hungry ghost

john was always good – among many other things – for a wise word.  many of his little pearls have stuck with me – rattling around in my head and polishing down my other thoughts.  he spoke one morning about the hungry ghost: the voice who lives in each of us and whispers a  subtle, ‘just one more.’  the ghost sabotages our satisfaction by forever encouraging ‘again! again! that was so good let’s do it again!’  one more pringle, one more kiss, one more minute of sleep, one more night in the canyon, one more hour of daylight.  by always allowing ‘one more’ it’s easy to live in the future and forget our presence.  and in forgetting the now we aren’t able to truly enjoy what we’re experiencing.  if one more happens, let it happen by surprise, child.  let it come like a gift unsolicited.

these are the lessons i learn time and time again in new words and altered angles.  seems at this age unlearning and relearning are one of the few consistencies in my life.


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Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.
-Kahlil Gibran

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