Let Me Play It Today with Joy!

Jim Ballard

Jim Ballard


I love this wise and witty update posted by Jim Ballard, a fellow Self-Realization Fellowship devotee. I’m glad that Jim, author of the lovely little book, Little Wave and Old Swell: A Fable of Life and Its Passing, chose to share his epiphany. You may be getting older, Jim, but you still have some swell stories!



I woke up this morning and had what we used to call a BFO (a Blinding Flash of the Obvious). However, that was used in the material sense, as when you are looking all over for your keys while they’re clipped to your belt (an affliction not limited to those of us who are aging). So maybe I should call what I had an SBFO—a Spiritual BFO.

My SBFO happened immediately on opening my eyes. It was so clear and obvious, I laughed and said, “I see, Master, it’s only a Show!” I mean, we devotees know Master [Paramahansa Yogananda] tells us that we’re to look on the world as a dream, a movie, and not get wrapped up in it. But this was not a thought, it was a Get. I sat up on the side of the bed and looked around and thought, “And I am playing the part of an Old Man. Let me play it today with Joy!”

That’s the thing when the body’s seen eighty loops of Brother Sun. It can be plainer that it’s all a show. When you see that, you don’t have to get into any of those conversations older people seem to have about their aches and pains (my friend Ed calls them “organ recitals”). If things hurt, you can resort to what my neighbor who’s recovering from a hip replacement, calls her “fifth food group”—ibuprofen—and get out there onstage and do what you are rediscovering every day you came to do.


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