Sunday, October 9, 2011
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Picture yourself standing there.
All around your acquaintances, your pawns, there's more of them than anyone else. Doesn't seem like they do much, but if they weren't there, you're life would be more vulnerable to attack. Cherish your acquaintances, you might forget their names, they might be distant, but they are there for a purpose. And even sometimes if they make it to the end with you, they become more.
The next, keep life moving forward and direct, the Rooks are our jobs, skills, trades, and talents. They may move back and forth in front of us, but they keep us going forward. But when things get tough we have the option to take a step back and look at where we're going. They have great purpose, but not many directions. Each person's Rooks may be different than the next, but they serve the same purpose. A purpose of advancement.
The Knights are our materials and effects, whether necessity or desire. Our homes, cars, clothes, music, and social networks create the personality of us. Every other piece is more direct, but our Knight shows the curve of who we are. Strangely placed just right to wrap around our lives. It tells our swag, our style, and our dare to be who we want to be.
Your faith, beliefs, hopes, dreams, and even fears are your Bishop. It separates us mentally from the rest, with the ability to indirectly affect our lives. No matter how many times we move, or no matter how long the game, we will always be on the same color mind set we started.
The best part about these three is if we lose one, there's another chance to take our other Rook, Knight, or Bishop for a little back-up and make more of an impact on our lives.
The Queen is our everything. She's our family, our closest of friends, and those there for us in any way possible. She helps us through the hard times. Makes sacrifices when she needs to. And even if we lose her, sometimes comes back. She's by our side from the beginning, and fights harder than anything. She is worthy of her title.
All of these pieces, people, characteristics, and things come together for one purpose, to overcome, to make a stand, to become victorious, and to protect the King. You are the ruler, director, and the King in this game. You have everything you need to win. To become everything you want. To overcome. You have every piece you need to rule your world right at your fingertips. It's your time to become a revolution and show everyone you are more than you ever expected. It's right in front of you. As simple as black and white. It's time to keep moving.
It's your move.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Check your pulse. Are you alive? But are you living? Feel your pulse. Feel the beat. That's the beat of your life. Just like music, the beat keeps us alive. We dance. We sing. We move. It makes us smile, it makes us cry. Music has been the way of life since the creation of time. With so many genre's, the music culture is the greatest influence in lives all over the world. From the sleepless streets of New York, to the festivals of Rio de Janeiro, to roaring pubs of Dublin, to the desolate plains of South Africa, to the fortuned population of Tokyo, and to the beaches of Honolulu, music makes the world flow.
Music is the universal, timeless connection the world has. One chart topping hit has the power to travel the world in seconds. The revolution of music has been more epic than anything in time, with the transition from LP's, to 8-tracks, to cassette tapes, to CD's, to MP3's, to satellite and internet radio. It segued to new heights in the past 70 years that no one could have predicted. There’s no denying music has been a part of the history of life, we grow with it. We love one generation of music, and hate the next. However we all come together for that one special song that makes the right moment perfect through the year. We remember old acquaintances in the first few seconds, say I love you, fight our Irish out, Mariachi out, sing blessings on the 4th, sing spells to ghouls and goblins, and watch red nose reindeer.
We have our driving songs. We have our church songs. We have our club songs. We have our funeral songs. We have long summer day songs, and long winter night songs. We have songs stapled to memories, and memories stapled to songs. We have songs that makes us rock, songs that make us jive, songs that calm us down, songs that rile us up, songs that break us down, and songs that build us up. We all have a song we wake up to, and we have a song we go to bed to. We have a beat. We have a rhythm. We have a message. We have a life. Put them together and we have a song for the world. Never stop singing. Never stop dancing. Never stop the beat.
Shakespeare definitely had it right when he said, "All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts..." I think it's forgotten from time to time that we all have a part to play in this world. We never fully understand what our sole purpose is, but we will see other's. Friends, family, and even total strangers help paint an astounding picture of who we are. The epic thought of the stranger next to us is shadowed by the simplicity of the word stranger. Just like a friend or family member, they have a purpose in your life. Whether it be for the moment you're experiencing or another fateful encounter. There is a part that human being is playing in the stage of your life. Cherish every moment you spend in life, you never know when your last curtain call will be.
Jeremiah 29:11 (The Message)
I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out-plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.
In Memory of a father, a grandfather, a husband, a brother, a son, the humble, the caring, the security, the direction, the best tour bus driver I've ever seen. He'd give you the shirt off his back, and today I take my hat off to you. My life will be forever changed because of you friend.
Paul Trice, I love you and I will never forget you.
Be The Revolution.This is a statement of promise. This is a declaration of life. This is an assurance of a better way.I, ______________________________________, do hereby promise to live to the utmost greatness for the duration of this God given blessed life.
I will wake up every morning with the will for an epic purpose, whatever your impressively great reason for being may be. I will help those in need for the just cause of being there for them. I will never let anyone discount me, and will drown their insolent opinions or comments with nothing more than what is necessary without lowering my standards. I will donate in whatever way feasibly possible to better the lives of those around me. I will spend every moment exhausting the importance of Life to the audiences of the world. I will change the world with only one life to live. I will live to Be The Revolution.Liberty:
I will never let anyone come between me and my principles. I will make a difference through the avenues of responsibility which have been given to me. I will vote when reasonably necessary, because my vote counts. I will do whatever it takes to stand for what I believe in. I will justify my reasoning and purpose when necessary, because my place in life matters. I will change the world with only one life to live. I will live to Be The Revolution.Pursuit of Happiness:
I will go above and beyond my means to carry out a beautiful day, no matter the circumstances. I will play all day. I will dance all night. I will run faster. I will walk slower. I will climb higher. I will see more everything. I will instill an upstanding, respectful work ethic toward any vocational opportunity, and absorb the knowledge and prospects to better my life. I will do more everything. I will travel outside of my comfort and try new things, unless considered demeaning to my personal belief. No matter where I end up, I will never forget where I came from. I will change the world with only one life to live. I will live to Be The Revolution.By signing this I confidently concur with the above.I will Be The Revolution...____________________________________________________ _______________________
(Contact Info--Cell,Email,Address)This should be the statement of Life, this is for you to consider. It's time to stop mediocrity. It's time to step up and live. If you would like me to hold you to this; print it off, fill in the information, and send it to me. All I ask is that you stop, take a look around, and make sure you're getting the most out of Life.
1 year. 12 months. 52 weeks. 365 days. 8,765 hours. 525,948 minutes. 31,555,926 seconds.
What did I do during 2010?
January 1st I was freezing down on Grand, in St. Louis, for First Night, with Emmanuel Gutierrez. We watched the clock, the insane Juggling Jeff, listening to the incredible abilities of The Cadence Drumline, and taking pictures on what would become an absolute staple for me, my Droid. Gained a new friend for life who forever makes me smile, thank you Tiffany Axton. Dominated the building of the Arch at the Science Center with Larissa Hunt, Jared Hunt, Riley Ries, Logan Braswell, Josh Walker, Veronica Schwartz, Sam DeWald, and others. Took a ride in Grease Lightning with Amanda Tate and Taylor Hicks at The Fabulous Fox. Then both of us drooled over the beautiful cars at the St. Louis Auto Show. We celebrated Amanda’s 21st birthday with a night filled with Olive Garden, Brunswick bowling, and friends. And I cried at the devastation left from the Earthquake in a country all too familiar to my family. Haiti, I love you, my grandpa Carlton Barton loved you, and you will forever be in my prayers.
