From The Storyteller
July 29, 2019, Morning
“There are mornings when I wake up dead.” This brilliant statement is followed by laughter, and our early morning coffee time continues with its tradition of interesting conversation. While I’m thinking of those mornings when the 5 a.m. alarm goes off and my brain is still somewhere between 2 a.m. and 3, Elaine is wondering about what it might actually “feel” like to wake up dead.
This great coffee conversation included thoughts about what (if anything) does a dormant seed “feel” when water and warmth causes it to sprout, and Aristotle’s theory of gravity. Basically Aristole suggested a rock moves toward the ground (falls) because it “feels” the desire to be reconnected with the Earth. Yes, for several thousand years (before Newton’s apple event) it was thought rocks had “feelings”.
This, of course led to our delightful conversation about what it means to “feel” something. We decided to let the rocks and seeds answer for themselves, and we began talking about times when we really “felt” fully alive, those times when we honestly said, “It doesn’t get any better than this!” We smiled as we thought about sitting on a porch in the mountains, during a surprise summer rain shower. We recalled beautiful sunsets while anchored on our boat in a protected cove, and we relived memories of graduations, weddings, births, and surprise parties.
A silly little statement, coffee, and a gentle conversation resulted in a ton of smiles and good “feelings”. My point: Being serious is highly overrated. Yes, there are times for being serious, but there are also times for being playful.
Remember “It doesn’t get any better than this” has happened in your life, too. Enjoy them, again.
Note: How I’ll “feel” waking up dead is just going to have to wait.
Moral: Allow yourself to re-experience great feelings; it’s definitely a positive.