Life Is Like A Gum Wrapper

"The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out."
Proverbs 18:15

Most of the time, I get up in the morning and do my work, internally and externally. I do my best to be a good person, to focus on God, express gratitude, and live when I can, from the bigger perspective; aware of my heart and soul, as well as the hearts and souls of other people.

Some who know me might say I've become withdrawn, and in a sense they're right, but I think it's more about self-reflection and the quest for a deeper connection to my Source. I know not only of this time in my life, but of other times as well. I have to process them all. It's a lot of work, and one of many lessons in the paradox of experiencing both the blessing and “curse” of awareness. Doing so changes us.

It is theorized that no one can know the heights of love and joy without knowing equal depths of sorrow; no one can know Light, unless they also know darkness. Perhaps it's true, as they serve as gauges for one another. From what I know of energies, frequencies and personal experience, I'd say the theory has at least some basis in truth. That being said, I look forward to a time when I can say, once again of my own life, and the lives of others, things are in a great place, and fully mean it. With all the changes and challenges of recent times, I believe most of humanity feels the same way, to some degree or another. We find ourselves in October of 2021, and I’d say the past 2 years have been life-altering for everyone.

Reflecting back to a night many years ago, I was having a conversation with my son. He was 15 at the time, and he shared with me an insightful analogy relating to life. He unwrapped a piece of gum and placed it in his mouth. This is back when gum had a foil wrapping, and as he sat there, staring at the foil wrapper, he proceeded to tell me how life is like the wrapper.

When one takes the wrapper and lays it flat, it represents life as we currently know it. There may be some imperfections, high points, low points - a wrinkle here and there, but for the most part, it's okay. It’s good. It’s smooth.

He then took the wrapper and rolled it into a ball. He said this represents an event or a person, an experience; something within life that causes dramatic change.

After that, he took the wrapper, gently unrolled it and laid it down, attempting to smooth it. Once it was as flat as he could make it, we looked at it again. He told me the wrapper represented life after the event. He said that in one way, it was the same wrapper, but no matter how hard someone might try to make it so, the wrapper would never be as it was before. It was, and is, forever altered.

That’s where we now find ourselves - forever altered.

My son. He's something…

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