The Power of Words

American thinker Joseph Campbell once said “We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.”

They are comforting words for a new widow, and a quotation which I intend to recite morning and evening.

There have been other really bad patches in my life which are now mere memories, but following a road accident which was absolutely debilitating for two years I would recite the following verse until I had a delicate operation on my middle ear to restore my balance.

“Let Us Then Be Up and Doing,

With a heart for any fate,

Still achieving, still pursuing,

Learn to labour, Learn to Wait.”

I think these words were written by William Wordsworth.

Words carry immense power¬†and this little verse was powerful therapy for me to learn patience while doctors worked out how to repair the “mild head injuries” I had sustained in a rear end collision.


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