Emotionless vs emotional, direct vs indirect

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Blue Chair Revisited in Selective ColourIn building a world view, we cling to images of ourselves. For some of us, this is an absolute. A never changing image of who we are and where we are going. I admire and applaud this, even though my own world view is shaped by the idea that it is the journey that defines us. Unlike the poet, William Ernest Henley, I am not stoic1.

I admire the poem 'Invictus' but it has never really resonated with me. This doesn't mean that I believe I should take life lying down, because I don't. I suppose it's more of a 'serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference' kind of thing.

All I really know is that this journey, my journey, has not always been mastered or captained, but has been made more enjoyable by the inclusion of my fellow travelers. Suffering alone is not a good life choice. Sharing the journey with your soulmate, family and friends is.
Indirect
My fate is as random as anyone's
Perhaps not just fate, but also my soul
Sometimes cast adrift in a frightful storm
other times bobbing along like leaf on a fall stream

My journey is as random as anyone's
Perhaps not just the journey, but also the road
Sometimes a prideful heavy road
other times a trip made lighter by other's souls

My circumstance is as random as anyone's
Perhaps not just circumstance, but also my reaction
Sometimes a matter of my own making
other times another punch to roll with

My universe is as random as anyone's
Perhaps not just the universe, but also my dreams
Sometimes letting the rain fall on my uncovered head
other times seeking shelter in hearth and home

My fate is as random as anyone's
Perhaps not just fate, but also my soul
Sometimes letting chaos define the edges
other times captaining my ship to shore
1.) This is not really a critique of stoicism as a philosophy as much as it is a commentary on my own life. My most desperate times have been when I was alone (or felt alone). As David Gerrold once wrote "No man is an island, but some of us make pretty good peninsulas". Loneliness does nothing to help you through a difficult time.

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