Here’s a quirky flashback from an era which many of us remember as care-free and exciting. Chubby Checker’s words, “Jack be limbo, Jack be quick. Jack go unda limbo stick…..how low can you go?” (1)
Those years were great times. Were we hopelessly naïve or simply enthusiastic about life? Today, in our maturity, the harshness of the world, the deception of politicians, the betrayal of friends, the cruelty of man to man has a way of mellowing idealistic youth. We somehow came to realize that the things happening around us are mostly beyond our control.
How low can you go? How low will you go before you take charge of your life and remind yourself, “I don’t need to find the bottom anymore. I don’t need to go there. I have a choice today about my life. This morning, right now, I will set my day’s course. I can wallow in my gloom or I can bathe in the rising sun. I can listen to the internal self-condemning dialog or I can enjoy the serenade of awakening birds. It’s my choice today. I don’t need to see how low I can go.”
You are a worthy child of this universal presence which flows through all of creation. So am I. We are functioning, breathing, blood-pumping organisms designed to be spectacular. Hold that thought for just a moment. You, just as you are, are perfect right now. Not tomorrow, not next year, not when you die – no, you are perfect today in this very moment. It may be difficult at first, but repeat it over and over and over until you truly believe it. This doesn’t mean we should rest on our laurels and not aspire to grow into better versions of who we are. Our goal is always to evolve and enlighten into the creatures which we have been designed to be. So, today, right now in this moment, stop stooping to see how low you can go.
Stretch those arms high, open your hands to receive the blessings which have been intended for you. Look into the cosmos and find your home, your joy and peace. That eternal inheritance is there waiting for you to claim it. Right here, right now, grab what has been yours all along. It’s a great day.
(1) LIMBO ROCK