Month: August 2013
“You shall always find what you created in your mind, for instance, a benevolent God or an evil Devil. Between them are countless facets. Therefore, concentrate on the depth of your consciousness and on what you consider to be positive and good.”
“Heaven or Hell is right here on Earth. It’s what you choose to make of it that counts.”
It is your choice to start making this Heaven on earth or to keep living in your own personal Hell. Today is the day that the colors are brighter, food tastes extravagant, and the world buzzes with excitement. You are alive, and have one chance to live this life. ‘Concentrate’ on being in the now and with a prayerful and loving heart accept this day and the blessing that it is.
Hans makes an excellent point in choosing the light side of this world over the darkness.
Choose to let your light shine bright and make today one you can be a joyous and new YOU.
It seems the destiny of all good men to be met with trials to be overcome, puzzles to be unscrambled, and the machinations of life to be overpowered. Unfortunately, one of man’s never ending mysteries is: women. Now, do not misunderstand me friends this is not a misogynistic rant. I am merely writing out loud to my beloved Jesters and Harlequins’.
What I wanted to write about this fine Sunday night was this: what are the rules of chivalry when it comes to another man’s woman? Of course, I realize there is no justification in desiring another man’s woman, but that is not what we are here to discuss.
The word chivalry, as documented by the Oxford Dictionary, first made its appearance in 1300: “The contemporary name for the ‘men-at-arms’, or mounted and fully armed fighting-men, of the Middle Ages. Obs. (In Old French chevalier translates miles, chevalerie = militia)”. Over the course of time changing its meaning to a more poetic and idealistic fashion by the likes of Gibbon, and the famously known, Shakespeare. From this period we have what is known as Chivalric Code for Knights and the Rules of Courtly Love. There is one particular section in this code that I have been particularly fixated upon: Thou shalt not knowingly strive to break up a correct love affair that someone else is engaged in. Wisdom from the past speaks so truthfully to our present.
In adhering to this seemingly outdated philosophy I want to avoid, what seems to me, the sin of breaking up a happy couple. Now, bear in mind I do not and have not engaged in anything less than wholesome in terms of activities and conversation with her, but there lies in me the specter of my own selfishness. By that I mean wanting her for myself, and clearly the opposite of chivalric. To me it seems it is the temptation of the fruit that is just out of reach, and I fear that if it may be put in my reach that she will be less desirable. I, like many others, can’t help but run down every avenue and chase out every strategy, but one cannot know the mind of god and what he has in store. It is also the fear that in finding someone that seems so compatible to you; how can you just let it go? In response to that thinking: countless friends have slapped me on the back and said “Don’t worry you know how fast the weather can change. They could break up any day”. But, how in good conscious, can you wish that misfortune on two good people? It would be one thing if I considered him to be the other name for a donkey, but alas he is a good man…
The internal struggle that rages within me is: the ideal/perfect match for me VS. what I know is right.
It is a simple enough scenario and I’m sure most of you have similar experiences. Up to this point I had to battle my urges to disinvite her to places and activities, because I was somehow violating that chivalric code. When she did join us at social events I felt guilty about my own feelings, and the secret joy I felt that her boyfriend could not make it. I do not wish to break up both a happy friendship and relationship for my own gratification, but on the other hand it is the lady’s decision and nothing I do can change her mind. She, as a strong independent woman, has that choice to make. So, in some ways I justify my inner desire with that sinful notion.
Speaking of sin… I find her purity and religious fervor a connection I cannot yet explain, but maybe the connection one may have when one prays for another. My deepest fear is that I taint one of God’s purest creatures: a woman. That somehow my sin disqualifies me from being part of her life. The same fear that drives people away from the pulpit in fear of the damnation they are sure awaits them. Purity is such a rare thing in this world. I cannot bear to defile something as holy as that.
In a sense, I suppose, this is just an outward confession of the darker desires within me, but now a days honesty means more to me than I can describe.
Time will tell, as they say. I will, of course, keep my true feelings at bay, and maybe say a little selfish prayer. That god would see fit for her to at least visit me in my sleep. Amen.
