In 14 hundred and ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue…
Happy Columbus Day. In my family, the tradition is to play selections from Stan Freeburg’s “The United States of America” on this day. Especially the song “It’s a Round, Round World”. Just because it’s silly and we’ve memorized the whole record. Yes, record. As in vinyl. It was from Jim’s collection.
“You have a dream?” “Yes, I do.” “Would you like to talk about it?”
Yes, I would. My dream is to live a life of discovery, to open my eyes and ears and arms and senses to the vast experiences of this round, round world. To open my mind to possibilities for living, to find ways of peace, of tolerance and acceptance. To learn from the earth, from the other living things around me, what it is to be in harmony with my surroundings. I want to discover how to live in grace.
Awareness, appreciation, attitude, action, activism and education. Discovery, embodiment, and teaching. The way of the bodhisattva, actually.
Yes, that’s my dream.