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γνῶσις: gnōsis; gignōskein

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04 Dec 2022 · 09:34

Contritio ‘Attritio’

Imperfectly perfect.

The best natural state in which to be.

The beginning of self-acceptance; a measure of your intrinsic value, an indication of your inherent worth on planet Earth.

When you remain true to yourself, your standard measure – that is, your unconditional acceptance of your fallible ‘self’- is your indelible reference.

Living according to a fraudulent reference – whether bought, ‘borrowed’ or stolen – is futile in every respect.

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Complementary Counterweight

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26 Nov 2022 · 17:49

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I was born on Thursday 13th July 1972 in Harare, Zimbabwe, to an English father and a South African mother. I was christened Catherine Jane Birch and – from the outset – I’ve been inquisitive about most of life’s elemental questions; its myriad paradoxes and unpredictable anomalies, their sources, solutions and their propensity for unmitigated change. From a very young age I was captured by the enigmatic life process, the challenge of living and what it ‘means’ to be alive.
I spent countless invaluable hours in nature, watching the world at its work. I had a fascination for everything around me, curious about what things were, how and why they worked, what they represented in relation to one another.

I began writing at the age of 5. Journals, stories and poetry, illustrations, have been a constantly evolving source of quiet self-reflection, expansive expression throughout my life.
I’m fortunate to have travelled many miles, to have visited a variety of differing destinations and though I’ve learned a lot about life in the last 50 years, my questions about its complexities are neverending.

I currently live in the south-east of England, having recently returned to the United Kingdom after a particularly harrowing period of 7 allegedly ‘invisible’ or ‘non-existent’ years of hell in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa.
My 13-year-old son lives in Switzerland, where he attends school.

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Blog No. Fir St.

Orientation is – for the most part – something to do with where you were, where you are – and the why of those both.

The inbetween that there might perchance happenstance to be – of which there may be no specific coordinates, or recollection – is immaterial when you are where you chance upon happening to find yourself where you should.

Measuring mettle and all that black cutlery calling the crockery crooked (by way of complementing the return of the back-handed slap-compliment) is the price for piggy-backing the Sphinx in any instance.

Anybody worth their fettering knows that, particularly those who don’t know where or wheren’t they were, or weren’t, going in the first place.

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Blog Number None: Once Upon the Future Dream of the Present Tense That Never Was

20171129_205855.jpgAnd once upon an ever-Mañana that never came, I might have the equipment I require to blog on something other than an Android.

Maybe … although having asked so many times for what is mine to be returned to me (my computer, my earnings, etc) so I can continue my work in conditions more conducive to cultivating the necessary motivation to do so – and having been fake-promised so many times that such would indeed be the case, maybe not …

Have a nice day.

 

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September 2016 – Blog No. 3

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It has been a nagging feeling for some time now, the feeling that I am being used as live bait.  For some big fucking fish or something.  But I am a cat.  Cats catch fish, whatever bait was taken.  That is perhaps the first thing any ‘Big Fish’ must learn before it swings trapeze on a feline string.  Cats will not necessarily eat the fish they catch, not all cats eat sushi.  Cats are natural hunters.  They will take a fish out of water from time to time and simply watch it flap around for a while.  If they get hungry, they might kill it and eat it.  Or they might not.  They might instead turn it into five thousand loaves of bread for the soup kitchen.  I suppose when intelligence was allocated fish were measured on their ability to climb trees.  A wise fish would have opted for wings, in that instance.  Like a wise pirate walking his own gangplank would opt for a mermaid rather than a flying fish when he leaps into the sea.  No.  Virgil never had any issues with mermaids.  He was a close friend of Poseidon’s Trident, which meant he could breathe underwater.  So, it would seem, could his parrot, else it would not be perched on his shoulder today squawking for cocktails.

