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Powers of the Heart

Rising to Truth

The passing of Valentine’s Day, cupid has come and gone; now it’s the next day, week, or the month after. For some the seed of affection, admiration, and fondness has been planted, and yet, for others it may be disappointment, anger, resentment that has been sowed. Some turn to the published articles of quick fixes for hope and others share the power of prayer and ask you to believe in what you cannot see.

What may work for some, may not work for others. I have been told that on many occasions. At this time, love is not in the cards for me, that too, I have been told. It will come when it is time, be patient, and again I have heard that comment. I have read famous quotes, seen inspirational works of blogs, articles and books on fixing the heart. I will admit, it’s a desire or wish that each person find comfort, joy and/or confirmation when it comes to matters of the heart.

I have witnessed too many times the seed of anger from a broken heart; grow into an emotional tornado of hatred, attacking both the guilty and the innocent. If no one has seen, just sit on the back row while a session of divorce court is being heard. Step out into the hallway and see the harden faces of the extended family. Most times, there are children involved, and that seed of anger and hatred is planted into the soft tissue of innocence of the heart.

Then I have witnessed as the clock ticks, time passes, there are moves, remarriage, and changes to ignore, but that poison of hatred can linger. I’ve been told by some; I can forgive, but will not forget. I have heard others dwell on the desire to live, to see what that other person will get what’s coming. Oh, how our society wants to see revenge, payment, justification.

I step back and realize I no longer know the person I offered assistance, suggested items to read of quick fixes, or told I would keep in my prayers. I have watched and observed, and it has scared me at times to see others become, I mean act and behave like that they protested against…they became what they hated. That poison had taken control, they are now under the influence, and most don’t see it. I have looked into the reflection of myself and realized I don’t like what I have allowed to influence me under that power of hatred.

I have experienced those elements of life that can plant the seed of both, love or hate, and I still from experience have no answers. From some, I have heard to walk away, but I think it’s more of focusing on who I want to be versus who I am. The invitation is offered to join me on that quest of a heart filled with love, happiness, and joy, but as I move forward on that “bucket list” of fulfillment, some decline the invitation.

If there is any truth of famous quotes or biblical messages, then it’s the reality of accepting yourself, knowing yourself, and bettering yourself to fight the poison of hatred. I have been told you cannot change others, but you can change yourself. From experience, that’s one lesson I agree with. If I believe in the power of LOVE, then I welcome the fact, the heart wants what the heart wants and I don’t believe it wants the seeds of resentment, anguish, misery, and especially hatred. The one message I truly believe that is conveyed from any religion of choice is LOVE.

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The Quest

Happy Valentine's Day

That search for the enchanting, endearing, enthralling, and captivating romance with hopes that a sparkle will grow into a blaze for a lifetime. There are folks that share they were blessed to share a lifetime with someone they call a “soul mate” and others allow their heart to become bitter-sweet to the idea of finding that “one”.

Some retailers report that Valentine’s Day is the highest for flowers, chocolate and jewelry. Yet, statistics show a rise in the divorce rate and you don’t hear of too many Couple Counselors being unemployed. So, what is the real picture when it comes to Love?

I have been told that the three basic ingredients for a failed relation are financial, communication, and sex. So, then is the question that if no arguments over money issues, open communication that supports growth, and companionship of affection are there, then will these essential ingredients provide a life long romance with that special someone?

Valentine’s Day can bring out the best in some, and depression in others. Sometimes, one needs to broaden their recognition of love to not one, but including many of family and friends that surround. Counting those memorable moments when love was shared by giving and receiving support, encouragement, and laughter.

In my opinion, that once in a lifetime, romantic, unforgettable love that we give credit to cupid generally happens in the books I read, or the movies I watch. I will say, there have been those moments of the gaze, the flutter of the heart, and pounding of desire that have misguided me down the road of lust, and been convincing in that moment of instant gratification, “I’m in-love”.
So, again…What is Love?

I have been taught, Love is patient…patient enough to support, defend, and hold someone’s hand through troubles. I have been taught Love is kind…kind enough to sacrifice their last dime for your needs. Love doesn’t envy…doesn’t show discontent to one’s talents, passions, dreams or achievements. Love will not boast…does not show excessive pride that they’re better than others. I have been taught that Love is not rude…doesn’t become discourteous or harsh to build their own self-esteem or remain self-seeking in their desires for pleasure. Yes, I have been taught that Love is truth…it will always protect, rejoice in truth, provide hope and always persevere. I have been taught…Love; it’s a gift, the greatest of hope, faith and love.

So, blessings to all who still remain on that quest with your faith and hope that the gift of Love will be received. May God’s graces be provided and fulfill your quest. I may not have that greatest novel romance, but I have the Love that can be treasured, thanks to my family and friends!

The Power of Learning

Brightness of a Smile

The wonderful thing about creativity is I am always learning. Learning something new is insightful, but it’s also motivational to move forward and follow my dreams. New knowledge can create a different perceptive on problem solving. Then I feel better about myself, smile more, and seem to enjoy others around me.

Cycles of situations, the trails of influence, the cause and effect moments; I can choose to dwell on the emptiness of what I don’t have or the fullness of what I can use as resources. It is a marvelous thing when you think about it, choice, but it can be hard to obtain at times. Sometimes, allowing the influences of others can sneak up on you. Before you know it, you identify with their misery that they are comfortable with sharing, voicing, and pointing out the negative, the emptiness of their lives, the lack of desire, and unwillingness to care. I have been told to walk away, but what if it’s family, close friends, or your children?

I don’t have the answers, but what works with me, holding onto what’s true in my heart, my desires, and my dreams. Taking the time to see a young child smile, listen to their giggles, and share in their world of laughter. Walks to breathe in the fresh air, take in my surroundings, and collect my thoughts. A book that allows me to relax, take an adventure, or an uplifting article to read. Carrying my camera as I walk, run errands, to photograph something that’s an eye-catching scene or moment. But most of all, one thing that can be inspiring and help me keep a positive attitude; learning something new.

I appreciate and enjoy the opportunity to sign up for some free classes offered at my local community college, and when I leave, I feel inspired to share what I have learned, use what I have learned, and I discover that new ideas are creating in my thoughts. I am uplifted by the inspiration and the imagination.

In my opinion, welcoming something new, change, or a challenge it feeds into that cycle of situations, trails of influence, and the cause and effect moments; so, I can make better choices, which allow me, to concentrate on the fullness of what’s available, and use what’s around as resources to living abundantly on my journey.

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