Via Basel: The List



Art by Philipp Igumnov


The List

What follows is not a poem or an essay, not advice or education, nor even insight or inspiration.

Just an acknowledgement of what arises from the heart when it abides in stillness, then pours out unfiltered on paper.

–Love is all around, so is fear and hate.

–Constant consumption is never fulfilling, and denial difficult but necessary.

–Pain and hurt happens, but how to deal with and process it is a choice.

–A mind can be full of horrors but also a beautiful thing.

–Nature can be devastating and healing.

–I know, and cannot understand at the same time.

–Nobody can hurt you as much as you can.

–When you play the game of life the choices are: Win/Lose, Win/Win, or Lose/Lose.

–Mystery is as frightening as it is exhilarating.

–Leaders are few but good ones are even fewer. Followers are plenty, thoughtful ones less.

–Chaos leads to order but can order lead to chaos?

–Are boom & bust a flip side of same phenomena?

Here is my suggestion: Take 10 or 15 minutes, settle down and make your OWN list. Wait a few hours or days and then take your time reading it. If you chose not to, that’s fine. Please, just don’t say, “I don’t have time.”

Basel Al-Aswad, father of EIL founder Christopher Al-Aswad, is a yogi trapped in an Orthopedic Surgeon’s body. His loves in life include reading, writing, hiking, enjoying nature, meditation, and spending time with his large Iraqi family, and now, semi-retired, he is exploring new avenues in medicine, education, and social engagement.