(it chooses you)

July 19, 2012

April 4, 2010

Dear Sara:

I’m glad you took the time to sit down and analyze your situation. You have had a hectic ten years but at the same time you have had a wonderful experience and will profit from it. It’s time to make a career change and I for one would like to see you take on the role of author.

With your talents, the most lucrative, productive and satisfying career would be to write novels. Start with one where you have a lot of experience. “He is a young free-lance photographer, affiliated with Magnum. He has obtained an assignment from your firm to do a photo shoot of Afghanistan by following the path of the previous Russian involvement there and why they failed. He has just ¬†returned from there on September 10, 2001. He makes a date with you to give you a heads-up on some of the details and photos of the difficult terrain and hardships involved. You make a date to have lunch at Windows on the World at noon on Sept. 11, 2001.”

Take it from there and develop a  traumatic, compelling love story of these two young people.

As for myself I’m still hanging in there. I’m satisfied with my sons’ achievements and with my grandchildren. Each is special to me in their own way. It’s been a productive life. I feel fulfilled and ready for the final journey. I’m at peace with my journey through life.

And I Love You


Rest in Peace
Harold J. Rosen

thank you

2 Responses to “(it chooses you)”

  1. Beautiful post.

    The tiger image reminds me of parable re-told by Brennan Manning in his masterpiece, The Ragamuffin Gospel:

    You are having a dream. In this dream you are being chased by a tiger. Reaching a cliff, you slide over the edge and cling to a branch, just out of the tiger’s reach. You assess your situation and find that jagged rocks await your fall at the bottom of the cliff, the hungry tiger waits for you to climb back up to solid ground, a seemingly hopeless situation. But then something catches your eye, a bright red strawberry on a vine growing out of the cliff, waiting for someone to enjoy it. You gently pluck the ripe fruit and take a bite; it is the sweetest, juiciest strawberry you’ve ever tasted and you savor every bite.

    The tiger in the dream is the past and the jagged rocks at the base of the cliff the future. The strawberry is your present. Do not be consumed by your past or crushed by your future, take time to enjoy the strawberry today offers.

    • Miss Rosen said

      thank youu for sharing ~*~

      i have the great fortune to know the tiger as my spirit animal and as such Manning’s parable reads differently to me. for me i consider that i cannot run from my true self, for if i do i shall go over a cliff. the strawberry, perhaps this is the most graceful and elegant reward for self acceptance.

      either way, it is a beautiful thing to know that what is here before us today, and every day we are upon this earth, is a the very real possibility of peace. it is our choice, it always is ..

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