[Ansteorra] Magic Moments
soldier.grrrl at gmail.com
Sun Jan 20 10:13:52 PST 2008
On Jan 20, 2008 12:07 PM, Jay Rudin <rudin at ev1.net> wrote:
> But these moments happened because somebody believed, and made them happen.
> Anyone can do that now, and they do.
> It's too easy to complain that the rose bushes have thorns. It's true, and
> we should do what we can to reduce their number. But we will never finish
> that job, so it's important to remember, and focus on, the fact that all
> these thorn bushes have roses.
> There will *always* be something inappropriate in front of you. There will
> often be something quite authentic in front of you. Nobody concentrates on
> everything in their field of sight, so it is up to *you* to determine where
> your focus is.
> The next event you go to will have too many modern elements and not enough
> period ones. But *you* will add to both totals. Carry a lady's basket.
> Give honor to the crown. Pour that beer into a mug.
> Too many cars at the field? Help people unload.
> Discussions about computers? Ask someone about the trim she's weaving.
> Too many modern shoes? Look up.
> Mundane site? Watch the banners flying in the wind.
> Bored with filk songs? Stand up and perform a villanelle, and give prizes
> to the period pieces you hear.
> Too many complaints? Compliment somebody on their costume.
> Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the first Baron Baden-Powell of Gilwell, left a
> final message to the Boy Scouts, found and opened after his death. He
> wrote, in part: "But the real way to get happiness is by giving out
> happiness to other people. Try to leave this world a little better than
> you found it, and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling
> that at any rate you have not wasted your time but have done your best."
> Robin of Gilwell / Jay Rudin
Well said, good sir! If you are at Candlemas, might I have the honor
of thanking you in person? If not, please know that you have touched
one person this fine morning and reminded me of what I truly wish to
see, and who I wish to be in the Society.
In service to the Dream,
Blonde. It's not just a hair color; it's a way of life.
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