Monday, December 24, 2012

God our Creator's, Peace, Love & Light to you!

The acronym INRI (Iēsus Nazarēnus, Rēx Iūdaeōrum) represents the Latin inscription, which in English reads as "Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews" … I believe He is The Prince of Peace, the Bringer of Light who offered us the gift of rebirth and hope for our future by the ultimate sacrifice: His very life.
 
I find myself reflecting on what we as a people on this rapidly spinning Blue Planet have done with His gift (today and) tonight, Christmas Eve. I wonder: What will we do, each one … ourselves, in the year ahead, when we receive a welcomed renewal of His Light –burning brightly within each one of us-- this very night?





Regardless of what you BELIEVE: May God, Our Creator’s, Peace, Love and Light creep into your hearts, light your minds, strengthen your Faith and Understanding patience with others who may not be as far along as you are on the path of Spiritual Evolution (... For we are each on our own personal journey).  May our combined lights, thus renewed, spread forth to renew others and light anew the face of this weary land. I rejoice for this notion and for the gift of Jesus, ever-present in my life. Merry Christmas to one and ALL!


~Isabelle Black Smith




[Image Source: John Singleton Copley, “The Nativity” Painting]

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Unseen Gifts: Opening Doors


Sometimes trust hurts … Personally, it scares the hell out of me.  But there comes a point where you have to open up, on some level, and begin the process of truly letting others in … sharing what’s going on in the inside of you. Often they, the others, won’t even know --hence they can’t truly appreciate the gift you’re giving them --the effort that you’re going through in order to keep the doors open, but that doesn’t really matter: you know and you keep on trying and that’s enough for now.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

What is Prayer?

Always amazes me how many of my adult acquaintances are uncomfortable with the notion of prayer.  I'm not sure if this due to pre-conceived notions that prayer is a religious thing, and maybe they are just too busy to still the noise in their own lives?  Maybe it's a control thing?  They don't feel comfortable opening themselves up to a higher power?  Maybe they simply don't believe or don't want to believe that there is real power in prayer? I'm not entirely certain, but I just find the latter excuses and reasoning baffling because prayer is such an integral part of my way of life and who I am ... Seems I've always had an ongoing dialogue with a higher power, nature and the collective consciousness from my very first memories. 



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For me, prayer is a spiritual thing not a religious thing.  Prayer, to me, is simply tapping into the collective consciousness --and for me God, our Creator, is at the center of this consciousness-- with a concerted interest in furthering a greater good. It's really not that complicated. Still the noise, open your heart and mind and begin a conversation.  I think that you would truly be surprised at how easily the words and thoughts begin to flow ... Give it a try.  In times like these, what have you got to lose?



Peace & Much Love,

~Isabelle Black Smith




P.S.  I am praying intently for the families of Newtown, Connecticut.  May God, our Creator, Bless them --each one-- as they lay their loved ones to rest and strive to return to some form of 'normal' in their lives.  I was literally disconnected from this earthly world last Thursday and Friday.  It wasn't until Monday and Tuesday of this week that I became fully aware of this tragedy and began to process it in my own heart and mind.  I wrote a poem in the aftermath of the Aurora Movie Theater tragedy that speaks of the resillience of the human spirit and the seeds of hope.  I think this poem provides words of peace, comfort and hope in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook School shooting as well.  Just now recovery from surgery myself, so I have been out of touch and sorts ... thus, I will just provide a link back to this poem instead of making a separate post:  http://whatplanetareyoulivingon.blogspot.com/2012/07/another-unnecessary-act-of-violence.html

Saturday, December 08, 2012

A Message from Space ...

Praying, reflecting, searching for signs of hope tonight and I happened to stumble across this ....



                 


To view the original HD-version visit:  Giacomo Sardelli


"An extraordinary timelapse video created with pictures from the International Space Station shows Earth as it has never been seen before. The video, called Further Up Yonder, was made by Italian film student Giacomo Sardelli using Nasa stills. Sardelli calls the film a message from the ISS to all humankind"  ~The Guardian UK

          

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Black, White, fading shades of Grey ....

