Friday, August 26, 2016

Earning Is Great But Work Sucks...

...at this point in my life because my job sucks. I wish there was something I could find for myself to do that I truly liked while earning at least the same salary I have now but that seems as elusive for me as was the quest of the conquistadors whilst seeking Eldoardo. Nope, the search for a new job has not been going very well. Maybe I am not looking hard enough or looking in directions where I will find something that befits me.

It is possible, I should heed the words of EAP and "Ride, boldly ride...". In my younger years, I abided by those words quite often and life was an adventure. It still is sometimes today buy I think that with age some of the boldness has left me and I surely am tired and without the strength of my youth. Yet, maybe all I need do is to heed Poe's words and head back over the mountains of the moon and down the valley of the shadow:


ELDORADO
by: Edgar Allan Poe

Gaily bedight,
   A gallant knight,
In sunshine and in shadow,   
   Had journeyed long,   
   Singing a song,
In search of Eldorado.

  But he grew old—
   This knight so bold—   
And o’er his heart a shadow—   
   Fell as he found
   No spot of ground
That looked like Eldorado.

 And, as his strength   
   Failed him at length,
He met a pilgrim shadow—   
   ‘Shadow,’ said he,   
   ‘Where can it be—
This land of Eldorado?’

 ‘Over the Mountains
   Of the Moon,
Down the Valley of the Shadow,   
   Ride, boldly ride,’
   The shade replied,—
‘If you seek for Eldorado!’

Seems simple enough although much easier for a younger man but after all, Poe was not writing about a younger man. I too, like the knight, am old, have not found Eldorado and my strength is not what it was once upon a time. Then again, when I had cancer, I was likewise or worse, yet I rode boldly and I found a bit of Eldorado in that I am still around to ride again. So why not now when in relatively good health . Considering that this has been one of my all time favorite poems, I think it is time to continue my search for Eldorado. Here's to the bold ride going forever on. I think I have come to realize, and in the end you may well find, that the bold ride was all of Eldorado we ever needed or that mattered.

All the best,
Glenn B
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