Rule 11: You Can Remember It Whenever You Want

You Can Remember It Whenever You Want.

“IF ONE ADVANCES CONFIDENTLY IN THE DIRECTION OF HIS DREAMS AND ENDEAVORS TO LIVE THE LIFE WHICH HE HAS IMAGINED, HE WILL MEET WITH SUCCESS UNEXPECTED IN COMMON HOURS.”

HENRY DAVID THOREAU.

 

“To dream the impossible dream. To fight the unbeatable foe.
To bear with unbearable sorrow. To run where the brave dare not go.

To right the unrightable wrong. To love pure and chaste from afar. To strive with your arms reaching upwards to reach the unreachable star.

This is my quest. To follow that star. No matter how hopeless, no matter how far. To fight for the right, without question or pause, to be willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause.

And I know if I’ll only be true to this glorious quest, that my heart shall lie peaceful and calm when I’m laid to my rest.

And the world shall be better for this. That one man, scorned and covered with scars, still strove with his last ounce of courage to reach the unreachable star.”

Man of La Mancha
Lyrics: Joe Darion
Music: Mitch Leigh

And the world shall be better for this.” Wouldn’t that be wonderful? Which brings us back to knights, to you, and the end of this workbook.
 

 

2014 Note: By far and away, this song and the musical itself was the most influential piece of music for me. It has been the bulwark of my foundation. I wrote about it here.

7 thoughts on “Rule 11: You Can Remember It Whenever You Want

    • For me, you would have to be dead as a doornail for those words not to move you, Tess! I had no recollection of your second, “I Believe,” so I looked it up – I heard two versions, if I’ve got the right one. The first by Elvis and the second by Righteous Brothers. Beautiful. Is this the one:

      I believe for every drop of rain that falls
      A flower grows,
      I believe that somewhere in the darkest night
      A candle glows,
      I believe for everyone who goes astray,
      Someone will come to show the way,
      I believe, I believe.

      I believe above the storm a smallest prayer
      Will still be heard,
      I believe that someone in the great somewhere
      Hears every word,
      Every time I hear a newborn baby cry,
      Or touch a leaf, or see the sky,
      Then I know why,
      I believe.

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  1. Hunt, I went back to the original and left my comment there. But the words to Impossible Dream are extremely inspirating I remember when I was in HS being forced to read Thoreau and not liking it, that’s not an excuse it is a point of reference. Please be assured that thru yuo, your words, your wisdom, I have gained significantly I can’t promise you I will see Man of Mancha before end of retirement, but when sitting alone someday, who knows I just may fire it up to listen to the music. Take care, Bill

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    • Dear Bill, it is a waste of time in my opinion to see the film – don’t do it. But knowing the story as laid out in my original post, and listening to the original recording of Man of La Mancha might be worth an hour or two. You continually amaze me with your openness and honesty, Bill. I am so glad of our friendship. Best ~ Huntie

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  2. As I read the lyrics, I was hearing the song in my mind. It was a song sung many times by Jerry Lewis at the end of his Labor Day Telethon. I think I will always relate this song to his fight to wipe out the horrific disease of Muscular Dystrophy.

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