On February 6th I shaved my head, for the first time ever, and raised over $1,000 in donations for my beautiful Aunt Erica Albert to help her fight Ovarian Cancer. The unfinished video of the whole process gained almost 25,000 views on YouTube from, literally, all over the world. Followed by a flop of 106 views for two syrups jars vomiting into a cup at IHOP with Ryan Tate and Erica Anderson. I branded and predicted the greatness of the year with a toast at Epicly Everafter, our Valentine’s Banquet for the youth group, as we all embarked on a new Endeavour with Aaron Batchelor and Breanna Batchelor.
In March I fooled the world with my Danny Gokey look-a-like profile picture on Facebook. Created an ongoing list of Rules I will forever abide by and challenge others with. Rule #1 - Live. Rule #2 Love. Rule#3 – Laugh. Rule#4 Learn. Rule#5 Laugh. Dance. Conquer. Rule #6, I like it quiet in the morning. Rule#8 Don't be stupid. Rule#10 Be Epic!!! Rule #11 - Enjoy the little things. Rule #12 Never settle with doubt. Rule #13. Don't just Live in the moment Rule #14, No regrets. Rule#16 Take Time to Breath Rule #18 Always wear deodorant. Rule #24, Christmas lights should be gone no later than the first week in January. Rule #28 - Step outside of the box. Rocked out with Kristin Sims at the John Mayer & Michael Franti & Spearhead concert. Downed disgusting Lemon Water from Sonic with Brianna Whitman. Bugged Lindsay Stephenson as much as possible at Verizon.
In April, Amanda, Riley and I traveled as the three best friends anyone could have to Missouri Youth Convention in Kansas City. Anxiously waited for an update on my phone with Issa David. Zac Klinedinst, Riley Ries, Jeremiah Klinedinst, Sam DeWald, Amanda Tate, Tyler Cummings, and I gave a going away night to the beautiful and talented Kalee Christian, as she moved on to warmer weather and pastoral duties. Stopped tasting our tongues and Road tripped with Amanda, Sam, Riley, Tiffany A., and Jeremy Prino to Lambert’s in Sikeston, Missouri as one of the five best friends anyone could have. Made new friends, incredible memories, and great BBQ with Joanna Moncayo, Chris Chiodo, and Courtlyn Martin. Gained an awesome friend and wonderful mentor in Louis Green at A’mis in O’Fallon, and finished with a nice talk over tickets with the Missouri Highway Patrol.
In May, I decided to make a stand a create a better Life by spreading Love and Peace Pics, from random everywhere’s from Summer Ratcliff to Southwest Airlines love from Charollotte Andriotis. I added sweet, loud, crisp, clean SkullCandy Full Metal Jacket headphones to my effects, and name my phone The Alfred Droid, it felt fitting. I gave a “Congratulations” toast to Alex Braswell, Riley Ries, Lerie Gabriel, Amy Henson, Lindsay Sims, Tyler Cummings, Christi Crossley, and Alyssa Morgan, the high school/college graduates of the year. Laughed until I cried watch Young Frankenstein at The Fabulous Fox with Amanda Tate. Shed a tear watching the Special Olympics Torch journeyed down the highway. Watched another finale of American Idol with my favorite family, Jeramy Hearn, Heather Hearn, and Carter Hearn.
In June, I received hundreds of Birthday wishes while playing golf with Sam DeWald. Then beginning a scavenger hunt starting with one envelope, which lead me to Applebee’s where Sam DeWald handed me a clue and Mountain Dew with strawberry and mango. Then met Riley Ries at Target who had another clue and brownies. After I found Brittany Drummond at QT with a Monster energy drink and hint, that led me to a rendition of Chris Daughtry’s Home sang by Tyler Cummings at Gateway. All of this put together lead me to my home, where a surprise birthday party was waiting. Thank you Amanda Tate for the best Birthday Part I’ve ever had. Partied with Sonny Albert and Lois Albert at their 50th Anniversary party in Hannibal.
In July, we celebrated and watched Fireworks on top of a parking garage with Leann Drummond, Jared Thacker, Malorie McClintock and more. Had Chai Tea Latte with Angel Taylor and Kim Pitts, and found Natasha Bedingfield’s Touch with Becca Da’nae Radford. Had a Family Reunion in Hannibal and met Robin Carnahan. Wow… that was a fast month. All that was left was a long night at the City Museum with all my peoples and Morgan Sharkhetti.
Only 2 days into August and I had the day from hell at work, my truck broke down and ended up having an 18 hour work day… ok, so it wasn’t all that bad cause the paycheck was NICE! Went to the first and only Cardinals game with Anthony Telano, Chasity Shea Telano, Dylan Brown, and Arianna Telano; the Astros beat the Cards just for Dylan. Saw Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, and the “Mayor” of the Delmar Loop in Chesterfield, then experienced sweet heavenly goodness from an Apple Crumble at Brickhouse. Plugged in my new computer and closed out the old laptop. Then adventured with The Expendables... that movie was so awesome. And I found out What had happen was, wasn’t always what had happened.
September 1st I heard the great statement ever, “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful.” Words to live by, remember them. Got Flash Player on my phone and attempted to show Carissa Marie that Android is much better than iPhone, she’s stubborn, but beautiful so it’s ok. Kept my silence and memories on 9/11. And voted for the New Life Youth Group to venture out as Fusion Youth Ministries. Watched the greatest father ever, Darrell Barton hit… 50 years old… yeah, for real I know. Shhh…he’s old now.
In October Riley helped me find the coolest paint ever, IdeaPaint. Seriously, check this stuff out it’s awesome… still haven’t used it, but I will some day. Finally remembered I still had a MySpace, but could never remember my password. Started wonderful religious controversy between John Willis and Michael Henson and another group of people, and challenged them to Richard Simmons their minds. Had an awesome weekend! Watched Dylan Anderson& Ryan Tate play Ping Pong withErica Anderson,Brittany Cozart,Amanda Tate, Riley Ries, and Euvila Clayton Shields, creating one of the greatest inside jokes… ever. Went to Praise in the Park at Silver Dollar City in Branson with the Missouri Youth District. Was inspired by the movie “It’s Kind of a Funny Story.” Announced my Presidential campaign for 2020, with Summer Ratcliff as my running mate. Finished up with becoming Tony Stark/IronMan after many, many hours of working on the costume.
In November, I embarked on a life changing book called SoulPancake, by Rainn Wilson. No Joke, BUY THIS BOOK!!! You will not regret it. On the 10th, my beautiful and patient mother, Sarah Barton, began the next epic chapter of her life by having gastric bypass surgery. It’s a task, but one I know she is able to handle. Flew to Austin, TX the next day for some Austin Vows, the marriage of my best friend, secretary, and person I owe so much to, Bethany Urshan to Andrew Urshan, sorry your intro isn’t as special Andrew. I toured all over and made some incredible new friends, Angela Pyles in particular who I will never forget. Thanks for the Sixth Street experience. Was blessed by Chuck Carr at Youth Retreat. And filled from Thanksgiving in Hannibal and then Wentzville. Then finished with a challenge for myself on the 29th, no cell phone, no Facebook, no Twitter, no social butterfly, and no Starbucks for one week… yes, I did it too. It was difficult, but it was good. I urge all of you to try it once.
