It’s Been Awhile, Or…What I Think I Know

“When we know something and rest in that knowing we limit our vision. We will only see what our knowing will allow us to see. In this way experience can be our enemy.” – Zoketsu Norman Fischer (I found this quote at Brad Warner’s Hardore Zen blog.)

I hadn’t realized it has been six months since I posted here. Might be six months before I do it again. But this quote above caught me, because, as you may know if you once read my blog pretty regularly, I am pretty skeptical of claiming knowledge. Why I am is a very long and convoluted explanation (yes, I realize might be classified as a pun….purely unintentional), so I’m not going to go there. 

However…..I thought it might be a good time to think about some of the things I think I know. Then I can start considering whether any of these points of knowledge are limiting me…while hoping I am not limited in my consideration by other things I think I know….this is getting more ridiculously complicated the more I think about it…

Anyway, here are some things I think I know (and hope they’re so):

  • Nothing is ever as good or as bad as you think it will be.
  • Horse grooming can be a Tea Ceremony.
  • Dreading the future makes you miss the present.
  • If you don’t know where you’re going, you will end up in some fascinating places.
  • Give every chance you get.
  • Love every chance you get.
  • Help every chance you get.
  • Do what you have to do to get the sleep you need, unless sleeping will stop you from doing the three points above.
  • Civilization sucks. But we gotta be a part of it, so we have to do our part to make it suck less.
  • It doesn’t matter if there is or is not a meaning of life. What matters is that we have to get through it, so we ought to make it easier for everyone we know.
  • Children don’t let you get away with sloppy thinking.
  • Horses don’t let you get away with sloppy body awareness.
  • Parents don’t let you get away with sloppy houses.
  • Trust is a gift. It’s the most expensive and fragile gift you will ever receive. It’s breakable, and you can’t just go out and buy a new one.
  • The sky is blue. Except for when it is black. Or orange. Or pink.
  • God is in the trees.
  • Petting a dog releases endorphins that can block pain.
  • Life isn’t just bigger…it’s HUGE!
  • When you don’t know much, the world is a wide-open, exciting, exhilarating place to be.
  • The true impact of anything can’t be judged in less than a century. The ripples have to reach the end of the pond before we can look back and say, “Oh…that’s what ended up different.”
  • I spell much worse now than I did when I was younger.
  • You only ever have as much power as a person, or a horse, or a dog allows you to have. Cats will never even consider allowing you to have any.
  •  The ride depends on the balance and the balance depends on the seat.

That’s all I’ve got right now.


~ by gypsyjonga on January 18, 2013.

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