Lebensmuster (Gedichte & Gemälde) - BOOK

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Gedichte und Bilder, festgehalten
entlang des glücklichen, farbenfrohen Wachstumspfades
des Lebens.

Für meine Tochter Natalie.
Tokio, Sommer 2018.

Mathias Sager


  • This is so needed in this world. We share a lot of the same traits in that I have worked hard most of my life to help others in this world and to hopefully change something even if it is very small in my lifetime. I am 76 now and I have two degrees – one in archaeology, and yes, I did work in the field, and also one in criminal justice. I was going to be a mentor/advocate for juveniles but others have decided that is too dangerous for me so now I am going to be a mentor/advocate volunteer for foster children, and my specialty will be education. In America, we need to help our children learn good values and skills, because that is not what they are getting as a whole, and I have worked with school districts for some 15 years. I had other successful careers too, so I use whatever I have learned to help others to think about different possibilities for their lives. It is good just to be alive and lead a full life. You visited my blog,, and I appreciate that. I am a published writer and also a professional artist, though these days I work on the writing more. We need lots more people like you and hopefully some of our youth will rise up and fill that need. Thank you most kindly.

    • Hello Anne. Wow! I love your story, and I bow in respect.
      It is my dream to also contribute so meaningfully as long as possible without retirement. Why retire if it is meaningful?! I am sure you add great value with such a rich background. I am convinced that working multi-disciplinarily is vital for sustainable solutions! Your encouraging words mean a lot to me, energy that I can pass on again.
      You mention “leading a full life.” I know for myself that true fulfillment doesn’t have to be dependent on material things and that it can be even more rewarding, for example, in the form of psychological well-being. What all the advertisements tell us all the time about a full life, however, has a lot to do with possession, consumption, and economic and influential achievement. It is difficult to escape or awake from such socialization. – What is a full life for you? And how can we best make it appealing to the youth?
      Please keep on writing, encouraging, and creating inspiration. I’m looking forward to revisiting your blog and happy to hear at any time. Thank you, and all the best!

      • Thank you very kindly Mathias. You are right on all counts. We don’t need to retire just because perhaps we are older, or perhaps we have some form of illness that makes it difficult to work at a job regularly. There is always a job that needs doing in this universe that can be done as a volunteer. That is what I am doing.

        A full life for me is continuing to express myself as I am, as who I have been in my life in terms of experiences, and who I am trying to continue to be as a senior person. For me it is not, and has never been about the things you talk about – possessions, consumption, and economic and influential achievement. For me, success is 1) staying within my own integrity as to what is right for me in this life. 2) achieving things that give me great satisfaction in knowing that I have helped other human beings to perhaps move forward in their lives. and 3) to live so that the main footprint I live in this world will be one of contributing some form of positive growth and development to my community, to my environment, and to the earth as a whole.

        I do not go to malls, and I do not get new things with the exception of things like underwear or socks or perhaps shoes if necessary. I am very much into recycling, and I have been this way since I was a child. I started working in my neighborhood when I was 10 years young, doing ironing and cleaning and babysitting for the neighbors. I used the money to go downtown (yes, in those days we had downtowns and no plastic either) on the bus with my grandma, and to treat her to lunch and spend time with her in general because she was my favorite person in the world. If I bought anything, it was from the dime store, which was a magical place to go in those days. It created some of the most precious memories I have in my life.

        Grandmas are the best gifts (along with Grandpas) that we are given. They know so many things from long before we were conceived, and they have amazing wisdom, not the kind you get from books and schools, but life wisdom. For all the time and experiences I spent together with my grandma, when she passed, I realized how little I had thought to ask her about her life. I knew some basic things, such as that she came to the U.S. alone at 16 years of age all the way from Wales, and that was back at the turn of the 20th century. People then were very self-reliant and not afraid of coming here with virtually no money, knowing they find work with some kind of skill or skills. In Grandma’s case, she could clean houses, cook, stitch, and she also served as a midwife for pregnant women. And she did know someone here where she could stay in exchange for her services. She also worked at a fabric mill back in Rhode Island. There is still so much I wish I had asked her about now, but didn’t realize I would not get another chance later on. But this is the life I learned so much from in terms of taking care of my own self.

        The next time I write something for this blog, I will likely write about how to do business with others where you are providing a service. I have had my own businesses many times in this life, and without or with very little money. This is about returning to some of the values our parents (if you are nearing my age) and grandparents knew about that we have so lost. Looking forward to the mutual communications. Thank you again kindly.

      • Hello Anne. I love how you describe a full life. You seem to have done so many things, with the red line of helping others moving forward too. That is admirable.
        Indeed, I would like to hear more about more details of your many businesses, and it would be great to learn how you could do that without a lot of finances. I think self-employment is very deliberating, but missing money is indeed an often used “excuse” for not doing it. It is a good idea to write a blog post about that.
        Looking forward to it and the blogoverse should definitely benefit from the experience of “grandma” Anne:-)

  • Thank you kindly. I was not born wealthy, nor did my own mom believe that young women should have careers. It was “find a man and settle down and have children, and he will take care of you.” That was the philosophy of those days. So when I wanted to take the college route to become a nurse, I was told no. When i wanted to join the ROTC, which was a sort of military training that would show us how to defend ourselves and others were there a war (which we have been coming out of since I was born I think), again, it was no.

