February 24, 2020-
As I was driving home, from this evening’s study circle with some friends, I encountered a bicyclist on the dark and narrow country road. With oncoming traffic, as well, my only rational choice was to stop and let the cyclist pass. His well-being and safety had precedence, as I’m sure most would agree. A similar incident, earlier this afternoon, involved waiting to turn, at a green light, whilst a person in a walker used the crossing. It was helpful, though not necessary, that one of my neighbours waiting behind me, was not in an all-fire rush.
I have reached the point in my life, when each action, each step in a process, is given primacy, and the attention it is due. I wasn’t always of this mindset, so perhaps it is the much vaunted “wisdom that comes with age”, the antidote to “There’s no fool like an old fool”. It helps that, with each step thus completed, I feel satisfaction. There is also the fact that there will be many “completions” in my life, this year: My last period of abstaining from food and drink during the daylight hours of the first three weeks of March; my last two semesters of working full-time as a substitute teacher; possibly, my last year of living in Prescott (family needs would be what take me out of here; otherwise, this area is as fine a Home Base as anywhere one could live).
Essentially, what has primacy in my life is the Will of the Divine. This reveals Itself to me, in large and small ways, each day-and with regard to the needs of other humans, or the needs of creatures, great and small. With that thought, I need to sign off and get a good night’s sleep. Tomorrow, and this entire week, are full, from morning to night.