Life, the Universe, and Everything

in a very beautiful and moving commencement speech at stanford university on 06.12.05, Apple Computer and Pixar Studios CEO steve jobs had this to say:

Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

just yesterday i was talking about listening to my subconscious. i spoke of feeling intuitively for signs that i was on the right path and had heeded my subconscious correctly. for this, as i told a new friend only today, you must be quiet, still, and receptive. mastering these abilities is tapping into the Feminine, but that's another post for another day

"to thine own self, be true," he could have said. but sometimes those simple-yet-profound words are so abused and misused. they're used to justify laziness, fear, and mediocrity. "but i'm being true to myself, and this is what i want!" people like that say. i say watch out, because the Great Bard himself is gonna rise from his grave and kick the ass of anyone who dares to bastardize his poetry.

i like this elaboration. don't live your life for someone else. don't give yourself to someone else's dogma. don't let their naysaying and negativity override your own intuition which reminds you that you are a Shining Being.

"The very best thing you can do for the whole world is to make the most of yourself."
--Wallace D. Wattles, The Science of Getting Rich pg 71

again, to thine own self, be true. and not the cop-out type of "being true," either. be true! "be true" as in listen to your intuition, as in trust the guidance and wisdom of your own subconscious, which sees, hears, and processes infinitely more than you do. it remembers every moment of your life from the moment you were born. it does. it gives you those funny feelings when something's "off" and you just can't put your finger on it." it warns you of dangers you might not see yourself. it whispers wisdom into the back of your mind, but it's very quiet. it knows that "he will strain to hear a whisper who refuses to hear a shout." so it whispers. it trusts you and believes in you, so it never feels it has to vie for your attention.

in truth, it shouldn't.

but the mind chatter is so loud, the racous and chaotic rabble of the unfaithful, unbelieving, fearful masters of mediocrity. those who would pull you down to their level so they feel justified in their own misery. they don't want anyone around them to succeed, because they're afraid of facing their own un-success, their own shortcomings and laziness. so they'd rather not feel left behind.

and they drag you down with them.

don't listen to them. trust your own intuition.

are you truly happy at "their" level? are you truly, honestly and ecstatically happy wallowing in mediocrity? "resistance is futile?"


big, fat, heaping gobs of steaming bovine bollwocky.

the stink doth offend the wacky nose of yon Jiggy Snake.

all we were ever put in this Great and WonderFunky Universe to do was to be our greatest selves. to honor the stars from whence we came. we are shining beings, made of the same Divine Wow that the Divine Wow is made of. we are god stepping into our shoes to take a little test drive.

how dare anyone believe that mediocrity, fear, giving in is doing justice to God inside them?

of course, the Table of Bounty was not set for everyone. it takes a caliber of character to rise above fear and mediocrity, to rise above living for someone else's destructive dogma and dance to their inner Funk.

the Funky Jive loves us all deeply. it thrives on bombastic and orgasmic enthusiasm for each and every one of us. it offers to us every great and good thing within its existence, and even invites us to try those things that are outside of "normal" existence. it conspires to shower us with blessings each and every day.

not only is giving up ("resistance is futile") foolish and selfish, it's just damned ungrateful to the Universe for everything you've been given, have, and will be given, world without end. and all we need to do, all that is required of us to honor the god(dess/es) within ourselves is to make the most of ourselves. to find our own Funk. to embrace Life. and you canNOT tell me settling for anything less is making you ecstatically happy.

i call steaming bovine bollwocky on you.

then again, if you really don't want to, then hey, maybe mediocrity really is for you. maybe you are mediocrity (which we both know is totally lame and not true). but hey, if you really want to give up that badly and argue for your own "limitations," then i hope you're happy with what you're doing, because you're going to be doing it and living it for the rest of your life.

isn't it just easier to find your Funk?

1 comment:

Brandi said...

you, ma'am, a channel of funktasticness!!

LOVE this post. LOVE. I have just started to be more bombastic in pursuing my dreams and then I read this post.

thank you, universe. thank you, you.