Forgive my rambling

Do you ever get that pull towards the unknown, to do that which some might find dangerous or impossible? That’s adventure calling. Will you answer? All of us feel at one time or another that we are meant for more than we have let ourselves become. It is what drives us to move forward to compete in the world, not with each other so much, but with ourselves. I’ve been living near the water now for almost exactly one year. When I say the water I mean the ocean. The Gulf of Mexico in specific. I thought I’d miss the mountains more than I do, and I do miss them. But there is a call to the water that makes me want to attempt the impossible. To do something that has never been done before and to do it against all odds.

In some ways, I believe that there is a story in all of us, one which if told, would be both our own, and would amaze the teller more than the listener. You see, all experience is valid and unique. The world has never looked the way it does now by anyone such as you or I, at any given point in time before. What we pull from our experiences is tempered by our previous experiences and no two people are exactly the same. Therefore all that has been done before may be redone and is completely new.

Live your life with adventure in your heart. Look at the world as the raw materials from which you will shape your story and pass it on to those you care about. Try new things, go new places, meet new people, eat new foods, dance new dances, and sing new songs. Immerse yourself in both near and far. Don’t get caught up in the grind of everyday minutiae. Routine is useful only in that it can help us accomplish our goals. It can be a driving and organizing force to help us achieve with focus and move on to the new and unexplored. Chaos is useful in so much as it forces us out of our comfort zones and requires us to think and act in new ways. Moderation in both is healthy and has a place.

There is no one answer. There is no right or wrong outside of the moral compass that guides us in civility with our neighbours. Strengthen your strengths and learn your weaknesses. Use the knowledge of both to your advantage. Work with others and serve all those around you. There is so much more to be had when you give yourself away in service.

I have a very dear friend who takes it upon herself to feed the hungry and the homeless. No one asks her to do this and she received no reward of a tangible nature. However, she is rewarded each and every time she gives of herself. I’ve been able to watch her find and amplify her character through such loving actions towards others and I love her for it. My son serves a mission where service is his life. Both spreading the gospel in his own way and being of tangible help to others where they may need it. He has grown from a drifting boy I knew to a man with a purpose. The whole of his mission is an adventure as he is provided with little of his own. But the growth in character he has gained is more valuable than the Midas touch. I love him and am very proud of him.

How can we find ourselves to be of more service How can we be of assistance to others? Do you look around you and see a need in this world? Can you think how you might fill it? It has been said that as you become of more value to others much will be given to you. I believe this wholeheartedly. I have been lacking on this blog in that way recently even though it was started with that intent. In some ways, I’m not even sure what I should do. The only thing I really know is that if I wish to grow, I need to contribute in ways that do not obviously benefit myself.

I sincerely hope and pray you find this within yourself too. How much better a place would this world be if all 6 billion people each focused more on each other than themselves?

 

Tim R.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

You’ll have to forgive the absence of my stories this week. It has been a rough week. There was a bit of redeeming light in it. I have finished a book that I wasn’t even sure I wanted to read once upon a time. I found it both encouraging and reassuring.

 

Too often we find stories and philosophy separately, even though they are almost always intertwined. This is one of those rare occasions where you find both at the same time. Realizing as you read the story that there are lessons here.  Continue reading “The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho”

The US Declaration of Independence

There is a line from Disney’s original version of Mary Poppins that I never really understood. “Sometimes a person we love, through no fault of his own, can’t see past the nose on the end of his face”.

At the time I didn’t really know what that meant. As I got older I began to see what this meant both coming from myself when I couldn’t see past mine, and from others as I Continue reading “The US Declaration of Independence”

A horse is a horse of course, of course…

Not so this horse

This part in the saga is probably the most well known. The Trojan horse has been taught since we explored Greek Mythology. In many cases, I believe it is because the horse is truly a symbol of so many things.

Trojan horse

  • Things may not always be what they appear
  • Deception
  • Cunning
  • To be wary of your adversaries offering you gifts

In fact, the phrase “beware Greeks bearing gifts” comes from this story. See if you can spot it. The words are slightly different in order but the sentiment is still there.

Laocoon

Along with that phrase is another form this story. While less known to myself than the former, it is still familiar to me: “the face that launched a thousand ships…”. To mean a beauty so rare that it would cause men to go off to war.

ships

This brings this particular saga to a close. I hope you have enjoyed the journey.

The Wooden Horse as read from

Classic Myths to Read Aloud

by William F Russell

Book cover

 

Tim R.

It is a privilege to read to the world.

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Pride can lead to excess

Achilles was a man of great pride, and so a man of great excess.

Notice his character was given the extremes of being the most handsome, most skilled, the bravest, etc… of all the Greeks.

Achilles

With that came excessive pride. It was this excess that caused him to refuse to budge when it came to Agamemnon. As a result, many Greeks died in the battle that might otherwise not have. Including his great friend Patroclus. It is Patroclus death that is the impetus for Achilles great rage which we see in this instalment.

Patroclus

On another note, you will meet the Roman god ‘Vulcan’ today. We’re not talking about Mr Spock, we’re talking about the lame son of Zeus and Hera. He is the forger of all things required by the gods. He is also with us today in language as the origin of something we are all familiar with hearing about.

You see Vulcan works in a cave with molten metal and rock. While in times past it may have been seen as a workshop to the gods, today we see this place as a ‘Volcano’.

volcano-05

There is another name of note that we can take a look at. That of ‘Achilles’ himself. The story goes that Achilles was dipped in the river Styx when he was an infant, so making him invulnerable to all harm. However, he must have been held somewhere while this was being done or he would have been lost at that time. Turns out he was held near the ankle. Today we call the tendon that runs from the heel bone to the calf the ‘Achilles’ Tendon

Achilles tendon

Come, “once more unto the breach dear friends…”

As read from: Classic Myths to Read Aloud

by William F. Russell

Book cover

Tim R.

It is a privilege to read to the world.

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