by Jay O'Toole
We live much of life amid unique choices. Joy is anchored in The One beyond our life.
"Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement.
One fails forward toward success."
C. S. Lewis
"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen:
not only because I see it,
but because by it I see everything else."
C. S. Lewis
“I have come home at last!
This is my real country!
I belong here.
This is the land
I have been looking for all my life,
though I never knew it till now...
Come further up, come further in!”
― C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle
“The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
"I want to run, and jump, and play,
to have some fun quite oft.
I'm bored of sitting quiet each day
with just some thoughts aloft."
"'Tis true, 'twould be the greatest thrill
to speed through life, again,
as when the legs could run at will,
and bliss would often win,
"but now the days are fading fast
of heartbeats, and the breath
why should we know the frivolous last
of moments 'fore our death?"
"Why should, indeed, we know some joy
before our flesh is toast?
Why should we be that youthful boy,
who did things without boast?
"My God, Man, get up off your couch
to take each day by storm!
You need not be an old-age slouch,
a wriggling, slimy worm."
"I thank, thee, Son, the youth I was,
for jarring me a-loose
from ancient lethargy because
man's life is blest by use."
"We still can go. We have some days.
There's hope for us to grasp.
The joy of life is as Christ says.
All death is from the asp."
by Jay O’Toole
on March 16th, 2023