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Sunday, January 03, 2010

How our dreams die...

The Good Fight is the one we Fight because our heart asks it of us.The Good Fight is the one that’s fought in the name of our dreams. When we are young our dreams first explode inside us with all of their force, we are very courageous, but we haven’t yet learned how to Fight. With great effort, we learn how to Fight, but by then we no longer have the courage to go into combat. So we turn against ourselves and do battle within. We become our own worst enemy. We say that our dreams were childish, or too difficult to realize, or the result or our not having known enough about life. We kill our dreams because we are afraid to Fight the Good Fight. - The Good Fight by Paolo Coelho
There is a reason why Paolo Coelho is one of my favorite authors. He scares me. His words are like voices in my head reminding me over and over again of the dire consequences of not paying enough attention to life, of taking the safe route, of being passive...

He scares me because there is truth in his words. My heart confirms it.

It is easy enough to give up on our dreams especially when life calls for us to be practical, to give in to convention. It is so much easier always to just do what we think the world expects us to do. And so we start to forget, or else make excuses for not doing our best to attain our dreams. We start to live less and begin to, as Og Mandino once wrote, "..die a little each day."

I think that to fight the "good fight" need not necessarily be an act of struggle. It is more of a striving to always be aware of life as it unfolds around and within us. It is the act of constantly reminding ourselves everyday to be grateful for another chance to be better, and to make the most out of the chances that are given to us.  It requires patience. It requires practice. But what other alternative do we have? To die a little each day ? No. Not when we still have so much to live for.

Life is grand and it becomes grander when you believe that there is still so much more beauty in it for you to experience.

Ha! I'm on a roll again.... Happy New Year! Much love to family and friends, both old, new, missing, or just plain out-of-touch...
kaigachi is a conjugation of the Japanese term "kigaicha" or crazy. It roughly translates as "crazy about something."

"One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light but by making the darkness conscious." - C.Jung

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