How To Add 20 Years To Your Life By Doing A 180 Turn Around. (Part 1.)

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" I THINK AND THINK AND THINK FOR MONTHS AND YEARS. NINETY-NINE TIMES, THE CONCLUSION IS FALSE. THE HUNDREDTH TIME I AM RIGHT." Albert Einstein

180 Degrees and Shout.

I wanted this hundredth article to be spectacular, something special, a personal reference point, for those times when I will be pining for a visitation from one of Zeus’s 9 daughters, the protectresses of the different arts, or more plainly put, when a Muse is sought and I am cast adrift on a wordless shore. For what I want… correction, what I crave, is to write a truly great literary piece.

The subject matter is of less consequence, but that it must contain the kinetic energy or power to move its reader from an uninspired and desolate state of consciousness onto swift and decisive action. I chose the word “onto” as it enhances the intended spirit of this article: Collins dictionary: ISBN.0 583 31629 8; "having become aware of (something) “
I used to question my eventful life, which frequently seemed to have had me teetering on the very edge of an abyss, often yearning for the mundane rather than a life of constant, “at the seat of my pants kind of flying”, the results of which, have in effect, quietly been stored away in The copious annals of my mind, so many stories of where I’ve been and how I got to where I am, all of which, enabling me to write and share eloquently I hope, the potpourri of events, thoughts and ideas, recorded within the confines of my pioneering ninety nine wikinut articles that have gone before.

Perhaps the celebrated author Luke Reynolds starts to uncover true gifted writing, when he probes the John Gardner quote “Art begins in a wound”.
It would be great for me, if that were so, since I have had quite a few of those. Some were physical while others were mental wounds. The mental ones take a little longer to heal. Perhaps it is because they are invisible to the naked eye.
These past few years therefore, should then have served to shape and hone the artistic qualities needed, to complete my ultimate goal of creating an authentic piece of true literary art, some day? I can but aspire.

What a wondrous thought to perceive, to be able to masterfully string together, a few plain words, a single sentence even, but powerful enough to inspire and call its reader to action. This quote brings to mind just such an example of what I am trying to say, it is by an author named Albert Camus, printed on an old, discoloured business-card which, together with some other nondescript items I’ve tossed together and stored up higgledy-piggledy, in an old cigar box. He writes: “In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”

180 Degrees and Shout or Going Full Circle

After receiving some devastating news in 1991, that I had emphysema in both of my lungs and that I was not going to recover from it, and then, in the spring of that same year, I was also diagnosed with diabetes type 2.
These could not have come at a worse time in my life, since the shipbuilding company I had been working for as an H.R. manager for 18 years, abruptly closed down in that same year, a few weeks before the Christmas holidays, I recall. I was one of 1500 workers laid off, and about to embark on this next great and fascinating 20 year “winter” pilgrimage towards self discovery through introspection, and by applying the philosophic doctrine, that: “All knowledge comes from sense perception.”
There I was, a dying has been, 40 years old with three children at school, a mortgage and a car to pay off. All of which, wasn’t going away at any time soon. The first lesson I was about to learn: “The true beginning of knowledge, is the discovery of something we do not understand,” It almost sounds scripted, like a familiar cliché, but happens to be true for me, just the same. I had to learn very quickly about life and death and no one could have spelt it out any clearer than author Thomas Hardy in his famous quote: “Teach me about death so that I can learn how to live.”

It had taken my slipping into a pain induced coma and lingering just beyond the outer reaches of my pain threshold, to discover some vital answers, for it was at that point of my existence, that I had suddenly experienced a total release from all pain, at least, all sensory perception of it.
Yet I can hardly recall another time when my mind had been more lucid, than at that moment. I remember wanting to tell my wife of this wonderful state of bliss I was experiencing. I gradually seemed to perceive, somehow, that I was “gazing” down to where my body was lying next to my wife who was sitting up and pounding my chest with her fists.I was off course quite oblivious of this and wanting to tell her that I was fine, and instantly realized that this was clearly not the case. I remember asking whether I was dead, more of a thought than an audible question. A very distinct and somewhat familiar voice answered me saying: “Yes, you are dead, but you shall return to full recovery where you are needed to fulfil your destined purpose."

A Dog Tag, Symbol Of A New Beginning.

