The Getty, Living Well, and Sugar

Good Morning, God!

Yesterday, Suz and I went to see the Paris Exhibit at the Getty Museum in the Santa Monica Mountains. It was all about the daily life of the wealthy in the time of Louis XV — 1723 – 1775. It gave me a “funny” feeling, God.

I stood in front of one of the portraits — a bright and happy man in his 40s — and felt as if we were somehow related — family, even. These were people who worked at living “well.” They valued reading and thinking as well as beauty. And they loved the “latest technologies” such as pocket watches. Many were involved in scientific pursuits. It was clear that “learning” was important.

But, the exhibit was made bittersweet by the knowledge that the Revolution of 1789 was to sweep so many of them away — away to England, if they were “lucky.” The American Revolution had inspired the Thinkers — while the unbearable Poverty of the People on the Land fueled terribly destructive anger. Did any of the people described in this exhibit SEE THAT COMING? And, if so, how did they respond?

Ah, God, then I think — not historically — but personally, about myself. I think about how I SEE Sugar is bad for me, and yet I find it so hard to resist. Living WELL involves so many dimensions. Knowing and Doing. Loving Self and Loving Others. Spontaneous Child and Responsible Grownup. Creating and Organizing.

Not either / or choices but moment by moment blending. Thank You, God, for this incredible Life!

Story teller,

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