Welcome to The Epic! I am launching this blog as a manifesto for and a guide to living well. The title and motto of the blog are taken from the Epicureans, at least some of whom believed in the notion that not one minute of the future was guaranteed to them and that as a result they had the duty to live life to its fullest every moment.
I believe in discovering fun and pleasurable things wherever I find myself each day and I am told I have a knack for unearthing them. My hope is that by sharing in my pleasures and some of my ways of finding them you will begin to collect all the riches that lie in the moments of your life. They are there. Take them! All our lives should be.....Epic.
Every so often I come across someone who so exemplifies the Epic spirit that it stops me in my tracks. Like the fellow on the corner.
I have certain work obligations which at times can only be described as tedious. When these obligations call, I am required to sally forth from the friendly confines of my office to a nearby building. Which in turn requires me to walk right past him.
The fellow on the corner is about my age, perhaps a bit older. He is dressed nicely and doesn't appear in need of food or shelter. He never asks for anything. He just gives to others. In every season, not just the Christmas season, he is on the corner wearing a yellow reflective vest that makes him look quasi-official. The last week or two he has been sporting a Santa hat.
Every day I walk past him he gives a cheerful grin and says good morning or good afternoon. Often he will give a compliment too. "That is a nice looking suit you have on today!" "You are having a great day, I can tell by that smile!"
Think of the energy this fellow expends in this Epic venture. He has made it his quest through this part of his life to give happiness and light to everyone he sees and he obviously loves what he does. This year in particular I am in need of this sort of gift. And he provides it to everyone, at no cost to themselves other than a return smile or greeting. Which everyone I have seen gives. Funny how a genuine pleasantry draws a pleasant response.
I would love to know his story but I don't really need to. He exemplifies the Epic life. Mining joy from the ordinary and letting others see it. A Christmas gift indeed.
In my early 60s, widower, father and itinerant storyteller. I am a putative jazz singer, poet and novelist, dedicated to mining every minute of life for the veins of pleasure they contain. My motto is "Dum Vivimus, Vivamus"..."While we Live--LET US LIVE".