Now in December, I began recharged from my sabbatical. Received my personalized Gold Starbucks card for all of the caffeine I’ve chugged. Had a blast with a poker game with the friends. Did all kinds of shopping. Began and finished an incredible book called “It’s Kind of a Funny Story”, yes, that created the movie. You should definitely read this book too. I read more now than I ever did, and I love it. Christmas was wonderful, my dad slept all the way to Nashville. It was good to see Kyle Jennings, Amber Jennings, Kent Jennings, Tiphany Jennings, Chester Jennings, Debbie Jennings, Mckenna, and Kendra, I haven’t seen them in so long. I love you guys. It was wonderful to see my beautiful cousin Laura Albert too, you are so amazing and nothing will stand in your way. And, of course, I ALWAYS adore seeing Erica Albert, she brightens every moment I get to spend with her. Then there’s the one who I respect more than he’ll ever know, John Albert. Smart, funny, talented, patient, loving, and genuine, I love you John. Keep strong. I haven’t left out Cameron Albert out of this whole thing, I just didn’t get to see him, I love you and I’m more proud of you then you’ll ever imagine.
And so brings me to right now, here I am December 31, 2010. I’m sitting in my living room finishing up all of this, I haven’t slept all night, but I feel great. This year has been everything I started it to be…Epic. It’s been filled with Peace and Love. Spontaneous and adventurous. Beautiful and complete. . What did I do during 2010? No, the question is What didn’t I do during 2010? I’ve finished numerous writings this year. Became a Gold Status member at Starbucks. Sent over 83,000 … yes eighty-three thousand text messages. Had the best memories with David Guetta, found out who to live for with Katy Perry, stared at Angels with Akon, flirted with the beautiful girls with Bruno Mars, woke up in the morning with Kesha, just threw my hands in the air with Taio Cruz, and Laughed, Danced, & Conquered with Ellen. God blessed me this year more than I would have ever imagined. I want to finish with some of my quotes from the year and a little extra, I hope you enjoy. I've whatever wherever whenever with whoever, however never ever known whyever, but now I do. Because we get one chance and one opportunity. Make a new memory or keep an old dream. Don't pass it up. It'll be worth it. No regrets. When you step out onto the huge stage of Life today. Don't disappoint. Make them laugh. Make them feel love. Make them feel alive. And the same will happen to you. Because With the rising of the sun, so do many opportunities. Don't miss them. And remember An Epic Life is just an ellipsis away! So don't get so caught up in the success to the point you forget why you're here. It’s ok to be selfish sometimes, so don't go for a million, go for a billion. Don't want just one Ferrari, want 5. Don't just meet one person, meet the world! Do Everything More, Because this is Life. One day at a time. Some better than others. Few better than all. None better than one. I’m just watching every other day pass while I wait for the one. Be kind. Be strong. March on. Today. Tomorrow. Forever. Always. Love. Laugh. Live. Live Epic. Live Today. Live Now. Peace!!!
In My Head
Moving toward the shadows
Not much to be said
I'm just gonna play my piano
Let me rewind my mind
From this moment in time
Seeming so sublime
And Nothing of a crime
We always act like we're fine
Blind to the sign
That warns our sweet mind
Yet I sit and I cry
Lord I Just want to dieSo here we are
Alone in the shadows
Clothed by the dark
I'm Just gonna play my pianoBut first,
I wanna shout
Let everything out
All the words are stuck in a drought
Trapped in doubt
I fear I won't have more love to give outTime ticks by
Almost through the shadows
No more tears to cry
So I'm just gonna play my pianoI'm confused and tired
In need of my heart filled with the fire
But nothing transpires
Not preaching just to me, I am speaking to the choir
Your head is not up, please don't be a liar
Look into his eyes and see your heart's desireSmile now friend
We're through the shadows
Before the end
I'm just gonna play my piano
Why should we have to wait til night
To conjure an idea of a wish we like?
Just because it's not a starry night
Doesn't mean we can't close our eyes & try
To find a brighter light.
Deep inside this beautiful life.
Take a moment to use your sight.
Look up for great insight.
Don't worry who's around despite
The crazy thoughts creating fright.
Your wish will come as a delight.
It would be tight.
If it came at the same time
Let's pretend Ryan Barton never existed.
Like he was never born & the stork never gifted.
Pretend he was never here and you never missed him.
Pretend his life never came about on June 11.
Pretend he was never there for you at that moment.
Knowing what he's been, things would be different.
Consider all the days he has enlightened.
All the memories we made, are on your brained & burned in.
Like you were never sitting next to me in the class.
Or I was never at the Bee's for you to hand me the glass.
Pretend our memories are nothing but blackness.
You say things would've been fine & it would've been classic.But I know things wouldn't have been the same.
I'd be missing a blessing that never came.
Never been able to ride on this crazy train.
Not having you would only bring pain.
We never would've made stars out of airplanes."Can we pretend that airplanes in the night sky are like shooting stars? I could really use a wish right now."
In My head.
I'm going crazy.
I get a little lazy.
Stop & Smell the Daisy's.
I don't want to choose.
Feels like...no matter what...I lose.If I really think.
I'd look & find a link.
To keep me from a sink.But if I vent.
Ha, that'll cause a dent.
And to no extent.Outta My Head.
I'm calm, cool, & collected.
Standin' Tall & a little Perfected.So whatcha gonna do?
I'm nothin' like the old school.
Time to rethink...your move.Time Tik Tok's by.
There's another lie.
It'll be fine, don't cry.How do you make my head spin?
I won't say it again.
I guess you'll have to...rewind.Not sure what all this means.
Don't care, my mind does what it needs.
Your negativity doesn't matter, leave it please.
Life doesn't have to be hard, but it's not easy. Seems just when you reach a high point in time, something happens to knock you down a little or sometimes a lot. All I can say is, be patient. Things will work out. You won't live a miserable and pathetic life, unless you settle for what you could become. There's a plan for your life, let it happen. Don't discount what's in front of you, it could be the key. But be patients and you'll realize if it's the right key. Life is fun. It's a gift. It's riveting. It's everything you never expected. Life is worth living. Enjoy it. We're only here for so long. Love you. Be Epic. Peace!!!
Sometimes life takes us in crazy perilous moments. Moments we won’t understand, moments with no resolution in sight, moments filled with insanity, and moments we’ll sit back and wonder why we ever took the chance. Just when you feel your moment is about to get the best of you, don’t worry, don’t fret, don’t coward to it. Embrace the moment; it will make sense at some point. Maybe not this second or day, but the premise of the moment will come to life. Don’t run from it. Don’t try to ignore it. That moment might just be the greatest thing that ever happens to you. And if you miss it, then what? Peril is around every corner. It’s indulged in every second. How you handle it, will determine how you keep living. Don’t be afraid to take chances. Some moments are worth dying for, you just have to see the life in it.
Stuck in a life filled with blind design
Everyone grasping at their stake in time
All smothering the coarse thin line
Struggling to find their inner prime.
