Creating Your Verse
O Me! O Life!
BY WALT WHITMAN
O Me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring;
Of the endless trains of the faithless-of cities fill'd with the foolish;
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light-of the objects mean-of the struggle ever renew'd;
Of the poor results of all-of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me;
Of the empty and useless years of the rest-with the rest me intertwined;
The question, O me! so sad, recurring-What good amid these, O me, O life?
That you are here-that life exists, and identity; That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse.
We all want to know why we are here. The death of actor and comedian, Robin Williams, resurrected Walt Whitman's poem and lines from Dead Poets Society, reminding us that life is precious. In his poem, Whitman questions his own existence and the futility of life. He ponders the "endless trains of the faithless," and reproaches himself for being no better than those who betray our hopes and expectations. As a humanist, Whitman lived a life of service questioning human existence but understanding that life is a journey in which we are intertwined with the "sordid crowds" who crave the light. Whitman asks the age-old question, "to be or not to be?" His answer is that human life is sacred and that we must appreciate simply being alive. Whitman doesn't try to solve the problem but asks that we "contribute a verse."
Robin Williams, as the unorthodox professor, John Keating in Dead Poets Society, urges his students to Seize the Day, Carpe Diem! While disregarding the conformist culture of the elite Welton Academy, Keating passionately implores his students to live in the moment, make a difference and know that life is precious and unpredictable. Oh Me! Oh Life! What should I be doing with my life?
You too will contribute a verse regardless of whether you ever question your purpose. The "sordid crowds I see around me," are simply those who are living by default. They are not yet awake to the divine connection within. Some are caught up in what I refer to as the Golden Prison. These people are going through life reaching for material fulfillment and seeking success in careers that bring them no joy. Some are caught in the web of self gratification. "Of eyes that vainly crave the light," but are not awake to the calling of their soul. For most, the challenge is to seek that verse and unlock the inspiration, bringing their verse into existence. That is the play of life and our soul's calling to our higher purpose. There is an absolute knowing of purpose when you are on that path.
In Whitman's day, and for the students of professor Keating, who you became was determined by circumstance and your family. Today there is a surge in the human spirit of awakening and desire to feel fully alive while fulfilling a unique purpose in life. This blog is designed to provoke awareness and help you break free from habitual ways of reacting to life and embrace a higher way of being.
We have a choice - to create our verse by allowing life to dictate our circumstance, or to embrace everything as an expression of the Creator, moving through life with gratitude and the knowing of a higher purpose. This is a life long journey of self discovery and growth.
What will be your verse?