Sunday, September 28, 2008

"Happiness runs in a circular motion" Donovan

Happiness runs in a circular motion
Thought is like a little boat upon the sea.
Everybody is a part of everything anyway,
You can have everything if you let yourself be.
Happiness runs, happiness runs.


Thank you to those who worried about my mood from my last post. I am hoping the choice of these chipper lyrics from the blissed out 60's troubadour, the Sunshine Superman, the tie-dyed master of Mellow Yellow, will ease your troubled minds. The first song my wife ever sang me for me for Donovan's "Catch the Wind". 

Listen, I am not sad. Au contraire. I don't deny that I have had my moments of despair. I can't stare down the barrel of a loaded IV full of all that it possible and irreversible with out the occasional sober reflection.

But my last post was not coming from that place. It was coming from a place of hope and salvation. Now while I believe that the gates of heaven are always open, the ritual preserved in my ancestral memories, deeper than my marrow, demands that this is the season to do my work of teshuvah:
Look at the Hebrew: Teshuvah - The root word is the Hebrew "shoov" which means to return. It combines both aspects of forgiveness: turning from evil and turning toward good. The Jews make restitution during this period with those they have offended. Ridding oneself of guilt is a goal of Teshuvah. Repentance, however, only applies to transgressions committed against G-d. To receive forgiveness from offenses committed against fellow man, compensation must be made and a plea for forgiveness.

By Rabbi Yosef McBride of "Kehilat Beit Yehudah" 

This is a part of my healing myself and the world. They are linked, for sure. It is work full of joy. To quote from another tradition (Mark 8:36): What does it profit a man to gain the world and lose his soul . I am so happy to be doing this, to have this chance, and I believe that it is a necessary part of my cure.

That is what my last note was about, not about sadness and before I am rightly accused of public self-flagellation, I will desist.

May we all be inscribed in the Book of Life for the coming Year.


Blogger Judy Cleri said...

Dear Dr. K,

Amen to your recent post. I too believe we must be working towards that book of life and have asked for forgiveness for the things that I have done (and Known) and for those that I did and have no idea that I hurt someone or did not do enoughto help them. Just imagine what a wonderful world we would live in if all did what you have done.

BUT, I must say it is a very somber Monday morning for me as my Ducks lost in a shoot out last night. I was hoping with a new year, maybe we would be able to win a shoot out (something we are so VERY bad at), but I guess we will have to win the cup without doing that. Somethings just never change.

Wish I could offer you some imput into Europe, but we are not going until next year. I pray that whatever your decission is that you will enjoy your time.... because after all......once you get back to work there will be no vacnation for you as we are all waiting to be seen by you.

Have a wonderful and blessed week.


September 29, 2008 at 7:25 AM  

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