Thrown away just like an old fashion
Attempting more than just your passion
Wasting time & exhausting attractionReaction insists we fight this day
Pontificating drama like no other way
Leaning toward change yet far away
One step closer causes chaos arraySway your mind & look through my eyes
you'll see no facede or disguise
Entrapped in lips luscious with lies
Crumbled about with sounds of criesWise is he who stands ever so tall
Unmoved by the voice attempting to call
Crushing fear with uncanny assault
Breaking down every wallSmall he becomes trapped in the moment
once felt he totally owned it
Realizing he never should've condoned it
Becoming lost & less enrollmentControl it after every blending
Dont Force your heart to grasp trending
It is your heart weary from spending
Much more damage could cause the ending
In our lifetime we will see hundreds, if not thousands, of people come and go. Some may not be the healthiest for your life, and may try to take advantage of it or ruin it in some way. Others will come in and make your life truly worth living. Some you'll become "BFF's" with, some you'll become totally attracted to, some will be there to hold your hand, some will touch your heart, and some will become the greatest blessing of your life.I've met thousands of people in my lifetime. My friends, wow, what can I say about my friends? Then again, what can't I say about my friends? I have been blessed, 100%, absolutely, incredibly blessed. Some of you have been here from the beginning, I thank you for staying by me, even in the hard times. Some have moved on, and I miss them very much, I need some of you back. Some I have hurt, I am truly sorry, there's nothing I can do to reverse what I have done, but know that with everything in me, I am sorry. Some have hurt me, I love you. I hate we may never know what kind of friendship we could have had, but maybe some day we will. But know that no matter what, I love you. Some I have fallen in love with, know I love you and I will forever be here for you. Some of my friends, well, there are no words for, because they are absolutely how God designed friends to be. They have been and continue to be the greatest blessings in my life. Most of them have become family more than friends. I'm not sure what I've done to deserve anyone I've ever met, but I know God must be watching out for me, cause he puts the perfect person in at the perfect moment. I love you all, with every ounce of my heart and soul, I love you. Even if you don't.
In what dictionary do we find the true meaning of Life? So many things can flare a powerful depiction of the meaning. Such as a baby being born, and how the first sounds of an infants cry flow into a hospital waiting room that’s filled with anticipation. To the first time you touch and hold the miracle in your arms. To the eyes of a paranoid mother watching as her child takes their first steps and begin their path. To the day they get their driver’s license and start on a road of faith and hope. To the year they graduate, and are introduced to a new chapter of Life. To the second they view new Life being born, and they feel their own anticipation succumb to the faint cry. Even to such times as death a depiction of what Life’s meaning comes out, and shows us that we do not have forever to do the things that we should have done yesterday.The sounds of crying or yelling can paint pictures of sadness, happiness, or fear. The sounds of cars racing to a finish line can promote shouts of cheering or dismay. The glorious sounds of a grand piano rise to the rafters of a church and touch hearts and souls. Sounds can arouse the depictions of Life with every tone, pitch, or chime.A simple touch can create a visual masterpiece of the detail of our lives. From the feel of a breeze through your hair, to the touch of handshake, to the warm caress of a hug, or to the passionate time of a romantic kiss, to touch or feel creates a physical depiction of what Life is all about.Eyes are one of the most powerful tools in Life. They display every emotion, from the piercing eyes of anger, to a glazed over stare of depression, to a tearful river of sadness, or to the caressing twinkle in the eyes that a loved one can shine. From the moment the eyes open at birth and begin a Life of spontaneous emotion until the last day when they close, filled with a memorable and fascinating history of what one single Life has accomplished.No matter what book you look in to find the meaning of Life. Always remember that every second is a depiction of what the true meaning really is. The simple things of sights, sounds, touch, and emotions can create such depictions that will help us to understand the true meaning of Life.
Left with a grueling decision that would have both a selfish and a selfless outcome, I find myself still wondering why I was forced into letting go of the key that unlocked so many characteristics and abilities that had been hidden for so long. In a selfless manner I let go, freeing it into the devil’s grip so that he may crush it once again. With the selfish contingency that it would find it’s way back to my hands. You think to yourself that, of course, I should have known of the risk of letting go. Consumed by blindness, the furthest from my mind was the thought of never holding the key again. A construction of hope had started way before it had been lost. It was gone. I found myself pondering what my outcome in the trying times would be. Torn and shattered, I collected the pieces of my Life to try and put it back together, but without the key I found it impossible to happen. Time passed and days grew weary, I found my Life growing cold with a false hope of reconciliation. Some keys opened doors, which held resources that would soon be helpful in my journey, and other keys opened doors that only held regret and disappointment. Alone and in the dark I find myself searching. Sifting through every grain, searching from the highest peaks, and even to the utmost lows of the earth for the key that would unlock the utopia of my Life.
Friday, September 30, 2011
We have been at war with a beast so vital to Life. We have fought the battle with guns loaded and aimed at the head of the beast and have lost many times. Race, religion, gender, sexuality, handicap, status level, last name, occupational level, weight, height, fashion trend, etc. create the beast of battle that we have fought against since the beginning of time. It’s a battle of diversity. A battle that has caused more deaths than any one could ever imagine. A battle so intense that it has taken over everyone’s compassion, opinion, and Life at least once and it continues to take over every day. Diversity has been the primary cause of some of the most tremendous moments in time. Terrorist acts, religious wars, and hate crimes have all started because of diversity. It is the war that not only affects each individual person, but it affects entire countries. It turns families and friends against each other. Diversity has conquered and divided nations. Have you ever tried to color a picture with only one color? It’s virtually impossible to create a vivid impression of what you are designing. An array of colors used to create an impressionable beauty; rainbows, tie-dye, Van Gogh and Monet’s. In every aspect of Life, color has become the strongest opposition in argument. Color has become a pigment of attitude, instead of a mere detail.Isn’t it sad that we have dropped to an immaturity where colors are equated with status? If you only see things in black and white, then you should be slapped by every blind person who ever walks past you for the rest of your Life. I think the blind of the world are the ones who have the most vivid opinion. They create their own imaginative description.Attitudes have become the staple for color. Every color is believed to have its own attitude and personality. That is where the clash begins, but why can’t we look past the color of the skin? When will Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream actually be accomplished? When will all men be equal? When will we be able to look at the content of each other’s characters? You might be sitting there questioning every word I say, but will you honestly walk out your door and not think one racial remark today?Isn’t it strange that the only place where the colors of the world can come together and work together successfully for one purpose is in a box of crayons? Black, white, red, yellow, brown, green, pink, etc. all have their own separate purpose and job, but when they come together and work together, they create a beautiful picture. Racism has not found its demise, nor will it, until we find a way to come together to conquer every ignorant insult or racial slur. If you fight the battle alone, then you will only strengthen the beast of diversity. If we come together, the war is already over.
Have you ever felt like you were at the highest peak in your life? Like you had reached the top of every dream and fantasy? The point where you noticed every detail and the beauty that comes with it? I have no idea why, but for the first time in a very long time, I am at that peak. I have everything I could ever ask for. I have my old friends back and new friends everywhere, and I enjoy every second I spend with them. I have everything I had three months ago, but I feel a billion times better. There’s confusion as to where this beautiful bliss is coming from, but I feel if I go looking for what it is, I might find out why I was miserable. It’s a good confusion.
I read a book today. It was quite different from any other book that I had ever seen. The cover was blank, it had no blemishes or fading, it was perfect as though it were brand new. I glanced through it; the front pages were torn and discolored, as though it had been used and read for years; the middle pages were beginning to fade and become weary, as though they had been thumbed through and left alone. The last pages were crisp, clean, and fresh, as though they had never been touched. The book became even stranger when I flipped it over; there was no back cover, only a blank page. As I opened the front cover I found myself even more shocked and confused, the index was distorted and completely illegible and the authors name was no where to be found.
