but the rainbow won't wait while you do the work -
as Joan O'Hare once wrote
a lesson I learnt many moons ago which - as a well paid Air Traffic Controller and breadwinner, on operational shift work - I had the luxury to do so. The lesson is even more poignant, however, when one considers that here in Britain the pressures of life are such that both parents have to work full time and pay for child care in order to put clothes on their backs, food in their bellies and then a roof over their heads - and rather than the single tax take when I was raising a family - Gordon Brown our Chancellor and the EU take tax from the father, the mother and the child carers and then Value Added Tax on top.
In this context LIFE certainly does not appear to be REALLY getting better for ANY of the taxpayers - let alone the children of tomorrow - other than those that do not have to bother and those that continually take advantage of the RIGHTS of the system without ANY consideration of their RESPONSIBILITIES.
The lesson learnt happened when my eldest daughter & I sat down together to watch a TV documentary about Mankind's Venture into SPACE I watched with tears rolling down my face as we saw film of Sputnik - Armstrong & Aldrin walking on the moon - and the Space Shuttle take off & landing - and I became aware of how bemused Nikki was that I felt so emotionally involved.
A subsequent conversation resulted in her saying that she had been born to a world where ALL those things were history - and by inference therefore - never considered individually or collectively as dreams of the individual spirit destined to be made reality by Great Spirit at some time in the future.
That was the point in my LIFE when I became convinced of the futility of - consideration of past & future at the detriment of the here & now - walking the razor edge of NOW - as Eckhart Tolle has more recently described this MIND-set switch - in such a very succinct way.
It was Lord Salisbury who said - No lesson seems to be so deeply inculcated by the experience of life as that you should never trust experts. If you believe the doctors, nothing is wholesome; if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent; if you believe the soldiers, nothing is safe. They ALL require to have their strong wine diluted by a very large admixture of inspired common sense.
- and boy does that apply from the parents point of view
DO NOT the blessings of freedom equate to RIGHTS ?
and ... the fatigue of supporting it equate to RESPONSIBILITIES ?
Thankfully - I am gratified by the fact that zaadz is a place