Had the strangest dream the other night … I was in a black and white, with shades of grey, 2-D world. Almost like I was a charcoal pencil sketch. The scenery was that of a post-Autumn landscape, with barren tree branches and fallen leaves blowing wildly about.



"Boreas", By John William Waterhouse
(converted to black and white)



In this dream, I was walking along a deserted street just before sunset, I think, when a fierce wind began to blow. The wind was icy cold, making it hard to breath when you faced into it so I turned my back away from the wind and wrapped my arms around me in an effort to stay warm. Then almost out of no where I felt a warm inner glow light inside me and I was able to stand up straight once again and unwrap my arms. Suddenly, the wind no longer felt icy and I was able to turn into the wind. I found myself smiling, with such a sense of inner peace as I faced the wind head-on, radiating with an inner glow. And as the wind blew, my physical body began to disolve and break into tiny little pieces that scattered in many different directions with the various gusts of wind, entering into dimensions beyond the 2-D world in which my physical body had been confined, constrained … little lanterns of light born upon the winter winds.

Think this is what the dance with Death will be like for me, maybe?



12/7/2012 ...Early, early morning hours ... Been thinking a bit more about black, white and shades of grey.  The latter --black, white and grey, in art as well as life-- seems to be in the forefront of my thoughts and dreams these days.  Having really bad headaches lately, thus I am taking some opiate derivative for pain as a prescription medication --apparently opiates don't have the adverse side effect of thinning the blood?  So maybe my thoughts and pondering are a bit swayed by the medication?  But sitting here tonight, it occurs to me that perhaps 'black' is denial or outright despair while 'white' is hope and infinite possibility (light, in it's purest form) ... the shades of grey are just the difference in between.  Sound plausible?

Friday, November 30, 2012

Undermining our National Security?

Some thoughts from a middle class citizen's perspective as our nation teeters on the brink of its "fiscal cliff" ....









Would I like to receive my “2K” tax break this tax year? Of course. My family would put this additional ‘income’ to good use. Do I think that the net combined effect of this middle class tax-break will have a significant positive impact on the economy? No I do not believe that this middle class tax- break will have a significant impact on the economy. I believe that the impact on the economy will be marginal at best. What we need in order to get our economy moving once again is long term job creation (i.e., create an environment favorable to bringing jobs from overseas back to the United States and heavily penalize goods & services brought back into the U.S. by companies choosing to have their products and services 'made' by foreign workers).

Do I think that raising taxes on those individuals making over $250,000 a year will be a major source of revenue generation. No I do not think that raising taxes on those individuals making over $250,000 a year will be a major source of revenue generation. That being said, if we are looking to slash benefits for programs like Medicare and Medicaid --in a effort to reign-in and reduce deficit spending-- then is asking the top income earners to pay a bit more that outrageous? I don’t think so. And as for the Republican argument that “raising taxes on individuals making over $250,000 a year will hurt small businesses who are job creators, employing approximately 25% of the American workforce”: then why not just enable a tax-provision whereby those who file taxes as a legitimate small business owner will continue to pay the lower tax rate as they have done in previous years. Why is it so difficult to make the latter distinction? But if Republicans give on the raising taxes for individuals making over $250,000 --with the business caveat—I don’t think that Democrats should be able to slide addressing concrete spending cuts to entitlement programs in order to address deficit spending over into next year. There has to be a give and take --on both sides of the aisle-- right now.

I think that we have become such a sharply divided nation, in terms of politics, these past few years –and after this recent Presidential election most especially—that our elected representatives have come to approach the problems facing our nation from an “all or NOTHING!” or “winner take all” perspective, totally overlooking the possibility of a middle=ground for viable solutions to move forward.

So in light of the above: Am I willing to forgo my middle class tax-break? Absolutely!! … I will gladly forgo my tax-break if the elected representatives of “we the people” will stop playing political volleyball with our country’s future and national security, by finally getting their butts to the negotiating table, rolling up their sleeves, sitting down and doing what it takes to stop sequestration cuts from going into effect. Enough with the party politics already?! With a 49 -51 split on the Presidential vote neither side has sweeping mandate to do ANYTHING. The sequestration cuts –which will go into effect after the first of the new year-- will greatly undermine our National Security, in my humble opinion, at a time when we can ill-afford to have our military undermined in such an egregious fashion. It’s been four years since Congress has been able to pass an actual budget: I think it’s about dang time they got down to business!! If they can’t: maybe “we the people” should recall* them ALL?



