Walk this Way


What do you know for sure? Do you walk with certainty?

One step at a time is good pace for walking. In these days of uncertainty, everyone needs to take advice and to receive help from others. I’ve done a lot of thinking about what’s certain, what’s real, and what’s true and not.

Walk this Way - Philippe de Champaigne's Vanitas (c. 1671)
Philippe de Champaigne’s Vanitas (c. 1671)

What do you know for certain? I know the sun comes up every day and the moon kisses us goodnight.  I know everyone walks around with a little sadness. I know that my Yorkies love me unconditionally.

I agree with Tim Burton who said, “Things that I grew up will stay with me. You start a certain way, and then you spend your whole life trying to find a certain simplicity that you had. It’s less about staying in childhood than keeping a certain spirit of seeing things in a different way.”  I know children can teach us as much as we can teach them.

In this world, we all know there is nothing as certain but death and taxes. So many of us percolate like an average coffee pot with good intentions that never come to pass. I’ve learned the hard way that destiny finds our expectations amusing.

Julie Freischlag, MD, says “Human beings are unbelievably strong and terribly hopeful about what’s going to happen next. Though everyone’s faith is different, I’ve seen that people have faith in goodness. And whenever they get to the end of life, that goodness takes over. They believe that when they leave this world, a peace will come.”

Maybe, life is not about finding but creating. I settle for feeling only 50 percent sure about most things most of the time. That keeps me humble. For certain I know no one says my name like my husband. No one watches over me like my Yorkies. I know for sure to be helpful to others, we need a willing heart, gentle hands, and sturdy feet.

I know with certainty, we can make our lives sublime one step at a time, if we walk and talk with humility.  To succeed, Michael Caine says “Be like a duck, remain calm on the surface and paddle like hell underneath.

I know for certain, you can make a little Eden out of the sphere you occupy if you rid your mind of selfishness. We need to have a kindly mouth and big receptive ears. I know for sure if you wish the world were happier, we have to practice kindness daily, think without confusion and love abundantly.

Myrtle May Dryden says in her poem,
If you want to walk with certainty,
Forget the slander you have heard,
Forget the hasty unkind word,0
Forget the quarrel and the cause,
Forget the whole affair because
Forget it is the only way;
Forget the storm of yesterday,
Forget those with the sour face,
Forget and smile in any place,
Forget the trials you have had,
Forget the weather if it’s bad,
Forget the knocker, he’s a freak,
Forget him seven days a week,
Forget you’re not a millionaire,
Forget the gray streaks in your hair,
Forget wherever you may roam.

We know to keeping feeding our curiosity to grow into the person we want to be.  I know for sure one seed at a time the forest grows; one drop at a time a river flows; one word at a time a great book is written; and one word at a time a book is read. I know for sure the harder we work at something, Lady Luck will accommodate us.

I know God sells us all things at the price of the labor. I know we were all born with innate power.  We must use our curiosity to find out what that power is. What I know and would like to change is – the fact that we cannot change the inevitable.

  1. Avatar of tucsonmike
    tucsonmike says

    Excellent, Joyce.

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    Curmudgeon says

    It’s for certain your comments are real, and true.

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