Sunday, January 11, 2015

How Do We Live with the "Drip, Drip, Drip of Existence?"

Do you watch Elementary? Does the American version of Sherlock Holmes hold any appeal for you? I am a great fan of this show. I love that it is smart and above all quotable.

In the segment I watch this last week called The Eternity Injection, Holmes was in a big black funk. He is a recovering addict with 2 years of AA meetings under his belt and now he realizes that this is his life...forever. Day after day, week after week he will be a recovering more, no less. I loved the line he used as he talked to Watson about his feelings:
Now I think if I were to use drugs again, it would, in fact, be an anticlimax. It would be a surrender to the drip, drip, drip of existence.
It is a very depressing thought isn't it...the drip, drip, drip of existence? I think that we have all faced that feeling at one time or another. It is the mundane act of living after we have reached our goal and must now live without that tantalizingly need to conquer what stands in our way.

It has occurred to me that the very fact that we do live lives that are essential the same day after day makes it more and more important that we continue to find new challenges.

For example, the average person that leaves a job or sees a child grown or even gets that up level college degree faces a life empty of the challenge those things brought. If they don't love new challenges I can imagine that days and weeks must seem like eternities.

Can we change the way we approach life and make ourselves interested in learning or being creative or seeing every movie or even reading all the Nance Drew Mysteries? I don't know. But if we can, it would be a very good idea. Otherwise the "drip, drip, drip of existence" will take it's toll. We may not live forever but it will certainly feel that way.


  1. I think life is long...especially if you don't enjoy it. I do think we can change the way we approach life. Not always easy, but that's the journey. Much rather go down trying! Lovely post.

    1. You are so is long. We must grasp the joy and hang on tight through the whole ride. It is an adventure to say the least.

  2. I like some routine - the morning and evening rituals especially. As long as I say "yes" to what comes along I think I'm on the right path.

    1. Yes you are Linda. I am like you in that I love my rituals. I think they replace some of the space and time that is the hardest for me.

  3. Once again I'm reminded of the saying - do life so life doesn't do you. I find solace and comfort in the "mundane", which reminds me of a book - Chop Wood, Carry Water. I think when we are mindful in our daily practices, there is little "drip, drip, drip of existence". How many of us have been glad to get home to routine after an exciting vacation?

    1. Oh, yes I know what you mean. I love my space and my bed and the things I do daily. They are the water for my life. The drip, drip is not possible when there is no place for it to live and grown.

      Be well.


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