I began to read through the torn and discolored pages. I learned of a boy who had been born, alone and lost, into a matured society of emotional fluctuation. He would begin his Life with small steps around the elders that would teach him to love and live at a faster rate than what should have been. Growing up around the older population in his Life, he would mature faster than most his age. He was taught different things and began to form opinions on matters that should not have touched an innocent adolescent mind. He would learn of honesty, deceit, love, and hate; things that many could not even comprehend at times in their lives. His adolescent opinions would create for him stressful and torn conversations that would leave him pondering about matured conversations at such a young age.
I continued into the faded pages of the book. I found the boy contradicting his thoughts and emotions on matters he thought he had been prepared for, but was only disappointed into a relentless circle of fate. He began to understand that his own hands created the good times and the bad times. Every decision he made was only promoted or tempted by those around him. Only he could create the seconds of his Life.
Reading along I emerged into the clean, crisp pages, as though they had never been touched. I found the boy growing and making new decisions that would forever alter the path of his Life. Careers, relationships, and other bonds begin were in hindsight. He began to take notice of his past and use the knowledge he had gained for the new incidents and quandaries that he was faced with. He began to walk through Life with much larger steps than when he began his journey. He takes fewer risks and puts more thought into what the outcome of the time will be.
Turning to the next page, I find it blank. I flipped through the following pages with hopes that the story would continue, only to find the rest of the pages blank. I flipped through and the rest of the book tells a story of Life, but the end was not there. I flipped back to the beginning and the index was no longer distorted, I understood what the book was about. I looked down to find the authors name, and found that it was my own. I have realized that no matter who or what comes into my Life, I am the author of my book, not them, and I create my own opinions, mistakes, and accomplishments. No one else can write my Life, it is for me.I read a book today, and the end of it is yet to come.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
I have so many thoughts going on in my head right now that I literally feel like I’m spinning. Such a galaxy of different topics I want to write about, but where do I start? The spawn of modern social networking and the takeover of technological advancements, the cowardly ways of community facilitators and the cause of war, the battle for minority leader, the ongoing collection of religions, the fast track of gossip, the lack of trust in trust, the distance of relationships, or the bittersweet separation between life and death. Those will work, I’ll start there.The spawn of modern social networking. There will never be another generation who on the first day of school will go home and try to think of questions to ask the cute boy/girl in class. No, they’ll just go home and with one click find out everything they would ever want to know about that person and more; their likes/dislikes, favorite music/movie/television show, hero, hobbies, jobs, brothers, sisters, family, friends, and even what their summer vacation was like. The next generation’s motor skills will explode with an evolving of faster fingers for typing and texting. I can see a need for speech therapists later on in life, I wonder if they’ll have to e-mail their appointments though. I remember a world where sports, adventures, dreams, and fantasies were played out on a playground much bigger than the television and console buried in your living room. Can you remember when friends could just run down to the house without calling first due the fear of what lies beyond the front door? When did we let technology take over our lives?Can you remember when judges and police officers were both respected and feared, when those in the military were loved and respected for the job they were doing? I’d like to see the judges who were feared for showing their iron fist in a court room. Should we really have to consider the fact that a death sentence is not humane to someone who took it upon themselves to do the same task to the innocent? I’d like to see a time when a police officer can drive through a neighborhood without the fear of not returning home to the family that night. We’ve all heard the stories of wars that were fought for our freedom, the ones where we went to help others find those freedoms, when martyrs were conquered, and civilizations began; and all of this happened without apology, criticism, protest, or rebuttals. When did the cost of gas become more than the cost of freedom?Race. Race. Race. Race. I don’t care what color you are, you’re still flesh and blood. And your soul has no color, so when you stand before God put the race card back in your pocket. Whites, blacks, Mexicans, Asians and whatever other color of the rainbow that got off the boat here and found the amazing freedoms this country has to offer need a reality check. The citizenship of this country comes with freedoms that have been taken advantage of. You want to feel bad for a minority? Go give a Native Indian a cookie and apologize for taking everything from them. If you’re white and you made it here because Christopher Columbus made a mistake and found his way to this beautiful country, then thank God. If you’re black and your family made it here on a slave ship and are no longer slaves and can enjoy this beautiful country, then thank God. If you’re Hispanic and made it here however you did and are still here, then thank God. However you made it here be thankful, because somehow God thought so graciously to place in his plan for your life to have you populate this great Country. So Thank God you have a roof over your head, food on your table, and freedom to go wherever you please. And if you’re ungrateful, go back to where your ancestors started out and try to figure out why they moved. If you’re thanking God for any of the above, then thank God. Finally, someone who isn’t afraid to show belief in the Almighty! Whatever happened to the Biblical Principles this country was founded on? Open a Bible, nail the Ten Commandments back up on the wall, invite religion into your way of Life, stop believing in a Petri-dish falsification, stop believing in an organized explosion, and stop believing in your primate ancestors. If you want to believe that you evolved from something that doesn’t mind picking and eating the filth off of your companion, then go right ahead with your sick little insights. But if you would open your eyes and take a look around at one absolutely astonishing atmosphere, you would realize that something greater, something of a higher presence, and something almighty had a little bit more to do with this universe than a scientific big bang of evolution ever did.Gossip, Trust, and Relationships, I think I can tie these together in one paragraph. You listen to false gossip, lose trust, and lose and gain relationships. Wow, summed it up in one sentence. How many stupid people do you know who don’t stay in their own business? I know lots of them; most of them are friends. It’s pathetic really, you put so much trust in those around you, and they’ll turn on you in an instant. They’ll do anything to move up the “social ladder” of Top Friends. Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pale of water, simple story right? These days Jack and Jill would be under interrogation trying to find out the agenda of their relationship. On the front cover of the tabloids, because there may be something brewing in that pale, I wonder how long Jack and Jill would be acquaintances if they weren’t fiction. Would Jill want to take a step back to review the hill and pale to make sure they both coincide with relevance to those around them? Would little Jimmy, Johnny, and James conspire to conjure up some captivating conflict? It happens everywhere, school, church, work, and Life. Here’s a tip: Slap aside gossip, find out whose trust is compassionate and real, and then your relationships will last.Life and Death, that’s the one that has me in a quandary. Life is good. Simple, right? You’d think so, but why are there so many people who live miserable lives? Forget about bad hair days and the wrong side of the bed, those are nothing. If you think they are, find someone who doesn’t have either and ask them how their life is. Death is the tricky one. People die, that’s one thing you can count on to happen in your life. To be afraid of death should only tell you that you aren’t prepared. And if that’s the truth, I’d reach out and search for your preparations, your purpose, or your plan. Life is so good, but yet when someone is in so much pain and close to death one becomes more of an advocate than the other. Death really can be a diverse situation.As my head still twirls at an alarming rate, I’ve just realized that my state of confusion has not budged at all. In the buffet of ranting and raving, I’ve just realized there is a galaxy of consistent inaccuracies that really don’t make any sense, but for some celestial reason, they are apart of life. So, while you have your life, live it, love it, and enjoy all the quirky things that make it yours, because you only have it for so long.
Have you ever had something so close? So close you knew you had it. You ever reach for it, but every time you do it would fall far enough to be just out of your reach. The less you do the closer it comes. It comes so close that you think you can reach it, but with your hopes up and arms stretched it only falls farther from you. It’s right there, but yet it’s so far. Why should you have to sit back and wait? You want it now. The patience you had is gone. It’s been gone for years. What can you do? You don’t have time to sit and wait. Besides if you actually had the chance to get close it would probably just crumble in your hands. Unless this time would be different from the rest. Could it be possible that such an opportunity could come along and open? Could everything you have dreamt actually come true at such a time?
