Greg Rolfe

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What actually matters?

What actually matters?


A bunch of years ago I wrote a series of essays entitled “The anvils ring”. The most noted and first essay was called the “Blacksmiths Apprentice”. With the last essay being called the “Black Iron Mistress”. This last essay was actually never completed and was in my own opinion far superior to the rest of the series. This set of essays was lost when my computer crashed and became unrecoverable. As I mentioned in a previous post I lost 12 years of notes and papers and research. (Remember to back up your computer). So, why do I bring this up now?

The essay entitled Black Iron Mistress was about passion and the reality about the call of something you love. I attempted to capture the joy of working, and the hunger to accomplish something beautiful. In each of our lives, we need that something we love, that something we hunger to see happen. For some, it is to write that book that remains an itch in the back of our heads. For others, it is a sculpture, regardless of the medium. Yet for still others, they have yet to define just what it is that brings them joy, or where their passion lies.

This task or job or idea is worth seeking. No, it doesn't have to be your life, but it should be a part of it. That series of moments you steal from your day to craft and build. The events that build your creativity, and produce something true. Now please do not hear me say it is something you are good at, but instead,
 it is something you just love.

Passion is worth pursuing, it is a door worth opening. It is also true that it can consume your life and possibly use more time than you would plan to allocate to it. Man and women have been consumed by their passions in a very literal sense. So a word of caution is needed and appropriate.

Passion is a boon to life but it is also something that can take control. Is that bad? Only if what you are passionate about is not part of your everyday life. But then how sad a life it must be that your passion is absent. What is it you want to do with your life? What brings you joy and a feeling of accomplishment? I guess what I am saying is this, why does your passion have to be your mistress and not your wife? But then, who am I? I only write. You must make the decisions for your life. What do you want?


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Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #13

Greg Rolfe I never cease to be amazed at what the Holy Spirit brings to mind .. or back to mind (often in a better way) "Vastly difficult" .. can be vastly rewarding God is the multiplier of effort ;~) Blessings back ;~)

Greg Rolfe

1 year ago #12

Fay Vietmeier rebuilding that series/book would be interesting, vastly difficult, but interesting. To be honest I never considered rewriting or even attempting to reconstruct it. Now I guess I must at least consider it. have an amazing day and a blessed week!

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #11

Zacharias \ud83d\udc1d Voulgaris "Bees DO matter" ;~) .. I shared this elsewhere .. but it fits here too. To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee One clover and a bee And reverie The reverie alone will do If bees are few ~Emily Dickenson (1830-1886) "Bees will never be "few" as long as there is you ;~)

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #10

Greg Rolfe What really matters? A worthy question. A painful loss .. Might you reconstruct your series? “The anvils ring” .. it sounds like a book more than “essays” A grand adventure from “Blacksmiths Apprentice” to “Black Iron Mistress” It may flow out differently .. but hold its essence. Our minds retains more than we imagine I will confess in recent years .. after being in the “wilderness” for more than a decade .. I then discovered a passion for words. They were always there but the experience and spiritual journey .. created a well-spring .. and shapes what flows out I believe this promise: “Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37 In the heart reside & abide many forms of “passion” Some may be dormant for years & then one day .. awaken I share your question .. hoping many bees find their answer ;~)

Ken Boddie

1 year ago #9

Well said! After all, Greg, the kids are our future. Perhaps try some raw ginger in that tea, for improved immunity and other health benefits. I know just the place to get some here:

Greg Rolfe

1 year ago #8

I expect the answer to your question would be for my children to truly excel. Not to get rich or famous but to enjoy their lives and what they do each morning. That and a good cup of tea with friends.

Ken Boddie

1 year ago #7

You have the ginger, John Rylance? 🤗

Ken Boddie

1 year ago #6

just love these comments with a sting in the tail, Zacharias \ud83d\udc1d Voulgaris. 🐝

John Rylance

1 year ago #5

True Ken, though in light of your recent post I thought ginger would have been on the list.

Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

1 year ago #4

Also, let's not forget bees. Bees matter too :-)

Ken Boddie

1 year ago #3

According to Queen in “Bohemian Rhapsody”, Greg, “Nothing really matters”, to which I would add, “except ice cream and chocolate ... and coffee.”

Greg Rolfe

1 year ago #2

Nice Pascal Derrien. Truly nice!

Pascal Derrien

1 year ago #1

Nice one Greg, back up and passion in the same article who would have known that possible ;-)

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