Remember the phone call from Mission Impossible: “Your mission, [insert name], should you choose to accept it, [mission explained]. As always, should you or any of your IM Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This tape will self-destruct in ten seconds.”
Well, Saul called me again. He calls a lot. Sometimes I hang up on him, but more often than not, I listen intently. Most of his calls are very much like Mission Impossible calls. In other words, they are calls that entail a calling.
“Your mission is to write more, George,” Saul ordered.
“Give me a break, man. That’s all I do 24/7 basically. My problem is there are too many things to write about and I fall into politics most of the time. But that’s only because I’m so appalled by the politics of our times and the things people actually believe these days.”
“Nothing new, George. It has always been that way. Remember the late 60s and the Vietnam War? Moreover, you’re not going to change anyone’s political views through your writing. More than 95% of all those misinformed believers in falsities will stay that way until they pass.”
“Yeah, you’re right. Any idea on what you think I should write about?”
“Well, maybe – just maybe – you can reach a small audience of caring older adults who simply want to do something good in their remaining years by explaining to them what some of the positive aging experts have been saying for many years about growing old. Is there anyone from the positive aging world you have been reading lately that you would suggest?”
“I just zipped through “A Passion for the Possible,” by Jean Houston, published in 1997.”
“Perfect, I love that title, please continue …”
“She explains that although expressed differently by every religion as well as by every indigenous culture, we all have a ‘a divine essence that can be nurtured through spiritual practice into a fully matured expression of the God stuff within.’”
“I like what I’m hearing, George. So how is that nurtured?”
“Well, as Hudson explains, a great part of that is accomplished by looking deeply into your true nature – who you really are. And one way of doing that is to ‘try for a moment to imagine how it might be to experience reality from the divine point of view. What would we perceive if we could magically switch perspective and be EVERYTHING experiencing ourselves, rather than the other way around.’”
“I can relate,” Saul laughed. “Tell me more about that perception.”
“I see men and women around me suffering greatly throughout history, and I ask why. I see extensive periods of time filled with immense and horrible tragedy. Times in which humans impose great suffering on other humans, and I ask why. I see absurdities everywhere. Do I see these so frequently because the horrible moments of our histories stick to our thoughts more readily than the fine and good moments of our histories? And then I feel the so-called Catholic guilt. Why have I been so fortunate? Shouldn’t I be out there living in the spirit of a monk, priest, or rabbi, helping people get through their tragedies?”
“That’s a good contemplation, George. Keep at it. A solution will come in due time.”