There is an ancient Viking oracle called the Runes. One of the Runes is “Gateway-The Place of Non-Action. In relevant part it says:…”The gateway is not to be approached without contemplation….Now is not the time to make decisions. Visualize yourself standing on a gateway on a hill top. Your entire life lies out behind you and below. Before you step through, pause and review the past-the learning and the joys,; the victories and the sorrows–everything it took to bring you here. Observe it all, bless it all and release it all. For in letting go of the past, you reclaim your power”
Does a writer really want to do this, especially his anger over the many injustices he has experienced that need balancing and correcting. Is it up to him or as so may say: “Put in in God’s hands and move on”
I am reminded of a cartoon I saw in the New Yorker. A young college graduate is sitting on the ledge of a tall building writing his parents a suicide note: “Dear Mom and Dad. You have given me a happy life and all that I needed. I will NEVER become a writer”
Isn’t that what writers do–dredge up and live in the past. Why would anyone want to re-live all their pain and suffering. Well it has been said that those who do not learn from the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them(find quote).
Well not only do WE have to learn from our own mistakes and not repeat them, but don’t our parents teachers and others and in fact history itself give us lessons to help us avoid their mistakes in the future.
So–do we REALLY want to forget the past and move on in our quest to reach the impossible-perfection? Or is it a learning opportunity for which we should be grateful
Well–What do you think?