Daily Archives: March 17, 2010

I Strive!

I Strive!

  • I strive to succeed, but at times I fail.
    • I strive again, and again.
  • Life is in the striving,
    • Not the success or failure.
  • Success and failure are moments of pause
    • To recollect, celebrate, and to ponder.
  • It is during the striving,
    • The important events occur in our lives.
  • Life is unfair, frustrating and
    • Yet can be joyous and triumphant.
  • Only with the attempt to accomplish
    • Can these be experienced.
  • The persistence of attempting to achieve 
    • Defines “striving.”
  • Without a worthwhile goal, life is empty,
    • Lonely, and desolate.
  • A place to await death, to be dead,
    • Among the living.
  • I strive to succeed knowing
    • There will be failures and successes.
  • I strive so when the end of life has come,
    • I will reflect, smile, say,  “Ah-hh-h-h yes!”
  • Turn proudly, head held high and
    • Step across the veil to a new life.

Originally written:   September 25, 1996

  • I was trying to capture a basic truth that working hard towards a goal has the true value.  From the effort comes skills, knowledge and experiences that provide future success.  I strive so when the end of life comes,  I may reflect, smile, and say,  “Ah-hh-h-h yes!”

Societies Veneer is Thin!

  • Societies veneer is thin.
    • I wonder, at times, if it is decaying.
    • And then again it may be just changing.
  • With my vision of society woefully obscured
    • My ability to discern is limited.
  • It does seem to me our society has come
    • To depend on cars  and electricity
  • To refrigerate food stuff
    • And even clean clothes and home.
  • Some are  dependent on other technology,
    • Cellphones, ATM’s, and even computers.
  • In a global catastrophe the ability
    • To supply cities would  be dramatically reduced.
  • Within the cities famine would be wide spread.
    • Fear would creep into those undefended.
  • I pose the question in my mind;
    • “Would this create anarchy when the guns,
      • Knives, or other weapons are used to steal food
      • And valuable belongings to support the family?”
  • In discussion after discussion the view is similar.
    • Yes!  The stronger would take from the weaker to survive.
      • With whatever force necessary.
  • I wonder?   Am I still unconvinced?
    • I am concerned to say the least.
  • What about the water?

Originally written:      September 25, 1996

  • This is a reflection on our society and how tied up with technology we have become.  Many of us have lost our connection to the earth and the ability to take care of ourselves.  Without electricity we lose our veneer.   We would need to go back to be farmers and hunters.  But, that could never happen.  Could it?