Mobiles: The Wham x 2
“But I don’t feel like I have a rainbow inside me,” said mouse.
“You do,” explained bear, “and it’s beautiful; just like you.”
Thoughts while making
His name was Lloyd. He had curly brown hair and big glasses. And when I first met him, he was sitting on a desk in the lotus position, smoke from a stick of burning sandalwood mixing with sitar music.
Over the course of the next hour, Lloyd regaled us with stories of ancient India, holy sadhus, levitation, transmutation, and things I never even could’ve imagined were real, but that excited me to the core.
The class was Hinduism 101 and Lloyd was actually. Dr. Lloyd Pflueger. And, after 2.5 years in college with zero idea what I was going to major in, Lloyd’s class led to a year at Berkeley studying Sanksrit and Hindi, two degrees in religious studies, and a lifelong fascination with how we make meaning.
Lloyd was a gifted storyteller. Passionate about history, his experiences, and the way past and present, his and yours, here and there, came together in this magical and interconnected way.
I was watching the Screen Actor Guild awards the other night and two things occurred to me: 1) Where else do we get recognized for doing what we do in such a grand and celebratory way? 2) Where else do we have a formal opportunity to stand up in front of our peers and loved ones to take a moment to say “thank you”?
Thank you for inspiring me. Thank you for supporting me. Thank you for trusting me. Thanking for taking a chance on me. Thank you for being there for me. Thank you for making me better. Thank you for loving me and sacrificing for me and believing in me.
For all the bad rap award shows get, there’s something to 1) taking time to reflect on what we and others have done and accomplished in this past year, and 2) to celebrating with gratitude those who help us in our eternal becoming.
As I was looking at these two mobiles together and their circles, I had a flash of a chakra diagram Lloyd showed the class, and it made me think of him, and how he has no idea how he touched me and my life. So thank you, Dr. Pfleuger.
If we shine the spotlight on you for a moment, who would you like to thank?