How to Overcome the Forethought of Grief – Relax

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Fear of the future – what could happen, what might occur, what someone may say or think, what could befall you – most fear – lies in future assumptions – the forethought of grief and trouble.

While some resort to Buddhism or Christianity – the wise use both – here is a simple formula that may assist you in expanding your peace of mind.

I’m not referring to the Law of Averages, although this, too, should be borne in mind – Dale Carnegie wrote that the US Navy used the law of averages in order to boost their sailors’ morale. Sailors who were assigned to high-octane tankers were initially really worried that they would be blown up when the tank exploded. So the Navy provided them with some exact figures: Of the 100 tanks that were hit by torpedoes, 60 stayed afloat and only five sank in less than 10 minutes, leaving time to get off the ship.

How about this system that employs reason – when we force our minds to think about numbers and names, to calculate and remember, we force out the emotionalism and exaggeration that breed fear. For example, we trained hotel clerks to deal with angry guests by asking them questions like, “what is your vehicle registration number? What room are you in? What time did you check in? What was the name of the person? What was he wearing? How much, exactly?” this reduces overreaction and calms people.

With this in mind, let’s consider the following: 40 percent of the things you worry about will never occur anyway. Things over and past that can’t be changed by all the worry in the world: 30 percent. Real, legitimate worries: 8 percent. Only 8 percent of your worries are worth concerning yourself about. And of that 8%, you can probably only control 6%,  and you can prepare for as much as you wish.

What to do about the 6%? Well, I write down everything I worry about and make a separate list of the things I can actually DO something about and/or prepare for. Then I create a DO LIST and get to work on it every time I worry about the future because the source of most fear lies in the future.

Can I prevent death? No. But I can drive carefully, eat correctly, have good funeral plans for my wife and myself, have an up-to-date will, buy life insurance, etc. Do I worry about our business? Of course. So I get to work on it, and so forth.

But worrying about things that MAY happen and that I CAN’T control is just silly, and I need to remind myself of this: “Can I control what Bob will do? No. Am I emotionally attached to that (Buddhism)? Is God ultimately in control, and will He do what’s best for me? Will he give me the strength to deal with it? Will He test me beyond my ability and resources (Christianity)? What are the odds of Bob ripping me off? Let me pray and meditate and exercise and spend time in nature and work.”

ACT. When you’re busy, you don’t have time to worry! And preparing as well as you can for all eventualities will add to your sense of control and peace of mind; IF-THEN questions will help: IF that happens, how am I prepared? How can I prepare?

Finally, when making a decision, ask yourself, “What is the WISE thing to do in the light of my past experience, my present circumstances, and my future hopes and dreams?” And please cease worrying about the opinions of other people – that, alone, will give you great freedom.

Robin Elliott

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Would You Hire a Young, White, Western Male?

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Employers often hesitate before hiring young, white adult males. Why? The best known are the general lack of work ethic and productivity: the Millenial disease of entitlement and lack of respect, along with cell phone addiction and the resulting distraction and lack of focus. But there are other factors that most young white males would do well to note.

The proliferation of noxious feminist conditioning has resulted in androgynous, weak, narcissistic, effeminate boys who cannot stand up to increasing the manly females, fearing a label of “bigoted” or “bullying” or “sexual harassment.” This makes them timid negotiators and seriously impairs their ability to sell to females or to manage them.

Similar to the above is their fear of upsetting or offending other races: they have been programmed by the cultural Marxist media to believe that all races are the same and that IQ and gender don’t exist, and they tend to buy into this ludicrous trash. So they honestly believe “we’re all the same” and that if they don’t treat other races better than they do whites, they are racist.

So they overlook, make allowances, won’t confront or contradict other races, and attack anyone who does so, regardless of how legitimate the reasons are. When it comes to management, they will most likely promote people based on the fact that they’re not white, rather than ability or character. (“Affirmative Action.”)

They have serious competition from higher IQ, motivated, hardworking East Asians (Japanese, Chinese, South Korean, and areas of India) who don’t suffer the same level of brainwashing. In my business, we employ young Indian students who grew up in India because they are actually grateful for the work, work hard, have good attitudes, and don’t suffer the same entitlement mentality: “that’s not my job.” They don’t need safety glasses, ear protection, work gloves, a contract, knee protectors, and safety harnesses to sweep the yard.

