Monday, November 07, 2005

Three Lives, One Soul

Contradicting my Christian principles, I believe that every soul passes through this world three times before it is then put to permanent rest. Three times: there is the new soul (created when an old soul isretired”), the middle soul (one that has passed through once already), and the old soul (the one who has passed through twice and is on its last journey home).

I believe this because in order to make the world a better place for future generations, we have to go through life more than once, passing on the lessons we have learned – the old souls teaching the new souls while the middle souls make the world go. The new souls are the ones creating mischief and stirring things up cause they don’t know any better; the middle souls are still learning and making mistakes, but with some solid knowledge of life; and the old souls have seen it all before and are really just going through trying to make it easier for everyone else. In presidential politics, “W” is a new soul, Bill Clinton is a middle soul, and Jimmy Carter is an old soul.

Think about your friends. Aren’t there some who act as if everything is new and exciting, while there are others who act like they have seen it all before?


For example, I will use three friends of mine: Rajeev, Patrick, and my roommate, Ashley. Rajeev and Patrick are a young couple who have been together for several years. They are complete personality opposites: Rajeev is like a puppy – everything is fun and fresh and stimulating: spin classes and cross country road trips and getting to know the barrista who serves him coffee each morning just so he can say hello by name.


On the contrary, Patrick is calm, sedate, soft-spoken. He is an 80 year-old man in a 30 year-old body. He shrugs things off easily with an “I could care less” attitude. Both men are fun and funny and to see them together makes you pause and wonder, “How did these two get together?”


And then there is Ashley, who is a combination of both behaviors. He is adventurous enough to buy a run down house in a ‘questionable’ neighborhood, and to give up everything to start a new business in a new town. Yet he’s not the type to “hook up” when meeting someone, and he’d rather do something himself than delegate the task or wait for someone else to do it.

Go through your friends and you will see these patterns too. Everyone you know will either be a new, middle and old soul.

Which am I? I am a middle soul – I am world weary enough to accept the things that happen to me with a pretty good attitude knowing that everything happens for a reason. But I am also the first to do something impulsive then worry about the consequences tomorrow. Been through one full round already with one more to go after this one.

Which are you?