The right thing will happen in the right way at the right time.
When 103-years olds write stuff down, I tend to read it–and pay attention.
When a 24-year old “life coach” tells you something, you might jot it down on a Post-It note. Maybe.
When a 103-year old man talks, you listen.
He doesn’t use many words. He writes things down with pen and paper (unless you want to bring out the typewriter). He uses a ruler to make lines on a paper if it doesn’t have lines already (look closely). He has nothing to gain, profit or reason to cheat, lie or swindle you.
He talks about how he’ll soon be journeying to the other side. He’s had glimpses of what it’s like and he’s looking forward to it. He’s not in a hurry either way–either to stay or go. He lives each day as it comes and does what he loves to do: paint, draw, watch movies and listen to music.
There’s a knowing about him that I don’t necessarily recognize because I’m not sure many people have it. It’s not knowledge or information or training or even experience–although it might be all of those things combined.
Where does he get these simple words that are so clear? There is just no questioning it. Well, of course, you can if you want to, but he’s like a old Buddha or a Jedi and he won’t necessarily argue with you and he’s happy to hear your opinion. But what he says and certainly what he writes down is somehow just the way it is.
But what does it mean!?
We can all have our own interpretations. I’m sure he’d be happy to discuss them with you. But there’s a finality about it, a certainness that somehow puts me at ease.
With all I plan and do and want and strive for in life, is it really just a matter of being open for the right thing in the right way at the right time? Does this mean I have to do nothing? Maybe even should do nothing? Or does it mean that I should keep doing and striving and wanting and when the right time comes around and it’s the right way then it will be the right thing.