Saturday, 12 May 2012
A man (or woman) had recently arrived at the pearly gates and was being given the grand tour by the Great Guide.
He/she was awestruck as they entered a magnificent room piled high with packages wrapped in every color of the rainbow, “Wow! – what do those boxes contain?”
The Guide replied, “Well, those are the treasures we planned to give you on earth – only you never asked.”
ARE YOUR GIFTS STILL UNDER WRAPS?
ARE YOU HIDING YOUR LIGHT UNDER A BUSHEL?
The spiritual teacher, Esther Hicks, channels an energy group called Abraham. Once she was asked the question “How much is too much of a good thing?” Her guides explained that the universe knows no limitations, and is always expanding to include that which glorifies Creation.
When I was growing up under the watchful eye of a modesty-minded mother, I was not allowed to accept kind words with appreciation as this might encourage me to have inflated opinions of myself; naturally I gravitated to the opposite extreme, thinking myself unattractive. If someone said to Mom that I was pretty, she would dismiss the compliment by saying “Well, she’s sweet.”
What child wants to be sweet if she can be pretty? And would it stretch a point too much if she were both?
Of course it’s a different stage now. Excess seems to be the norm in order to be noticed. Ask Gaga, whose talent requires no embellishment, though without the facade, her light, too, might remain hidden.
Guess the trend toward overkill is relative to what is being over killed. Clearly addictive practices and substances can easily exceed boundaries. Warnings and labels warn and label. There’s always rehab. And supersizes.
LET’S SEE WHAT LIGHT HISTORY HAS TO SHED ON THE SUBJECT.
When Shakespeare coined the phrase of “too much of a good thing”, it was understood that “thing” referred to the genitalia of either sex. The scene containing this dialogue occurs between Rosalind & Orlando in “As You Like It”.
Continuing Shakespeare’s line of thought, Mae West commented:
“Too much of a good thing can be taxing”.
“Save a boyfriend for a rainy day – and another, in case it doesn't rain”.
Obviously an expert on the subject, Ms. West also observed that
“Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.”
MORE THAN A DECADE AGO I REALIZED THAT TIME, IN LINEAR TERMS, WAS FINITE. AS INDIVIDUALS IN OUR WORLD OF LIMITATION, WE CAN NEITHER HOARD NOR WASTE THE YEARS ON EARTH THAT WE ARE ALLOTTED. IT’S CALLED FREE WILL, TIME DOESN’T CARE!
I DETERMINED AT THIS POINT THAT MY SOLE REMAINING SO-CALLED GOAL IN THIS LIFESPAN IS TO FULFILL MY HIGHEST PURPOSE.
My definition/interpretation of the Bard’s phrase today would indicate a surplus of anything that made one feel really really good.
Since I neither smoke nor imbibe more that an occasional glass of Merlot, those usual suspects don’t apply. I never did drugs and sugar gives me indigestion.
Never having possessed much more than survival money, I can only presume that having gazillions in reserve would not tempt me much more than the luxury of a car and driver. After I had provided safe and comfortable homes for every creature in need.
(As for the archaic meaning of too much of a good thing, that ship sailed a while back.)
That only leaves two possibilities.
AN OVERFLOW OF BOTH LEAVES ME POSITIVELY ECSTATIC!!!
To get high on a perfect bargain from a flea market or crafts fair leaves me almost orgasmic.
Beholding the beauty inherent in the natural and man-made evolution of the planet, its inhabitants and beyond renders me astonished and overwhelmed beyond comprehension.
IS IT POSSIBLE GOD MAY HAVE SURPASSED HIS CREATION OF THE UNIVERSE IN HEAVEN?