Ask any macaw about a squawking parrot and a cocktail, they will tell you whether Virgil and the Pirate prefer pinacoladas to margueritas or whether you can expect a storm in your teacup.  The last I heard, birds of a feather flocked wherever.  Unless they were homing pigeons.  In which case they would have gone straight home to their loft and done some flocking.  There is no point in being lost when you don’t know where you are.  When getting lost, be sure to take yourself with you.  That is the safest way to make your loss into a find.  Taking yourself with you does not mean neglecting your own attendance, it means you become very adept at choosing your moments to go and get lost.  For instance, you would not want to go and get lost in a moving Bermuda Triangle.  You would need to know when the Triangle was going to move so as not to get lost in its transition.  Without that key information?   I would not suggest flying into a triangle.

The year 2016 is seeing itself out.  That is a good thing.  Each year is accountable for its achievements and it is pleasing to see this year has been no exception with regards the measurement and presentation thereof.  In fact, this has been such an interesting year that I cannot wait for next year to begin demonstrating its prowess.  It is bound to be a great deal better than 2016, and for evolution’s sake – it better had be.

You cannot outgrow evolution, no matter how hard you rail against its changes.  That is the good news.  And more is the question, why would anyone want to?  Evolution got us here in the first place.  Kick against its change and it will kick you straight back into the caves to hunt berries and chip flint.

 

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The Heart – Blog No. 2

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The first thing to remember when it comes to heart, is that if you do not have one do not pretend that you do.  That kind of a lie will haunt you for the rest of your lives.

End of story.

Get a heart – use it wisely – and get a life.  Easy.

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Time’s Wisdom – Blog No. 17

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Wisdom evolves in the way all things that evolve, do.  That is its wisdom.  There is profound clarity in the statement:  ‘Wisdom is choosing now what will make sense later.’  That later – when it comes – will provide in its demonstration evidence of wisdom’s consistent evolution.  Wisdom trusts instinct.  Instinct stems from experience.  From time to time it bypasses instinct on its Wisdom Business of researching some learning and as such, focussing on the horizon, it trips over a growth node.  That Wisdom has tripped once (or so) is not of much consequence in the big picture.  In the big picture space has been made for tripping.  Besides, trip-wires are made to be tripped over.  It is how you fall that matters, and whether or not you get up.

It would seem that we do not all subscribe to the same Wisdom System.  That is a good thing.  I trust in what I trust, I believe what I do.  That is because I have time-trialed my years and let them come to their own conclusions.  It makes sense to work your learning to your advantage, given that true learning does not come easily.  Being ‘at an advantage’ does not – in this context – mean that you will find yourself in a privileged position through virtue of your learning, it means that you will find yourself in the perfect position to do what it is in your life that needs doing.  The degree of personal work you did with the experiences you chose to have determines your capacity to handle further learning.  Handling capacity is what further learning is all about and a life without further learning is pointless.

Naturally, Time’s Wisdom flies.  If it was always to walk, it might miss some of its own most important points.  It is important to understand that although Wisdom is conveyed by every language on the planet it does not rely on verbal communication.  That is why the link between Wisdom and instinct is a strong one.  Some things you know.  And when you know that you know them, then is when you learn the extent of your experiences’ evolution.

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Keeping track – Blog No. 16

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Keeping track is not simply a matter of following a prescribed path.  It is a matter of knowing where your boundaries are, setting them, and then strengthening them.  Know that boundaries are not synonymous with borders.  Keeping track is about staying the distance to keep clear the path ahead.  It is about creating the freedom for whatever you have on track to push boundaries without losing inherent sense of where the yet-unmapped path goes.  If you keep track, you cannot forget where you – or the path – are going.

Keeping ‘track’ of things is at times helpful.  At other times it is pointless.  Be very careful should you decide to keep track of matters that do not concern you.  You are wasting headspace storing facts and figures that are not beneficial to your own future and I, for one, would question the intentions of any person who chooses to keep track of another’s business when said facts and figures are not of any benefit to anyone other than the one whose business it is.

I would suggest finding for yourself a steady track upon which to launch your trajectory.  Once you get your sea-legs, as such, the track’s undulations will not much bother you – you will take the rough and the smooth in your stride.  When you can trust your legs to go the distance no matter where your trajectory ends up taking you, your sense of direction intensifies.  When that happens, keep track.

 

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