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Isn’t This World Enough?

 

Music has the power to transform, to entertain, to delight, to comfort and heal. Some songs just blow me away. I heard one that would fit that category on my way home from a township meeting that addressed the killing of the son/grandson of friends of mine, by a police officer. He was unarmed, handcuffed and yet the situation got out of control and a young and promising life was snuffed out senselessly. Although I had never met him, I have known his parents and grandmother for the past 15-20 years. I can only imagine what this might be like for them, since no one expects to bury their child or grandchild. Together they have a strong and eclectic spiritual practice and are part of my interfaith community. I sense that is what is getting them through this unthinkable situation. The room was filled to capacity and there were others in the hallway. A few of us addressed the town council  and I sense that they heard us. I looked into each of their eyes as I spoke, reminding them that the line between mental health and mental illness is remarkably thin and that anyone could cross it. I told them that I imagined that they each knew someone with a psychiatric diagnosis and any of these folks could have been in this young man’s situation. I added that I’m certain that the officer who shot  him had not woken up that morning with the thought that he was going to kill some kid and he must be going through his own private hell as well.

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What also crossed my mind was the family and friends of a friend of my sister Jan who were mourning her passing yesterday. Her name was Leah Stevens and her faith got her through many months of treatment for the cancer that eventually led her to her next life. I didn’t know her personally, but from reading the multitude of postings on facebook as she took her journey from diagnosis to death, I felt as if I did. How loved she was, what a gift she was to those who crossed her path. She clearly had a sense of humor. When she went to see Bruce Springsteen in concert and met him backstage,  he signed her bald little head(:

Another friend is facing a major shift in a close relationship and still another is dealing with the impact on her family of her father in-law’s dementia.

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My heart is also with the families of those killed in a Sikh temple in Wisconsin and a movie theater in Colorado and everyone whose names we may never read or hear and whose faces we may never see who daily encounter violence. As I am calmly and safely in my home, writing these words, I am humbled and grateful that my needs are taken care of and my ‘problems’ are more inconveniences than anything else. I have seen my way through what might be labeled ‘tragedy’, including the deaths of my husband and parents, as well as the loss of a home and business to a hurricane. Like everyone reading this, I have survived everything that has ever happened to me, because I am here to tell about it.

As I was driving through winding country roads, I witnessed an exquisite sunset, with cotton candy pink clouds sprawling across a baby blue blanket sky. The aforementioned song called Isn’t This World Enough? is performed by Scottish indie music perfomers Admiral Fallow was the perfect soundscape to accompany my visual skyscape. Like most songs that I hear for the first time, it found a home on my favorite radio station WXPN out of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Love your husband and love your wife
 Isn’t this world  enough?
The gas that lets you live your life
Isn’t this world enough?
All those living in splendour and in sunshine
 Isn’t this world enough?
 Those who seek calm going under the knife
 Isn’t this world enough?
Isn’t this world enough?
Isn’t this world enough?
Those who seek calm from  under the knife
Isn’t this world enough?
You’re searching for answers  in clouds and under rocks
 Isn’t this world enough?
 You statch your collar  and pull on Sunday socks
 Isn’t this world enough?
 You’re seeking tips of  the cap from your superman but
Isn’t this world enough?
 You’ve just gone  blind
you’re a human stopped clock
 Isn’t this world enough?
Isn’t this  world enough?
Isn’t this world enough?
 You’ve just gone blind
you’re a  human stopped clock
 Isn’t this world enough?
So love this vessel while  you’re aboard
There will be no deposit back from a cosmic landlord
 You  don’t need to hang your hat on belief in bumper stickers
There will be no  love lost just pull on that ripcord
 Isn’t this world enough?
This world  enough? This world so…
Isn’t this world enough?
 Isn’t this world  enough?
 There will be no love lost
 just pull on that ripcord
 Isn’t this  world enough?
Isn’t this world enough?
Isn’t this world enough?
 From your first exhale to your very last breath
 Isn’t this world enough?
As I listened to the song on the radio and then half a dozen more times as I am writing this, I am filled with gratitude that indeed, this world is blessedly more than enough for this opt-mystic lover of life and all it contains, even the messy, painful, challenging aspects. I ask that you keep all those I mentioned in your hearts and prayers.
http://youtu.be/wMoneBHE5nY Isn’t This World Enough? by Admiral Fallow
www.xpn.org  WXPN 88.5
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