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Wake up!

Hello and welcome to this glorious August 7, 2020! Today is a rare and precious day that will never come again. Are you awake for it?

On any given day, I can scroll through pretty much any social media platform and read where someone somewhere is calling on humanity, an identified group of people, or even an individual to, “Wake Up.” Hmmmm, have I ever said that? Yes, more times than I care to count.

What do we mean here, to Wake Up? When I have the belief that someone needs to Wake Up, it is as though I am suggesting that they are not living in the now, they need to be educated, open their eyes, and get in touch with reality. I mean seriously, “how could anyone be so blind?” Even though I still catch myself thinking “people” need to Wake Up meow and then, I find this idea quite comical. In all my wokeness I have access to some greater reality more than anyone else? There are 7.8 Billion people on this planet and my ego is somehow convinced that I have it all figured out. On one level, my consciousness is typically convinced that I’m seeing clearly, “I am Awake!”

So, what does it mean to Wake Up? I honestly don’t know anymore. I can say that I certainly know what it’s like to be asleep though. The most obvious are times of mindlessness. For example, driving down the road and snapping out of wherever I was and asking myself, “How did I get here already?” Or how about these: walk into a room and forgot why you went in there; finish reading a chapter and come to the realization that you don’t remember a single thing you read; while in the middle of a conversation stop and wonder what it was that you were talking about. When we “come to” in these situations, it is often hard to remember where we were. We were somewhere. One thing is for sure, we were not present.