Thursday, December 16, 2010

the love of your fate

Welcome to our newest followers "Margie and Roger" they are full-timers. They have a bunch of blogs, including one with recipes - I'll be checking that out for sure! It looks like they've been everywhere.

Today's word of the day is vermicular (ver-MIK-yuh-ler - resembling a worm in form or motion; of, relating to, or caused by worms). Its an interesting word, but not one that finds a lot of common use (unless you are eating vermicular vermicelli!). Especially in this frozen wasteland where the worms are deep in the earth asleep. Do worms freeze solid in the winter? Or do they go below the frost line (that's 4' + here). Acccording to searches on the internet they do deep into the soil - up to 6'. Who knew!

This is from this morning's "Inspiration Peak". I occasionally look at who I am and where I am in my life and look back to the events that got me here. Not all are happy ones, but the unhappy, difficult times are the ones that caused the most personal growth. Looking at these events in this light makes it easier to accept and even find happiness in life's difficult moments.

still going strong - flowers from Carm's retirement party
   At a certain moment in Nietzsche's life, the idea came to him of what he called 'the love of your fate.' Whatever your fate is, whatever the heck happens, you say, 'This is what I need.' It may look like a wreck, but go at it as though it were an opportunity, a challenge. If you bring love to that moment - not discouragement - you will find the strength is there. Any disaster that you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life. What a privilege! This is when the spontaneity of your own nature will have a chance to flow. Then, when looking back at your life, you will see that the moments which seemed to be great failures followed by wreckage were the incidents that shaped the life you have now. You’ll see that this is really true. Nothing can happen to you that is not positive. Even though it looks and feels at the moment like a negative crisis, it is not.
         Joseph Campbell, 1904-1987
           American Mythology Professor and Author