Maturity

I love this wisdom from David Whyte, posted by Dr Bill Wooten. There is much talk about living in the present moment and in the Now. These words gave me goosebumps:
“Maturity is not a static arrived platform, where life is viewed from a calm, untouched oasis of wisdom, but a living elemental frontier between what has happened, what is happening now and the consequences of that past and present; first imagined and then lived into the waiting future.”

Dr Bill Wooten

β€œMaturity is the ability to live fully and equally in multiple contexts; most especially, the ability, despite our grief and losses, to courageously inhabit the past the present and the future all at once. The wisdom that comes from maturity is recognized through a disciplined refusal to choose between or isolate three powerful dynamics that form human identity: what has happened, what is happening now and what is about to occur.

Immaturity is shown by making false choices: living only in the past, or only in the present, or only in the future, or even, living only two out of the three.

Maturity is not a static arrived platform, where life is viewed from a calm, untouched oasis of wisdom, but a living elemental frontier between what has happened, what is happening now and the consequences of that past and present; first imagined and then lived into the waiting future.

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22 responses to “Maturity

  1. I have always felt, Val, that the obsessive refrain of having to live in the present moment, can become as toxic as perpetually living in the past. The kind of wisdom expressed in your post is what I absolutely warm to. Without repeating it here, your last paragraph articulates everything I feel and have felt. Marvellous post.

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