Old Man and the Sea

When I was younger, my dad gave me an old copy of The Old Man and the Sea.  Tonight I finished it for the first time, and I wondered why I hadn’t read it earlier.

In this story, you witness an epic between a down-and-out old fisherman and a 1500 pound marlin…Through the book, you read the old man’s inner dialogue with himself.  It is in this one way conversation that you see the determination and fight that comes from a life spent well.  You see that you don’t conquer a beast by anything short of the hardest work a man (or woman) can possibly be asked to do.

A person can overcome great odds and take the marlin.

As Hemingway wrote:

“…a man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.”

This makes me reflect on my own life.  What “marlins” am I doing battle with?  Can I resist destruction? Do I have the will power and courage to overcome what fights against me?

-Michael

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