Do you remember the song by The Clash, “Lost In The Supermarket”. I feel that way sometimes. It’s a funny experience to have. I think that is something we may have in common. Feeling certain ways, responses to certain places, expectations from the unknown. The low-grade fever of change.
Different people includes me.
I sometimes feel I am lost or that I am suffering. Pain or suffering are ways to experience life, for me, they are not ways that I want to LIVE my life.
The truth is my life can feel like a million things. One million things equals one life.
I suspect that if I can extend my feelings to others, then pain and suffering become universal. They are the responsibilities of life. If we can extend these feelings then what becomes universal is the sense of belonging. Altruism and joy can be the normal.
Back to the supermarket. If I am going to be lost anywhere, or let me rephrase that, I know I am going to feel lost again, and if I feel lost and I think of my life as the supermarket that is around me. I can try different things. I can share different things. My understanding expands. I get you. You get me. It becomes second nature.
How about this, wherever you are, wherever I am, as my mind wanders and my feelings change, if the experience darkens, if the details become less clear, then I will encourage myself to find a place where I can settle for a while. Where I can take stock.