long time ago a baby was born to poor parents. His future
looked bleak as he grew to see a life of dreariness and
poverty before him. He joined the army as a common soldier and
was wounded so severely that he never regained the use of his
later failed to find decent employment and, on two occasions,
was sent to debtor's prison. He continued to have brushes with
the law and struggled just to survive.
despite the severity of his life, he never let go of his
dream... to write a book. In it he told a beautiful story
which welled from heart's deepest dreams and yearnings and has
moved generations of people the world over ever since. It is
about a man who saw the world differently than everyone else.
Though created in suffering, it is an inspiring tale of
irrepressible hope. His story has been put to music and film,
translated into numerous languages and remains a literary
classic after some 400 years.
author was Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra and the book, DON
QUIXOTE DE LA MANCHA (1615; translated by P. Motteux).
Cervantes was speaking for himself when he penned the words
for Don Quixote's epitaph:
"Nor has his death the world deceiv'd
Less than his wondrous life surpriz'd;
For if he like a madman liv'd
At least he like a wise one dy'd."
perhaps it was Cervantes himself who believed, as did his
character, that the world "sees people as they are -- I
see them as they can be!" For Cervantes may never have
accomplished such a magnificent work had he not seen some
potential within himself that was hidden from the rest of the
world. He knew, and has taught others ever since, that great
truth: what we see will come to be.
see situations as they are, others as they can be. Some see
people as they are, others as they can be. And some see
themselves as they are, others as they can be.
when we look beyond the present reality, dismal as it may
seem, and set our sights upon the best that is within a
situation or a human being, then, too, what we see will come
to be. And we'll know the power of hope.
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on August 27, 2000,
in an email from my friend, Peter A. Gertsen, CAUS