Myths are stories waiting for us to breath life in to them
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New Year’s, time for a new beginning. Time to cast off the trials and tribulations of last year. Time to look forward to the opportunity of a New Year. Forward, out of the burden of past obligations and in to the space of new beginnings
Greek myths they say are simple stories that allow us the chance to breathe life in to them---to illustrate a point, to elaborate on a moral issue---so here goes...
There once was a Greek Citizen of the name of Sisyphus, of whom it is said that he was cast in to Hades for eternity, to forever roll a round rock up a pyramid shaped hill. Once topping that Hill his burden would roll down the other side and he would slowly descend the mountain to take up his fate once again, an eternal punishment for offending the God's.
It seems Sisyphus had upset his elders. In the day it was held that in order to make it in to heaven there had to be an elaborate wake, a ceremony of passing that would insure your state forever was as you wished. Well his wife, upon his passing, had cast his body in to the street, thereby insuring his journey to Hades. Upon arriving there he beseeched the caretakers and God's of the underworld to allow him to return to earth---to chastise his wife for failing to follow his wishes. Apparently they were convinced and he was allowed 7 days on the surface to confront and settle things with his wife.
Sisyphus journeyed across the lands to where his home was, but along the way some miraculous things happened. He slowly walked the paths of his childhood, of his adult hood and he was awakened to the beauty that abounded around him. The sites he had never had time for. He was in awe of the blue, blue sky, the serenity of the many streams and the wonder of the beauty in nature. For the first time he was able to take in what was around him. He had been so busy before, working, managing, planning, executing. He had been so focused on the obligations and required events of his life that he had overlooked the richness around him. Now as he took it all in, he lost sight of his reason for being here and no longer desired to chastise anyone. He longed only to bask in the gifts of his world, appreciating for the first time the wonder of the world.
Well the God of Hades would have nothing to do with an extended stay and post haste sent his captors for Sisyphus who was then brought back to Hades in chains and sentenced to his eternal punishment.
It is common knowledge among the scholars that Sisyphus triumphed, though he is eternally carrying out his punishment. How could that be you might say?
Well perhaps we might identify with his awakening on his journey home---. We too can be guilty of not appreciating the good that is around us every day as we rush from one task to another---our thoughts consumed by obligation and the detail of the day. How often have we glanced up at the beauty around us, taken a deep breath and just relaxed---and actually seen the beauty that is with us? How often have we really appreciated what we have in our lives, and not balanced the scale with our perceived negatives?
Sisyphus is adjudged to have won out because he is conscious of the time between his burdens. He knows that his travail up will end and he will have the time during his walk down to think on his own terms. He will have the time to appreciate his state in life.
Do we appreciate our state in life? Do we actually see what is around us? Do we appreciate what we have? Is our mind forever concentrated on the shortcomings we must endure?
All too often we are so concentrated on the negative that we overlook the positive, we are blinded by burden to the silver lining all around us.
Sisyphus had his rock it was his burden and we have ours ---job, relationship, grief, obligations, unavoidable tasks, loved ones in need, children un-launched, pain, suffering, disability---fill in the grievance! BUT--try to consciously see the time between your burdens as your time, a time to appreciate the goodness that is inherent in most of our burdens. Try hard to be aware.
Now walk outside---look up and all around---there is beauty in your life--there is time between your burdens to appreciate the totality of our life. For me--- I will try harder to appreciate it.
Help the world to be a better place by being aware of the goodness around you---recognize and appreciate the potential in people---the beauty in nature---the blessings that are ours and what good you extend will give you peace.