Thursday, August 5, 2010

One's Own Truth

A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.

Tennessee Williams
How far must we search or how deep must we dig to find those small but priceless pearls of innocence, righteousness and grace? Every word we type and every movement of the mouse across the page is recorded somewhere. Our movements down the street are seen by a camera and stored up in some electronic vault. Our medical records are available in many places. We have numbers, a Social Security number, credit card numbers and a phone number that connect us to encyclopedic records of our lives that can become public information. We have a DNA number that tells what we are like, what we are liable to do or suffer from. It would seem that no one owns himself. How, under the tyranny of past behavior carved in stone, could anyone possibly redeem himself from his past?

The subjective part of my life is my own business and no amount of statistics piled up to describe me can possibly define what that is. Can it? What is an appalling experience to one is a way of life to another. What to one is a shocking event is a party to another. We can reach out to help someone and sometimes regret that we did. We can walk past and ignore the one who needs help and then regret that we did. Whether the nightmarish situation is thrust on us, or we have made it for ourselves, we have choices to make. To strike out against difficult, often unbearable circumstances in fear and rage. To rationally and intelligently dismantle the outragous circumstance. To quietly and courageously bear it until it clears up on its own. To accept and condone the misery even to the dangerous extent of destroying our sense of decency.

Each person must find his own truth on the battlefield, the torture chamber, the court or the side walk. The important question is, when it is over and done with, what will I think of myself?

DB - The Vagabond
(This is not a contest.)

Who are the 2 (two) most important people alive today? Why?

Only 6 responses so far.

Thank you.


Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

We are often our own harshest critic, and worst enemy. The key is to forgive ourselves and learn.

Arlene (AJ) said...

Hopefully you can look back and feel peace in your heart from all the nicer things you did in your life to help others and accept that the path you took was more positive than negative. No one is perfect, but we've hopefully learned from those moments when we wish we had done things in a different way so that we allowed ourselves to keep moving forward.

FrankandMary said...

When all is said & done, I am almost always overly critical of myself....I'm working on it...

Rose said...

I think you are a wonderful man and you should have no regrets!

Hugs, Rose

krissy knox said...

Okay, so like, what kind of situation are you up against that is so unbearable? I'm reading these posts backwards! That's bc I only have time to read blogs occassionly, or even go online occassionaly at times. I was on Twitter for about 5 minutes and started clicking on your posts, reading down from the top, LOL. So now i guess i'll just have to keep reading downward!

Anyway, I just love what Tennessee Williams said. And he is correct, situations depend on how you deal w them, by whether or not you use the grace given you.

You're also correct in saying our lives are constantly being scrutinized. But as I was reading what you wrote, I was thinking, if you live your life right, and in the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the very best you can, you won't have to worry about being scrutinized.

Always do your best, you'll never have to worry, you'll never have to be ashamed, and you'll even be rewarded.

And remember whatever you do for someone else, you'll be rewarded for it by the Lord, whether you feel they appreciate it or not. Also consider if there is anything you may have done in the relationship that could have contributed to the difficulties, and ride it out, talk it out with them, if you think the friendship(s) is(are) worth it. You'll regret it forever if you don't.

And as I stated, just remember, either way, when helping someone else, when doing any good deed, it is always worth it. Because good will always come out of it, bc it is the right thing to do. For as it says in the Bible, "All things work together for good for him who loves the Lord!"

okay, (clink, clink) that's my two cents!

krissy :)

DB said...

No unbearable circumstances at present Krissy, thank you.