Wiley’s Wisdom asked recently “What is your purpose?” What are you here to do from your Soul’s perspective? For Wiley, it is to give joy from the ground up. For me, I have had many answers, but it all comes back to, at the end of my days, facing God, and how I will answer, “Did you leave My world a better place?”
Every Saturday, while drinking my morning coffee and writing morning pages, I listen to a radio show called Aging Options, which addresses a critical question re finances, retirement, Wills and Physician Directives. We solemnly plan our Wills and legacies, but what about ensuring you have money after you retire, anticipating possibilities of spending time in a hospital, a nursing home, or wanting to live out your days in the home you have right now. Sounds grim on the face of it, but in fact, utterly crucial to your comfort and self-interest. In many ways, it is laughable that I listen, as there is nothing I have of a financial nature to leave anyone. ‘Course, my 3,500 plus books will make some library or health care center very happy.
I write often of Richard Fernandez and his Belmont Club because he writes well on such a stunning variety of subjects and his readers add greatly to enriching the discussion. Today, Richard tackled what it is to live in this world now with all its doubts and fears and complexity and what actions we take when the end is unknowable, or perhaps, useless. He links to the story of a woman in Calcutta and confronts questions of spirit that are scary to face head on, refusing to blink. As always, the comments, too, are enriching, leaving me far wealthier than when I arrived. And, then, there was this, left by a commenter who always, always makes me sit up and take notice. This one is beautiful and so far outside my world of consideration I might never have known of it: