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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!

Journey of Love

A Journey

Wherever I travel, I always run into people who express that one wish on their journey and that longing is for the experience of love.  The inner desire to socialize, associate, and experience companionship that is uplifting, inspiring and elevates the spirit to find meaning and value to existing each day.  That emotion may put a smile on one’s face and bring color into perceptive of what might have been viewed in black and white.  Love can be that emotion which may bring warmth and melt those bitter feelings of loneliness and despair.  Love has been said to influence one forward towards a passionate attachment to growth, maturity and enlightenment.

Love may be a word that sounds so easy and sometimes over used, but the act of love can have profound strength that can spread tenderness, pleasure, and devotion between individuals and groups.  Love is an act that does not come effortlessly easy; it requires willingness and a course of action of consenting permission from the heart.  It is an act that requires exerting energy and effort.  If given the opportunity, love can defuse hatred; it may bring on agreement which encourages acceptance of different points of view.  It can convey appreciation of the gifts others may provide.

When I read an article or book that strongly expresses an act of love that touches my heart; I too, want that experience and may attempt to search for it.  That which is good and feeds my spiritual need for hope to cross the bridges of uncertainty that may surround me at times.

As I walk along in my journey, sometimes, I get a sneak preview of my life coming together like a jigsaw puzzle, and it seems like it is the little moments within uncertain turns in time between a stranger, a friend, a family member or even a pet that can add up to several chapters within my lifetime that I may not fully be able to see or finish reading now, but once the journey is complete, reflecting on years of experiences, the novel of love that I thought I needed to search for has been lived each day.

Daily Performance

Uncertainty may lead the way,

Along a path that seems disarray,

Jumbled quest, muddled I may say,

To an ending unfinished as of this day,

Each moment is like a bowl of clay,

To mold, shape and plan I will pray,

Certainty, my stage of dreams will play!

SGW

Lasting Creatively Told Stories

Coastal Moments

As I continue to work on my next project of writing a novel, I have enjoyed remembering the various legends and ghost stories of the area in which I grew up.  A lot of the stories can be found in print or on the web, but I have been unable to find the story in print that was once told, almost 40 years ago, by a local near Sneads Ferry.

Many of the details are foggy, as I was truly young, but I remember that storyteller, aged from the winds of the coast, telling of an undying love between a sailor and his wife.  The sailor was aboard a merchant ship that sailed the shores of Virginia and North Carolina.  Somehow the sailor saves the woman’s life from being betrothed to a wicked, treacherous man of Virginia.   One evening, he sneaks her aboard the ship to set sail for North Carolina.  He cares for her and promises her the opportunity of freedom to find her true love.  Once in North Carolina, she is happy and filled with dreams.   She becomes his bride, but claims it is not enough and promises to repay the gift.  Of course, before she can repay, she dies at a young age, and I was told she was buried with a frown of despair due to unfinished business with her husband.   As the story goes, the sailor remained a sad loner that lived near her grave and lost meaning to living without her love.  Later or perhaps years, her husband refused to leave the area near his home and wife’s grave when a storm was approaching and with warning.  A hurricane swept the coastline and took the man from his home to be claimed by the sea, but he grabbed a hold of wood that was floating by and was washed ashore.  As I was told, it was her coffin that he had grabbed, and when opened, she had a smile upon her face because she had given back the same gift and saved her husband.  It was her love that saved him that day and gave meaning to continue to exist until old age gave him the opportunity to join his wife.  The local shared as the ending to the story that it has been sighted, a couple hand-in-hand, both smiling as they gaze into each other’s eyes, walk into the waves, and then disappear.

These stories and legends can stay with me from the memories of how they were creatively told.  These stories of the past can give meaning to the present.  This story of love goes beyond the fairytale of “happily ever after”, but gives substance and purpose to love.  It gives meaning to a Love that can rescue and offers the promise to give, which touches the heart to defend, preserve and protect that which can live forever.

What the Heart Wants

Buzzing for You

“When you are in Love you can’t fall asleep because reality is better than your dreams.”
Dr Seuss

Love is expressed by so many as one of the strongest emotion that is uplifting, energetic, vivacious, and exuberant.  Writers give definition through all senses of the body.  A body that is imperfect becoming perfectly alluring to a specific one for all days.  When I read that a character is blind to the surrounding environment of the crowd and only has eyes for the longing love of the one or sharing the love is like a breath of fresh air and with each breath, love has given meaning to living, I know, I want to identify with that possibility that an emotion could be so mesmerizing, so compelling, that it’s what dreams are made of and can be earthbound reality.  Maybe that is why fairy tales can be repeated over and over and each generation seems never to give up that it can happen.  I think about the movies that have become box office hits; add love, and a sinking ship on her first and only voyage can draw the crowd, a southern belle that lies, cheats, and steals after the civil war touches our hearts that her mistreated love will return, or the horror of a vampire with a mortal and we want them to be together forever.

I remember crying over the family feud that put Romeo and Juliet in their graves, and wondering if this emotion is so strong and interminable, then, why were the emotions of jealousy, anger, and hatred of the families an influence that couldn’t be escaped.  Today, divorce attorneys benefit from those same destructive influences when love has ceased to live and been placed in the grave.  Many may suffer the consequences, and at times, explained that it was nothing personal, it just didn’t work out.

What didn’t work out if it were to be that truly and honestly binding, enticing, and enchanting attraction that was defined with the heart, the senses, and the endearing emotion called love?

I have no answers.  It was suggested years ago in a song, “What the world needs now, is love, sweet love, not just for some, but for everyone.”  So, maybe when the heart knows, I mean, truly understands the concept that love must be shared, given in a relationship, then I and others may have the answers.

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”
Helen Keller

Love, an emotion that will continue to confuse, perplex, and even frustrate some, but will keep writers, dreamers, and childhood fairy tales alive and yearning to give definition that will offer hope to some that love; that passionate, profound, deeply penetrating emotion can be a reality.

Sylvio’s Conclusion

Sylvio's Conclusion

Suzanne: You know, a cat has it so easy when it comes to love.

Cat’s thoughts: If you only knew what I had to give up in this household.

Valerie: (petting the cat in her lap) I know. They call the shots. They come when they want affection, walk away when they rather be alone, are fed, brushed, and I have to scoop up behind them.

Cat’s thoughts: Your baby brother pulls my tail, you give dry instead of can food, and you don’t understand anything I say; instead I have to listen to some demeanor of baby talk when some speak at me. Like that actually gives me a thrill. (Sarcastic look at the girls)

Suzanne: I wonder if cats fancy love any more than we beautiful young girls do? (Tilting the head with a flirtatious smile). I mean, true love…can love be compelling and powerful? Is it full of magic, charm, and passion? Does your heart truly flutter and your palms sweat?

Valerie: My mom’s tells me that those emotions are crushes, just a physical attraction at the moment. All I know is that I have never met or felt like the quote that hangs behind you.

Suzanne: What quote? Oh, that one that says:

  • Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

Cat’s thoughts: You have never experienced that kind of love because, at your age, hormones are raging with lust and passion that have taken control of your mind and body. You all haven’t gotten pass the giggle stage.

Valerie: I enjoy reading that quote, but right now I will admit I don’t quite fully understand that definition of love.

Suzanne: Me too, but I will say, that the new boy at school is…well, has me looking so to speak. (Girls laughing). It would be gratifying to meet someone that is kind and patient and that made me want to be a better person that is friendlier, confident, fully trusts to believe in others and has hope for the best will happen. That would be romantic!

Cat’s thoughts: Get a dog!

Love is an Ingredient to Creativity!

You Love, You Love Not

He who seeks good finds goodwill, but evil comes to him who searches for it.           Proverbs 11:27
We can throw stones, complain about them, stumble on them, climb over them, or build with them.
William Arthur Ward

We have so much good written that gives inspiration for being creative. Finding that good, that motivations to create and share the birth of new ideas and positive change, so let’s generate the knowledge we hold and build with our creativity!

Some say with an open heart one will love and can generate creativity…
Love is of giving, without bounty,
Love is of sharing, without recognition,
Love is of listening, without proposition,
Love is of sacrifice, without presentation,
Love is of action, without introduction,
Love comes from the heart of desire,
Love is the gift of kindness to others.
SGW

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