Overcome the World

If there is one thing I’ve learned in the last three and a half years of daily writing it is that, as Erasmus put it, “the desire to write grows with writing.” In fact, I have found this to be true of anything I have undertaken to commune more deeply with nature and to serve others more fully.

I could say this about so many things. The desire to revitalize medicine grows with revitalizing medicine. The desire to ride (horses) grows with riding. The desire to raise well-rounded children grows with raising children. I could go on for pages!

What I don’t understand is why anyone would do anything without applying all the force of their being to the effort. Who cares why you have to do it, when you have the choice as to how you carry it through? In my estimation freedom in is more important than freedom from any day of the week.

Call me what you’d like, but I love the fact that I realized at a certain point that I have the choice as to whether or not I love my life, regardless of what I am doing. More importantly, I love the fact that I can assist, inspire, show and teach others to do the same.

In this sad world we have a choice: succumb to grief, submit to worry or overcome the world.

Sorrow looks back, Worry looks around, Faith looks up.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

4 thoughts on “Overcome the World

  • Excellent point of freedom “in” vs freedom “of” something and I wholeheartedly agree. I always love to learn and want to be the best that I can be in any endeavor. There is so much reward, satisfaction and pride in what your doing when you jump right in and give it your all!

  • Your writing has certainly been a blessing Gregg, and just the thought process and soul searching that goes into writing a reply has been an enormous personal blessing for which I give deep thanks. Certainly these are the days in which we have the privilege of overcoming the world. The way has been so meticulously prepared, your blog is the only one that I’m aware of that connects those with a like concern. Thank You Gregg for your diligence and love.

  • An attitude of graciousness, appreciation and thankfulness keep our equipment of heart and mind in tune to receive assistance from our Creator. I believe there is a host of heavenly help that gives freely to the end of straightening out the sad state of affairs on Earth. The joy and fulfillment on Earth at this point in time is abundantly available to those who will be the people on Earth that are assisting in this, therein lies the only opportunity for real joy and fulfillment.

  • The free release of a creative spirit is ever available. Are there frustrations and limitations in our worlds? Yes, both limitations that prove to be valuable and others that are more or less arbitrary. But the wonderful fact remains that all things can be used to advantage by the steady release of a creative spirit, even if the advantages sometimes take their time showing up!

    Sometimes people like to console or encourage themselves by repeating that their only limitation is themselves, or that they can do anything they can imagine. These are childish and wishful ways of approaching life, and yet there is something that is limitless and powerful beyond words to describe, and no circumstance or limitation can take it away. Your carefully-chosen words always point to realistic and practical starting points!

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