This is a great Birthday Kevine! There are many wonderful lessons cited by Kevin and that makes it difficult for me to choose a couple of leassons. The one that applies to me is " Don't wait for the storms to pass; dance in the rain." This statement took me back to my my little home town in Gujarat where I was born. On a hot summer day we were eagerly waitning for the dark clouds to show up and rain for hours. It was the right day and time for us to dance. And we keep on dancing until we got tired. Now I am old and I relate to this satement differently. I see the value of living fully in the present moment fully and joyfully. The present is the real time. Not to dwell on the past and be anxious about to morrow. Now is the real time.
The second lesson "Your growth as a conscious being is measured by the number of uncomfotrable conversations you are willing to have. " I find it rather difficult to relate to conersation with people who have rigid and fixed different posiotins in politics and religion and are unwilling to keep their minds and hearts open. I try to remain open with them but it is hard to walk on one way street.
I like to be astonished and that's a great way of aging wisely and gracefully. And such "wow" moments happen frequently for me. I see two little children running around in a grocery store near their mother. I look at them and smile. They return thier smile to a stranger! Seeing a variety of colorful flowers in my backyatd and birds singing song fills my mind with wonder and heart with delight.
I have been practicing and teaching Mindfulnessness Meditaion in my Zoom classes. Living mindfully offers many opportunites to us to view and relate to life as dancing in the falling rain. When we are not living in the present momemt we miss seeing the rain falling, flowers blooming, children smyling and seasons of life cahanging.
May we be aware of the power of presence, the only dance there is!
Jagdish P Dave