Could it all still happen even though you have lost the hope that once kept you together?
In my mind I imagine a new beginning, a time when all of the pieces come together. Happiness finds its way home. Fear, anxiety, and depression get lost in a sea of pleasant tears. Separations of Life bond back together, wounds and scars begin to mend and heal, wrongs turn right, enemies become friends, and death becomes Life. Everyone begins to work together on their problems and situations. Conflicts find their long-awaited demise. Hearts find a nest of hope and satisfaction. A view of Utopia brings hope to the poverty stricken nations. The rich and poor become equal. Races become one. A new maturity finds its way to the minds of all. Fantasy overflows into the streets of an overwhelmed overjoyed population. Life evolves into an array beauty.In my eyes I see a reality, a world puzzled into never-ending torment. Arrogance demolishes every hope of confidence. Wars rage into political, spiritual, emotional, and physical battles that have been fought by so many and won by none. Old and young, blacks and whites, mature and immature, ignorant and genius, are separated by attitude rather than distinction. Hearts crumble into millions of pieces from the let down of relationships. Tears of pain, sadness, and hate flood the enriched emotional plains that once covered such a seamless environment. Families and friends are torn apart and left in a lifeless puddle of depression. Searching for the answer that will turn all the deceased happiness only leaves us lost in a forest of tree-topping anguish. Life evolves into an array of the damned.A separation of imagination and reality, is there any way to unleash the courageous imagination so that it may break out and conquer the infamous reality? Can we tear down the walls that hold our imagination back? Can we come together in one mind and in one accord and bring this world to a kingdom of enlightenment? Bury hatred, fear, anxiety, depression, wars, conflicts, sin, sadness, and every other terrible diseased evil that has polluted our land. It will be a long and treacherous path. We will find our happiness. All of this will become a bittersweet memory.
Happiness is very hard to find these days. Most of the time we all wear a façade, covering the pain and hurt we live with day to day. Every day brings new pain, new hurt, and new depression, yet we try to cover it up with a forged fantasy life. Evils rise up all around ready to strike us down. Wars rage on and on, until all that’s left are poverty stricken nations. We build cities and then destroy them because apparently that’s the only way to bring about peace anymore, but does it really? Murders, theft, and other crimes occur every second of the day, so we utilize authorities to patrol our cities and states, but does this really work? Alcohol and drugs are used in hopes of a momentary high and escape. Not only do these tear down our bodies and minds, but they have also begun to rip away at our friends and family. Over time alcohol and drugs overrun our lives, crush our hopes and dreams, and blind us to the warning of our loved ones. We have placed regularities and restrictions on them, but does any of it curb underage drinking or deaths by accidents? Promiscuity has become a common lifestyle, and it is ruining the lives of many. Teen pregnancies are at an all time high and the teenage years are lost to children caring for their own children. High schools are building preschools for the children of students. Parents and guardians warn their children against such acts, but does this really help? Sexual perversion has grasped everything. You can not escape it. Marketing companies implement innuendoes into their promotional campaigns, just because sex sells. They have tried to make advertisements more appealing to all, but does this help in any way?
Spirituality used to be an issue of which religion was right. Now it’s an issue of IS religion right. Somehow, questioning whether or not there is a God has become one of the biggest issues we all face. I don’t know about you, but with the increasing amounts of deaths, wars, environmental problems, and all other destructive situations we are facing, I like having God on my side, and I would be lost if I had to wonder whether or not he exists. Some people try to cram religion down the throats of the lost, but does will this really help?You should not have to think about what the answers to these questions are. There has to be a way to rid the world of the wars, and to bring about peace. There has to be a way to stop the killing, the physical abuse, and the mental anguish. There has to be a way to stop the perversion of our civilization, and keep our children safe from the perverse ways. There has to be a way to keep God in our schools, courthouses, and churches, and gain a spiritual and emotional peace. There has to be a way to crush the evils that are tearing down our families and friendships.
How is it that on such a beautiful night everything can be ravaged and ripped to a nothing? A heart with so much compassion can be tossed aside as if to be a scrap to a dog. Even from someone who is viewed as a glorious angel in the eyes of a fool. Yet the fool is deceived into perfection by the angel, who shortly depicts perfection as nothing. The fool being confused would have never dreamed of an angel so beautiful and wonderful to have the power to vanish his spirit. Soon the end of the fool’s time began to draw nigh. He would disappear with out hearing any sound of regret from the angel, not a word, not a sign of fret, not even a sigh. As the site of his home arrives in the distance the fool begins to ponder his time of this night. He begins to see that his Life had been crushed right before his very eyes. Some would ask him why such a time of small proportions would matter, but for that brief time in his Life he was strengthened and built up, only to have it shatter and crumble into a bottomless pit of sadness. His eyes become heavy with stress of dry tears. At one time they streamed with an abundance of joy, sadness, and fear, but this night his eyes had become a vast desert. At that point he feared that he might never be able to release the fountains that once caressed his view. His fear grew into a dry empty whole, which would soon swallow the very depths of the place where his hopes and dreams once rested. The moment of relief would come at the end, when his heart would be broken.
There comes a time when repairs must be made, tears must be mended, broken pieces put back together, and holes to be patched. No matter what your repair is you can always count on one thing. This quote explains it all, “God made the world, but it’s held together by Duct Tape.” Duct Tape is used to support, plug, patch, cover, close, mend, hold up, tape down, bind, hang, and pretty much fix anything and everything. Duct Tape has been used to make suits, wallets, purses, clothes of all kinds. Upholster couches and to patch up car bodies. Duct Tape is a huge part of our lives. But what happens with the emotional and spiritual tears in our lives. What force is strong enough to mend a broken heart, hold up a fallen soul, and hold down a firm stand? Was it in influential person in your Life? Was it a heartfelt moment in time? Or was it a tremendous change of events? If you haven’t found that certain thing in your Life that will heal, don’t worry it’s out there. Don’t lose hope. Don’t lose sight. Just keep your head up and you will find what you are looking for. You never know what will “Duct Tape” your Life back together.
We never know when that last day will come. We never think about who we will lose next. We wonder what the reasons are that we lose each other. In what line in of God’s paragraph of our lives does it state that we are to live with such hard times in our lives? These days all we see is destruction, loss, and a never ending battle of Life. We lose friends and family. We lose hope and happiness. We have all prayed and voted for peace. The prayer brings hope. The votes bring war. Both with intentions of peace, but both only bring temporary peace. When will the day come when we will all be able to sit back and not worry about our days? Some day we will all be able to come together for more of a reason than that of a terrifying day of foolish terrorist acts, foreign or domestic. Some day we will no longer worry about what he or she thinks of us. Some day there will be no more conflicts of politics, racism, sexuality, humanity, or spirituality. We have all had our hard times. We all deserve a break. A break from the headaches of our simple sibling fights, to our racists battles, to our country wars, to our world environment. The end will bring a new beginning. For some it will bring a state of confusion, and for other it will bring a state of bliss. Freedom has been fought over by many and succeeded by few. Most have taken it for granted. Everyone desires that certain freedom from different situations, from burdens, to debts, to relationships, to contracts, and to lives. Don’t regret your days. Don’t regret your mistakes. Don’t regret your wars. Freedoms have been taken. Happiness has been achieved. Lives have been given. Everything that we have has been attained from a sacrifice that someone has made. Enjoy it, because you never know when you could lose it.