[* That is to say vote them out of office when they are up for re-election.  Technically there exists no formal provision in the Constitution for recalling elected officials by the people they represent ... a senator or congressman can only suffer expulsion via the elected body in which they serve (i.e., via Congressional vote or Senate vote).]

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Wondering ....

If the world went mad would we be too busy with trivialities or complacency to even notice??  Would we notice the early warning signs?

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Perspective of Illumination ....



Black and White often begets shades of grey ...





"Meditation" ...
 
@Copyrighted Image, November 2012.  All Rights Reserved:  Isabelle Black Smith.
 
 
 
  
 
We actually had some glorious sunshine here today  =)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
@Copyrighted Image, November 2012. All Rights Reserved: Isabelle Black Smith.
 
 
  
 
 
 
12/7/2012 ... I think he knows I've been on a private journey to hell and back again.  He knows that if you love something you have to be willing to set it free ... And he knows that he saved me as much as I ever saved him.  Sitting here now, I know now --beyond a shadow of a doubt-- that my heart belongs to him ... Ken.


Autumn Perspective ...



"Don't Fence Me IN!"
@Copyrighted Photograph.  All Rights Reserved:  Isabelle Black Smith.


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Scuba Anyone??? ............



"Scuba Anyone???"
@Copyrighted Image.  All Rights Reserved: Isabelle Black Smith.


 
Having trouble making myself stick to stuff … tasks… lately? What’s the remedy for that --besides sleep?


11/25/12  Finally slept for more than 3 consecutive hours in a row.  I slept for five whole hours in a row and then went back to sleep for 3 more.  I feel human once again! =)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Tune into the Song of Thankfulness in YOU ...


Think today is a day for tuning out the materialism and worries of the world and tuning into the Song of Thankfulness in YOU!



A Happy, Inspiring Drawing By My Youngest =)



I’m thankful for so many things … Makes my head swim to stop and ponder an enumerated list. My list seems to have no real end. God, our Creator, is so good. He’s always with me and that gives me what I need to get through just about anything and still hold onto at least a glimpse of all that is good. When the darkness that sometimes finds me clears, the light of all the good in my life surrounds me and lifts me up to find my wings … Thankfulness, truly makes my heart sing. So on this special day of reflection with family, friends and loved ones, it is my sincerest hope that the song of thankfulness overwhelms you too and makes your heart sing its own glorious song. Let our songs of thankfulness reach out to touch the loved ones in our lives, multiplying to spread forth and renew the face of this weary land.

Happiness is a state of mind; change your perspective: change your LIFE!!
 

God Bless the USA!


May God’s Blessings of His Eternal Peace & Love
be yours this Thanksgiving Day and throughout the
Holiday and Christmas season ahead.

~Isabelle

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Farewell to Autumn & Happy Thanksgiving!

Sadly, I think the last of Autumn's fiery display has now blown away.  Always hate to see Autumn go; it's my favorite time of year ... ripe with hope and possibilities.  I suppose the fact that winter's icy fingers have begun to take hold also plays a role in my 'sadness' (still flying in Peace & Love though, per my last post =).  I truly dislike being COLD.  The fireplace is my new companion on cold winter nights ... love reading by the fire.  So that's something to look forward to, I suppose. 

Well as the last of Autumn blows away, I still have my photos of Autumn to keep her memory alive.  Here's a painted set of windblown leaves.  Love the fiery, defiant reds in this one!  Enjoy and Happy last of Autumn to you.  Happy Thanksgiving to all those living here in North America as well.  Know it may be difficult in this lousy economy, but try to count your blessings and find reasons to be thankful.  God Bless one and ALL!


Peace & Lots of Love,
~Isabelle





"Kaleidoscope Autum"  ... Peace, Love & Forgiveness blowing in the colorful wind.
 
@Copyrighted Photograph:  Isabelle Black Smith.  October 2012.  All Rights Reserved.
  
