A personal reflection
31 December 2008
Recently we have had the pleasure and delight to watch the original full-length BBC production of Brideshead Revisited on ABC2. I have followed this up by reading the original novel. Here are some lines that particularly caught my attention:
My theme is memory, …
These memories, which are my life – for we possess nothing certainly except the past – were always with me.
These memories are the memorials and pledges of the vital hours of a lifetime.
… the vital hours of a lifetime!
What are these vital hours of a lifetime, I wondered? There are times, places, people, events, decisions and choices that, if we extracted and polished them from among the daily forgettable routine and rubble of a life would represent the vital hours of our lifetime. There are choices that in some ways define who we have become in life. There are directions we have taken and others left unexplored, deliberately or with regret, or because the circumstances made them difficult.
What are the vital hours of a lifetime, and how can we have more of them? Do they need to be few in number in order to be significant to us? Or can we discover the essence of what is truly meaningful to us in order to bring more of that into our lives? This seems to me to be a vital question for us at this point in the history of civilisation. We now have access to almost anything we could imagine, yet true happiness seems to elude so many.
To use astrology as a method of inquiry into your own life is to become an explorer, an adventurer, to dig deeper in order to find the meaning, the value, the treasure. It is to begin to collect these vital hours of a lifetime, and to find one’s Self and its rich variety of expressions in one’s life.
I hope to one day share this adventure with you.
© Rainer Rollfink, 2009