Too many of them have parents eager to bail them out financially and provide cars, accommodation, and anything else they need, they expect to inherit, and many don’t even intend to get married or raise children, so their level of personal responsibility, commitment, and self-discipline is low.

In an article entitled, “What wearing a $6,000 Rolex for a month taught a 24-year-old about wealth and status,” the young white male in question feels “guilty” because he is wearing a $6,000 Rolex (which he hired) when he looks around and saw others less financially well off than he is.

That’s because his socialist brainwashing has convinced him that the only reason why some people earn more than others is that the wealthier are exploiting the poorer. They ignore that fact that some simply have the IQ and/or the work ethic that others lack. This built-in governor will sabotage their ambition and aspirations.

The use of drugs, in particular pot, combined with cell phone addiction makes one hesitate before allowing them to drive a vehicle.

They lack physical strength: A study at the Journal of Hand Therapy finds that millennial men may have significantly weaker hands and arms than men the same age did 30 years ago.

Researchers measured the grip strength (how strongly you can squeeze something) and pinch strength (how strongly you can pinch something between two fingers) of 237 healthy full-time students aged 20 to 34 at universities in North Carolina. And especially among males, the reduction in strength compared to 30 years ago was striking.

The average 20-to-34-year-old today, for instance, was able to apply 98 pounds of force when gripping something with his right hand. In 1985, the average man could squeeze with 117 pounds of force.

Naturally, this article is a generalization, but many employers will agree with me.

Robin Elliott

The Real Icarus Lesson

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The truth about Icarus: This story has been around for thousands of years; we’re told that Daedalus, the dad, and Icarus, the son, wish to escape from their tower jail, where dad makes wings out of feathers for his son. He puts them on with wax and tells Icarus, “Obey your dad. When we fly out of here, don’t fly too high, because if you fly too high, the wax will melt, and you’ll fall down and die.”

And as we know, Icarus disobeyed, flew too high, fell, and died. But that’s NOT what the myth said in 1200 or 15oo or 1700! It was changed. It used to go, “But more importantly, don’t fly too LOW, because then the water and mist will weigh down your wings, and you will crash into the water and drown.” See the excellent video here.

Why did the people in power – the industrialists – take that part of the myth out? Because then if we have no aspirations and fit in with the crowd, it’s easy to control us, ignore us, keep us in line, have us remain working hard in our boring factory job!

Public school came about in the same way – invented by factory owners who wanted to keep their workers stupid, compliant, and easily controlled. Work hard, pass your school exams, go to college, where you’re brainwashed even more, then get a job, and so on. But it doesn’t work anymore, as we know.

And most religions and churches do the same as the factory owners. They scare their parishioners into believing that their church is right, that they have all the truth, and that all other churches and religions are wrong and will cause them to go to hell!

Now we know that every source of truth is valuable, that public school and colleges are merely voluntary re-education camps where vulnerable minds are brainwashed and dampened with government propaganda, and that going to college and getting a job is a guaranteed way to debt and obedient mediocrity in today’s socialist society. Government and silicon valley are not your friends, any more than most churches.

Here’s someone who achieved great insight by never attending any schools or colleges:

Eric Hoffer, the author of the excellent novel, The True Believer, was truly an amazing man. From Wikipedia: “He was an American moral and social philosopher. He was the author of ten books and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in February 1983. His first book, The True Believer (1951), was widely recognized as a classic, receiving critical acclaim from both scholars and laymen.

Hoffer was born in 1898 in The Bronx, New York, to Knut and Elsa (Goebel) Hoffer. His parents were immigrants from Alsace, then part of Imperial Germany. By age five, Hoffer could already read in both English and his parents’ native German. When he was five, his mother fell down the stairs with him in her arms. He later recalled, “I lost my sight at the age of seven. Two years before, my mother and I fell down a flight of stairs. She did not recover and died in that second year after the fall. I lost my sight and, for a time, my memory.” Hoffer spoke with a pronounced German accent all his life, and spoke the language fluently. He was raised by a live-in relative or servant, a German immigrant named Martha. His eyesight inexplicably returned when he was 15. Fearing he might lose it again, he seized on the opportunity to read as much as he could. His recovery proved permanent, but Hoffer never abandoned his reading habit.