 
 
P.S.  I have my desktop background set to this.  So colorful:  I love it!  Feels like a BIG (((HUG))) from Autumn =)  If you download this image for personal use only (not for profit) you can use it too.  My Thanksgiving gift to you =)  (Note: Easy to re-size up or down by % in MS Office photo or other software for optimum display)
 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Free-Falling into Peace & Love ...

Ever reach a point in your life where you just free-fall.  You've wrestled with a problem, issue, personal demon and you finally reach the point where you're ready to let it go and you just relax and fall away from it.  It's the coolest feeling ... Hard to describe, but it almost feels like flying.  Your spirit has found its wings again and you're free-falling, soaring in the thermals of God's eternal Peace and Love.  It's the complete opposite of being weighed down by constraints and worry.  I love it!  Such a wonderful place to be ... I could stay here forever.  I feel so close to a higher power and a reason for being at times like these.  The light is shining so brightly all around and I am no longer alone in my darkness.  God, the Creator of one and all, is so good.  Sending some of His Peace & Love your way!  God's Blessings be with all who pass this way and most especially with those on the east coast struggling to recover in the aftermath of hurricane Sandy.

[Sorry no image to post here tonight (I'll try to find one tomorrow).  Making a mess of cupcakes with my daughters, giggling and trying to decide if we will deviate from our Christmas tradition of going to see a play or ballet and maybe do something wild and crazy like bungee jumping, sky diving or paint-ball shooting instead.  Life's too short to always be predictable, right? Gotta to change it up every now again.  We'll fill dad in when he wakes up ; ) ]



"Falling Star", By Witold Pruszkowski (1884)
Image Courtesy of ArtMagick.com
 
Letting go of the notion that we need to be perfect in order to be loved.




P.S.  639 pageviews here today?  Guess, my blog is free-falling too  0 =) )(

(figured it out ... "A place to clear my head" has now become worthy of inspection by all of these web ranking sites.  Not a thought that had ever crossed my mind, but nice to be given a nod of notice, I guess. Think my downfall --if I were serious about blogging for a specific audience or to provide a service or some form of entertainment (e.g., desktop backgrounds and wallpapers or photography tips)-- is that you can't really pin my blog down.  I have art, politics, religion, photography, poetry, short stories, wordplays, music and personal epiphanies and trials.  No boxes ... no lines ... just the way I like it.  Turns out that these experts think my blog is worth a whopping $284.00 dollars --could go out for really nice dinner on that or buy part of plane ticket.  Out of 30 million blogs ranked to date I'm only ranked above 7 million, but that's not bad for not even trying, right?  Then again, I think ... I used to write and post in relative obscurity and that I could handle.  Am I now ready to be this out here?  Maybe ignorance and lack of stats/rankings is bliss?  Have some thinking to do on this, maybe? But for the time being:  The way I look it, my blog provides me with a much needed outlet for my creativity and my always wondering, searching, looking for answers heart and mind.  Blogger gives me a place to vent and clear my head.  I should be paying them? ; )  ... Thanks Blogger:  You're Amazing and I don't know what I'd do without you!!)

Friday, November 16, 2012

Kissed By Raindrops ...


This poem was written many decades ago, but I have just recently been able revisit my words of so very long ago ... found them in an old brown box I'd been carrying around from place to place --with each move-- but somehow I never seemed to have the time (courage?) to open the box.   Finally strong enough to share them here with you now …











“Kissed By Raindrops”



Outside Pouring Rain,
Angels' tears
Trickle down
To puddles …
Ripples echo
Dripping drops’
Sweet refrain.
Inside a storm begins
Its raging:
Tears in me
Welling up,
Bleeding pain,
Suppressing
Echoes that remain.
Walls are closing
In …
Have to run …
Fast and far.
Where doesn’t really matter.
Just run to where
You can’t follow me.
Barefoot running,
No one’s coming:
Running hard,
Right on through
The pounding pain …
Run, run, run till I can’t
Run no more.
Collapsing into
Tear-soaked puddle,
Angels' tears …
They draw me close
And hold me dear.
Touch me ever-so
Tenderly where fear resides.
Their faith abides,
Wash away the pain.
With Angel kisses renewing,
My inner storm subsides
... And on my way
Back home
I find myself, somehow,
Dancing softly in the gentle rain.



