It’s a New Year, and change is still in the air, so in that spirit I bring you wisdom from Alan Watts:
“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”
Alan Watts (1915 – 1973), a favorite of my husband, spent a brief period of his early life as an Episcopal minister, but spent most of his life driven by his fascination for the East, and the eastern religions, particularly Buddhism and Taoism. He wrote, and lectured, extensively on Eastern metaphysics, and made it accessible to a Western audience. Although most strongly associated with Zen Buddhism, after leaving the Episcopal Church in 1950 he did not associate himself with any one religion – much to the irritation of strict Zen Buddhists, and, and although highly philosophical, he labeled himself a ‘philosophical entertainer’, rather than a philosopher.
I have personally always liked the imagery of life as a dance, and I’m a firm believer in embracing change and, metaphorically, jumping right into it.
Enjoy the journey.