"Life is more stunning than any illusion that is imaginable and things are invariably never exactly as they appear to be at first glance. In such a sophisticated creation and construction as mankind and the world in which we live, there are no easy answers to the questions that bedevil and the problems which daily confront us all.
To those who ask 'for whom was the earth created'; it was for animals and creatures of the land, sea and air as well as for man and woman. Anyone knows that a person or thing picked and uprooted from its natural habitat will never blossom as well outside its own comfort zone than it will in familiar territory, whether it be a flower species from the National Park in northern India or any newcomer that is planted in strange ground without their natural support systems to feed and nourish them. Then there are those confused and depressed souls who constantly harbour thoughts about others being in a happier and more stable place in life than they are and who do not yet know that mankind should cast their eyes in all directions in their search for true enlightenment and ease of suffering. For it is only through one's ability to look upwards as well as down and inside as well as out can the true disposition of any man or woman be judged and their spirit, fortitude and degree of courage be accurately guaged.
Fat people can hunger for love, acceptance and self approval just as much as stick insects can crave for food which their bodies will not allow them to digest. Rich folk can feel just as poverty stricken when financial disaster hits them just as truely as poor people with a happy disposition can know a wealth beyond all the riches that money and gold could ever provide. Just as it requires a strength of character to recognise one's weaknesses, it also requires an openness to one's vulnerability to discover one's true strength. The paradox of life will forever astound. It can take a great fall to help us rise up taller than we ever stood before or a terrible tragedy in our life in order to find true meaning in our existence and lasting happiness and contentment in our future. Just as life can result in the destruction of some beautiful experiences, so is death sometimes capable of producing new life meaning.
If only life and the living of it was easy as falling off a log, then we would all know paradise on earth without ever needing to pay one's dues, respect and regard along the way! But life is a great balancing act and can be as good as a practiced liver of it. We only get out what we are prepared to put into it. One can only acquire the skill of survival through being prepared to 'fall off the log' again and again and get back up and try again. Only by being willing to make mistakes which can sometimes make us 'look small' as well as learn from our experiences can the practice of learning to 'stand tall' be provided to us all." William Forde:July 31st, 2014