until a frog in jest said,
“Pray which leg comes after which?”
This raised his doubts to such a pitch,
He lay bewildered in a ditch
Considering how to run.
~ Author Unknown
Taking yet another e-course with Thomas Moore, author of “Care of the Soul”, we are studying The Holy Fool: Finding Spiritual Liberation in Foolishness and Humor. This is right up my alley some would say. Today’s discussion is on ‘The Fool as Inner Guide.’
Within this lesson is the idea of being NOBODY. Sounds strange and perhaps awful to some. The problem with adversity is that it is very hard to appreciate it in the moment.
Being nobody can be very liberating. It can allow us to be unencumbered by societies’ (and our own) expectations. Being nobody breaks open the cask of possibilities and, while frightening, is also very exciting.
Emily Dickenson’s poem, “I am nobody” holds in high esteem this idea and suggests that ‘if I am nobody than perhaps so are you.’
“I‘m Nobody! Who are you?
Are you – Nobody – too?
Then there‘s a pair of us!
Don‘t tell! they‘d advertise – you know!
How dreary – to be – Somebody!
How public – like a Frog –
To tell one‘s name – the livelong June –
To an admiring Bog!”
But I have always found it very important to recognize everyone I meet as important and somebody. Those who wear the costume of stranger – wait staff, clerks, and fellow classmates – are not NOBODY, but some bodies vibrating next to me. They are to be heard and valued. Sometimes, if I am not paying attention to my life I do not recognize their value in the moment. But when I take time to reflect on the day and on all the interactions I have had – this idea is reinforced 100%.
How can both these ideas – being nobody and being somebody – exist simultaneously? Being here – in this paradoxical space – is a vast and benevolent experience.
Don’t think about it too long lest you end up capsized in a ditch unable to run. Just vibrate yourself on toward your next task at hand and remember with Love you are nobody and so am I!
Are you paying attention to your life?
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