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Sunday, August 14, 2016


"When all else fails, write what your heart tells you." 
 - Mark Twain

 Our souls seem to sense life through the heart and not reason.

We cling to reason as adults, forgetting what we knew as children:

our instincts are wiser
than our minds.

Only in times of suffering do we remember that wisdom from childhood.

Enough stress, enough pain ...

strips away all the rationalizations until we stand naked and unguarded as once we did as children afraid in the night.

Were it possible for us to see further than our knowledge reaches, and yet a little way beyond the borders of our discernment,

 perhaps we would endure our pains with the bitter comfort that they teach us much more than our joys ever will.

Uncertainty and fear can be the crucible of the soul transcending itself into something better ...

They can also be the unraveling of what good we harbor within. 

The circumstances are not the key there ... 

our choosing of the attitude in which we endure them is the true key.

"Think not "This is misfortune," but "To bear this worthily is good fortune.”
― Marcus Aurelius

What is essential is invisible to the eye,” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry memorably wrote in The Little Prince.

What enables Man to know anything at all about the world around him?

The understanding of the knower must be adequate to the thing to be known.

What do you think?

Writing the end of Dragons of the Barbary Coast has gotten me to thinking along strange lines. 

Have a lovely Sunday.


I am still doing solo duty at the blood center, driving scarily flooded rural roads.  Wish me luck!


  1. I like your opening quote by Twain - it's what I'm currently trying to do.
    Good luck on those roads and stay safe!

    Susan at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

    1. Just got back in from the wet roads just now! Best of luck with your new book, too!

  2. I think I'm confused...
    Save travels on those wet roads, my friend.

    1. I confuse even myself sometimes! Not to worry. :-) Thanks for the well wishes!

  3. Hi Roland ... I like the Aurelius quote - it is so true - life can be difficult, but once through or as we go ... we can find opportunities.

    Your roads sound really challenging - it made our news! Drive carefully and all the best ... cheers Hilary

    1. Those roads were really challenging. Whew! Thankfully this is my day off! And the Marcus Aurelius quote meant a lot to me a few weeks ago.

  4. Becoming through trials and tribulations is rather like being a phoenix rising from the ashes. That quote from The Little Prince is one of my favorites.

    Do be careful on the wet roads.

    1. It's lovely to think of ourselves as phoenixes arising from the ashes of each storm we endure, isn't it? :-)

  5. We need to trust our instincts and our first impressions more. So often we "know" something immediately and then let logic take over. Have you read Blink? After I read that, I pay more attention to those instincts of mine. Take care out there, Roland.

    1. I managed to survive yesterday though a couple of times it was a close thing! Have you ever taken a test at school and went back to change your answer to a question? Your first one was almost always right. :-)