@Copyrighted Poem: Isabelle Black Smith, October 2012. All Rights Reserved.




[Needed some typing translation ... My brain often flies faster than my fingers can keep up with.  I read these words here again and I wonder how much my writing has changed since then?  How much have I changed since then?  How long will I leave this up here?

There is an unwritten line at the end ... "Hopeful that one day I'll find my voice to sing again."   A decade++ later, I still haven't found that voice, my voice to sing again, but I'm still hopeful ...  ]



... Early A.M.:  Still awake.  Bad headache.  Listening to music, fiddling around with words off & on.  Came up with this to "compare" to my write above, from younger days ...





“Raindrops”

Clearing Angels’ sublime vision.
Cascade of tear-dropped
Viscous tension …
Fluid encapsulated,
Heaven’s knowing
transcends perfection.
Silent prayers raining down.
Frequency and intensity varying,
Echoing pitter-patter marrying:
Pouring forth to renew,
Heaven’s subtle reminder that
All that is heard need not be spoken.
 
@Copyrighted Poem: Isabelle Black Smith, November 2012. All Rights Reserved.

 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Starbucks & Raves ...

God Bless the young gentleman at the Starbucks drive-thru. Always nice to hear that you are beautiful in the eyes of someone other than your significant other, right?





 
 
 
 
“Hello. You’re looking exceptionally beautiful today. Are you going anywhere special tonight?”

Totally caught me off guard. “Umm, grocery shopping?”

And I’m cool enough to discuss the next Rave party happening with while we wait on my order. It’s the little things, right? ; )

Slowly re-grounding myself after days of lamenting heavily … I’ll get there. Oddly enough, listening to my music (loving the new Spotify!) is helping enormously:   rhythm of Life …





Sunday, November 11, 2012

God Bless our Veterans ...

God Bless our veterans this Veterans Day 2012.  We are forever grateful for your service and sacrifices that keep our nation strong and free.

A bit out of sorts these days, myself.  Lots of really bad headaches ... not entirely sure what is going on?  So in lieu of a newly written post in honor of our veteran's, think I'll just link back to one of my favorite Veteran's posts.  I love the tale at the end of this post, in the post-script.  To this day, this story remains one of my all-time favorite memories in this life that I have lived thus far.  Hope you enjoy as well. 

My favorite Veterans Day Post:  Veterans Day 2008


God Bless, one and all!!

~M

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Freedom in America?


I have been thinking a lot about liberty and personal freedoms lately myself, with the outcome of this Presidential election. The ever-widening divides that I see in our country now-a-days seem to be polarizing our nation to an extent much like the issue of slavery back in the early days of our nation's founding. It almost seems to me that our nation has gone full circle w.r.t. "freedom" and "liberty." During the revolutionary and civil war eras individual freedom was the ultimate goal and so many were willing to sacrifice their lives in an effort to secure their “unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Declaration of Independence








Contrast this to the modern United States of America today, where people in the United States seem to have absolutely no problem with willingly giving up many of their hard-won freedoms in order to get “free-stuff” from the government. It seems as if there is this huge disconnect with our country’s rich history and where we came from.  I have to wonder if our education system is failing our children and young adults in this respect?


John Stossel took a camera to the celebration rally for President Obama, in Chicago, on election night. He asked several people of varying ages, gender and race “So what does President Obama’s win tonight mean for freedom [in America]?” And not one single person asked had an answer. Some were just completely dumbstruck and speechless. Others said “Ummmm, I don’t know?”, with a pained and puzzled look upon their face. Clearly, few --if any-- had even stopped to consider the implications of their voting choice upon the very principle on which our nation was founded.  People just don't seem to understand what "freedom" means anymore or that it should even be important to them.  That just boggles my mind?!


There is definitely some more searching for answers and a way forward while pondering this topic, I think. Watch the full “Stossel” episode here (Democracy question above starts at time= 1:00 minute):

 
Watch: "Stossel" television episode 11/8/2012



Have you ever seen the movie "Equilibrium", with Christian Bale?  Makes me wonder if we are headed towards a society where freedom of thought is the thing that the "State" wants to outlaw, replacing independent thought with feel-good emotion and stuff as opposed to a pill maybe?  Of course, George Orwell's novel 1984 is another great narrative on this theme.


