by Steve M Nash
(Halifax, West Yorkshire (England))
Weekly Wonder Online: 16
Alan Watts wonders...
"Life is not a problem to be solved, nor a question to be answered. Life is a mystery to be experienced."
Listen to my thoughts about Alan Watt's inspirational quote in the video below. You'll also discover a bit more about a favourite part of West Yorkshire, this time the Halifax Piece Hall, in, er, Halifax.
(NOTE: Yes, I wrote any captions you see in this video. It's called self-deprecation, and it's mostly a healthy thing (I think!).)
So, as I said in the video, I'm not sure I live by the words of Alan Watts but I very much would like to, that's for sure.
Yes, too often I consume myself, my mind, with the latest 'thing' I didn't do as well as I might have. Maybe it's a relationship problem, or maybe I'm procrastinating again, or maybe my dreaded shyness (fear of failure, self-sabotage...) has kicked in again.
And the truth is, no matter how hard I try to do just everything right, to be confident or funny when meeting someone new, or to be bold when I want to flee, life isn't like that.
Everyone has ups, and everyone has downs.
And as soon as we fully accept that, embrace it as a FACT of our lives, then maybe we can give ourselves (and others) a bit of slack.
Maybe we can let them make mistakes, let ourselvs make mistakes.
Maybe, much more importantly, we stop noticing mistakes altogether, or stop thinking of them as mistakes. Maybe we do as Alan Watts suggests and marvel at the experience of life - marvel at the ups and the downs
And maybe *that's* the whole problem with self-help, and with trying to fix things! Life isn't really about solving your problems, or making things better. It really is about enjoying each and every moment as if it were brand new (which, of course, it is).
And if a few women walk past trying to embarass me in front of the camera by saying a word (that at least sounds) like "vagina" then so be it. It is only a word after all lol. (A word that embarasses me, yes - in front of a camera or not, but so does the word 'penis'! I really need to get out more...)
So thank you very much Alan Watts (Rest In Peace) for sharing your wisdom with us.
And, as for you, I'd love to hear your wisdom, your thoughts, regarding this Alan Watts quotation too... :-)