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Simple Truths Inside From Inside Camelot

Today I watched, for the umpteenth time, another version of the story of King Arthur, Lady Guinevere and Camelot. While watching it, I realized that this was really a story to teach a lesson to us all. Really it is. It has some very practical truths woven within the story. 

 

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1) You should always be ready. Always. Live your life in a manner that you will not worry if it has to be examined by others. You never know when you will be called upon to lead.
2) Secrets are never good for anyone. Yes, there are those special secrets we must all keep to ourselves, like presents and surprise parties.  What I referring to are issues that come up in our lives.  Deal with the matter, don’t sweep it away or pretend it didn’t happen.  Don’t let things fester for years. Secrets like that have a habit of just walking right through your front door.


3) We all want everyone to be treated as equals. We want everyone to share and we all want everyone to feel as if no one is better than him or her. However, there will ALWAYS be those people who feel differently about this.  They will demand more and their actions can ruin it for everyone.


4) Be careful what kind of bricks you use to build your kingdom. Are those bricks built with good intentions but mortared with the blood of those who got in the way?


5) Even though we all like to think we can follow our hearts, we need to remember that our hearts do not always have the best judgment. If everyone followed their hearts, we would have far less laborers and be overrun with knights and princesses.


6) We must always have someone to give us wise counsel, but we need to be mindful of how they came to be our counsel and why? Their vision for the way things should be could cloud our original path. Don’t let someone thrust things onto you just because they believe this is the way it should be.

 

7) People are always going to have something to say about us.  There will be stories told about what we did, how we did it and what kind of impact it had on us.  We cannot control what is said.  Once the words are out there, they are out there.  No one can unhear what has been said.
Just live your life so that people have no choice but to believe what is true.

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The story, the legend of King Arthur, his Knights of the Round Table, the valiant heart of Lady Guinevere is truly beautiful. The thoughts portrayed absolutely noble; but alas, the people, as is the case with all humans,  were perfectly and utterly flawed.

Ecclesiastes 1:9 

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A Letter To My Mother

Dear Mom,

Well, you are right. About a lot of things.

After 40, I did get braver. After 45, I really got brave. The world did not end if I opted to play with my babies instead of doing the dishes right after dinner. Oh, and you were right about being firm with them. They still love me and brag on how I was tough, but they learned a lesson.

The thing you said about having a dream and following it, well I’m still working on that, but you were right, there was still time – and is still time. Remember when you told me to stick to my guns and I would respect myself later. You guessed it – right once again.

Honestly Mom, if you were here it would be “Winner,Winner; Chicken Dinner” and “Give the lady a cigar” because you were on the money with so many things.

As a little girl you taught me, “If you aren’t pretty on the inside, then you aren’t pretty on the outside” I didn’t clearly understand that until now. Actions really do speak louder than words. Neatness in appearance does count.

OH, and that night I got home past curfew (to be fair it was only 15 minutes) and you told me I wouldn’t understand until I was a mother – I got it now.
Watching my children be adults in this crazy world and seeing them do things that are good, right, fair and responsible…wow my heart really does swell and I really do feel it pull like an invisible cord is still tied to them.

Most of all Mom…most of all…I wish you were here so I could once again see your face and say, “Momma, how did you get so smart?” And then your mouth would give that sideways grin and your green eyes would sparkle and you would laugh with your whole body.

Someday Mom, you’ll tell me…until “someday” gets here, I’ll just keep on keeping track.
Mom: 5,789,432 Susan: 10
(I wonder if I can round up?)