Thursday, October 9, 2008

Satisfaction Saturday



My friend and colleague Iris Arenson-Fuller has invited me to be a part of what she has named "Satisfaction Saturday"... a day to integrate appreciation of the present and its gifts. This is my acceptance to her fine invitation:




I am fortunate to be blessed with what I call the happy gene. This does not mean I have no struggles or deep and dark passages, but that my urge seems always to surmount these, or go through them, and to appreciate them. I honestly cannot think of a time in the past that I prefer to be in... I like the idea of the future and though I have the normal levels of reverie about my past, my memories and my experiences, I am intrigued and interested in the future and work to be present in what the present offers me. Not always easy, but ultimately do-able.

I think, if I learn anything from my rough passages, and I have been blessed/cursed with some horrific ones since earliest childhood, it is that survival itself is a given, that change is unavoidable, and that I will learn to cope, adjust and find meaning... real meaning with real spirit and light, real appreciation.

I anticipate, on an individual and collective level, that this dark night of the human soul we are inevitably recruited to pass through together, will offer me the same gifts. This does not mean I will not feel despair at times, or loneliness, grief and even hopelessness, but that those times too shall pass and give way to other times until I no longer inhabit this bag of tissues and great spirit that is my home. Perhaps I shall take these thoughts too into my "Satisfaction Saturday"!

2 comments:

Iris Arenson-Fuller said...

Thank you Bob for accepting my invitation and for your eloquent take on moving through dark times and demons and the value this can bring to the present. I have not been blessed with a "happy gene", as you have. I wish I had been but I make the best of what I have, I hope. It has taken me a lot of adjusting of my "original formula" over time to be able to look through a happier lens and to value how after darkness, the light must always emerge.
".....it is that survival itself is a given, that change is unavoidable, and that I will learn to cope, adjust and find meaning... real meaning with real spirit and light, real appreciation. I anticipate, on an individual and collective level, this dark night of the human soul that we are inevitably recruited to pass through together will offer me the same gifts."

Beautiful! It these very gifts that you, Bob, generously offer to others, I think instinctively, and with great talent. Good work!

Best,

Iris

Bob Vance said...

Thanks Iris... I am grateful we have met and I look forward to learning more about your life and how our lives will intersect. Here's to Satisfaction Saturday!