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Writing Wendl...

I really did want to write a light-hearted tale in case this one turns out to be my last novel (assuming it yet becomes a novel), but it's headed currently toward the shadows. I thought I knew Wendl Von Trier pretty well, having trekked with him through my previous book, The Winged Child .   There, Wendl presents as an elusive solitary, moving above all worldly fray while at the same time nudging events and characters toward a satisfactory conclusion. Sharp and intimidating on the outside and tender and motherly on the inside. A friend to the world, something of a trickster, but in all things working for good outcomes.  That is how I saw Wendl VonTrier. A  púka, mischievous, but essentially harmless, even benevolent, capable of presenting in whatever form or gender the moment required. Wendl seemed the ideal candidate to carry readers off into the literary sunset in good spirits after an exhilarating romp through a fantastical fiction. But all along, it seems, there were depths to

Who you are...

When we obsess over past sins or lost joys, we steal the goodness from our present moment. When we give all our thought toward attempting to plan and secure some tomorrow or day after that may or may not arrive within our lifespan, we not only rob today's peace, but we add to our future anxiety and grief.

The future never turns out as we expected or hoped. Sometimes it becomes better than we dared dream. In any case, all our present worry about it won't make it any more or less desirable. Now is where we live. We can only taste and feel this moment where we are. This place. This time. This breath. All of our yesterdays and all of our tomorrows flow from this present. This is the only light we can see them by.

Rejoice in this one fierce and spectacular day. It is the only one you have. From here, you can reach out and touch all the worlds. They will all be charged and changed by who you are right now.

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  1. Wonderful message, Henry. I really needed that today.

    1. Thanks, Josh. I'm glad the post speaks to you. I really needed to know that somebody out there is listening today.

  2. Thid spoke very loudly to me, Henry. I needed this today as I have been overwhelmed by the sudden loss of my very close friend. While I have the comfort of knowing he was a very devoted Christian and ready anytime to "go home", I have found myself questioning what I'm going to do down the road to catch up on my goals/visions to the point of losing the joy of the present. Thank you.

    1. I'm grateful this resonated, Tim. I wrote it as a reminder to myself that investing in the here-and-now, being fully present to each moment as it comes, is the primary goal of being alive. As Jesus says, "The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand." C. S. Lewis observed that when we get to Heaven we'll discover we were already there.


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