Challenging Thoughts

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Most people, like this hungry-challenged kitty-cat, enjoy a challenge in life, and it may be that the more one answers that call to challenge, the more satisfying life becomes.

I enjoyed this writing- and work-related challenge given by one of the producer-writers of the movie “Bright Star”, a biographical drama on the life of poet John Keats. Paraphrased, she indicated that “playing with the (your) work is how you find your energy” for it, to carry it out well and with enthusiasm.

Keats, although unappreciated in his short life-time (dying at the age of just 25), practiced play with his work, and he practiced his poetry, as well as using it in his love letters to “Fanny”. His work eventually became recognized throughout the world as genius.

Work, play, practice altogether brings rewards.

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Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

 

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Binding Up Wounds

As early as May of 1856, at Bloomington, Illinois, before he was elected President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln observed in a speech that “A house divided against itself cannot stand”.

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With protestors steadily in the streets since Donald J. Trump became America’s President-elect, chaos has strengthened itself.

Lincoln was a great moral Presidential leader; he cared about this nation’s people and its growth. When the issues of slavery and secession divided the United States, his Second Inaugural speech contained this partial paragraph:

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds…”

Let us wait no longer to begin that journey together…

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