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Both mortal and immortal are we

Perhaps, when we get into our 80’s, we’re allowed some idle musings once in a while. I hope the following comments will be helpful, or of interest, to you, but I realize there is never any guarantee this will be the case.

I love this life I have been given, that probably, in one way or another, is moving toward a point of transition. (I’d like to make it to 90, mind you, with JoAnn at my side all the way, of course.) I find, as years go by, that I am becoming more and more conscious of the wonder of life and the joy of “little moments.” I love people more than I ever did before. I love Nature. Saying ‘Hi’ to a server at Peet’s coffee shop, or looking out the window and seeing a bunny eating grass fills me with delight.

Challenges arise, of course. I’ll be having my annual CT scan next week—I’m a 3-year colon cancer survivor—and it’s not a lot of fun, I admit. At least, it hasn’t been much fun previously. Maybe I can change my attitude and enjoy it? I guess I’ll find out.

In general, being “Christopher Foster” for the past 84 years has been an exciting and fulfilling experience thus far, in spite of its tragedies and challenges.  But do I think that this particular life, with its fun, its adventure, its sorrows and joys, is the only adventure in which I have ever participated, or will participate? No, I don’t.

My body is aging, but my spirit is ageless, just like yours. My body will die, but my spirit is infinite, like yours, untouched and unharmed by any of the outer events of this human life. Who knows what new adventures or experiences my spirit, or your spirit, may participate in, or create, or manifest?

Neither you nor I could count how many grains of sand inhabit this earth. Even so, I don’t think we will ever be able to calculate, with our human mind, how many adventures we have experienced—in this realm or some other realm--nor how many more adventures are yet to come. To quote the words of an ancient Greek text: “I am a child of earth and starry heaven, but my real race is of heaven.’

I send you love and best wishes. If you have any thoughts on the above, please share. I’d love to hear from you.

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Carlos Sal Zurita October 11, 2016 at 12:43 pm

Dear friend:

Your words touched deep in my heart and in my mind. I wished that the bell, which they made ring inside me, will keep ringing to remind me that my spirit is eternal.

I have read your words again and an inner joy runs through my body.

How beautiful life is and how beautiful to find people like you in our journey.

Thank you very much, dear friend.

Much love to you from Buenos Aires!

Carlos

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Christopher Foster October 12, 2016 at 9:38 am

I’m deeply touched by your words, Carlos. Thank you so much for your very moving comment. It’s kind of magical how the internet makes it possible for me here in Denver to connect with you in Buenos Aires.

Your words about joy especially touch my heart. I think joy is part of our true nature, it’s God’s gift to all of us. All we have to do is to be still, and there is joy smiling at us, inviting us to relax and experience first-hand the peace that is our birthright. Lots of love to you too Carlos.

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Dr Kenneth L. Lim October 11, 2016 at 12:46 pm

Hi Chris, I calculate that I have known you for ABOUT 46 years. I have always loved & relished your way with words & vocabulary that touches to the HEART of things. This treatise is no exception. Loved it !! Keep them coming…. Love & hugs, JoAnn too…Ken

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Christopher Foster October 12, 2016 at 9:48 am

So good to hear from you Ken. Thank you for your kind words. It has been a while since we first met, hasn’t it. So thankful to be sharing this journey with you. Blessings and love.

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Ann Phu October 11, 2016 at 1:42 pm

Hi Chris,
Thank you for sharing, I enjoyed reading your post.
Have a wonderful day.

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Christopher Foster October 12, 2016 at 9:51 am

Good to hear from you Ann. Thank you for your comment and you have a wonderful day too.

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Anna Factor October 11, 2016 at 2:07 pm

Loved reading this Chris. It’s what I think too-another adventure awaits us ! We belong to the race of heaven.

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Christopher Foster October 12, 2016 at 10:05 am

Thank you Anna. Your words and the spirit of your words are exhilarating indeed. Didn’t Shakespeare say something to the effect there are more wonders in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in our philosophy?

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Lorraine October 11, 2016 at 8:03 pm

Hi Christopher,

Thank you for your inspiration and knowledge. I pray you have safe travels here and beyond. Thank you for your contribution to humankind.

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Christopher Foster October 12, 2016 at 10:09 am

Thank you for your loving words Lorraine. It’s a privilege to share this journey with you.

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Elizabeth Nunn October 11, 2016 at 8:58 pm

We come from the stars and to the stars we will return.
Meanwhile, it’s like a fair…a slow, fast, fun, tasty, sickening, scary roller coaster of life.
And best shared with others.
However, in the midst of it all, it’s wonderful to go outside, breathe in the night air, look up, and remember home.

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Christopher Foster October 12, 2016 at 10:54 am

Beautifully put, Elizabeth. Thank you for your comment. You’re a poet and you are also a realist. I love the analogy of a roller coaster. Yes indeed, it’s a pretty wild ride we are on and it is very good that we can share it with others.

Thank you especially for the invitation to look up at the night sky now and again and, as you say, “remember home.” How thankful we all may be, in the midst of life’s ups-and-downs, for our true home. Blessings and love.

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Teri Temme October 11, 2016 at 10:05 pm

Beautiful words!!! Thank you for sharing and caring.

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Christopher Foster October 12, 2016 at 10:54 am

Thank you Teri. God bless.

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Ivan October 12, 2016 at 7:17 am

So true, things of the spirit need to be spiritually discerned. Good luck with your visit to your doctor, my enlightened friend. Whatever the outcome is the best result because you have the stillness within you. So nice to know our spirit is timeless and space less.

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Christopher Foster October 12, 2016 at 11:03 am

Thank you for sharing, Ivan, and thank you for your good wishes. It’s good to be sharing this journey with you. Much love to you and your family.

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Michel October 14, 2016 at 7:10 am

Dear Christopher,
Your words are always inspiring, giving insight and reflection on the self.We are indeed of heaven as we tread the path of our true identity. Keep on shining your light onto the world.
One with You, Michel

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Evan Griffith October 22, 2016 at 2:18 pm

Chris —

It’s such an honor to be sharing the adventure of this lifetime with you in it. May there be many more such adventures —

To eternity and beyond!

(To paraphrase a toy astronaut)

Evan
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Christopher Foster October 27, 2016 at 11:19 am

Evan, thanks for your comment, just love your expansive, positive, generous-hearted spirit. Yes indeed. How thankful we may be that love is our core nature and love knows no boundaries. With you in the way.

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