Tuesday, 30 November 2010

A Thought Filled Run

My last post was some time ago now and I left it for a bit. I have read that post more than once and felt that maybe I need to take time to think again about what it is I am trying to do with this blog, if anything at all. It started out with a few random thoughts; it developed into a thought for the day. Then I started another parallel blog to give more thought to the art.

Life was then knocked off course with my accident and not painting nearly so often. It seemed important for me to get fit again so I began to concentrate on that. Somewhere something happened that made me draw within myself a bit more and become reflective. For no obvious reason I began adding verse to my art. I became aware very quickly that less and less people were reading and I was becoming even more inward looking.

The more inward looking I became the less I had to say. Then my unexpected operation, another set back, just when I had got the fitness thing sorted. Two weeks later when I was ready to get out again I find myself in a world of snow. How easy it would be to just stay in the warmth of indoors.

Yesterday determined to not be controlled by external factors I donned my running shoes and ran. Well you could almost call it running, it was certainly faster than it took me to walk the same 6 miles in the afternoon. As I ran I thought of the story of the young boy with the withered flower. It had seemed that life was determined to drag me down. So here is the story I thought of as I ran.

The park bench was deserted as the old man sat down to read beneath the long, straggly branches of an old willow tree. Disillusioned by life with good reason to frown, for the world was intent on dragging him down.

And if that weren't enough to ruin his day, A young boy out of breath approached him, all tired from play.

He stood right before him with his head tilted down and said with great excitement, "Look what I found!"

In his hand was a flower, and what a pitiful sight, with its petals all worn, not enough rain, or to little light. Wanting him to take his dead flower and go off to play, the old man faked a small smile and then shifted away. But instead of retreating the lad sat by his side and placed the flower to his nose and declared with overacted surprise, "It sure smells pretty and it's beautiful, too. That's why I picked it; here it's for you."

The weed before him was dying or dead. Not vibrant of colours, orange, yellow or red. But he knew he must take it, or he might never leave. So he reached for the flower, and replied, "Just what I need." But instead of the boy placing the flower in his hand, he held it mid-air without reason or plan. It was then that he noticed for the very first time that the weed-toting boy could not see: he was blind.

The old man heard his voice quiver, tears shone like the sun as he thanked him for picking the very best one. You're welcome, he smiled, and then ran off to play, and unaware of the impact he'd had on the life of the old man. He sat there and wondered how he managed to see a self-pitying old man beneath an old willow tree. How did he know of his self-indulged plight?

Perhaps from his heart, he'd been blessed with true sight. Through the eyes of a blind child, at last he could see the problem was not with the world; the problem was with him. And for all of those times he himself had been blind, he vowed to see the beauty in life, and appreciate every second he had. And then he held that wilted flower up to his nose and breathed in the fragrance of a beautiful rose. And smiled as he watched that young boy, another weed in his hand about to change the life of an unsuspecting old woman.

Have a good day if there is anybody still taking the time to read this.

This blog is linked to my other  A Feather on the Beach


  1. Wonderful story Ralph. So glad you could run today! Thanks for stopping by.

  2. We're still reading. This story is perfect. I sometimes get into an It's-all-about-me frame of mind, and I'm not happy. If I just change my thinking to What-can-I-do-for-somebody-else-today", I feel so much happier! I'll remember this story today.

  3. Good Morning Ralph, today will be a great day!
    Yours is still the first blog I chck out every day and I admit I miss it when it is not there.
    I have also become reflective on my blog; there is only so much to say about cancer and it is gone and I grow tired of bitching about the neuropathy in my hands. So, I could end the story,call it a short story about a single battle
    or try to dig deeper and discover why I won.
    You cautioned me not to check "stats" and to write the blog for me, so that is what I am doing. Always, thank you!

  4. If we're looking so much inward trying to always find a meaning for ourselves thinking thoughts of 'why am I here?'' and what should I be doing"? we miss so much ... A rose that is there we never see.Too busy looking inside . Sometimes it takes another to show the way..I have reached an age where I look at today .. for it is today that is here. Yesterdays gone, I can't dwell on the fact that I've lost a son, that I've had my share of tradegies and tomorrow is not yet here.. what a waste of time and energy to dwell on that too much. For me, I would just look at that rose today and enjoy it. That too will be gone... well thats my 2 cents worth... everyone gets through it in their own way ... thats mine and it works for me . bj