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8 thoughts as life picks up the pace

Herewith a few thoughts I’d like to share with you after reading the newspaper this morning. Hope they may give you some “food for thought.”

1. Life is moving more quickly and getting more intense.

2. As life picks up the pace, it gets more and more difficult to keep anything "hidden". Everything is being brought to the surface of conscious awareness -- in our lives, relationships, institutions, businesses, and governments. My name for what is driving this process is truth.

3. There is nothing anyone can do to stop this process.

4. Chaotic and random though this process may seem at times there is impeccable order and beauty back of it.

5. As the old world disintegrates before our eyes, a new world appears.

6. The opportunity facing each of us in the midst of disintegration and pain is to become more conscious of the timeless masterpiece which you and I truly are.

7. As terrifying as things can seem in this time of rapid change there is something that does not change. It is our own presence and it is untroubled and unharmed by any of these external events we see and experience.

8. Look for more and more extremes to emerge as people and institutions feel the pressure of this process at work in their lives.

Any thoughts you’d like to add? Please share.

Picture credit: planetearth112



{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Carol Wills April 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Yes, I totally agree that the pace is picking up, and I feel it happening in myself even more this spring. I’m not sure what this means, except that big changes are coming, and I hope they’re good ones.

My instinct has been to lay aside everything that does not serve me–from old clothes and chipped dishes to withering houseplants and troublesome relationships. I want to clear out, make space for this newness. I want to empty myself of all regrets and remorse for past mistakes and offer my heart as innocent as a baby’s to whatever is coming. And I know it’s happening, and I know it’s going to be better than anything I could imagine today. If you feel the same as I do, please comment!


Christopher Foster April 9, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Beautiful words Carol. My heart is singing in perfect unison with you. Big changes are coming. Personally, I think they are inevitable for all of us. It may have seemed hitherto as if it was possible to sequester ourselves so to speak in placid, familiar, comfortable habits and ways.

But I think whoever we are life has its own agenda in mind for us. And like the allegorical story of King Canute I don’t think it will work to try and command the waves to leave us alone.

Better to jump right in as you are obviously doing and discover with joy that change, real change is actually the boon we have been longing for all our lives. My love and blessing to you.


Evan Griffith April 9, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Once again you’ve done it, Chris — gone straight to the heart of the matter with profound pith.

And in the way of your unconquerable spirit (!), you’ve made the scary beautiful.

As always, it’s an honor to know you digitally —

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Christopher Foster April 10, 2012 at 9:48 am

It’s an honor to know you too Evan. Don’t you sometimes think it’s not by chance kindred spirits find each other in the hustle bustle of this world?

But hey, you’re really good at pith aren’t you? I think you could win a contest with ‘profound pith.’ My wife is good at it too. Anything I’ve learned about succinct which isn’t much I’ve learned from her, but I think you could hold your own with JoAnn and then some.

Just kidding around. I do wish you well Evan and I’m with you in your journey.


Durwin Foster April 9, 2012 at 9:18 pm

hi dad: interesting post! the only additional thought I might add is that there seems to be a direction to the change…seemingly towards more complexity and inclusiveness of the systems / ecology of which we are members…
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Christopher Foster April 10, 2012 at 9:55 am

Very interesting thought Durwin. I think you’re absolutely right. It’s not mindless change by any means is it. For one thing, there’s a powerful determination in a lot of people it seems to me to be better “stewards” of our fragile earth and appreciate and care for the creatures and other wonders of Nature. It’s heartening to see this trend at work isn’t it.

Was watching a clip on the news last night that was so beautiful. It was about a large family of whales that hang out in baja California and they are apparently inter-acting with people in very new and interesting and heartening ways. The clip showed these people on a small boat completely in awe at what was happening.

My love to you Durwin. Hey, keep this up and I’ll give you a special prize as one of my best commenters. Couldn’t help but think you often speak about closing the “inter-generational” gap and maybe this is one way you and I can share in this eh?


Durwin Foster April 10, 2012 at 7:51 pm

I agree, dad…this is definitely a way we can share in bridging the generations…
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Trefor April 10, 2012 at 7:09 am

I just read this before reading your e …..synchronicity????


Christopher Foster April 10, 2012 at 9:58 am

Hi Trefor, synchronicity is beautiful isn’t it. One of the most beautiful bits of magic anyone could possibly imagine. Have a wonderful, wonderful day and blessings to you.


sheila April 10, 2012 at 9:46 am

Good day Christopher
Yes things are changing…rapidly, quickly, instantly… lots of fast paced changes we have in this world we live in.
Truth, the ability to see everything on the internet, our lifestyles… we live in an incredible time and yes change is coming for the people who want it…
My hope is that more people realise that we do live in a fast pace world, it has it’s benefits but I think the change we need to see is taking a step back every once in awhile and remembering what is truly important in life. Everything NOW hasn’t necessarily been a good thing in all aspects of life.
Slowing down, enjoy, quiet, peacefulness…. unhurried lifestyle…..let’s just change the pace a bit and see what the world has in store for us…


Christopher Foster April 10, 2012 at 12:54 pm

What an important realization you share here Sheila. Thank you so much for your input.

I agree with you entirely. It’s kind of a paradox. But as the world speeds up and craziness and extremes are emphasized more and more, the biggest change any of us can make is stepping back a bit, as you say, and providing a calm center to all that’s going on. I love what you say so much. I think Lao Tzu said something to the effect that “In doing nothing, everything gets done.’

There is such power when we face life from that place of calm that already exists within each of us. So happy to be sharing this journey with you. Blessings and take care Sheila.


Carmen April 10, 2012 at 11:03 am

Hi Christopher,

Wow, as I read this I wondered what insider relationship you have with Wisdom. You are right smack on! Powerful insight. POWERFUL TRUTH!


Christopher Foster April 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Thank you so much for your support and agreement Carmen, it’s a privilege to share these days with you.


Juan April 10, 2012 at 4:29 pm

first time come here, nice to meet u
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Christopher Foster April 11, 2012 at 10:42 am

Nice to meet you too Juan. Best wishes to you.


michel vaillancourt April 10, 2012 at 8:37 pm

We are indeed responsible for our creation, that is the world we live in. It is great to accept conscious stewardship for it and for who I am and I’m thankful for this creating power.

Much Love,
One with you,


Christopher Foster April 11, 2012 at 10:41 am

Thank you Michel. Love and blessings right back to you.


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