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Sometimes the internet is a terrible, horrible place — world of 4chan and 2 Girls, 1 Cup — but other times the internet makes life worth living. This fake Twitter account from “United Airlanes” proves why the internet exists — to bring joy into our lives and make us laugh so hard our brains hurt. Some very clever person out there realized that IPhones were autocorrecting “airlines” to “airlanes” (for some reason) and set up an account to respond to all the tweets that were sent to the wrong United.
The account from Tumblr user “LeonsBuddyDave” has been active for years, but the internet started to take notice this week when certain tweets went viral. Although many were in on the joke, one customer got very offended when she thought her airline had responded to her complaint, “Count your blessings. At JFK, they throw knives.” When…
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I am always amazed at the creative and almost technical saavy that one must have to apply makeup in such a way as this. It is certainly a little bit of a darker feel for Bellarose Photography, but one that will certainly give it depth.
With a splash of white, the colors outlined around it are made even more intense. From the arachnid ring to the low hanging ear rings; this photo definitely revamps the old evil step-sister image and darkly creeping into the modern day.
Glad tidings are abound for this fantastic and beautifully married couple Laura and Ethan Russel. A child is such a blessing and you two have so much love to offer. This is my small way of honoring a loving couple and, in the future, loving parents.
Congratulations and God bless you and the little one.
A prayer for Laura
“Lord, who have brought to this woman the wondrous joy of motherhood, grant her comfort in all anxiety and make her determined to lead her child along the ways of salvation.”
A prayer for Ethan
“Lord of the ages,who have singled out this man to know the grace and pride of fatherhood, grant him courage in this new responsibility, and make him an example of justice and truth for this child.”
“You’ve done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination.”
As most of us college students are preparing for the jolt of the Fall Semester, employees vacation time is ending, and the general ‘back to the grind stone’ mentality takes hold; I just want to remind everyone to look forward to the new challenges. Whatever your fear of the future may be you can overcome. From my perspective; the greatest fear in working on a project is STARTING the project. It is an understandable phobia, and of course makes total logical sense. The fear is:
- “Will I be able to finish the work on time?”
- “If I commit to this then I will be tied down, and I don’t want that.”
- “What I am not good enough, talented enough, or gifted enough?”
- “Will I live up to my own expectations?”
With that being said we can now move into the realm of doing. Once we overcome the fear of starting the project we must overcome our fear of doing it wrong in some way shape or form. In my professional opinion: we are lacking in confidence when we tell ourselves this. We should be reminding ourselves that Rome wasn’t built in a day, Tom Brady wasn’t born a Superbowl champion, and Fleetwood Mac wasn’t an overnight pop sensation. So to must we start from the bottom. These people all (and places) all had visions for themselves and the incredible possibilities that it entailed. As I always tell my friends “Fail to plan; plan to fail”, because with a concrete plan there are clear benchmarks to measure success. And when we commit to a project we must envision the future creation, end game, or conclusion to help measure success and maybe even see ‘the light at the end of the tunnel’ (as cliche’ as that sounds).
As most of us have felt before, it is sometimes difficult to see the light at the end. Why? Because, we run into unforeseen difficulties, money problems, co-worker issues, etc. But, it is in how we deal with these road blocks that either shake us from our path of success or strengthen or resolve to maintain the course. Perseverance is the word. As the good book says: If you go to your neighbors house at a late hour to borrow bread, and he refuses, try again. Try until he grants you your request out of your persistence (pardon me if I butchered that!). So, if there are things frustrating you: take a deep breath. You’ve hit road blocks before that you have surmounted before hand. Turn that frustration and negative energy into a positive by channeling it BACK into your project. Much like anxiety about talking before a crowd you either freeze or use that nervous energy to succeed.
You succeed when you combine your energy, vision, and determination into the project you are tasked with. So, when you are faced with a difficulty in school, work, or home life just remember this article and the strategies you can use to turn your situation around for the better. If you do all of this I can almost guarantee that you too will be ‘positive, effective, and unstoppably determined.’