“But the Celts have always been a rebel against anything that has not in it the breath of life.“
That is a quote from the book “Myths and Legends of the Celtic Race” – (FREE on Amazon Kindle. Click the Title)
I’ve always had this fascination with Celtic myths and folklore and never understood why. I mean, I’m not Irish or Scottish or even European. I was born on the other side of the world in the Philippines. No connection whatsoever.
But for some reason I’ve always had this connection with the people in these stories—both the true and fable ones.
When I purchased Myths and Legends of the Celtic Race (for FREE) I presumed that I was getting a book on folklore, but was surprised to have received a book on the history of the Celts instead.
At first I was a little bummed (as I was prepared to read a story not a historical document).
But the Universe sometimes send you unexpected things. Unexpected as they may seem, it’s always exactly what you need.
A Quick History Lesson
After reading the history of the Celts and their people I felt a connection with them. They are described to be motivated by passion, like a flame.
They do not do anything unless it has the “breath of life” in it. A life based by their spiritual beliefs (that they possess a spirit which is infinite and unbreakable) they became mentally and spiritually strong. This lead their race to fear no man.
When asked by Alexander The Great what they feared the most they stated, “We fear no man. The only thing we fear is the sky falling on us. And we only needs only the company of men like yourself”
Their inspiration for the written and spoken tongue, art, and fearless military forces are the things that made their race great. They’ve had a huge influence on Europe, in the past and present, because of the passion for their way of life.
But this way of life, like a flame, could not survive for long as they did not care for more concrete things that takes time and preparations such as a civil government and vast mechanisms of a material civilization.
The Romans, however, had patience. They were these people. They took the time to establish these policies which led to long-term success and eventual rule over Celtica.
What I Learned
I’m a flame. Moved by my passion for life. I can honestly say that I am “…over-eager to enjoy the fine fruits of life without the long and patient preparation of the harvest,” like my Celt friends. This kind of life has brought me to many amazing, “once in a lifetime” events, just as many times it has brought me to “what in the hell was I thinking” events.
The flame, as beautiful as it is, can burn and kill you.
The stone, on the other hand (something I tried to be for a long time), is a more “definite” person. They lay their stones down towards a certain area. Making sure that they lay a solid foundation for the long run.
As much as I want this, I’ve come to terms with that fact that I’m not this.
People always want to be something other than themselves.
I believe that this is why we need each other, not only for success in a particular area, but also for advancement in a civilization.
I need a stone person as much as a stone person needs the flame. The flame needs a solid foundation and the stone needs the flames passion.
Imagine a civilization without passion. Passion for the art, music, joy right now, excitement, love. You can’t! It would be horrible. Now, imagine a civilization without order, government, set policies, structure, rule. That’s chaos!
They need each other.
What are you
Are you a flame or a stone?
You need to think about this and be honest with yourself.
This is not about abandoning long-term thinking if you’re a flame, or to completely sacrifice today; stop enjoying the fruits of life now completely for the future if you are a stone. This is for you to take another step closer to understanding who you are.
To understanding where your strengths lie.
This allows you to become great at what you are already good, and to manage your weak side—or even better, to find a counter-part so they can be your strength and you theirs.
Just another step towards a fulfilling life.