There is the careful balance of pushing yourself relentlessly, but not so hard that you melt down. Muscles and minds need to stretch to grow, but if stretched too thin, they will snap. A competitor needs to be process-orientated, always looking for stronger opponents to spur growth, but it is also important to keep on winning enough to maintain confidence. We have to release our current ideas to soak in new material, but not so much that we lose touch with our unique natural talentd. Vibrant, creative idealism needs to be tempered by a practical, technical awareness.
Today, I remember a great man. Sir Terry Pratchett has shaped me in so many ways. My beliefs about humanity, and my sense of compassion were strongly influenced by him. Sir Terry Pratchett has taught me to see the best in humanity. He taught me to believe that people are people. It was him who helped shape me to believe in human rights. Sir Terry shaped the way I think.
It is actually impossible for me to find the words to express how much of a gift his words have given me. In the past months of grief he has helped through. He has helped me to keep faith in dark moments…to not give into hatred and for that I will be eternally grateful.
He shaped the way that I look at the world and to be curious. He taught me that judgement is human but that we should not act hastily on that judgement.
Love and gratitude,
“People lived, and died, and were remembered. It happened in the same way that winter follows summer. It was not a wrong thing. There were tears, of course, but they were for those who were left; those who had gone on did not need them”
“She heard him mutter, ‘Can you take away this grief?’
‘I’m sorry,’ she replied. ‘Everyone asks me. And I would not do so even if I knew how. It belongs to you. Only time and tears take away grief; that is what they are for.”
Terry Pratchett – I shall wear midnight
“No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away…”
Terry Pratchett Reaper Man
May the light of your soul guide you
May the light of your soul bless the work you do with the secret love and warmth of your heart.
May you see in what you do the beauty of your own soul.
May the sacredness of your work bring healing, light and renewal to those who work with you and to those who see and receive your work.
May your work never weary you.
May it release within you wellsprings of refreshment, inspiration and excitement.
May you be present in what you do.
May you never become lost in the bland absences.
May the day never burden.
May dawn find you awake and alert, approaching your new day with dreams, possibilities and promises.
May evening find you gracious and fulfilled.
May you go into the night blessed, sheltered and protected.
May your soul calm, console and renew you.
One of my all time favourite authors is Terry Pratchett and I recently started re-reading his book The Wee Free Men, and I loved this piece of advice that one of the adult witches gives to a youngster starting out. In a conversation between Miss Perspicacia Tick and Tiffany Aching, Miss Tick reminds Tiffany of this truth:
If you trust in yourself. . .and believe in your dreams. . .and follow your star. . . you’ll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren’t so lazy.
Love and Pratchett,