Thursday, December 3, 2015
Day 12.247 Long Live The King
“The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.”
I will ask of you today, dear readers, to read that again. REALLY read. Absorb, embrace and deeply consider what the author of Once and Future King and Sword in the Stone, TH White, suggests as the cure for sadness.
Sadness, in this context being proxy for disillusion, anxiety, frustration and fear. There are a LOT of those going around, seemingly at a pace destined to set records.
Mr White makes an astonishing point. Learn something.
Learn why the world wags and what wags it.
I am setting up our fledgling and makeshift studio to record the first of what I hope to be many video sessions. You should be familiar with the subject matter, but reading the above planted another seed in the fertile garden of this creative imperative.
By design most self-help, coaching, advice, how-to and DIY sites focus on the giving side of the coin. As in I will give you advice, instruction, structure, hope and some of the skills necessary to accomplish your objectives in exchange for xxx amount of dollars in the currency of my choice. That is the rough outline - or heads.
The tails side of that same coin is the reciprocal. Giving back, sharing, teaming up in united partnership. There is the real power, power enough for a future King or sufficient for the grand sorcerer to set the sword in the stone.
As with Arthur and Merlin, the same with you and the same with me. The learning comes from the partnership. I want to learn what wags you so that I may hungrily add it to my plate as it may assist others,
That is what wags me.
Long Live the King.