The next moment I was aware of the dust on top of the pelmet and something else, that I had misplaced a very long time ago, it was my military identity disc commonly referred to as a dog-tag, a relic from another man's war, at another time. The same intense pain I had experienced prior to this, suddenly returned amid the pain of my wife beating my chest with all her might, and in all probability, saving my life. I thanked her and I told her that it I felt certain that every thing was all going to be fine, somehow.

After catching my breath, I got up and walked over to the pelmet and reached up to where I had noticed the lost dog-tag. It was right there where I had “seen” it! All the time I had been thinking that what I had witnessed during those out of body moments, all of three minutes, had been nothing more than a dream.

A few days after this, my wife suggested I go to and see our church minister. Once there, he asked me if I believed the verdict of the specialist and the x-rays and I said that, although, compelling proof, I did not want to believe the diagnoses. He then said, that based on what I had told him of my out of body experience, he wanted to suggest a second opinion from a different specialist of my choice. He then said a prayer and we left.
The next day I had found a specialist willing to see me without a referral from my G.P. and he saw me the same day. He first sent me for more x-rays and after getting back, he wrote out a script for some anti biotic. Which I asked him about, although, not divulging the fact that my lungs had been pitch black only seven days earlier. With that, he held up the new x-rays for me to see, showing my lungs to be virtually clear with only a small grey spot on my left lung, the size of a penny. He put that down to a slight touch of bronchitis…

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author avatar Songbird B
18th Nov 2011 (#)

Congratulations on this your 100th article Andre, and what an article it is..I have always known that you are someone very special, by the way that you have touched others in your life..You have a gift my dear friend, and it is so good to know that the powers up above have given you the opportunity to share this experience here on Wikinut. May you continue to have a long and healthy life, and write many more extensive articles for us to read..Congrats on a really wonderful, insightful page..\0/x

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author avatar Tranquilpen
18th Nov 2011 (#)

What more could I have wished for, dear Bev than to have your comments taking up poll position dear friend. Mark said that I could make my title great.Your words have so inspired me, that the spirit of what you say, will now be the message in the Headline. Thank you:-)) X

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author avatar Songbird B
18th Nov 2011 (#)

I am so delighted to see that this received the Star page it deserved Andre.. Your articles are a constant delight to read..

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author avatar Tranquilpen
18th Nov 2011 (#)

Thank you once again Bev:-))

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author avatar Buzz
18th Nov 2011 (#)

Your 100th page is inspiring, dear friend. Congrats! Looking forward to reading the 1001st, Part 2.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
18th Nov 2011 (#)

My dear Buzz, thank you so very much my friend. You know Buzz, there are dozens of veteran writers featuring several hundreds of articles, that shine like the Milky way, but these are my 100 articles, written in a second language, under trying circumstances, frequently, and on topics, some of which, I have been passionate about over the years, while others were recent research challenges, like the God Particle, which is so shrouded in secrecy, that I could not resist the temptation of going there. If I have enjoyed any accolades, I assure you that it is entirely and directly due to the encouragement from this warm and caring community, the wikinutters, of whom, you are a shining example my friend. Thank you once again.

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author avatar Sam Bralley
18th Nov 2011 (#)

very well written and encouraging. Congrats on your 100th...

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author avatar Tranquilpen
18th Nov 2011 (#)

Hello Sam, thank you for reading my friend I will be publishing the second and final part next.

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author avatar richardpeeej
18th Nov 2011 (#)

Great article Tranquilpen. I am glad that all worked out well for you in the end. A well deserved star page for all the work here...

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author avatar Tranquilpen
18th Nov 2011 (#)

Hi Richard, thank you for your inspiring comments, you are most assuredly part of my success my friend. Actually Richard, there are a few more twists to this one, coming up!

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author avatar Val Mills
19th Nov 2011 (#)

An incredible story and so inspiring for us all. They say we must all experience life changing events to bring out the best in us and you have shown us that here. Congrats on both your star and your 100th page

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author avatar Tranquilpen
19th Nov 2011 (#)

Hello Val, so nice of you to drop by. Your comments are much appreciated. Thank you again for reading.

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author avatar Retired
23rd Nov 2011 (#)

Wow, amazing story!

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author avatar Tranquilpen
23rd Nov 2011 (#)

Hello Savaswriter, thank you for reading, your comments are most welcome.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
5th Dec 2011 (#)

Well done:0), and outstanding all your wonderful articles... thank you Tranquilpen this was so inspiring!

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