"A Mighty Big Man"
Hello, my friends.
It has often occurred to me that it takes a mighty big man to keep his head in the clouds and his feet on the ground at the same time. Can you picture it? A mighty big man indeed.
Maybe I think that way because it's been such a challenge for me personally. My natural tendency, and my greatest love, is to spend my time somewhere up "high in the sky." I set my alarm earlier than I need to every morning, seven days a week, just to sit quietly alone, drink my coffee, and read about philosophy and spirituality. I've often joked that I'm a "thinker, not a doer," and I'm definitely more of a "lover" than a "fighter."
I'm always looking to be "uplifted and inspired," and I see my own life purpose in terms of my ability to do exactly that for others. That's why I write these little articles, and why I love it so. When I sit down at this laptop, I try to go inside my own heart, and to take you in there with me. Somehow, that seems to be where all the answers lie.
The problem with all of this, of course, is that we ordinary people can't fly. We have to walk around in these human bodies, on this solid ground. We have these pesky and perennial problems of food, shelter, and clothing. We have to figure out a way to pay our bills, provide for our families, and meet those myriad responsibilities that keep rearing their ugly heads, just when we think we've found that elusive "place of peace."
When I first went into practice, I complained bitterly that if I'd known I had to be a businessman, I'd have never become a doctor. Somehow, I just thought I'd take care of my patients, do a good job, and everything else would fall into place. Sadly, I quickly found myself in the same predicament as everyone else - that of living and surviving in this material world, and doing so without letting it overshadow and obliterate the real reason we're here.
For many years, I started my morning wakeup time on the Internet, with my home page set to CNN. Now I realize what a huge mistake that was, and instead go directly to one of my beloved books. The trick, of course, is to be "in the world, but not of it," to know what's going on without getting overwhelmed. For me, the risk of not being the first to hear about the latest catastrophe is far outweighed by the importance of controlling the condition of my own mind and heart.
Ultimately, it seems that the key to a happy and successful life is to live it, "from above, down… and from the inside, out." The "mighty big man" (or woman) must begin at the top, in the rarified air of our own "inner truth." We must determine for ourselves what we believe, constantly clarify and sharpen that philosophy, and send it down and out into our lives and our world undiluted, without compromise or contradiction. If we can do that, do it with passion and persistence, and build our "material reality" on that firm foundation, surely God Himself (or Herself) can only smile... and take our hand.
Wishing you health, happiness and peace,Dr. Frank Bowling