Hoffer was a young man when he also lost his father. The cabinetmaker’s union paid for Knut Hoffer’s funeral and gave Hoffer about $300 insurance money. He took a bus to Los Angeles and spent the next 10 years on Skid Row, reading, occasionally writing, and working at odd jobs.

In 1931, he considered suicide by drinking a solution of oxalic acid, but he could not bring himself to do it. He left Skid Row and became a migrant worker, following the harvests in California. He acquired a library card where he worked, dividing his time “between the books and the brothels.” He also prospected for gold in the mountains. Snowed in for the winter, he read the Essays by Michel de Montaigne. Montaigne impressed Hoffer deeply, and Hoffer often made reference to him. He also developed a respect for America’s underclass, which he said was ‘lumpy with talent.'”

Robin Elliott

The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters

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Don Joseph Goewey wrote, “Five hundred years ago, Michel de Montaigne said: “My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened.” Now there’s a study that proves it. This study looked into how many of our imagined calamities never materialize. In this study, subjects were asked to write down their worries over an extended period of time and then identify which of their imagined misfortunes did not actually happen.

Lo and behold, it turns out that 85 percent of what subjects worried about never happened, and with the 15 percent that did happen, 79 percent of subjects discovered either they could handle the difficulty better than expected, or the difficulty taught them a lesson worth learning. This means that 97 percent of what you worry over is not much more than a fearful mind [monsters] punishing you with exaggerations and misperceptions.”

The artist Goya’s new direction in the 1790s resulted in quantities of drawings, mainly in brush and ink, which culminated in the great prints of Los caprichos. One such study, from a series Goya called Sueños (Dreams), served as the model for his most famous etching, The sleep of reason produces monsters.

While many use this saying to attack religion, I prefer to use it as a platform to suggest the danger of allowing our unbridled imagination to cripple our progress by distracting and undermining our journey to our objective – or our pilgrimage. And I would never suggest we surrender our minds – because those are the people who become cannon fodder for the religious cults which flourish in the US and Canada, getting wealthy from the servility and credulity of their terrified victims.

Rather, let’s consider the rational, conservative Christian who sincerely believes and regards the Bible as his life manual and the Spirit as his guide, one who hasn’t sacrificed his critical thinking faculty and doesn’t follow some “Spiritual Leader” – guru or pope -unquestioningly. For those, treason is their friend rather than a weapon of Satan.

Three aspects of life cause the arising of imaginary troubles – fear- monsters – the thoughts that usually attack late at night and appear real and keep up awake.

The first area is the past. Ask God’s forgiveness, ask the forgiveness of the person wronged if it is appropriate and doesn’t cause even more damage, and forgive yourself, then release the past with its guilt, resentment, anger, and hurt, and move on. God has promised to forgive us in Christs’s name. It is reasonable to accept that forgiveness and move on.

The present: We fear we are making the wrong choice or have made the wrong choice. In that case, ask for guidance by the Spirit, trust Him to be faithful, and move on. We fear the opinions of others – well, that’s childish, immature, and weak, and we should remember that it’s reasonable that only God’s opinion matters. If you’re lazy and dishonest, it’s reasonable to worry until you ask forgiveness, repent, change your ways, and move on.

The future is the big one. It is reasonable that we either trust God to honour His word and His promises, or we don’t. It’s that simple. If we are following Him to the best of our ability, and acting as though it all depended on us, but believing as though it all depends on Him, knowing that we won’t be tested beyond our ability to cope, that He will provide all our needs, that His guidance is sure and that He is faithful, it is reasonable to relax. Live one day at a time.

The Buddha described pretty accurately the major cause of suffering: Attachment. To people, circumstances, outcomes, environment, acceptance by others, recognition, health, being or becoming rich, famous, respected, loved… In fact, attachment – what we think we need – will control us and limit our joy and freedom. This is perfectly in line with Christianity.

