September 22, 2006

From Madness to Passion

Bit of synchronicity caught my eye today. I was really going crazy two days ago (between the divorce and some other things), and while shopping ran across a card with this quote. It really resonated with me at the time, so much that I almost bought the card on impulse. Then today as I was logging into a Linux computer, the same quote popped up again.
The only people for me are the mad ones -- the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow Roman candles.
-- Jack Kerouac, "On the Road"
I don't usually fit that description very well. And I don't think I always should, it doesn't sound like these poor people get any rest. But sometimes I catch myself being uncomfortable with my own madness, (like when I was shopping the other day) and it was liberating to be OK with it and just let it flow, to embrace the passion. Another great quote from Nelson Mandela touches a similar theme:
Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us. It is not just in some; it is in everyone. And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

UPDATE: I ran across this second quote again, the day after I posted this here. It was about two minutes after I was telling myself not to make too much noise about an issue because I didn't want to look like I was just trying to attract attention to myself. More synchronicity.

4 Comments:

At September 26, 2006, Blogger Anatman said...

I love this:

"There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us. It is not just in some; it is in everyone. And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

Thanks, Jules.

 
At September 26, 2006, Blogger Jules said...

I'm glad you liked it.

Ironically, as I've studied Buddhism, I've become a lot more accepting of Christian perspectives. Didn't expect that. :-)

 
At September 30, 2006, Blogger LBseahag said...

Very thought provoking...I totally appreciate your little space of the web after looking around in it...

 
At October 01, 2006, Blogger Jules said...

Thanks!

 

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