We see without seeing. We feel without touching. Our eyes and mind become imprisoned in a fortress of fantasy. Our souls crumble into a vat of disappointment. Our hearts overflow with a love of false passion. We become ignorant to what we have. Our walk staggers. Our desire strays. Our tears flow. Our heads fall.We look up. We see an irradiate goodness. We feel the touch. Our eyes and mind caress a blanket of bliss. Our souls surge with effervescence. Our hearts throb with a thickness of Life. We are indebted for all that we have. We leap onto a new path. We leash the desire that once was. Our tears desiccate. Our heads rise.Life becomes arrant disarray.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Hey, I have nothing against the guy. Just hope his "celebritism" doesn't bite him in the butt when something terrible goes down and doesn't do as good a job and avenging our great nation as those have done in the past. Seriously though, what's wrong with Barack Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize for doing his job and trying really really hard? I mean the reason it is awarded is "to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses." I'm sure Andrew Jackson got one for being the only US President who eliminated the national debt. I'm sure Abraham Lincoln received one for freeing the slaves. And I'm sure George W. Bush received one for eliminating Saddam Hussein, one of the United States greatest enemies and threats. Right? Right? Anyone know? Oh here you go.... (Thank God for Wiki) Theodore Roosevelt won one for his successful mediation to end the Russo-Japanese war and for his interest in arbitration, having provided the Hague arbitration court with its very first case. Woodrom Wilson won for founding the League of Nations. Jimmy Carter won for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development. Even Martin Luther King's was for his works with Civil Rights. I guess the ones I mentioned didn't do great enough things. I mean while all of these great and incredible leaders ACCOMPLISHED incredible feats of their time, why shouldn't Barack Obama get one for his extraordinary EFFORTS to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples? I mean even Al Gore won one for his EFFORTS to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change. So while you ponder on EFFORTS and ACCOMPLISHMENTS, I"m going to get in my non-gas guzzling Ford Focus, drive next to every SUV, Semi, and other tank on the highway, which is owned and operated by every hot air blowin American, under this great big wonderful ozone layer for $2.24 a gallon of gas next to my wonderful African American, Muslim, Asian, Redneck, European, etc. who is cussing me for my EFFORTS at cutting them off on the way to the hospital where the only thing that truly matters is the well being of pain afflicted Grandparents. Do I get a Nobel Peace Prize for that? Oh and another Polar Bear just died and I have to be concerned about whether or not my Grandparents healthcare is going to be in jeopardy or not, so why don't you EFFORTLESS call me when you can get something ACCOMPLISHED, then you can have your Peace Prize. Wait, or did he win for calling Kanye West a "jackass"? I'd give him one for that.
Hey, I have nothing against the guy. Just hope his "celebritism" doesn't bite him in the butt when something terrible goes down and doesn't do as good a job and avenging our great nation as those have done in the past.
Seriously though, what's wrong with Barack Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize for doing his job and trying really really hard? I mean the reason it is awarded is "to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses." I'm sure Andrew Jackson got one for being the only US President who eliminated the national debt. I'm sure Abraham Lincoln received one for freeing the slaves. And I'm sure George W. Bush received one for eliminating Saddam Hussein, one of the United States greatest enemies and threats. Right? Right? Anyone know?
Oh here you go.... (Thank God for Wiki)
Theodore Roosevelt won one for his successful mediation to end the Russo-Japanese war and for his interest in arbitration, having provided the Hague arbitration court with its very first case. Woodrom Wilson won for founding the League of Nations. Jimmy Carter won for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development. Even Martin Luther King's was for his works with Civil Rights.
I guess the ones I mentioned didn't do great enough things.
I mean while all of these great and incredible leaders ACCOMPLISHED incredible feats of their time, why shouldn't Barack Obama get one for his extraordinary EFFORTS to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples? I mean even Al Gore won one for his EFFORTS to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.
So while you ponder on EFFORTS and ACCOMPLISHMENTS, I"m going to get in my non-gas guzzling Ford Focus, drive next to every SUV, Semi, and other tank on the highway, which is owned and operated by every hot air blowin American, under this great big wonderful ozone layer for $2.24 a gallon of gas next to my wonderful African American, Muslim, Asian, Redneck, European, etc. who is cussing me for my EFFORTS at cutting them off on the way to the hospital where the only thing that truly matters is the well being of pain afflicted Grandparents. Do I get a Nobel Peace Prize for that?
Oh and another Polar Bear just died and I have to be concerned about whether or not my Grandparents healthcare is going to be in jeopardy or not, so why don't you EFFORTLESS call me when you can get something ACCOMPLISHED, then you can have your Peace Prize.
Wait, or did he win for calling Kanye West a "jackass"? I'd give him one for that.
It's a brand new day. It doesn't have to be a tough one or a bad one. Make it your own. Say hello. Say Thank You. Open a door. Smile. You never know who's Life you can change with a random act of kindness. The bum on the corner, the mom with the screaming kids, the Cop giving you a ticket, the cashier behind the counter, and the person right next to you are your neighbors. Treat them how you want to be treated. Be kind. Be strong. Believe in a better day. Live. Love. Laugh. Today. Tomorrow. Forever. Always.
Have you ever actually looked around? While sitting at work, at home, in your car, outside, at the mall, or still laying in your bed, look around. Look at everything that you have. Realize that some of the smallest objects that you see can make the biggest difference in Life. Something so small as a rock could change the entire course of nature. Even though a rock is so small and has no visual point, it does have one of the biggest purposes in Life.One of the greatest mistakes that most of us make is how we take so much for granted. We all need to realize how much we have been blessed with. Realize that even the smallest things can be some of the greatest blessings in our lives. Never turn down an opportunity to meet someone. Have you ever thought of how much of an impact they will have on your Life? The world is filled with rocks, short ones, tall ones, big ones, small ones, and all different colors. When will we realize that they all serve a purpose? When will we realize they are blessings given to us? When will we realize that we are all equal?I recently realized what culture shock really was. My culture shock was seeing how fortunate we are to live here and to have the things that we have. The shock of how ignorant we are to so many things. We need to make a change. We need to stop taking for granted the surroundings we have. We need to take care of what we have. We need to enjoy everything. We need to consider those around us and respect them. We have worked hard to be where we are today. Be proud of where you are, of what you have become, of the accomplishments you have made, of the journeys you have taken. When you fail, try harder. If you get knocked down get up and stand firm and stand for what you believe in. Keep Life filled with joy, filled with love, and filled with passion.And remember the words of the great Ferris Bueller: Life moves pretty fast, if you dont stop and take a look around every once in a while. You might miss it.
Sometime in your Life you will hit the bottom. You will find yourself at a point of no return and you will fall. Some will be there to help. Others that you thought would be there wont be. Close friends will be lost and you will fall. Dreams will be pushed to the side. Hopes will disappear. You will become depressed. You will feel alone and you will fall. Distant and confused, you yourself will become lost. And just when you think it could not possibly get any worse, it will. You will be at the most crucial and vulnerable point in your Life. You will break and you will keep falling.The question that is asked by so many is; why are we allowed to hit such a putrid point in Life? Everyone has searched for answers. I have realized that the reason we fall, make mistakes, and make wrong turns and moves is so that we learn how to get back up, resolve, and head in the right direction. If we learn how, it will be that much easier the next time. There will be a next time, but that time we will know how to get up. If we fall alone then we will be strong when we get back up, but I ask you to stick together. If we fall together then we stick together. We get up stronger and faster. Stick together, fall together, and we will Lve Together.
