Life Among The Ruins

Have you ever felt like Sisyphus of Greek mythology who, ‘was made to role a huge boulder up a steep hill.  The maddening nature of the punishment was reserved for King Sisyphus due to his hubristic belief that his cleverness surpassed that of Zeus himself.’    Wikipedia


Much of the daily work of humanity is maintenance and up-keep.  In the housekeeping industry we learned that no matter how immaculate we left the campus buildings…the next day they would require our services again!


The Grounds staff at SIUC does an outstanding job…but if they took a month off…the University would need several billy goats!

We purchased a new home in 2001 and I thought there goes our house maintenance worries for the foreseeable future!  Now we do one maintenance project and two more are waiting in the wings!

Our democracy and our government and our way of life, in the United States, is likened to taking care of our school or our home or our church…it requires constant diligence and remodeling and maintenance to keep it in good working order.

Humans must fulfill the mandates of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence…they do not self-maintain!  Though we faithfully quote the Constitution, that there are three equal branches of government…that does not happen magically…it requires blood and sweat and tears!

Everywhere you go you will see life among the ruins of peoples dreams and hopes and desires.  To live a life that rises above the reality of entropy requires work and a serious dedication to striving for the good and better and best!

Many of us give up just before we are about to achieve a breakthrough!

‘When things go wrong, as they sometimes will’

‘when the road that you are trudging seems all uphill;’

‘when funds are low and debts are high,’

‘and you want to smile, but you sit and sigh;’

‘when care is pressing you down a bit,’

‘rest, if you must, but don’t you quit!


‘Life is queer with its twists and turns,’


‘As everyone of us sometimes learns,’

‘And many a fellow turns about’

‘When he might have won had he stuck it out.’

‘Don’t give up though the pace seems slow -‘

‘You may succeed with another blow.’


‘Often the goal is nearer than’


‘It seems to a faint and faltering man;’

”Often the struggler has given up’

‘When he might have captured the victor’s cup;’

‘And he learned too late when the night came down,’

‘How close he was to the golden crown.’


‘Success is failure turned inside out -‘

‘The silver tint in the clouds of doubt,’

‘And you never can tell how close you are,’

‘It might be near when it seems afar;’

‘So stick to the fight when you are hardest hit -‘

‘It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.’

Edgar A. Guest




3 responses

  1. This may not be your thing at all, but I’ve nominated you for the Vogue parody – 73 questions, as I love your blog. Feel free to accept the challenge or completely ignore it! All the best, kirsty x

    1. You are much too kind, my friend! 😉. Thank you! 🌞

      1. You’re more than welcome x 🌞

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