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And forget about hope.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Blogging is not looming in my Spark reality these days...actually, to turn it around, Spark reality is not looming in my mind these days.

Life is getting in my way in a BIG WAY. I'm not navigating it as well as I'd like. But I'll get through this patch (or not, as Horace reminds me), just like I've gotten through all the others. Using strength of will to better care for my body through this is the ideal that always lurks, even when I don't attain it. The resources are there, the knowledge is there, all I need is the strength of will to access them.

This is a difficult time in the history of this country and the world. And I am also grieving the serious challenges a dear friend is facing as I write tears at my heart.

Horace knew all of this, and here is what he admonished to Leucon and to me:

Ode I. 11

Leucon, no one's allowed to know his fate,
Not you, not me: don't ask, don't hunt for answers
In tea leaves or palms. Be patient with whatever comes.
This could be our last winter, it could be many
More, pounding the Tuscan Sea on these rocks:
Do what you must, be wise, cut your vines
And forget about hope. Time goes running, even
As we talk. Take the present, the future's no one's affair.

-- Horace

(The Essential Horace, edited and translated by Burton Raffel)

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GOANNA2 4/2/2012 8:47PM

    I'm sorry I didn't get to meet up with you.
Good luck in your new adventure. emoticon emoticon
Vasili is doing fine. I leave for home on Friday.

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2BMYOWN 3/31/2012 11:42PM

    I hope you're better now, Maha, and lemme just say I can sure empathize with the less than stellar times. I am working very hard on staying positive myself right now, and I'm sorry that you were struggling when you wrote this blog. Big hugs, sparky friend.

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_RAMONA 3/29/2012 6:40PM

    I'm currently clinging to this (living through a resurgence of health issues):

"You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it!"UNKNOWN

I'm living it with my whole heart and soul... and it gives me peace. I pray the same for you dearest, Maha!

{{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}}

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    I somewhat agree with Horace.
Hope is dreaming, living is doing.

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KOMAL53 3/26/2012 1:08PM

    I know what you mean--but one has to find the strength to survive!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUNNY332 3/25/2012 8:34PM

    Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

I love what Jeremiah says about Hope. Bless you my friend and hope you are feeling better soon.

Huggers, Sunny

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HIPPICHICK1 3/25/2012 4:45PM

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DARKTHOR 3/25/2012 2:06PM

    If we have this moment to make our own, we have so much. Let love light the way.

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UNIQDRGNFLY 3/25/2012 12:23PM

    I get what you are saying. People have looked at me like I was crazy whenever I would say, "Don't expect anything and you won't be disappointed."

So, I understand what you are saying. We sometimes take ourselves out of reality by "hoping" for something that is entirely out of our control, nor should we have any control over it. important. Some don't realize that for every positive there is a is not a bed of roses without thorns.

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PUDLECRAZY 3/25/2012 9:32AM

    Sending you love. I am sad about a dear friend as well. It is hard not to be able to 'fix' the transitions our friends, and ourselves, have to go through including the transition from this world.

Sending you love,

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SUE_2U 3/25/2012 5:48AM

    “Dum spiro, spero (Latin), "While I breath, I hope"”

Blessings of health, healing and hope to you and your friend. May all be well.


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EARTHSEAME 3/24/2012 1:45PM


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PEACEFULONE 3/24/2012 8:59AM

    Dear Maha, Sending you light and love and hope. Even on rainy days the sun still shines behind the clouds. Wishing I could blow your clouds away. Peace to you my friend. Elaine
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PENNYAN45 3/24/2012 3:32AM

    I prefer Emily Dickinson's vision of hope. I know you are familiar with it.

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune--without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I've heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

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CRYSTALJEM 3/23/2012 12:14PM

    Sending you emoticon emoticon emoticon

I love the poem, but I am with Watermellen, I will never forget about hope.
In case you didn't get a chance to see my blog the other day

...Howard Zinn, said that pessimism tends to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. If we relentlessly imagine the worst possible outcomes, if we concentrate on all the things that are falling apart and going wrong, it cripples our capacity to make constructive changes. "To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic," he wrote. "It gives us the energy to act."


