Encouragement for the Journey 10 April 2016

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Encouragement for the Journey 10 April 2016

Encouragement for the Journey


Greetings Fellow Traveller,

Some years ago I came across a writer by the name of Lois ‘Studs’ Terkel. He was born May 16 1912 in New York City and died October 31 2008 in Chicago aged 96 years. An interesting thing about Studs was that after he turned 90 years of age he still wrote another 5 books with such interesting titles as:

  • Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Reflections on Death, Rebirth and Hunger for a Faith (2001)
  • Hope Dies Last: Keeping the Faith in Difficult Times (2003)

Reading this, I had a ‘light bulb moment:’ A light bulb moment is when you have a sudden realisation or inspiration about something, like the light bulbs used to indicate an idea in cartoons.

After the light bulb moment comes the hard work to implement the idea or insight, if not the inspiration or insight may be lost.

My ‘light bulb moment ‘was a reminder that we humans are never too old to explore new frontiers of life’s meaning for us. I have known this for some years, but reading of Studs’ life and his writing, I was encouraged how he sought to bring a measure of hope and celebration to his life. I felt challenged and encouraged as I develop new creative options upon my retirement.

There is a wonderful stanza in David Whyte’s poem The Opening of Eyes:

 It is the opening of eyes long closed
It is the vision of far off things
Seen for the silence they hold
It is the heart after years of secret conversing
Speaking out loud in the clear air

 The opening of eyes long closed, could well be a light bulb moment, in which we see things differently. Then everything and everyone has a new kind of luminosity, hope flourishes, offering new possibilities of creative moments with our fellow travellers in the synergy of life. For we are never too old to change and be a source of encouragement and hope to others.

Meanwhile Peace in our light bulb moments