The Last Words
Every new day, every passing minute presents another chance to turn it all around. As Nirvair Singh Khalsa said ‘it’s not the life you lead, but the courage you bring to it’.
The individual is supreme. The divinity of the individual is sacred. In essence it is only the individual who has the moral responsibility and conviction to harness the courage. We are ‘Jesus’ alone in the Mount of Olives. We can’t rely on anyone. There is noone else, because Jesus even felt God had abandoned him in his darkest moment.
If we forge ahead living our lives according to not what is easy, but according to our moral convictions (this is the courage) then the fruits of our labor will be plentiful. So we will no longer be dependent on the ‘grace’ which comes with each passing minute or new day rather we as individuals will be ‘The Logos’ incarnate – ‘Word made into Flesh’. (Gospel of John)
Life presents us hundreds if not thousands of opportunities to turn it all around. This is the grace. But only the individual can face this moral dilema and enact on it, by not walking the path most accustomed or wickedly desireable, but by walking that less taken.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference
– Robert Frost (The Road Not Taken)
If one foresakes ‘Grace’ too often, then the fire in one’s moral conviction and propensity to be couragous will turn to ember. That other passing minute or new day to turn it all around may be unassailable. For that reason while we still have breath we are blessed with ‘Amazing Grace’.
A lovely reflection, thanks Matthew. I think we both have chosen “the path less traveled by”… and sometimes I forget to look around to see the newness of things.
Thanks Bruce. I have been in bad sorts the last few days and last night; midnight to be exact while playing ‘Tetris’ (of all games – very analagous to life haha) on my no thrills Nokia phone, these ideas and concepts just came pouring in. It was like my sub concious or other unspecified medium communicating to my damaged self. It felt profound and I was compelled to grab a piece of paper and just scribble these things down. Soon there after I transcribed it here and then felt a great relief. It is like a roadmap of sorts for my soul.
So while this post may appear like I’m outreaching (typical bs self-help article), it’s actually the contrary. I’m inner reaching. I need this ephiphany to always come back to.
I wanted to ask you what you mean about seeing the newness of things.
I just meant by “seeing the newness of things” how sometimes we start seeing things in a way that we’ve never seen before. I remember once looking at a sparrow and thinking that I’ve never really seen one before. Some things open our eyes up when we least expect it.
I was in the middle of writing to you and the message disappeared. I was trying to remember about when I had heard o read ‘seeing the newness of things’ and it feeling profound. I think it was when I became a born-again Christian in 2003. Now I’m certain it’s about being reborn and seeing everything anew. You jogged my memory. Thank you. I think we have to be open to trying to see things anew all the time. I like your story about the Sparrow.
Great post Matt. Sometimes it comes as failure and how we handle it and use it.
Hey Max. Yeh, for sure…. I just finished explaining to Bruce how this reflection piece may seem like I’m outreaching, but it was this ‘subconcious self’ trying to remind my damaged self of what’s most important.
Your comment reminded me of another Cameron Crowe movie starring Tom Cruise – ‘Jerry Maguire’ which ends with (before Dylan’s ‘Shelter from the Storm’ kicks in) ‘In life, to be honest, I’ve failed as much as I’ve succeeded. But I love my wife, I love my life, and I wish you my kind of success’.
I hope this message finds you and your family in good health and wellbeing.
A veces sin saber en un segundo se da la vuelta a las posibles oportunidades y se pierden. Puede ser una palabra mal entendida (acaparar) o una mala canción que cantaste, pero a pesar de su letra, te hizo reir y pasar buenos momentos al lado de quienes realmente importan.momentos que no compartes con cualquiera
No sé sabe que pueda desencadenar ese giro y por lo visto nunca lo sabré