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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/23/2012 12:12PM

    Pema says that when you court hope, you're also courting despair. As you can imagine, that message wouldn't go over well with the community I work with, but my direct team and I use it to remind ourselves that strengthening our presence with whatever the people in our community is going through is our main focus. Of course, Horace is much more eloquent at it!

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WATERMELLEN 3/22/2012 10:42PM

    Forget about hope? No. Surely not. Never.

Sometimes we can summon up only the memory of hope. But in those times, when that's the best we can do, let's do that.

Let's do that.

And if you can't join me in the memory of hope, just now, then I'll sustain that memory of hope for you.

If you can grieve the losses of a friend, then this friend can sustain the memory of hope for you.

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COSMIC_ENERGY 3/22/2012 8:47PM

    Sending you energy for light and love, along with mental resiliance. Surf the waves of life dear one. Go with the flow.

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JESPAH 3/22/2012 3:46PM

    Cut your vines. Awesome.

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BECOMINGONE 3/22/2012 2:54PM

    oh dear one, focus on the now. You cannot take on the suffering of the world or that of your friends. It is too much for any one person to bear. Hang in there.


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JUST_BREATHE08 3/22/2012 2:50PM

    Beautiful picture... emoticon ...Blog!!

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VALERIEMAHA 3/22/2012 1:34PM

    To A Mouse
by Robert Burns

Wee, sleeket, cowran, tim'rous beastie,
O, what panic's in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty,
Wi' bickering brattle!
I wad be laith to rin an' chase thee,
Wi' murd'ring pattle!

I'm truly sorry Man's dominion
Has broken Nature's social union,
An' justifies that ill opinion,
Which makes thee startle,
At me, thy poor, earth-born companion,
An' fellow-mortal!

I doubt na, whyles, but thou may thieve;
What then? poor beastie, thou maun live!
A daimen-icker in a thrave 'S a sma' request:
I'll get a blessin wi' the lave,
An' never miss't!

Thy wee-bit housie, too, in ruin!
It's silly wa's the win's are strewin!
An' naething, now, to big a new ane,
O' foggage green!
An' bleak December's winds ensuin,
Baith snell an' keen!

Thou saw the fields laid bare an' wast,
An' weary Winter comin fast,
An' cozie here, beneath the blast,
Thou thought to dwell,
Till crash! the cruel coulter past
Out thro' thy cell.

That wee-bit heap o' leaves an' stibble,
Has cost thee monie a weary nibble!
Now thou's turn'd out, for a' thy trouble,
But house or hald.
To thole the Winter's sleety dribble,
An' cranreuch cauld!

But Mousie, thou are no thy-lane,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men,
Gang aft agley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!

Still, thou art blest, compar'd wi' me!
The present only toucheth thee:
But Och! I backward cast my e'e,
On prospects drear!
An' forward, tho' I canna see,
I guess an' fear!

With a wonderful key to the poem here:

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FIERCEONE4PEACE 3/22/2012 1:27PM


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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 3/22/2012 1:21PM

    Reminds me of Robert Burns' "To a Mouse," which I have printed out and stuck on the wall to remind me.

Hang in there.


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DDOORN 3/22/2012 12:40PM

    I've certainly done my share of allowing hope to undercut action in the here & now. It's a tough balance. We need *some* hope, but at the same time action and present-mindedness.

I know you'll get there 'Maha...!

We're with you every step!


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MISS_VIV 3/22/2012 12:19PM

    Yes, we are all under a lot of challenges right now, it doesn't get any better - these are indeed rough times.

I can only pray that we find the unending strength we need to continue to support each other in their needs.

And the joy of being grateful for all that we have.

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SAL2525 3/22/2012 12:18PM

    I love that poem. What a reminder to life in the present. Thanks for sharing your heart with us! emoticon Sal

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/22/2012 11:53AM

    It's a very tough time in so many ways. Hoping you find the strength and comfort you need during your time of challenges.

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RAINBOWFALLS 3/22/2012 11:47AM

    I love the poem and I too could use some more strength! emoticon

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JUSTBIRDY 3/22/2012 11:35AM


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