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  1. Flinn's Avatar
    quite a lot of people have been envying me during the quarantine

    I'm having great times recently in the vineyard, yesterday for instance I spent 4 hours working on it and my little daughter (she is 5 and a half) has been helping me all the time (ok helping is not really the correct term, since she was playing all the time, let's say she kept me company )
  2. makanyane's Avatar
    the trees are healthy, the grapes are abundant and growing, the weather forecasts are good enough
    This sounds like as much as anyone can hope for at the moment, I'm envying you your place in the country with the opportunity to nurture a harvest! Looking forward to the pic's when you post them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by King Athelstan
    Haha, if things go even worse (Wine prices here will go up by 2,4% because of currency issues) you'll at least have enough to go by, and a good basis for a revert to a natural economy
    I'll be like

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommodusIV
    Hindsight, when wrong, one must cope with it by just shifting up the tale a bit... it's much more convenient to forget your disdain and pin someone's foresight on luck than it is to admit they had a point.
    so true, though I hold no grudge to them.. it just makes me laugh
    Updated April 29, 2020 at 09:43 AM by Flinn
  6. King Athelstan's Avatar
    Haha, if things go even worse (Wine prices here will go up by 2,4% because of currency issues) you'll at least have enough to go by, and a good basis for a revert to a natural economy
  7. Dismounted Feudal Knight's Avatar
    Hindsight, when wrong, one must cope with it by just shifting up the tale a bit... it's much more convenient to forget your disdain and pin someone's foresight on luck than it is to admit they had a point.
  8. Turkafinwë's Avatar
    I fully agree KA. It's the act to try and overcome your fear that is brave, whether you overcome it or not is inconsequential to the act itself and therefore inconsequential to being brave. Even when you fail to overcome that which you fear, defying that which you fear is the act of bravery. Some might say it is even braver to continuously fight against a fear, without any hope of overcoming it.
  9. King Athelstan's Avatar
    Indeed, it's part of what makes life so wonderful, though sometimes fears can't be overcome and be brave throughout, one just have to accept it. Which in itself is a form of bravery per say
  10. Flinn's Avatar
    @ Turka

    yes it's a sort of loop actually, you are right It's a never ending fight actually, fear has many faces
  11. Turkafinwë's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Flinn
    There's even a better way of saying this.. if you want to be a freeman, you need to have defeated you fears, so.. only brave people are really free
    Yet without fear you cannot be brave. The overcoming of fear is the very definition of bravery, once fear is conquered you don't need to be brave anymore. The biggest cowards have the greatest potential to acts of bravery.

    A wonderful summary on fear Flinn.
    It's a prison at whose bars I have been bashing for my entire life (still very short but it doesn't feel like that tbh) now. It's a fight that never stops, or so it seems. We still persist though.
  12. Flinn's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by CommodusIV
    I'm honestly inspired to make a succeeding blog on apathy to this line of thought.
    apathy?
  13. Flinn's Avatar
    Also, courage is the strongest of all the virtues, remember this... as trite as it is, this is a great truth: only brave people are really free.
    There's even a better way of saying this.. if you want to be a freeman, you need to have defeated you fears, so.. only brave people are really free
    Updated March 13, 2020 at 05:27 AM by Flinn
  14. Dismounted Feudal Knight's Avatar
    I'm honestly inspired to make a succeeding blog on apathy to this line of thought.
  15. Flinn's Avatar
    Just be happy is indeed, in my opinion, the essence of it. Simple in its premise, difficult in practice for those who have not achieved it but once achieved it will be very easy to be maintained (mainly because there is no maintenace if you have achieved true happiness, you just are).
    precisely, that's why I say that it's that easy

    Glad to be part of the conversation Flinn.
    And I'm glad you are mate, your input is totally appreciated and always feel free to jump in and add yours in my blogs
  16. Turkafinwë's Avatar
    It would be strange if we were the first generations of people to think about such things. In my opinion it's mostly beneficial to return to the viewings of the past and see if it still apllies or applies but in a slightly different way, which it often does. At the least it's interesting to explore these things.

    Just be happy is indeed, in my opinion, the essence of it. Simple in its premise, difficult in practice for those who have not achieved it but once achieved it will be very easy to be maintained (mainly because there is no maintenace if you have achieved true happiness, you just are).

    Glad to be part of the conversation Flinn.
  17. Flinn's Avatar
    @ Turka & KA; thanks for reading and commenting, the both of you

    @ Turkafinwe.. I totally got what you mean with "illusionary walls" believe me.. anyways, wisemen have been discussing and considering about such things for ages, literally.. I'm not telling anything new of course, but I also believe that modern times are those with the highest level of stress ever, stress that requires us a lot of efforts to contain it.. then so, why not putting those efforts in being happy, rather than trying to not to be unhappy?

    @ KA, definitely bro, though always remember one thing.. it has to be an easy thing, otherwise if you have to stress yourself on it, it won't work in any case.. just be happy, that's the secret
  18. King Athelstan's Avatar
    That's a good way of putting it mate - you yourself is wholly responsible for yourself, and expecting everything to just happen won't cut it
  19. Turkafinwë's Avatar
    A very relatable way of thinking, at least from my perspective and experience. The difficult part, I find, is breaking free of those "illusionary walls" (I can't describe it any better, those earthly desires you described are among the things that I mean with those walls) that keep you trapped in a downward spiral. Healing, primarily, comes from within and I too do believe, that to be happy you first need to want to be happy and choose to be happy. That does not make you happy instantaniously of course and you need a lot of willpower to start feeling happy after a long period of unhappiness. It is hard work to change how your mind works but the possibility is there if you want to use it.

    Ultimately only you have the power to make yourself happy and satisfied in life, if you have the will to be happy. Finding that power is something entirely else of course.
  20. Flinn's Avatar
    When I started to post these "thoughts" I didn't have in mind to make a specific series of blog posts out of them, but here we are now..

    in case you missed them

    - The Dude's thoughts - To fall in love vs to love...
    - The Dude's thoughts - Memento Mori
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