Well, perhaps I've given you something to ponder for yourself?  Or maybe not?  But, in closing it is my sincerest wish that more Americans will embrace and rediscover our country’s rich history in an effort to explore where it is that we have come from so that we can move forward with wisdom and insight toward a hopefully brighter future for our now floundering nation.  ... Toward this end, might I recommend a great place to start might be to actually read and truly contemplate the words of the famous document that started it all, the Declaration of Independence  and then follow it up with a reading of the Constitution of the United States of America --it's really not that long, break it up into the various articles and then the Amendment themselves if you need to and there are lots of useful on-line references to provide additional information and insights should you need further input and/or explanations. 

Friday, November 09, 2012

We Are Spirits in the Material World ...

 
 
 
"We Are Spirits in the Material World"
 
@Copyrighted Image/Photograph, Isabelle Black Smith.  Nov. 2012.  All Rights Reserved.


 

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Nails in the coffin of conservatism ...

Some thoughts today ...

Today I find myself wondering if the outcome of this election is perhaps a humbling visited upon the self-righteous religious conservatives that have tended to dominate the Republican party and continuously sway the party agenda and platform. Maybe this election finally hits home the point to religious conservatives that their staunch social stands and inflexibility are not the way forward? That is to say that there needs to be a distinction between holding a moral conviction and the infliction of those convictions upon others? This is fundamentally what “free will” is all about … We are here to make our own choices and those choices must be embraced, felt and wholly processed in both the heart and mind of the individual. Spiritual enlightenment and progression of the soul along its journey does not move forward as a result of coercion or fear. So while religious conservatives may feel that they are in the right and doing God’s will by continually pressing to force others to make the “right choices”, the Creator may be sending them a wake-up call to rethink what it truly means to do God’s will here on Earth. If we follow Jesus’s example, we as children of God … Christians … do not judge, do not condemn: we lead by example, not by condescending self-righteousness. We welcome the sinners.  We love them unconditionally, one and all … We shelter them, feed, clothe and heal (inside and out) them and in doing so we open their hearts and minds to see that they are worthy of God’s love and that they can choose to make choices here on Earth that further His will and advance the spiritual evolution of their immortal souls. And yes, many Christians do much of the latter, but how many can honestly say that their help comes with unconditional love ...without conditon?

To that end, I would say that the time for Republican party to abandon their staunch stands on women’s reproductive health, and more specifically on abortion, has come. Yes, abortion is the taking of an innocent life and it is not the will of God, but if one truly believes in “life ever-lasting” … in the existence of an immortal soul … then they have to trust that these innocent souls are with God and He will decide when and if they will re-incarnate again. As Christians we can educate others and lead by our example, but the final choice on these issues has to be a personal choice, processed on an individual spiritual level. We interfere with God’s wisdom and plan for the progression immortal souls along the path of spiritual enlightenment when we force others to do the “right thing” with forced legalities. As Christians we can be “pro-life” in our beliefs and show our support for life (e.g., supporting adoption programs that offer support to expectant women and find homes for unwanted children) but we should not dictate or inflict these beliefs onto others. I know that this way of thinking will be a sore point for many “Christians”, but I strongly feel that if people would momentarily remove “religion” from the equation and pray/reflect upon this in their own heart and mind that they would then begin see the reason for our being here on Earth and the journey that we are each on, individually, on a higher spiritual level which to my way of thinking super cedes the ways of the world.

