Because their responses to the question of who to take with you to answer your puzzling questions on this hero’s journey were succinct and well thought out, both Lois and Mark will have the chance to name their choice of rewards . So when they e mail me with their choices, I will be happy to get them into the mail as soon as possible.
As I have been told many times, because I give thought to these kinds of questions, it does not mean the rest of the world does. There had always been a running argument with a very dear departed friend that this world was not to be taken personally. Life was simply to be gotten through the best means possible and enjoyed as much as one can. I did not see the purpose of life not being taken personally. How does one do that I often asked. Simply, I was told, one just allows the unanswerable to run like water off a duck’s back.
It never worked that way with me. Not even as a child. Words held meaning for me and I cringed in my young heart when I heard arguing between my brothers, my favorite people. I was always aware that arms would swing and someone would be hurt. When feelings were thrown out into the air to be caught by someone with ill intent, I knew trouble resulted. How was one supposed to react to life on this Earth when emotions were the coin of the day? One had to deal with them and one had to react to make peace.
Her argument always was that you let these things pass and they are soon forgotten. It did not work that way for me. I knew when arguments brewed that the past was always brought up to sting again. So how to make this journey through life, this hero’s journey, to understand the so called slings and arrows, the ancestor’s anguish, the wars that make dust of yesterday’s masterpieces? You take someone with you whom you honor and cherish and whose life you would like to mirror. Then you pull every thought and action through your heart to see your response to be as more nearly like your hero’s. After much practice you find that your response will be one of ‘judge not’ and you do the life giving thing. Because its opposite would be life taking. It will be a divine response to life because that is the shining Spirit within each of us. What we do for one, we do for all. It is called Evolution.
It is a way to make a difference.
art by Claudia Hallissey