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Today I am off to a funeral of a dearly loved patient and client of mine. She celebrated her 90th Birthday at the end of 2016 with a big family party and get together. Indeed – she made sure that she was celebrating for a few weeks – good for her!

But, as one friend leaves – and let me say she had a fascinating life! – It was definately a “Good Life”, well lived and explored right to the end; – it has got me thinking about The Circle of Life.


The eternal wheel of birth, growth, recycle and renewal and departure. The pattern of our lives, which (as we consider we are at the centre of the Universe, and we are, up to a point!) are no different in many ways to anyone else’s from a different age.

Yes, there are differences between us of course – housing, sanitation, travel, food and experiences – but the basics… the everyday actions of life – they are all the same. This is always good to remember when someone is being a bit high handed – they eat and sleep and go to the loo just the same as the rest! It’s the parable of the Emperor’s New Clothes over and over! What is underneath all the external fascia and glamour / front is just the same for us all!

That is one of the circles – the equality of being human. The connection to the rest of humanity and other sentient beings on the Earth. The highs and lows, struggles and successes, the periods of wellness and illness, the birth and demise of one’s life force.

Whilst thinking about this I remembered the lovely song from Elton John’s stage play The Lion King – “The Circle of Life”. I thought I would share it with you. Observe where you resonate.

“The Circle Of Life”

From the day we arrive on the planet
And blinking, step into the sun
There’s more to be seen than can ever be seen
More to do than can ever be doneSome say eat or be eaten
Some say live and let live
But all are agreed as they join the stampede
You should never take more than you giveIn the circle of life
It’s the wheel of fortune
It’s the leap of faith
It’s the band of hope
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the circle, the circle of lifeSome of us fall by the wayside
And some of us soar to the stars
And some of us sail through our troubles
And some have to live with the scarsThere’s far too much to take in here
More to find than can ever be found
But the sun rolling high through the sapphire sky
Keeps great and small on the endless round.

For those who have not seen this – either as a stage play or from the movie film I recommend it. Yes! You will have that song resonating in your head as an “ear worm” for a few days, but there are other sentiments in there which can be used and put into practice.
Funny how life can actually be so simple and yet we make it so complicated!

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