Sunday, May 24, 2009

aîe aîe aîe

It’s all so delicate, this little balancing act we are all carrying out. There is always another decision to be made, every moment of the day. This or that. When I am cutting back the vigne it’s the sarments, either this shoot or that one, it’s a complex decision but one with finite choices. Outside the vigne, it’s a different, less circumscribed set of options that I am constantly presented with. This outside world demands a more dynamic sensibility. It’s a sensibility which I find not always at the ready. In fact it’s the first question that is constantly confronting me. Can I muster up a sensibility dynamic enough to partake of the day, or will the day just happen. To do it or not to do it, that is the question.

Nike proffered their answer with the ‘Just do it’ campaign which swept across the globe like a totalitarian dream. It erased all questioning, but always left me wondering. They made it seem like not doing it was somehow effaced from possibility. I guess sometimes it is, but sometimes not. Like the Slow Family folk in Texas say, sometimes we’re better off not doing it.

Which might bring to mind ‘Just say No’. That was another force fed question stopping ad campaign that ran simultaneously with the ‘Just do it’ bombardment. The problem is both appeared as complete truths. Neither made any acknowledgment of the need for a dynamic balance of opposites. That’s the delicate question. It evidently isn’t anything new. Perhaps my problem is that I am just a product of my generations mass marketed catch phrases. It’s just that I can’t figure out which one fits where.

It’s all so banal, but I continue non the less. You see we are talking about ‘I’ right now, and we both know there is nothing of greater concern than that. It’s what’s forcing me to go on. I need it’s push on a constant basis. At times I am stunned by a sensibility that could best be described as lackadaisical. I feel like a flàneur who is too tired to walk, there is something about it that just doesn’t sit right.

What will set it straight, show the way? How to make order from the days random events. Maybe the I-ching, prayers, the tarot, meditation. Perhaps just waiting until something happens. On verra, but in the meantime I think I’ll simply follow the advice of the bored cop in front of the crime scene and 'just keep it moving'.


  1. it's easy to wait and see
    sometimes you have to take a decision
    is it the right one
    who knows??
    it's sure than a prayer can help you so what else!!!!
    let the bad part of you and listen the good one like an angel on your shoulder

  2. Ah yes, keep it moving people. It is the mantra of a happy day. But even the keep it moving can be slowed down to where you are just thinking of keeping your breath moving. Or keeping the thoughts moving out of your meditation. Or keeping the feet moving on a walk around the block. How to balance the keep it moving with the slowing down is the question of the day. Thanks for asking.

  3. So many decisions are made by not making decisions. The pocket veto. Many parts of our lives are the way they are not because of conscious decisions but because of inertia. It's an easy non-decision that has the same effect as that made with full forethought. Sometimes they can be very valuable, but we should check in now and to see if we're in agreement with them.

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