The Soul Is Eternal: Guard Yours with Your Life

Pleasant words are as an honeycomb,
sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

The most important thing in life, the number one priority, is to protect your own soul and the soul of those around you.

Truly my soul waiteth upon God:
from him cometh my salvation.

The soul, its imprint in the universe of things, is eternal. Every word, every act — and every act of omission — is recorded for posterity leaving an indellible mark upon the soul-record of the universe. That record follows you wherever you go. That imprint necessarily comes back onto you by defining the milieu — an echochamber of sorts — from within which you act.

Bless the Lord, O my soul:
and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

Do good, and you get good back. Do bad, and bad is what comes back to greet you.

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Of course, it’s easier said than done. It is easy, in the heat of the moment, to lose control and let out an expletive or to do the wrong thing in a moment of frustration.

For thou hast possessed my reins:
thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:
marvellous are thy works;
and that my soul knoweth right well.

That’s why it’s in those moments, when the heat is on and frustrations high, that we need to contain and control ourselves somehow.

The Heart and Soul nebulae are seen in this infrared mosaic from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. [NASA]
That somehow is the strength of Messiah in us.

For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

A good reminder is to recall that “anything you say or do can, and will, be used against you” — in life as in law.

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Not Let Go

What of life but fleeting romance

with the sky and the grass and the daisies;

to roll around and to get up but once,

before too long and you’re set in stone.

And the wonder’s lustre is somewhat dulled

but the instinct’s muster is to keep abound;

for when there is no life there is nothing

and to err is human and to live, something;

but to hold onto anything and not let go.

 
 

Is the Only Way Up?

For some, everything can feel like an uphill battle. It feels like so for me and I see it in others’ eyes when they too feel that way. So I know I’m not alone.

I have had a very difficult 40 years on this planet. No other planet but this. Yes there have been good times but overwhelmingly my time has been one of feeling the weight of the world on my shoulders rather than any sense of ease. So much so, in fact, that I secretly covet those who (apparently) have that sense of ease about them.

I try hard enough. I’m generally hard working, diligent; sometimes too much so. But I sense that I lack direction; that I’m easily swayed or just plain pushed around. And easily fatigued.

Maybe it’s time I took this pilgrimage seriously?

Maybe I have to stop being lukewarm?

For time is short – and it really is a matter of life and death.

I must act now.

FYI: An Update

An update of what’s been happening over the past—I don’t know—50 million years or so.

Primordial slime, the first terrestrial organic substance, remained lifeless for some 5 million years before the hitherto supernova we now call the sun came into existence.

In time, slime evolved into a jelly. The jelly, not inappropriately, in turn spawned Jellyfish.

From whence came the Great Sea Scorpions.

The first ever vertebrates were the backboned fish. These gradually developed limb buds, and finally legs, to exit the waters.

Reptiles were indeed the first land animals, albeit a physically and socially primitive kind; for once laid they abandoned their eggs. Nevertheless, thrived and grew they did in abundance (and size) and into the dinosaurs (Gk. literally “terrifyingly frightful lizard”) that dominated for 180 million years.

The sauros died out at the ice-age, 65 million years ago.

Birds were next, as scales gave way to feathers and smaller creatures that had adapted better to the lower temperature now inherited the earth. These guys hung around to keep their eggs warm.

Feathers evolve into fur, two legs into four: and animals develop the ability to retain the baby inside until it is matured. These primitive mammals preserved a social and educational relationship with their young such that, for the first time, useful information could be passed on and developed rather than each individual starting from an instinctual scratch.


Reference

Brazier, Chris. The No-Nonsense Guide to World History. New Edition. New Internationalist, 2011.