In his words, “There is something colossal about any human figure when that individual becomes truly and thoroughly human. A more human individual than Katsimbalis I have never met. … Walking with him … I had the feeling that I was walking the earth in a totally new way. The earth became more intimate, more alive, more promising. He spoke of little and of great with equal reverence; he was never too busy to pause and dwell on the things which moved him; he had endless time on his hands … the mark of a great soul.”
Katsimbalis’s enthusiasm was the cause of Miller's rebirth. Of his transformation, he wrote, “Nobody can enjoy the experience he desires until he is ready for it.” The question we ask ourselves is “Are we ready?”
“People seldom mean what they say,” Miller teaches. “Anyone who says he is burning to do something other than he is doing or to be somewhere else than he is is lying to himself.” (My emphasis.)
In Miller’s rebirth, he accepts his lot and is prepared to give of all that “I have received.” We all have been given unique gifts. In the case of Katsimbalis, the reality of his life was “relatively quiet and unadventurous.” What was remarkable was his gift of making “the most trivial incident, if it happened to Katsimbalis … a great event.”
If he picked a friendly flower along the road, his storytelling ability made a humble flower immortalized because he noticed it. “He had put into that flower all that he thought and felt about flowers, which is like saying—a universe.”
Miller understood that “there are men who are so full, so rich, who give themselves so completely that each time you take leave of them you feel that it is absolutely of no consequence whether the parting is for a day or forever. They come to you brimming over and they fill you to overflowing. They ask nothing of you except that you participate in their superabundant joy in living. They never imagine which side of the fence you are on because the world they inhabit has no fences.”
We don’t have to go far to know and make friends with people who are so in love with life, they have the ability to inspire us to join in their fun. As children teach us, their playfulness is deeply serious. As we move toward the light, we lighten up! When we’re enjoying ourselves in the moment, we are most alive. This is how most happiness simply happens.
This is the end of the story of my mysterious love of my Greek dolls!