Wednesday, 11 September 2013

What am I blogging on about...

What ARE you Blogging On About…?

That’s a good question.  I think it’s because I regularly feel that I’ve got something to say that is worth listening to, and that I’d really like to listen to what you have to say in return.

Let me be up-front and honest straight away.  I wouldn’t be doing it if I hadn’t written the first five volumes of what I hope is a very good story for bright children aged between 10 and 110.  You will notice that I make casual reference to that fact in each of my blogs.

I freely admit that I AM trying to tempt you to visit – the website I’ve set up (with the tireless help of a couple of wonderful techie-friends) – to find out more about Gordon Bennett, Grace Forrester, Nick Robinson and Amanda Lansbury.

But there’s more to it than that…

Maybe it’s because I no longer have halls full of children that have been marched in by their tutors to listen to what I had to say: simply because I thought it was worth listening to.

But I’m not a preacher.  No, there’s more to it than that…

It definitely has something to do with the fact that I’ve been trying to make sense of my existence on this planet for seventy years now, and that I’ve seen and heard a few things in that time that bear recounting and repeating.

There are SO many people to whom I am indebted for their wisdom and clear-sightedness – so that I didn’t have to learn everything the hard way.  But the path to knowledge is unfolded truth…

(Someone definitely said that to me once.  Maybe it was Kahlil Gibran, but if it was you, I would like to know)

…and I have certainly bumped into a few hard lessons along the way.  It would be good if what I had to say could save you the trouble of barking your shins on the same obstacles.

I suppose I’m hoping that what I find myself wanting to say from time to time will resonate with a fair number of my fellow travellers out there suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune…

(Here I acknowledge my greatest debt of all – to the unrivalled Bard of Avon – and confess that one of my most cherished hopes is that one or two of the molecules that once were part of him may now reside in me)

…and that we can set up a mutually beneficial dialogue that might in some small way help Gordon, Grace, Nick and Miranda in their efforts to make the world a better place.

BECAUSE…  I now have a Contact Me button!  I’ve never had one of those before.  You’ll find it on the homepage of (there I go again) – and on every other page of that increasingly paginated, interactive website.

So now, when I feel moved to share a thought with you that I think may help us all to remember the three commitments that would certainly make the world a MUCH better place (if only everyone genuinely subscribed to them), you can respond by contacting me and telling me what YOU think.

“What ARE the three commitments?” I hear you cry, “…and which Christmas cracker did you pull them out of?”  I think that might be the subject of another blog…

But while you’re waiting, why not visit, and at the bottom of the Homepage, under the heading “Site Info” you’ll see a link: “About Myrddin’s Heir”.   You can click on that to get a further clue.

And I look forward to hearing from you; for after all (and altogether now…):  “The journey of a thousand miles…”  Just because it’s become a cliché doesn’t mean it’s no longer wise.

How does that work, incidentally?  Why does oft-repeating dull the edge of a once pithy phrase?
It’s to do with the relationship between language and thought, and will have to wait for another blog!