I’ve come to the conclusion — for today anyway — that the reason for all the ups and downs throughout a life is to experience and to learn. The experiences can be recalled to make our later years warm or not. Or to enliven the gathering with friends and loved ones as we swop stories before a fire or over firewater. But what of the lessons? Are we obligated to share them, teach others before they come to this place in the road? But we were once where they are now, and we didn’t listen, not usually. Or our life wouldn’t have been so overflowing with experiences and lessons, no?

Yet, we have this overflowing mental bin of ah-ha moments, of finally figuring it out. And we want to celebrate, to make these insights mean something to someone other than ourselves, to underscore or make a purpose for it all. Otherwise, we are just flickers of light and humanity is destined to repeat and repeat, inching towards some ultimate end known only to our Creator.

This new blog is as much about my continued learning as it is about my sharing some of what I’ve come to know. And I look forward to your comments for my experience has been that we can examine, learn, and really understand an idea better when we discuss it, than when we just turn it over in our mind. The multiple viewpoints and constructive comments help temper the idea like a blacksmith’s hammer upon hot metal.

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