When the monsters come, and they will, reason them away. Remember Job and Joshua. Remember that Satan uses our weaknesses and our past to attack us, that God is all powerful, all knowing, and faithful, and that He loves us unconditionally, that we don’t have to earn His love because that’s what Christ died for, and that He’s not looking for reasons to punish us, because our minds and our bad choices do that for Him; we punish ourselves with our bad choices.

People can do nothing to harm us unless our Father in Heaven allows it, and He always has good reasons that we don’t understand, always based on His infinite love for us.

Pray. Be grateful for answered prayers. And read your Bible with the Spirt’s guidance. Sing He Who Would Valiant Be – the words will inspire you and help you get back on track. Put on the armour of God and kill those monsters.

Robin Elliott

Why They Voted for Trudeau and May Do So Again

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Terence McKenna wrote, “Television is by nature the dominator drug par excellence. Control of content, uniformity of content, repeatability of content make it inevitably a tool of coersion, brainwashing, and manipulation.”

Canadians watch 25 hours of TV per week. Even the so-called digital natives –  millennials – watch 14 hours of TV per week. Who owns this media, and what is their cause?

According to this enlightening article/video, Corus Entertainment, owners of Global TV and a number of radio stations, are registered to lobby the government, as is  Postmedia, who own 175 newspapers including The Sun, and Rogers Communications, owners of Maclean’s and Chatelaine magazines. The CBC gets billions of dollars from the Liberal government. The mainstream media can’t survive without government handouts.

So the average Canadian is inundated with pro-Trudeau, anti-Trump media daily – leftist/socialist propaganda for between 14 and 25 hours per week on TV alone. And what is their alternative to watch? Little or nothing. Jess C. Scott wrote, “People are sheep. TV is the shepherd.”

So we shouldn’t wonder why so many people hate Trump and turn a blind eye when Trudeau imports hundreds of thousands of inbred, disease-ridden, low-IQ illegals and fake refugees who hate our Canadian way of life and are determined to implement Sharia law in our beloved country.

Why are we shocked when Trudeau imports the Third World from Africa and it starts manifesting here in the form of Somali gangs? When a 28-year-old, male Syrian “refugee” brutally murders a 13-year old Canadian girl in Vancouver, and young Canadian girls are abused in the pool in the West Edmonton Mall water park? After all, it’s what they do when imported to Europe and Australia, too; it’s in their culture and nature.

We should not be surprised when he doles out a fortune to them – our tax dollars – while neglecting our Seniors, homeless, and vets, or why he floods our medical services with people who shouldn’t even be allowed into the True North.

Canadians are, for the large part, brainwashed by the leftist, Cultural Marxist media. George Orwell wrote, “The people will believe what the media tells them they believe.”

Robin Elliott

 

Death by a Thousand Cuts – by Choice?

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The Norwegian town of Rjukan, with a population of 3,400, received no winter sun from September through March every year. So they invested $850 million on three giant mirrors, powered by wind energy and solar energy, to reflect sunlight into the town square. The mirrors track the sun, moving every ten seconds.

Jordan Peterson said, “Viktor Frankl, Soljenitchen, and others who know how totalitarianism works based on Nazi Germany and Communist Russia concluded that the lies and tyranny of the state are aided and abetted by the moral sacrifice of the individual. You falsify your being bit by bit, and you end up where you don’t want to be.”

Read “Ordinary Men” by Christopher R. Browning and “The True Believer” by Eric Hoffer.

Dysgenics, the accumulation and perpetuation of defective or disadvantageous genes and traits in the offspring of a particular population through the importation of less evolved, inbred, lower IQ, races into a civilized society, supported by the political correctitude of cultural Marxism, is being done to create a low IQ, badly educated, brainwashed, drugged, obese society that is easy for Liberal governments to manipulate. Similar in many ways to religious cult manipulation.

The average person – the proletariat – goes along to get along, suffering moral and intellectual death by a thousand cuts, conforming to the will of Big Brother. That is the goal of the leftists – a population of clockwork oranges (a brainwashed person that can only perform good or evil, depending on how he’s been programmed) that follows the government carrot or stick programme.