    So it was after a young and not successful marriage and some traumatic events that I decided to start at a university. I would have to put myself through, which I did. And somehow along the way, I met interesting people who were doing different things I thought exciting, so I decided to try some of them – editing, typesetting, working for a newspaper, and for construction news reporting. I always just seemed to want to try a lot of different avenues, even if none of them would make me wealthy or even give me a high status. i did what I did and tried what I liked because it felt right to do it. I loved to read and write too, so lots of things came into my consciousness.

    My second husband and good friend for life after we divorced when he became a tax resister (he had been an architect) taught me a lot about classical music and definitely architecture, and I almost wrote a book about some little known but great architecture in Arizona where we lived. Once again, though he was an architect, and though I worked my way through school, it was not about being wealthy or even prestigious. He worked for a small firm, and the whole time we were together, I bought clothing at thrift stores and made my own. I perhaps could have done differently, but this was so much more adventuresome. I used my training in archaeology to learn all about the people in different towns by doing into thrift stores.
    I could tell the overall ages of the people and whether there were children or mostly older folks, whether they were business people, etc. Lots of things. Related to the marriage, in the end result, the tax resisting became a big issue because so many friends were getting arrested and going to prison for a long time. He was not doing architecture, but selling gold and silver (this was in the 70’s and a lot of folks were doing these things). He believed he could help our country by doing this.

    So marriages weren’t something that tended to be forever (though it would be nice, but it was not time then), but they were wonderful learning experiences. That was something else I learned. Even when things don’t work out, we benefit tremendously from each relationship because we get to see things as if through a kaleidoscope, and that person brings new dimensions into our lives.

    We parted ways as best friends, and another path opened up. I became editor of a self-sufficiency (latent Hippy) magazine, Freedom Today. It was a very fun experience, and meanwhile, I had graduated from my studies in Archaeology at the University. Anyway, one day a man came to our magazine, and he happened to be an anthropologist. And so a whole new adventure ensued down in Mexico, where I used my writing, editing, typesetting and also archaeology. This is how life has been throughout.

    Perhaps always being open to new opportunities is one of the secrets to having a truly adventuresome life, and another aspect is being willing to live modestly and in a variety of ways. I ate simply and inexpensively, and was not afraid to recycle things to have money to take my little dog out to dinner once a week at the local drive-in. I was not afraid to drive a VERY used car (I have had two used cars since I was a grown-up, and kept each of them for 20+ years).

    And I was always willing to take what little I had to have still another adventure. The story goes on like this through my entire life. I developed very good skills at making something out of nothing, whether it was food, clothing, getting medical treatment as needed, etc. When I was unemployed for a while after having worked as a Regulatory Compliance Specialist for a prominent pharmaceutical company that specialized in plasma derivative products (got laid off), I became a volunteer at a major hospital where people learned to be doctors and nurses, and I got a free lunch if I worked four hours. I took that one meal and made it last me all day and saved some for the dog too. And I got free medical treatment by wearing my volunteer clothes when I went to the clinic. One just needs to be flexible and creative to do a lot of fun things in life and to have things we need to sustain ourselves in this life. It has never once been boring – never!

    I could go on, for there are so many things I have done, but I don’t want to use up all the space. Still, the keys are to stop worrying about having a lot of money or things, and go for the adventure and the challenge of waking up every day looking forward to whatever comes along, be it good or perhaps not so good. Getting laid off when you are 64, and having to take Social Security early is perhaps not a great thing, but it was enough, and as always, I made it. And I am no one special; just an average person with wild dreams and goals to try new things in this world. Whatever things I have faced in this life, here I am today at 76, still standing, and still having new adventures to look forward to.

    • Hi Anne. Great to read from you. Wow, you did a lot of things. Your life is indeed one big adventure! Curiosity may be something that has kept you young? :-). I just thought this morning in more depth about my impression that the purpose of life might be to learn as much as possible here on our earthly experience, to fill the mental backpack with our temporary human experiences to benefit from it during our future eternal spiritual journey. You provide a vivid illustration of such a possibility. Thanks a lot and all the best!

  • Thank you kindly. I think we all have to be open to new adventures in our lives, and to not have a lot of set ideas about anything – not jobs or adventures, or even spouses or other relationships. That seems very true about being here to learn everything we can while we are here, and to use it in ways that benefit other human beings. Yes, none of us know what is beyond this life, and it is definitely good to, as you note, fill our mental backpack with the experiences while we are here, and to use them in the best ways we can. Thank you again.

  • Your writing is very inspiring, Mathias. Thank you most kindly. It is always a joy to see that others have positive thinking that strives to reach above and beyond the everyday things of this world. We need this so much.