Sunday, April 29, 2012

An Easter Essay

My maternal family deceased remembered with flowers on Easter.

The world by default presents challenges of disease and old age.  We seek cures for diseases like cancer and dementia because we challenge the world the way it is.  We seek to make it better for us and in doing so become more knowledgeable.
We build dikes to limit water for fields of tulips and dams that harness rivers for electricity to light our nights.

What about the world of our families? Our grandparents and parents? Our children---our brothers and sisters?  If the world is created with earthquakes, volcanoes and typhoons, then we can expect parents, siblings and offspring to have also been created with faults and damage in the very nature of their beings as well. We're all part of the universe and can expect that we have faults that harm others and that others have faults that harm us.

Does the family of the world cease attempting to make a better world because a tsunami devastates a country like Japan?  No. Did we let San Francisco lay in ruin after the earthquake of 1906?  No we didn’t.

We didn’t because our survival as a species depends on advancement.  We rely on progress in union with love and our instinct towards the good.  For progress, we must face the challenges of the world with brave minds and hearts of courage.

When fault and destruction arise in the world of the family, if we don’t face these challenges with intrepid determination---if we don’t learn the lessons they were meant to teach us, we jeopardize not only our personal growth but the survival of the family, and often shrink from jumping hurdles uniquely designed into the very order of the universe that are meant for us as individuals to have.

The very challenges that call for the most difficult of effort, but that challenges if faced squarely will chisel us into the best we can become.

I'd like to thank you for your interest in reading my blog.  I had fun last week changing its color and layout and hope you like it as much as I do. I also added a widget that allows you to go directly to to browse through and buy Kindle E-books. I garner a 4 percent commission on each sale.  I don't know about you, but I've concluded it makes better sense to own a Kindle reader than to continue collecting hard copy books that require shelving and that limit space.

I encourage your comments and feedback on this blog. Let me know how you feel and what you think about any of the posts. I won't leave for Ecuador until the end of July, but I'm committed to posting weekly.
However since I'm currently finding less material to write concerning preparations for going to Ecuador, I'll be writing about other topics as well. When I arrive in Ecuador, I expect the posts will focus almost exclusively on what I'm discovering in Ecuador.

I'd like to offer special thanks to the Society for the Promotion of Artists and Writers, especially Len Hodgeman, for all the helpful suggestions and comments to improve this blog. Len recently published a collection of short stories and poems entitled "The Liar, The King, The Libertine." He authored the book along with Lois Young and Inara Dubay.