“Before God we are all equally wise – and equally foolish.”
Equality is straightforward. Winston Churchill once said, “All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honour, duty, mercy, hope.” Equality is one of those single words that embodies a “great” concept that appeals to our emotional sensibilities. But its true meaning can only be fully understood and integrated within our lives through action. Experience is a rigorous taskmaster. Khalil Gibran wrote, “Coming generations will learn equality from poverty, and love from woes.” When we walk with others, we embrace their needs as our own.
Perhaps, it really is that simple.
“In the end we shall have had enough of cynicism, scepticism and humbug, and we shall want to live more musically.”
Vincent van Gogh
There is always the last word, the closing argument, the final chapter in any storyline. The End – this is where the reader closes the book and says, “I wish there was more…”
As we write our personal narratives, our words gather momentum as we age. Recall that great feats and resolutions happen towards the end, not at the beginning. Perhaps that is the reason memoirs are generally written in the “denouement” stage of life. Looking through the lens of age it is easier to sort out the complications and fashion a fitting outcome to a life well lived.
Gloria Swanson confessed, “I’ve given my memoirs far more thought than any of my marriages. You can’t divorce a book.” Winston Churchill said, “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” Conversely, the Comte de Lautreamont said “I will leave no memoirs.” Frank Harris, editor and journalist, declared that, “Memoirs are a well-known form of fiction.”
Whether we write, paint, sing, dance or live our memoirs, one thing is certain – no one else can write our story as eloquently or passionately. The journey continues – write with enthusiasm. Recall the words of Frank Herbert, “There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”
Remember – you can only take one step at a time, no matter how fast you are running.
“It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.”
Sir Winston Churchill