159. No Spoilers, Finishing the Good Place

“It turns out life isn’t a puzzle that can be solved one time and it’s done. You wake up every day, and you solve it again.” (Chidi Anagonye, The Good Place

I literally sobbed my way through the last episode of the sitcom. As a nation bereft of spiritual understanding (no offense), the entire premise of the Good Place has exposed us to religion, philosophy, and spirituality.  Fear not.  I am fairly certain that you can watch all four seasons and miss that entirely, or slide through and avoid rethinking your mortality.

When I opened my computer this morning, a picture of the forest in Earth Sanctuary randomly popped up on the screen.  Randomly.  There is no random. Ever. I pondered, then looked closely, and truly observed the picture.

The forest in the Earth Sanctuary, and the forest through the arbor in the show resonate as particularly similar!  I suppose evergreen forests tend to have dirt floors, ferns, and a variety of trees, so they all share a certain ambiance.  It is my mind that is illuminating the similarities to make a point.

In life, and in death, we walk the path.  We saunter through the garden arches, and into the varying levels of existence.  

I am facing another arch.  Tomorrow, I restart the journey down the path of chemotherapy.  I don’t remember how to do this.  Last time, three sessions led to a traumatic emergency surgery.  It also elevated me to a “no masses” resolution.

Tension. Fear.  Mortality.  Urgency.  Resolve.  Acceptance.  They are all here, cluttering the mind, waking me for predawn rambling.

“It turns out life isn’t a puzzle that can be solved one time and it’s done.  You wake up every day, and you solve it again.”  (Chidi Anagonye, The Good Place)

Author: Michele Plumb Stowell

Michele Stowell was a teacher, a hand holder, and encouraging voice. Born an early Gen Xer, she has lived in Western Washington for the duration. Her children, two spectacular genetic daughters and an uncountable number of marvelous scout and school sons and daughters, shine as her biggest impact and her greatest blessing. Just before her 54th birthday, Michele was diagnosed with stage four cancer. Her writing and art work are expressions of the drama and the joy of living earth bound. On October 24, 2021, Michele was released from her physical body, transported to continue her work on other realms.

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