I’ve been working on a few offline projects that needed my attention. I also haven’t really stepped away from the blog for an extended time since I began in 2008. I needed to recharge. Mind, you I still create status updates and talk to plenty of folks at the blog’s Facebook Page and Twitter feed. In fact, you’re missing out if you don’t pop in over there from time to time.
But it was time to at least leave a little something here at the main site. I’ll probably share a few of those conversations we’ve had in the other social media spaces as I try to use content exclusive to each medium. Hope you’re having a great 2014 so far. Leave a comment and let me know what’s on your mind and what you’re up to these days. You were missed.
Franz Kafka, the story goes, encountered a little girl in the park where he went walking daily. She was crying. She had lost her doll and was desolate.
Kafka offered to help her look for the doll and arranged to meet her the next day at the same spot. Unable to find the doll he composed a letter from the doll and read it to her when they met.
“Please do not mourn me, I have gone on a trip to see the world. I will write you of my adventures.” This was the beginning of many letters. When he and the little girl met he read her from these carefully composed letters the imagined adventures of the beloved doll. The little girl was comforted.
When the meetings came to an end Kafka presented her with a doll. She obviously looked different from the original doll. An attached letter explained: “my travels have changed me… “
Many years later, the now grown girl found a letter stuffed into an unnoticed crevice in the cherished replacement doll. In summary it said: “every thing that you love, you will eventually lose, but in the end, love will return in a different form.”
Read more at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/may-benatar-phd-lcsw/kafka-and-the-doll_b_981348.html
The DC Comics series (and film which is out on DVD) Green Lantern offers an interesting contrast as it questions our relationship between will (determination) and fear (doubt). The movie was rather meh for me barring the unexpected Angela Bassett sighting as Dr. Amanda Waller.
The story does reflect how fear undermines our ability to make beneficial and bold choices. That element parallels many spiritual texts that warns us of the consequences of letting fear rule us instead of faith combined with action.
Continue reading “When Struggling With Change Determination Must Conquer Doubt”