Come, my friends,
’Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, …for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles….
Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)
Read this poem aloud, it is breathtakingly beautiful. This speaks of the desire to set off and travel into life, to plumb its depths, to embrace life and even though we are all aging, as he says “that which we are, we are. One equal temper of heroic hearts.”
In light of many events in the world today, I feel his poem is particularly poignant and apt, for myself anyway, particularly his line:
“Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield.”
May we continue to seek, strive, to find and definitely not to yield to the increasingly narrow minded, harsh way in which certain countries around the world behave towards one another. I know it has always been this way, since time immemorial, but sometimes we need to be reminded to continue the good fight. So this morning, I wanted to post this beautiful, transcendent poem to anyone who wanted to read. Let us not cease to hold those values we know to be true and just and right. Let us strive and seek and find and not yield to the increasing violence and hate in the world. Let us not yield. 🙂
I wanted to share this story I wrote for the anthology; Compassion: A Creative Anthology. It is particularly timely right now, with all of the hate that circulates around our blue planet, I feel this story stands out as a light revealing the magnificent beauty of the human race at times. This story is based on a true story that happened in Jenin, Israel. I hope you enjoy it. (Please click on the link below for the full story). Thanks for reading. 🙂
So I’m waiting in the woolies queue wondering where Christmas was this year, and this lady in front says she’ll pay for this dear old man’s groceries…he was confused and she paid and she was emotional and so was I! Kindness… Such a rare occurrence to see… He had had a fall and his wife had gone to a nursing home that morning… To really “see” someone else, to feel their pain and show kindness! Wow! The cashier was emotional as well – what a woman this lady was! It was just a simple act to show him someone cared.
I had to find her afterwards in another shop and I said God bless you, you made his Christmas and mine! She was emotional…saying she couldn’t do much for him but that one act of kindness, that was all she could see to do for him! Wow! That’s Christmas!
You start to think human beings are capable of so much evil towards each other, this touched me – when I see a person really “seeing” and caring for a beautiful old man who was bewildered at first and tried to pay and then just thanked her so much.