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One-word inspiration

Prompts come in many different forms. Sometimes, a single word is all you need to get your mind’s wheels turning. Here are six words:







Select one word in this list that speaks to you in some way.



by John Yeo

  After a minimum period of thought devoted to all the words on this list. I’m still very much in two minds about my selection. Should I have chosen one of the positive words such as Home or Love, happily my answers would have been very predictable and of no general interest whatsoever to my general readers. I have decided to focus on the word UNCERTAINTY, this I feel will add a certain edge to my blog post.


by John Yeo

 As we go through our lives unfortunately everything rests on uncertainty. The only certainty in life is the uncomfortable knowledge that at some point we are going to die. Then the uncertainty kicks in with a vengeance,
How long will our life last? This is the question that is filled with many shades of uncertainties depending on how we have lived, how healthy we are! Our hereditary genetic makeup is a huge factor in our lifespan, have we inherited the seeds of our own destruction?
Even our birth is a huge uncertainty, the circumstances we are born into, our family and the availability of fresh water and sufficient food.
 If we are blessed with a long span of life, another huge uncertainty is the state of our minds and bodies as we age. Our mortality is a very fragile concept that is riddled with much uncertainty.
Then the ultimate uncertainty of all. Will we survive after death having to account for all our transgressions?
 A firm almost certain way through life, is to survive as happily as we can. Living freely in our own very individual circumstances, taking care of one another and following the examples of those who have passed on.
 One counter to the enormously unsettling uncertainty of life, is to have faith and listen well, to those who have studied hard to gain some answers, by following the ancient patterns of thought as recorded throughout the history of this civilised world.
 Therefore the only antidote to the the huge certainty of our personal death seems to be….. Live in Peace and be gentle with yourself. Reach out to others. Follow the path and be happy, and above all have Faith!
Surely we are not facing these huge uncertainties for nothing… ???


IMAGE © John and Margaret


by John Yeo

The wise man sat under an Apple tree
Staring into space.
A young girl approached and smiled.
“Are you really happy?”
Silence was a deafening curtained box
The blossom fell to the ground.
Breaking the silence noiselessly.

“My mummy says my daddy will die
Then he will be free
Of the terrible pains that torture him.
Will he be happy?”
The wise man smiled, “No-one knows
This truth little one,
Death is the only real certainty in life.

Copyright (c) Written by John Yeo ~ All rights reserved.


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