But then you get a man like Martin Andersen, a 40-year-old artist and lifeguard at the municipal baths who, after spells in Berlin, Paris, Mali, and Oslo, pitched up in Rjukan in the summer of 2001. He was not satisfied with the lack of sunlight in Rjukan, so he did something about it.

We all have a choice: to go along with the Liberal plan to morally corrupt and lobotomize us or to break free – to create sunlight instead of the shadowy world that is being planned for us, to create health, wealth, personal power and freedom.

Robin Elliott

Why We Fear

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We fear, in general, three main things:

  1. What the future holds for us (that includes any fear that is based in the future),
  2. What other people think and say about us, and
  3. That we are making or have made the wrong choice.

And so we do things that sabotage our future, decrease our self-esteem, distract our focus, and limit our energy.

The more self-assured we are, the stronger our value systems and faith in ourselves and our gods, the more successful we are, the more joyful and content we are, and the healthier we are. Because when the roots are deep, there is no reason to fear the wind.

How do we get those deep roots?

  1. Find a philosophy and a faith that work for you,  and develop and understand it well.
  2. Practice gratitude and live in the moment, and
  3. Do not believe you need any particular person, circumstance, or outcome, but that you are, in fact, complete without it, because anything that you think you need will control you.

For me, a mix of Buddhism, Christianity, and Ayn Rand’s philosophy, plus a healthy disregard (and disdain) for the opinions of other people helps me stay focused and on track.

Continually learn and remain flexible in your beliefs and understanding – there are more great, enlightening books to read than you will ever be able to consume, and you can fast-track your learning by bypassing organizations with their sickly group dynamics and shallow empire builders and go directly to the right books.

Robin Elliott

How to Survive Any Situation

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A woman who survived the Ravensbrück concentration camp told me of her ordeal. Of about 130,000 female prisoners who passed through the Ravensbrück camp, about 50,000 of them died, some 2,200 were killed in the gas chambers and only 15,000 survived until liberation. She was one of the survivors.

People who have survived terrible circumstances as the blacks steadily took over all the countries in Africa have shared their stories with me; some are still fighting to survive as the wave of terror sweeps over South Africa.

All these people have a few important things in common. For example, I see the Ravensbrück survivor, who is now almost blind, using her walker to go to swimming exercises at our local aquafit centre three times a week, summer and winter. She’s in her eighties, yet even snow and rain don’t stop her. That’s quality number one: They are goal-directed, and they will persist in their progress decisively and doggedly. 

People who survive serious financial setbacks will tell you that the one thing that can get you into that situation is the same thing that can get you out: Concerning oneself with other peoples’ opinions. True freedom is never to care about what others say or think about you. Survive by doing whatever it takes to survive, regardless of the reactions of others, as long as you maintain your values.

And the winners are PATIENT.

Most suffering is in our minds – the stories we tell ourselves about our situation.

Next, people who survive do not allow their minds to be controlled the way most people do. By this, I mean they are not attached to – or don’t believe they need – any particular person, thing, or circumstance in order to be fulfilled, complete, successful, or at peace. Anything you think you need will control you, like other people’s goodwill.

They are also not attached to the past through guilt, anger, nostalgia, or resentment – they let the past go, accept it as it is. And they know that the future is unpredictable and fluid – all we can control is our thoughts, choices, and actions in the present moment. They live in the present.

Survivors believe in themselves and take personal responsibility. For that reason, they tend to be self-disciplined and they are acutely aware of their own value system and philosophy, which they are not afraid to change, improve, and adjust.

And finally, survivors are flexible. They welcome and accept change; they don’t fight it or resist it.

I always tell people that Paul J. Meyer’s Million Dollar Personal Succes Plan, Buddhism, the Bible, Ayn Rand’s books, and my ability to be alone without being lonely – I have learnt to be my own best friend – help me to cope better with life. And when it comes to success, I believe in mixing only with people who are smarter, more successful, wealthier, better connected, more motivated, more spiritually evolved, and nicer than I am.

