasting and most needed form of art we can create.
PS-If you visit the Tazo website, try out "Consult the Tea Leaves". Fun!