A Lantern to Find the Way.

A Lantern to Find the Way.

Well, I gave guddi my Beacon to show the way forward but here is my Lantern to enable people to find their way in the darkness.  Funny, but  did both these paintings shortly before my hand gave out and I named them at the time, not realising how relevant the titles would shortly prove to be................Sarah

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One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my father.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Father.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked my Father about it.
"Father, you said once as I faced difficult times,
You'd walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why, when I needed you the most, you would leave me."

He whispered, "My precious Son, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings....

When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you."

“Footprints in the sand – variation by a Son and Proud Father” - the old poem above, has several authors claiming they wrote it first, so I can't properly attribute it to the author.  I used "Father" instead of "The Lord," but Mother, Brother, Sister, Husband, Wife and Family or Friends all apply.

For those who join this wonderful site and are able to find a solution to nasty and bafflingly complex issues like cpni, and maybe expecially cpn mediated multiple sclerosisi, this site and the people on it who are willing to share their experiences, to have discussions, sometimes heated, to discuss, to argue - and to lay their troubles and their sucesses out for others to read - is a lantern lighting the way....

Another beautiful and inspiring painting by Sarah Longlands - her site: http://www.avenues-of-sight.com/<

My Best & Highest Regards,

Tom C

Proud Parent of Rick - R started CAPi in Nov. 13. Small measurable improvements as of 7/14, more by 10/14.  Holding Steady in early 2017.  "I will leave no stone unturned, no theory unexamined, to help my son." Tommi

@Sarah-  really really beautiful and inspiring. It's more than a painting.

@Tom - Though I read this before,but never felt so touched. # Respect

Hope is the best thing.

Thankyou both Tom and Samit!

Tom, I am a complete non-believer myself but I must add My Husband to your list,

Samit, I was incredibly pleased with this painting, done in the evenings whilst I was doing jury service during the day on a long, long fraud trial.  It was when I first noticed that I was having difficulty in running when trying to get to the train on my way home from court every day.  I still have it and won't sell it, but instead I have sold prints.  It realy does look as though it is lit from within........................Sarah

Completed Stratton/Wheldon regime for aggressive secondary progressive MSi in June 2007, after four years, three of which intermittent.   Still improving bit by bit and no relapses since finishing treatment.

Hi Sarah,

I changed the notation to include "Husdand, Wife" - to reflect your sentiment.

I'm a "complete believer" - but probably not in a traditional sense or the sense you may mean.  I wonder at the Universe and how it got here, I wonder at conciousness and where it comes from when we are born, and where it goes when we die.  I believe the most likely answer from science is that conciousness is an "emergent property" of a sufficiently complex system of neurons that wasn't there before we were born, and simply dissapears when we die.  Yet, I have to believe that somehow, someway - there is something more, something that goes on after we depart our mortal coils.  Perhaps something of us goes on to float on the "quantum foam" our universe is supposed to be filled with...

I believe that it's very much more important that God (whoever he or she is!) - believes in you, than whether you believe in God.  I also believe that God has a place in his or her heart for those with sincere doubts and questions about the existence of God!  "Doubting Thomas" is an example from Christianity. 

Much evil has been done in the name of God, and unfortunately it's something that's pretty much true of all the major religions.  And, many doubt the existence of God due to all of the evils and maladies that they think a God would not have allowed.  I believe that we only have the vaguest notion of what "God" is - much of it founded in the belief systems of the early societies that attempted to describe God, and in our current belief systems.  Where and what is God?  Why doesn't God seem to take a more active role in our lives and in world events?  Would a "good" God allow diseasesi to strike down our loved ones?  All questions reasonably asked, among many many others!  And yet - something brought our Universe into existence, and though Stephen Hawkins recently argues that the Universe coming into existence did not require the "hand of God" - there is nothing in what he said that disallows it either! 

My Best & Highest Regards,

Proud Parent of Rick - R started CAPi in Nov. 13. Small measurable improvements as of 7/14, more by 10/14.  Holding Steady in early 2017.  "I will leave no stone unturned, no theory unexamined, to help my son." Tommi

Tom, although I go far more along Stephen Hawkins' way of thought, I am impressed by what you have said.......................Sarah

Completed Stratton/Wheldon regime for aggressive secondary progressive MSi in June 2007, after four years, three of which intermittent.   Still improving bit by bit and no relapses since finishing treatment.

Hi Samit,

Thank you for your kind words!

Best & Highest Regards,

Tom C

Proud Parent of Rick - R started CAPi in Nov. 13. Small measurable improvements as of 7/14, more by 10/14.  Holding Steady in early 2017.  "I will leave no stone unturned, no theory unexamined, to help my son." Tommi

Hi Sarah,

Thank you for your kind thoughts. 

Hoping that there is something more beyond this life may well be wishful or hopeful thinking.  We come from nothingness, spring into conciousness at some point after we are born, then live our lives and may simply dissappear when our time comes.  From ashes to ashes and dust to dust.  That leaves us no reason to fear the "darkness."  Yet, I am hopeful that whatever "we" are - may somehow persist, and not simply through memories of others that even for the "greatest" of us fades over time into nothingness. 

We are surrounded by billions and trillions of years, incomprehensibly vast space and time, and apparently our conciousness no more than vanishingly microscopic "motes of light" extinguished upon our death.  Yet there are clues! 

Leonard Susskind - a colleague of Stephen Hawkins ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_Susskind< )- and my very favorite plumber! - talks of an infinite universe of universes, or a "multiverse" in "The Cosmic Landscape" - each with it's own set of physical rules - as a counter to the observation that this universe seems so finely tuned to support life and in so many ways as to almost require some sort of "devine" intervention. 

In Mr. Susskind's "multi-verse" - simple chance would dictate that some of those universes are life friendly. Still, no one has been able to explain how any and all of the wonders we see came into existence.  No one really understands what "we" are - what our conciousness is, or if we have a soul - and there is no one who has ever "come back" from the other side - to tell us what is there!

I stand in awe of it all.

Best & Highest Regards,

Tom C

Proud Parent of Rick - R started CAPi in Nov. 13. Small measurable improvements as of 7/14, more by 10/14.  Holding Steady in early 2017.  "I will leave no stone unturned, no theory unexamined, to help my son." Tommi

A wonderful painting Sarah.

Best,

Kay

Keep an open mind... just not so open that your brain falls out.

Diagnosed with RRMSi in Devon, UK on 09/01/2015. Updates pending.

OH Sarah, that is truly beautiful~ thank you. Linda

These pictures are breathtaking.

Katherine

Sarah  all your paintings are a work of ART, ASTONISHING.

guddi  

Oh, thank you everyone: this makes me feel a bit better about deciding to study art rather than anything else, something which rather astonished many of my teachers at the time and has troubled me from time to time since I left the sixth form......................Sarah

Completed Stratton/Wheldon regime for aggressive secondary progressive MSi in June 2007, after four years, three of which intermittent.   Still improving bit by bit and no relapses since finishing treatment.

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