Saturday, April 29, 2017

Facing Life's Hurdles

If a parent told his child, “An elephant is a big animal dwelling in Asia or Africa,” you and I both know there are many, many other facts unknown to the child. Life is an much to building block at a time...each experience adding to the existing knowledge.
Someone stated, “A person doesn't know...what he doesn't know!”
Life can be a 'precipice' or it can be a 'mountain top' experience. Throughout the italicized VALUES, contributed by Dilu, I insert a few “clip-its” from novels read the past few years.

To realize the value of a sister or brother ~ ask someone who doesn't have one.
To realize the value of ten years ~ ask a newly divorced couple.
To realize the value of four years ~ ask a graduate.
To realize the value of one year ~ ask a student who has failed a final exam.

From The Winter Vault by Anne Michael: A white-haired man sitting on a bench near the hospital, speaking to Jean in Cairo (having a brief walk, after losing her baby...teary-eyed, disconsolate, lonely and feeling guilty) consolingly spoke, “Do not confuse Fate with Destiny. Fate is dead! Destiny is liquid...alive like a bird. There are consequences and there is mystery...and sometimes they look the same. All your self-knowledge won't bring you peace. Seek something else. One can never forgive oneself anyway ~ for you, it takes another person to forgive ~ and for that, you could wait forever!”

To realize the value of nine months ~
ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn.
To realize the value of one month ~
ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.

From A Certain Smile by Judith Michael: As Miranda and Li approached the market in a clearing between apartment buildings, old men in baggy pants and faded jackets were hanging covered birdcages on wire hooks dangling from the branches of scrawny trees. When the men pulled off the covers, the canaries and parakeets began to sing. They sang and sang, joyful with the freedom of the sunlight, hopping from perch to floor and back to swinging perch while the old men sat on worn tree stumps gossiping. Li commented, “They do this every day. Their apartments are cramped and dark and they bring their birds here for fresh air. Sometimes they swing the cages in wide circles ~ they call this 'exercising' the birds.” Miranda stated, “How lovely...they all get to escape! Look at them, how happy they are...the men and the birds all sharing the same freedom!”
Li remarked, “We all have more than one cage...and we can escape.
Miranda, what are your cages?”

To realize the value of one week ~ ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realize the value of a minute ~ ask a person who has missed the train, bus or plane.
To realize the value of a second ~ ask a person who has survived an accident.

From Matters of the Heart by Danielle Steel: Hope Dunn, a renowned photographer of humanities had lived in India, Tibet and Nepal. She was not a Buddhist...but shared philosophies with them in that she didn't fight what happened to her. Instead, drifted with it...allowing life to carry her from one experience to the next. It was that...and wisdom that shone through her work. An Acceptance of Life as it really was...rather than try to force it to be what one wanted, knowing it never could be. She was a strong reed...bending in the wind...beautiful...and resilient.
Time waits for no one.
Treasure every moment you have.
You will treasure it even more ~ when you can share it with someone special.
To realize the value of a friend or family member ~ LOSE ONE!

A Learn-ed Philosophy
In life, we are in proximity to workers, whether business or service personnel who provide transportation, entertainment and our daily needs of life...even neighbours with whom we converse... sometimes without thought or reason. Often, what we say is 'counter-productive' with one's own words being misunderstood or misconstrued...resulting in negative reception.
The solution to this dilemma is: Think Before You Speak!
(to ensure clarity)

The following “Hormone Guide” illustrates the foregoing philosophy...”How to Speak to a Woman!

Dangerous: What's for dinner?
Safer: Can I help you with dinner?
Safest: Where would you like to go for dinner?
Ultra Safe: Here, have some wine!

Dangerous: Are you wearing that?
Safer: You sure look good in brown.
Safest: WOW! Look at you !
Ultra Safe: Here, have some wine!

Dangerous: What are you so worked up about?
Safer: Could we be over-reacting?
Safest: Here's my paycheck.
Ultra Safe: Here, have some wine!

Dangerous: Should you be eating that?
Safer: You know there are a lot of apples left.
Safest: Can I get you a piece of chocolate with that?
Ultra Safe: Here, have some wine!

Dangerous: What did you DO all day?
Safer: I hope you didn't over-do it today.
Safest: I've always loved you in that robe!
Ultra Safe: Here, have some wine!

Compiled by Merle Baird-Kerr...January 16, 2015
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