Lockdown Day 12 7 April 2020

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Bruch’s Violin Concerto is one of my many favourites.  Hilary Hahn came to play it in my TV room.

“Surrender to what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be.” – Sonia Ricotte

Typical of me, I started chewing on the concept of surrender, because I think there are a lot more to say about surrender than I did yesterday.  I still think I do not know what surrender is.

Yesterday I said I conquered Kurktrekker.  That is not true.  I have hiked Kurktrekker three or four times.  When I go back for the fifth time, it will be the same!  I surrendered to Kurktrekker and did not fight it, I accepted it as it is – I conquered myself.  I accepted Kurktrekker is steep, I will get tired, my feet will be sore, I did not complain, I did not rebel.  Kurktrekker makes the rules and I followed the rules. I was exuberant when I got to my bakkie, because I made it.  Tired with sore feet, yes!  But I made it!

I can now say that surrender has elements of acceptance, peace, non-rebellion and not complaining.

I recently read a biography of Jan Smuts and soon after that Wilhelm Verwoerd’s book Bloedbande.  Naturally my thoughts extended to that.

What about surrender in a war situation?  There is a difference between war and Kurktrekker and Covid 19 – a war involves human beings.  It is a fact that the Anglo-Boer war had a huge effect on the history of South Africa.  The question is, how would our history be different if there was surrender?  We will never have the answer.  Smuts surrendered.  His idea was to become a strong and wealthy state under the protection of a big. world player like England.  He was called a traitor by the group who did not surrender.  That group wanted to continue the war and even tried.  Those who did not want to surrender was intent on “winning” and was so focused on their quest that it eventually led to Apartheid. A new bad influence on our history!

This idea runs through my mind.  After World War I, Smuts and others warned that the peace treaty will lead to more trouble. It did lead to an even bigger World War II.  My knowledge of history is very bad!  After World War II the peace treaty was different.  Germany was not punished again.  Germany surrendered and became a huge force in the world economy.

In my own Journal I ramble on.  I stop here.

I am not sure what I learn from this?  Surrender entails acceptance, making peace, not rebelling, not complaining.  Does it only apply to things like Covid 19, or to wars , too? What about a divorce?

It does seem, when making peace, and this could be important, that we do not make peace to soon or too quickly.  If we force surrender with too much force or power, it may lead to bigger trouble.  Surrender and peace needs wisdom from all parties and should happen in a spirit of goodwill and forgiveness.  That requires amazing greatness from the people involved!

Suddenly Covey’s story about Principles pops up in my brain. The Captain of a Destroyer sees this blimp on the radar that is on a collision course with them. He sends a message: “This is Admiral Bigshot of USA Destroyer. Suggest you change course.” Answer comes back: “No, I suggest you change course.” The conversation gets heated up. The Admiral is very aware of his rank, position, size of his ship and his power. Threatens the other party. Until answer comes back. “I am Pat McGinty. And this is a lighthouse on a rock. I suggest you change course now.” Covey’s message is, you cannot change a principle, you can only wreck yourself on a principle.

How does this story about the importance of principles fit in with surrender?  Story of my life!

A strange journal, but that was my thoughts on this day.  As always, please let me know your thoughts on this.

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