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Daily Prompt: Goldilocks Moment

“Write about a time you had a Goldilocks experience, exploring different choices and finally arriving at “just right.”

For today’s daily prompt I am going to discuss a 50 year long Goldilocks event. I grew up with a mixture of Christianity, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and modern science influences. My parents never pushed my to make a definitive choice, rather they exposed me to what they grew up with, as well as other influences to give me a broad basis to build a belief system on. Growing up in a predominately Christian culture, I leaned that way and more than once asked those questions that raised eyebrows. Asking about evolution in the 60s and 70s outside of science class, got you labeled as one of those kids, not a troublemaker, rather you were seen by many as one who’s faith was weak. Let me make it clear this wasn’t the attitude of my parents, they encouraged me to think, question and adopt only when I accepted. However for the purpose of having morals, they ensured I went to Sunday school. As an adult, getting into the working world, starting a family, those questions ended up on the back burner, barely simmering, but somehow it didn’t burn up or evaporate. About five years ago I started to reexamine my believes, and was doing a lot of searching for answers. I tried the self-help book routine, however they didn’t work for me. Then one day I found a little booklet at a garage sale, titled: “A scientist’s report on study of Buddhist scriptures”. This book was one that with a plain cover, no artwork caught my eye. I started to read it that night, and over the next week I read and reread it several times. I pondered what it said, and the more I pondered the more the book, challenged me to make a choice. It lead me to committing to follow the Middle Path. So my Goldilocks moment happened at a garage sale, which doesn’t have the panache of having traveled around the world to sit at the feet of a master in some mountain range. However that was it, so thanks for sharing the memory with me.


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6 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Goldilocks Moment

  1. Do you still have that little booklet?

  2. Hey, that is fantastic! More truth at a garage sale than at the crest of Everest! 🙂

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