Monday, December 8, 2014

Voices From The Past 3: Searching for the Holy Grail

My son was born in 1998.  I found parenthood an initially terrifying experience.  Like many you're bringing a new life into a world, that you have to admit "you don't really understand at times".  Having the next generation in your hands brings that into focus - at some point ideally you'd like to help this new life deal with the world as well, if not better than you do.

Over years I would call this quest for understanding by several names.  One I've come to like is "pathfinding", but back in this initial entry, I found that "the search for the Holy Grail" seemed best ...

The Search For The Holy Grail [1998]

This is a beginning, and as I write these words they pass on into history.  This is the way of things.

This is a book about the quest for a Holy Grail, in this case not the cup of Christ, but the quest for a truth which grips and defines our lives.  It is a record of my thoughts and feeling laid out on paper, not just for myself but for my son and any other children to come.

Our Family Motto  [1998]

Our family motto is this,

Nothing of steel is made without fire
And the trials of life are the flames 
from which we draw strength

Life can be full of hardships and difficulties - all too often they seem overwhelming.

Unfortunately life does not seem to be about finding a calm idyllic life, but instead dealing with one obstacle after another, and it's easy to lose faith and hope.

In facing each obstacle, you can find within yourself new abilities to cope with.  Abilities that you're not even yet aware of.  These challenges make us stronger people.  Hence challenges can make us stronger people.

From the day we're born, life is full of difficult things to learn - if we gave up after the odd failure we'd never walk, talk, or learn to read.  But as adults we forget how hard the learning process can be and get to fear failure.  [Interestingly I wrote something similar 12 year laters]

Never lose hope.  Burn our motto into our hearts when things look hardest.

Looking back  [2001]

I have found this book after having lost it since we moved from Portland.  Rereading it, I found myself thinking "wow - it really resonates with the choices I have made in the last few years.

Recently I have found myself "pathfinding", searching for my unique spiritual and mental path in life against the needs of day-to-day life.

Of course for me, rereading this is a weird feeling, and gosh (did I ever used to say "gosh"?) do I wish I could transfer my knowledge now to the guy who wrote that first page.

But you cannot pass knowledge back in time - only forward, and that is the aim of my writing ...

The Two Forces [2001]

Our life is gripped by two great forces which while balanced give us life and health.  They are known to us as renewal and decay.

The force of decay is constant and unfaltering and come from outside.

The force of renewal is generated from within - from our heart, our mind, our body.  One day it will fail and we will surrender to decay.  But for today, it is enough.

A few years ago I saw a dead mouse on the way to University.  Each day I passed it, it was a little more decayed than the one before.

I realised the that the mouse not not decaying because it was dead.  Every day of it's life it was decaying.  But at the same rate it's body was also renewing what was lost to decay.

When it died there was no more renewal, and only decay remained.

So?  Nothing is static, everything changes.  That's part of the trick of life - things that do seem static are in a state of static equilibrium (where two opposite forces are producing no net effect) or decaying at a very slow rate (mountains erode but over thousands of years).

In relationships particularly we can think that once we are married it becomes a static thing that will last.  No!  To maintain a relationship even after marriage we still need to put in energy, time and love to keep it alive.

Of course we should not be afraid of letting it evolve - as long as we are not letting it just decay ...




My grandmother who died this year kept a journal for years, which my mother is inheriting.  I know for myself, I'm not ready to read them yet, her loss is too recent.  But I hope one day I will.  With Violet, I have found her occasional writing, and it's a bittersweet affair to remember her words and thoughts.

1 comment:

  1. Ass Wr Wb Saya ingin berbagi cerita kepada anda bahwa sy seorang TKW dari malaysia dan secara tidak sengaja saya buka internet dan saya melihat komentar IBU LUSI yg dari singapura tentang AKI yg telah membantu dia menjadi sukses dan akhirnya saya juga mencoba menghubungi beliau dan alhamdulillah beliau mau membantu saya untuk memberikan nomor Togel/lottrey 4D dr hasil ritual/ghaib dan alhamdulillah itu betul-betul terbukti tembus dan menang RM.270.000 Ringgit ,kini saya kembali indon membeli rumah dan kereta walaupun sy cuma pembantu rumah tanggah di selangor malaysia, sy sangat berterimakasih kepada AKI MAULANA dan tidak lupa mengucap syukur kepada ALLAH karna melalui AKI saya juga sudah bisa se sukses ini, pesan AKI yg slalu sy ingat setiap manusia bisa menjadi kaya, hanya saja terkadang mereka tidak tahu atau salah jalan, Banyak orang menganggap bahwa miskin dan kaya merupakan bagian dari takdir, Takdir macam apa? Tuhan tidak akan memberikan takdir yang buruk terhadap kita semua, cobaan yang Tuhan berikan merupakan pembuktian seberapa kuat Anda bertahan di dalamnya. Tuhan tidak akan merubah nasib Anda jika Anda tidak berusaha untuk merubahnya sendiri, Jadi teman2 yg dalam ke susahan jgn pernah putus asah, kalau sudah waktunya tuhan pasti kasi jalan asal anda mau berusaha. AKI MAULANA adalah guru spiritual terkenal di indonesia yg bisa melakukan ritual ghaib seperti:
    1.Pesugihan bank ghaib
    2.Ritual tembus togel/lottrey
    3.Transfer janin
    4.Pelaris usaha, jodoh DLL
    jika anda ingin mengubah nasib seperti saya silahkan KLIK DISINI PESUGIHAN DUNIA GHAIB



    THE STORY OF SUCCESS MOTHER RATNAH PUSPITA

    I want to share a story to you that sy a migrant worker from malaysia and accidentally I open internet and I see the comment LUSI mom from singapore about AKI who has helped him become successful and finally I also tried to contact him and alhamdulillah he wanted Help me to give the number Togel / lottrey 4D dr ritual / unseen and alhamdulillah it really proved translucent and won RM.270.000 Ringgit, now I am back indon buying house and train even though sy just housemaid in selangor malaysia, sy very thankful To AKI MAULANA and do not forget to give thanks to ALLAH because through AKI I also can be this successful, AKI message which slalu sy remember every human being can become rich, only sometimes they do not know or wrong way, Many people assume that poor and rich Is a part of destiny, what kind of fate? God will not give a bad destiny to us all, God's temptation is proving how strongly you endure it.God will not change your fate if you do not try to change it yourself, So teman2 deep into tusah jgn never despair, when it's time god must be the road to where you want to try.AKI MAULANA is a famous spiritual teacher in Indonesia who can perform the occult rituals such as:
    1.Presugihan bank ghaib
    2.Ritual translucent togel / lottrey
    3.Transfer fetus
    4.Paris business, matching DLL
     If you want to change the fate Please visit the website CLICK HERE WORLD WIDE GHAIB




    ReplyDelete