Sunday, April 24, 2011

He Is Risen

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter's oven?

Kahlil Gibran
Hello Johannesburg, South Africa
I have a friend, David, who's a potter. I watched him work one day. I saw him brutally cut off a chunk of clay, thump it on a table, and throw it on a wheel. Then, while it was spinning within an inch of it's life he wet his hands and started strangling it. He forced it out of it's natural shape and then, as if that wasn't enough, he stuck his thumbs in it and then his fingers and carved it even more into something round, Then he poked and scraped down into it's innards with some fiendish instruments, covered it all over with some sticky stuff and tucked into an oven that was hotter than hell. When it finally came out it was a beautiful, delicate, gentle bowl asking to be filled with the elixir of life.

I don't know about you, but I have been cut and thumped by the meanness of life, thrown on the wheel and spun into confusion, strangled with poverty, pushed and squeezed with hard work until I was rebuilt and reformed, poked and scraped by lies and betrayals, glazed over with tears and baked in the oven of hellish experiences. And when I finally got out of my bondage I sang a joyful song.

Today is a day for singing. Today is a day for climbing out of the oven of despair and shedding the scars of war and misery. It's a day for reaching out and touching the welcoming blossoms. It's time for a new life, for becoming reacquainted with ourselves. Today is the day for reclaiming the right to live our lives according to our best ideals. It's the day for sending the message out to the universe that we are here. Today is a day for love. It's a day for gratitude. Now is the day to fill ourselves to overflowing with the elixir of life.

DB - The Vagabond.

(This is not a contest)

NASA has planned to send a two man mission on an 18 month trip to the planet Mars. It would take 6 months for the astronauts to get there and after 6 months of exploration another 6 months to return.

Should they do it and why, and if not, why not?

5 answers so far

I eagerly await your answer.



Jon said...

Beautifully written and a perfect message for this day. Believe me - I've been on that wheel more times than I care to remember.....

pacifica62 said...

I daresay that it seems to be some sort of miracle that such a beautiful person could come out of so much adversity. I think all of those brutal events added a lot to the lustre of your personna. You would not be who are you are without them. Happy Easter db.

Valerie said...

I think this just may be your most touching post. I love the quote, too, and I am snagging it if I may. I have a similar quote that I have written myself in Joy in the Rain in my sidebar. Have you seen it? I find I am becoming more and more joyful as time goes by and isn't that what life is all about? And yes, today is the day to be thankful for all of this. Have a wonderful day, my friend! Love you... Val =)

Stan in NH said...

Very nice thoughts. Thanks, what a great attitude to have and celebrate for any reason.
Spread it around.

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

Life is the ultimate elixir, may we all keep taking deep drinks.

Arlene (AJ) said...

What a great message for today DB, through all the ups and downs we have all dealt with in life, it's hopefully made us a better person and we've learned from it and are able to deal with the ups and downs that come our way all the time. Indeed today is a day to be thankful for everything. Bless you for your caring, thought thinking words you have touched so many with them.

Big Mark 243 said...

Add me me to the chorus, DB. Very approriate entry and thoughts!

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