Graduation Day & Timetables

Well today was graduation day. Plenty of food, good company, lots of laughs, and even some tears were shed as we parted ways as a group today headed towards a brighter future. I will post some pics in a few minutes. But first I am reminded of that dreaded word, timetable. For some people it’s deadlines imposed by work… For some of us it is imposed by not only ourselves, but the world around us…our children, our spouses, our friends and yes even our pets. So I am reminded of this quote by President Vaclav Havel. Some of you might be wondering who the heck is that?

Vaclav Havel was a Czech playwright, essayist, poet, dissident and politician.

He was the ninth and last president of Czechoslovakia (1989–1992) and the first president of the Czech Republic (1993–2003). He wrote more than 20 plays and numerous non-fiction works, translated internationally.

Havel was voted 4th in Prospect magazine’s 2005 global poll of the world’s top 100 intellectuals. At the time of his death he was Chairman of the New York-based Human Rights Foundation. He was the founder of the VIZE 97 Foundation and the principal organizer of the Forum 2000 annual global conference.

Havel was one of the signatories of the Charter 77 manifesto, a founding signatory, together with Joachim Gauck, of the Prague Declaration on European Conscience and Communism (launching the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism), and a council member of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. Havel received many recognitions, including the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Gandhi Peace Prize, the Philadelphia Liberty Medal, the Order of Canada, the freedom medal of the Four Freedoms Award, the Ambassador of Conscience Award and the Hanno R. Ellenbogen Citizenship Award. The 2012–2013 academic year at the College of Europe was named in his honour.

Here’s the quote:

“The world can not just be explained, it must be grasped and understood as well. It is not enough to impose one’s own words on it, but one must also listen to the polyphony of often contradictory messages the world sends out and try to penetrate their meaning. It is not enough to describe, in scientific terms, the mechanics of things and events; their spirit must be personally perceived and experienced. [One] cannot merely follow the timetable we have set for our influence on the world; we must also honor and respect the infinitely more complex timetable the world has set for itself. That timetable is the sum of the thousands of independent timetables of an infinite number of natural, historical and human actions.”

So what am I trying to say? Well here it goes… Sorry it won’t be as deep as Mr. Havel.

What I am trying to say is that the timetable that world has set out for all of us, can sometimes be a challenge. \we all have the ability and the skills to pass through and turn any situation that crosses our paths around. But, we all must  believe, and we all must be determined to uncover any and all obstacles not only within us, but the ones around us as well the ones that are stopping us from reaching our goals. So keep listening to your inner timetable. Don’t stop doing the work that will turn all of the no’s into a yes. Remember the Stone Cutter..

Oh one more thing… I am moving into my new place this weekend… How much fun is that… NOT! So you might not see another post till Monday. So until then…

Stay focused… Be positive… and eat more CHEESECAKE!!! More on the cake later. Here are some pics from our class party today.

A BIG shout out and thanks to Rita for hosting the party at her house. Thanks Rita…

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Okay I am tired… Going to bed… More pics later… Thanks for stopping by… ….Peace!

 

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2 thoughts on “Graduation Day & Timetables

  1. Hey Luke. The blog looks great!! Keep up the posts, i look forward to reading more. I hope your move went well.

    Ian C

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