Tuesday, September 11, 2012

They also serve...

One of my favourite quotations is - "They also serve who only stand and wait." It's from a poem by John Milton entitled "On His Blindness."  There are so many times when I have had to wait - in line, on the phone, on the computer.... or I see people waiting and I can't help thinking of these words.

Occasionally, I have said them to someone, who is obviously waiting, hoping to find a kindred soul. One, who would answer - John Milton - "On His Blindness."

I remember once, on a mid-morning break at work, waiting to get to one of those steaming urns of coffee, when the CEO said. "They also serve who only stand and wait."  Well, I answered, "John Milton, On His Blindness."  It met with a blank stare.  I guess he knew the line; but didn't know the origin.

Alas, I often feel like a voice crying in the wilderness. Or perhaps, I walk to the beat of a different drummer.  I know that I have taken the road less travelled and yes that should mean a degree of isolation, but really, I am not an alien.

Then again, maybe I am. To think that I could communicate with a large number of people today when I stopped watching TV years ago and my favourite music genre is Irish Folk and I am just now reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - which may be followed by The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy or Bob, Son of Battle - a book I inherited from my mother.

Yes, Virginia, there is life on the fringe - it just tends to dangle a little, maybe knots or mats, is definitely stranded and waits for blind chance to be of service!!

I may have found my soul mate. Someone who sculpts balloon creatures out of stone and I thought that I was different.

Celebrate what sets you apart, today!!!

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