(Editor’s Note: Doc’s creation is rooted in a recent health scare. Now on the road to recovery, Doc is using the wake-up call created by his health issue to improve his lifestyle choices and, equally important, his choices on how he lives his life. Enjoy!)
ESSAY: FINDING YOUR WAY WHEN YOUR WORLD FALLS APART
As i left the hospital, after major heart trauma, i knew that my life was going to be different. Not only was i facing lifestyle choices, but also facing the possibility of shifting my identity and story that i have long grown into.
I thought a bit as i was leaving, about how war has done this to people and families in even more dramatic ways, where their homes and their lives are completely disrupted and without a penny to their name, they must move to a place that is neither welcoming of their coming, nor has systems in place to support the most vulnerable.
The tactical aspects of surviving can be all consuming at this point, and yet, we are always confronted with questions of values and beliefs that define our path.
It is then, we discover what are true values are…not just our thoughts, but the values of our actions. Do we choose to love when we have been hurt and/rejected? Do we choose to find simple pleasures of a beautiful world, even when the ugliness of our world rears it’s head? Do we seek to honor what is holy and sacred in our community, despite the lack of sanctity that we experience during times of transition?
To answer the question “how do we do this?”, we must first say “yes” to a path. The storm path is often a harder road, but for most of us, it is the right road.
Then we start with gratitude. Despite not having money, despite all the hurt, despite the craziness of the world around you, what are you most grateful for? It doesn’t have to be a long list. It can be one small thing, that is built around love and light in your world.
Next you invite others, not so much into your suffering, but into your joy. This will become like a love-virus, it will infect people around you to want to take the highest road. It will make them want to hang out with you, not because they feel sorry for you, but because they genuinely love to hang out with you.
Lastly, you will offer your gifts and talents at least 50 percent of the time for free. Make sure that at least half your life is not about transactions, but about service and love.
Have i personally arrived at this point in my life…HELL NO. But if you ask me what my work is, i will tell you this is my job, which of course is not the answer most people are looking for.
My work is to be grateful, to invite, to love through my actions. Choose this path and your life may not be easy, but in those defining moments, it will be truly be filled with love and light.
when that sharp axe falls
and cleaves your world apart
you can go many directions
you can try and retreat
but in truth you know you need a brand new start
so you take the most direct route
directly into the storm
logic thrown to the wolves, wherein your trust your beating heart
and something funny begins to happen
you realize you are very much alive
and your no longer need a big cart
to carry around,
those burdens that have gone down
to play your purpose and part
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