My Life is a true story.It is an actual reality show.It is filled with action, comedy, romance, drama, horror, suspense, and thrills.Every second, hour, and day is different.Every second begins with anticipation, every hour continues with hope, and every day ends with despair. My Life is a conglomerate of emotion.It never fails to surprise me with the spontaneous events of time.It consists of a montage of loss and gain.It is real.It is live.It is My Life.Join Me?I guarantee a shock of randomdy and contributed enthusiasm. No regrets.No worries.Just Live.
We all have a pain. A pain that wont go away, its been there for so long. It started when we saw a friend get hurt or when we were hurt. The worst pains started when we lost that one person, the one who meant so much to us. There is emptiness in our hearts from where they were. We use pictures, videos, or letters to keep them alive in our minds, but material such as these can be lost. We look to the memories with hope that they will come back. We look back to the first time we saw them. We look back to the first hug, the first kiss, the first time we looked into their eyes. Memories can bring times of sorrow, joy or happiness, or sometimes even a bit of wisdom. We feel that our lives will never be complete without someone to fill the void in our lives. No matter where we look we must never forget them. Pictures will be lost and Memories will fade, but they will forever live in our hearts. They are still there. They still watch us, just like they used to. If we wait for the right time, we will see them again.
All our Life we struggle. We struggle through our days searching for the bit of pure happiness that will lead us to a destination of bliss. We struggle through our days searching for the path that will lead us to the gift of patience. We struggle with the problems and quarrels of our lives that fall on these paths. Pushing through the wreckage of our fallen hours, we stride to find the link that will forever lock us into perfection. With each struggling moment we cannot forget where we are going. Set your Life higher than it has ever been. Never lose sight of your goals. Push forward toward your accomplishments. Go to the extra for your achievements. Endure the torture of the enemy. Make your Life complete. Never stop desiring what is ahead. Never settle. Climb to the next level. Fight your way to the top. Live your Life so that your legacy will live on. Live your Life until the end of days.
Can you close your eyes and remember back to a day? Back when we were younger. Back we didnt worry about the pain. Back when every day went by without rain. When summers never ended. When work was never on our minds. When the only thing we worried about was falling off our bike. When we the only tears we shed were for the cuts and scraps. When winning the game in backyard was everything. She didnt matter. He didnt matter. When our lives changed by the year, not by the second. Friends were always there; they stayed and didnt move away. A day when our Life was simple. Close your eyes and remember the day, so that when you open them you live Life like never before. Let today be a new day.
You try so hard to do all that you can, only to find out that it is either not enough or too much. It is pointless to try to please, for it can never be done. You cannot give them the world without giving the universe, which is shortly followed by giving them your heart. What they do with your heart is not a surprise, for it is a consistent thrashing. It starts with a constant prod, one that will create such blindness to the fact of what is ahead. Over time the prod penetrates and punctures the heart, only to allow small deterioration of a façade that hides the pain of what lies ahead. As they hold your heart the curiosity of what is inside catches their attention and they begin to rip into everything you have built your Life. Your hopes and dreams begin to plummet from the one that for such a time has caressed the very heart they hold. Ready to tear into a questionable atmosphere of Love and Hate, they take the one last glimpse into the very eyes that captured their lives upon the first invitation into your heart, but there is nothing that could restrain the once most precious hands from vigorously ripping into the depths of your Life. You have built your new unknown temporary Life around the very thing that is destroying it. Why would you put everything into the very collapsing reason of your Life? You feel the hours are few and that the last grain of sand is nearing. Your only dream is to be able to flip the hourglass and steal another opportunity at what Life has to offer. With the strength ripped from your heart, you contemplate the worth of traveling back to the tragedies you faced. The decision is strenuous, start the journey from the beginning or let the last grain fall and end an undesirable journey.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
To keep on the road in the same direction of whence I have been traveling offers little hope, but offers consistency in the Life I lead.
Left or right offers an unknown path which could lead to new direction, new hope, new dreams, new light, new situations, new problems, new opportunities. Either path offers either a desired or damned fate.
The last path takes me back down the road, experiences, and events that make me who I am. It offers reflection on my Life, but how will that help for me to critique my past decisions.
A four way stop with the fate of my Life waiting in the balance.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
My mind wonders into the black hole of curiosity. It wonders straight toward the endless questions and decisions I will be challenged to accept or decline. Where will the next step take me? What will the next day bring me? Who will be the next person I meet? What will be the next thing I see? So many questions in life, but where are the answers? There is no Teacher's Guide to Life's Little Questions. Some might say the answers are in the Bible, but first patience must be attained in order to learn the lessons of such a book. The simple thought of not knowing what the next second holds could be a mere nightmare for some, and as well it should be. Spontaneous can be fun and amusing, but not knowing what is in door number 1, 2, or 3 could be the most tremendous moments in your life or could possibly be the most treacherous. Memories will be made both filled with visions of utopia and filled with visions of a dreadful underworld.
At times my mind wonders into the curiosity of what it would be like to watch my own Life from far away. Would I be ecstatic or captivated about the things I see, or Would I be discontent towards such a hopeless sight?
Our lives are our own. We should worry about what we look like, and not worry about what others opinions of us are. No one should crumble to the fact that someone implies a notch in our lives.
Live for Yourself, Live for God, Life for the Result, and Live until the End.
Our eyes greatly contribute to the dream process. Our minds create memories. While our imaginations take the memories and either smooths them out, twists them up, or stretches them. Our eyes play a key roll in giving our imagination resources. The best part about the eyes is that if you look around and then close your eyes you can still imagine what you were looking at.
The one thing that puzzles me the most is what about the blind, those who have never had sight, and those who have been blind since the day they were born. Not being able to look around because of a consistent darkness. Not knowing their surrounding. Not knowing what is out there. With this thought in mind I am curious as to what they see when they sleep. Having no vision is it possible for their imagination to think up objects, people, faces, settings, and colors. I am sure that they can feel the object and try to project a mental image, but it would be hard to get a full-scale perspective.
My question is simple.
What do the blind see when they dream?
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
My Great Grandma did more than I could ever do for anyone. I remember walking out the apple tree in the front yard picking apples with her. She taught me one of the greatest lessons and she didn’t even know it. Life is just one big apple pie. You have to go outside to reach out and pick those that will help you create and complete your world. No more what shape or size, they’ll all come together and make one of the most beautiful things in life. She taught me to be strong and not let anything break me down. She was a great influence and inspiration to so many in this world. She was selfless, compassionate, and interested in everyone set before her. She loved her family and friends more than anything. She lived her life to its fullest as a mother of both her own family and her church family. She was blessed beyond every desire and aspiration. She rejuvenated and revitalized everyone with her sweet, angelic presence.
I love you Grandma, and I’ll miss you. I know you’re all better now. No more pain, no more hard times, I know Grandpa will take good care of you. Make him sing the “Peanut Butter” song to you for me; I’m sure he’s been ready to sing it to someone. Thank you for being who you were. Thank you for standing strong against all odds. I do believe that this world will be different without you, but I know that heaven just became a much greater place. A legend was lost, but today her legacy begins.