There's no particular situation during which this
already always listening
occurs or in which it doesn't occur. If you tell the
truth about it, you'll hear it in all situations. You'll hear it
everywhere. It's omnipresent.
The essay is in two parts - that is to say it's a song (if you will) in
two-part harmony. The first part,
A Man For All Seasons,
illustrates "This isn't it" occurring for a person who lives in
The second part,
A Monk For No Reason,
illustrates "This isn't it" occurring for a person who renounces
Like I said: it's everywhere.
A Man For All Seasons
It's pernicious. It's rampant. It's a certain way of
which, when it
is always pertinent to the current situation, so it seems to be unique
each time. Yet what it conveys, regardless of the situation, is always
exactly the same: "This isn't it,
here, this isn't good enough.".
and I were preparing to visit her deans at Roskilde
Universitet in Roskilde
to finalize her second
thesis. The journey we were planning would culminate an enormous
(for me too, actually). I shared with a
about our upcoming travels and our purpose for going to
He said "You know Laurence, that's not a good time to go - it's very
cold in Europe at that time of year.".
This rampant way of
Rather, the thing about it is it's a
which hears "This isn't it,
here, this isn't good enough" in anything and everything. I call it
(if you're a fan of Winnie-the-Pooh, you know what I mean). And
with it. Eeyore's just being Eeyore. The thing is: without
intervention, there'll never be any other possibility for
I'm a man for all seasons. I enjoy dry baking heat and bucketing
equally. I take them as they come. The weather is the weather. It is
what it is. It doesn't determine
who I'm being.
Dress appropriately. That's how I handle the weather when I travel.
triumph is unaffected by the weather. When we
in a summer heat wave in
... and ... it was hot. When we
in a winter snow storm in
... and ... it was cold. Having it that the weather
ie having it that the weather determines the quality of the
is tantamount to not
I don't require the weather to be any particular way before Life can be
great. However the weather,
this is it.
One of my favorite people is a
He's a rare and beautiful man. He's so expressive and
that I can get
who I really am
expressions and his animated gesticulations. He beams like a lighthouse
He says he became a
in order to get better as a person, to practice contemplation, and to
Those are his reasons for becoming a
The way his
suddenly opened wide then shut again when he started responding, told
me he had it on full knee-jerk automatic - at least at first.
But then to his credit, he stopped. He
Then he nodded his head (to himself, not to me) and smiled.