Remember this: Ships don’t sink because of the water outside of them but the water inside them.

Robin Elliott

TRUTH: Why the Rich get Richer and the Poor Get Poorer

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In most creative endeavours: art, music, business, most people make no money and don’t achieve success. A small minority is a tiny bit successful, while a hyper minority – a very small amount of people – is in fact insanely successful. This is based on a few simple factors we will do well to understand and remember.

This is the Pareto Distribution in any creative endeavour:

Out of 10,000 people, 100 of them will have 50% of the money/results. This is calculated as follows: The square root of the number of people under consideration have half of whatever it is. So out of 100 classical composers, 10 will produce half of the music that’s played. And if you take 1,000 of the pieces that are played, 30 (+- the square root of 1,000)of them will be played 50% of the time.

That’s why this scripture is true: “Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.” (Matt 12:12 NIV)

In addition, people who are very successful in an endeavor will relate to and connect with other successful people, many in other endeavours, so they simply become more successful through leverage and collaboration.

Why are these people successful in the first place?

  1. They specify and target and aim at it (they’re goal-directed.)
  2. They’re hard-working and productive – conscientious.
  3. They have a high IQ.

Race and genetics play a big part here, as well as culture. On a bell curve, the Ashkenazi Jews average 115 IQ. East Asians (Chinese, Japanese, South Koreans, Taiwanese) average 105 IQ. Whites (Caucasians) average 100 IQ. Hispanice average 88 IQ. African Americans average 85 IQ. Africans average 70 IQ.

Naturally, if you have money to start with, it’s much easier to succeed than if you have nothing, but then smart people know how to use leverage and collaboration, to piggyback their way up.

But if you’re broke and lazy and you have a low IQ, you’re cannon fodder for the Marxists/Liberals: You’ll learn to blame the Jews, the Whites, the Asians, the conservative government, slavery, government schools (First Nations), and so on for the fact that you have no money (but lots of kids, pot, tattoos, cigarettes, drugs, booze, and a big TV set.)

And you’ll join Antifa, smoke more pot, wave placards and live in your mother’s basement if you can.

And you’ll vote for anyone who will promise you legal pot, more handouts and free stuff, free abortions, and relief.

Understanding how things work and why people do what they do makes it easier to make good choices.

Robin Elliott

Your Business: If You’re Carving Hunger Stones, You’re Doing it Wrong

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In the previous centuries, Central Europe relied heavily on its fertile ground for food production. That meant the rivers, which also provided transport. As Europe sweltered under a heatwave recently, “Hunger Stones” emerged in the Elbe River.

The inscriptions on these rocks – famine memorials – were indicative of the hunger caused by low water levels in the past. In 2018, more than a dozen Hunger Stones appeared in the Elbe. On one of them, someone had carved “If you see me, weep” in 1616, referring to famine caused by drought. Another reads, “If you will again see this stone, so you will weep, so shallow the water was in the year 1417.”

Does your business rely heavily on one or two major customers? Are you in danger of being replaced by your competition? Do you rely mainly on the work or salesmanship of one or two people? Is your product line limited? Are you subject to walk-by trade, parking restrictions, or some other factor that can be controlled by bureaucrats or new technology (think Blockbuster)?

In business, “variety is the spice of life” – multiple income streams and options, continual advancement, spreading your risk. The “What If?” exercise should be regularly engaged in” What if John were to leave or die or be injured? What if we lost our main customer? What if roadwork stopped our drive-by customers? Where are you vulnerable? How can you prevent it or add alternative options for your customers and your bottom line?

I was recently approached by someone obviously suffering from the “small man syndrome” at a trade show. He asked, sarcastically, “So, Robin, what businesses are you involved in now? You always seem to be reinventing yourself.”

“Well, if continually reinventing yourself means building wealth and remaining flexible, and you’re able to do so,” I replied, “isn’t it a good thing?” You see, reinventing, rediscovering, and constantly improving your business and income options, remaining lean and mean, is what smart entrepreneurs do; we don’t get stuck along the way, waiting for the inevitable waters of change to drown us.

Robin Elliott