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Mother Teresa quote

 

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

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Mind Set:

n. 1. A fixed mental attitude or disposition that predetermines a person’s responses to and interpretations of situations.

 

So some people may consider me to be a bit….drastic, dramatic, even weird….but truth is I just care about what my mind and spirit consumes. What in the world am I talking about? 

Well basically I’m talking about my mind-set. There are some things that I just don’t want or need to be exposed to, for instance, I don’t need to sit in front of a screen and watch a bunch of suffering or silly people violating their dignity to be “entertained”. If I’m with my family watching a movie and an inappropriate scene comes about I get up & fast forward, though I really want to just shut the whole thing off, I just fast forward it to show them that it’s not ok to sit through that crap with family, it’s simply unclassy and wrong.

I’ve been told that I over do it at times, but I don’t care quite frankly. I know that I am strong, but I am also aware of the fact that I am human and I am impressionable. I will be affected by that rape scene, and I will be affected by that murder scene, etc.

When we’re kids we’re conditioned by shows/movies, I don’t think much of that changes as time goes by. Sure we’re adults and we know its “just a movie” but the fact of the matter is that we’re feeding ourselves with poor quality “entertainment” which in the end is a disservice to ourselves.

When we are physically hurt or physically experience some type of pain we (naturally) pull away from the source…however in emotional matters it’s the opposite.

Many people take an emotionally painful moment and ruminate on that which brought them pain like a break up, teasing, an assault, etc.

Rumi describes sad people in an interesting manner in “Stop Being So Religious”: 

“What

Do sad people have in

Common?

It seems

They have all built a shrine

To the past

And often go there

And do a strange wail and

Worship…..”

 

I’m not going to sit through a movie, tv show, or whatever that causes me sorrow, or that I know is going to make me uneasy at night before bed, I’m just not. I refuse to build shrines for negative things that dampen my mind-set, I refuse!

 

I think that many people need to take charge of their mind-set, stop pacifying yourself with inappropriate things that you know deep down inside do you no good. If you don’t look out for yourself who will?

Think healthy, live healthy, and be healthy. Limit your exposure to the junk that media spews, the media is concerned about whats lucrative, not about your mind-set. Much of society is filled with followers, be a leader and take the healthy path.

PAZ

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Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.
-Kahlil Gibran

 

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The Truth

It’s difficult when you live by the principle of TRUTH because honestly you’re bound to be bombarded by lies when interacting with other people. Lies may come from your enemies, friends, family….and so on. It takes an enormous amount of energy to gain back any form of trust when you’re lied to by someone you truly cared for.

Living by the truth (I think) is a lonely life style where much effort goes towards trying NOT to impose your values on others, I mean lets face it living by the truth all the time is quite a challenge, sometimes sugar-coating things can be beneficial.

Anyway my point is that Id like to believe that I try to live by the truth and I find it quite perplexing when I find out others Ive invested in do not live by the truth, specifically when it comes to me does this annoy me because I feel as I deserve the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but…the truth, and Yes I can handle it.

Theres not much I can write about on this topic because it’s really based upon the deceit of others, the most that I can do is protect myself and maintain the realization that people are (as of course am I) imperfect, and as much as Id like to keep a straight forward and honest life style thats not always going to be possible.

I have been and will continue to be on some level a victim of dishonesty, in which case the most important thing to do is to be honest with myself about the issue at hand, thus taking control and converting myself from being a victim into being victorius.

In the words of Shakespeare:

To Thine Own Self Be True

What more can we do but that.

 

 

 

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