I'm not blaming the defeat of the opposition to "four more years of the same" --and likely worse with another full-blown recession looming in our immediate future-- in this election on Christians ... I'm just saying that perhaps, in light of this election's outcome, it is time to do some serious self-assessment as "Christians" and as "Republicans."  Granted this election saw an unbelievably downright and dirty campaign on the Democratic side, the likes of which I think history will prove out that the American people have never before seen.  This campaign has forever changed the face of politics in this country and not for the better.  The outcome of this election will likely forever change the face of America as we once knew it, because we are no longer the "Land of the Free and the home of the Brave." With this election 2012, America has become the "Land with the illusion of 'free' and the home of the 'free-ride'." The problem with what 51% of Americans have voted for in this election is that ultimately there is no "FREE" ride. The free-ride that people think they want from government comes with conditons that will slowly, quietly and systematically whittle away so very many of our hard-won American freedoms (i.e., true free speech, personal health-care choices, religious freedoms).  But what concerns me most about this election, and its final outcome, is the fact that the United States of America has now become a nation where honesty, integrity, hard work, truth-based fact and accountability no longer seem to matter and that saddens me deeply. To me this election rings with a newfound, dark and demoralizing truth: that not only are our American votes for sale, but our hard-won --by the sacrifices and lives of those brave Americans who came before us-- American way of life now seems to be for sale as well.  Christian values do embody many of the latter noble principles--principles that have made America a great nation-- so in that respect Christians may just wind up being this country's saving grace.  Bottom-line: I am not knocking Christians, I am simply wondering if this might be a good time to reassess how Christians approach others when it comes their personal beliefs and moral convictions.

The above being said, I would not want to be in B.O.'s shoes for anything right now. The progressive liberal agenda has been gifted an unwarranted and unprecedented second chance given the current state of the economy. They now have an additional four years to make their case and if they fail, the repercussions will be lasting, not to mention devastating.  In fact, I would venture that these progressives would sooner sacrifice their “messiah” by having him die a martyr’s death –allegedly at the hands of the 'radical extreme', 'evil right' … thereby hammering yet another nail into the coffin of conservatism—before they will ever see their ideology outright fail.  



P.S. And I know many “Christians” will reflexively counter with arguments lumping all life issues together into one. Arguing that if we do not impose legal repercussions on abortion, then why not remove penalties for murderers, rapists and child-abusers. Why? Because the former does not have immediate and far-reaching implications on the functioning of an ordered society. Because those living here in the world would be significantly hindered in their ability to grow and progress along a path of spiritual enlightenment if they perpetually lived in fear for their lives and the safety of their children, thereby limiting the progress they could make --spiritually speaking-- in their present life incarnations.


[ Have not had much sleep of late ... So I am writing and editing this in waves as time, clarity and energy permits and also as I receive feedback from family and friends ... some of whom seem to be taking my questions here as a personal attack on them, as Christians, and their entire way of life.  At times like these I have to remember Bible passages where even Jesus often felt misunderstood by the people that were supposed to be his own.]



Think some people misunderstand my suggestion here:  I am not saying that religion should be disbanded by any stretch of the imagination and I am not implying that religious conservatives should no longer participate in helping to shape the party agenda. Organized religion is not all bad. I am not criticizing any Christians “for believing” or questioning their right to BELIEVE, nor are most people who have a problem with organized religion. I am simply saying let us reconsider how we, as Christians, embrace the world around us. I am saying that maybe the way of God is true peace, love and understanding and not the infliction of our beliefs onto those in the world around us --which IS the problem that most people (and maybe even God?) have with organized religion. That's all I'm saying.  ... And someone else mentioned changing demographics (all comments via email).  Yes, I do agree changing demographics is also an issue that needs to be addressed by the Republican party.  Clearly the Democratic party has a better handle on demographics than the Republican party did (during the election)/does now.  I have to wonder if the problem lies in the fact that many voters who might potentially vote with the Republican party --given the right candidate and platform-- now identify themselves as Independents and hence are not adequately accounted for or readily able to be identified?

Sunday, November 04, 2012

BELIEVE in America: Romney - Ryan 2012





Change with momentum, direction and a PLAN!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I wasn't really keen on Mitt Romney when he won the Republican Party nomination and became the viable alternative to four more years of the same.  Having watched each of the Presidential debates, however, I now feel confident that Mitt Romney is the best candidate to put the United States back on track and get us out of this stagnation in a "recession status quo" with the possibility of another recession looming in our foreseeable future.  Gov. Romney has a plan and proven record of economic success to back him up.  I'm sorry, but our country simply cannot afford four more years of THE SAME (Obama-Biden).  So this independent is voting for REAL CHANGE:  job creation & economic growth with the Romney-Ryan 2012 ticket.
 
 
God Bless the USA!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


[ I am happy that people stand up for what they believe in.  That being said it is difficult to be surrounded by so many people with such a different perspective on the state of our country from what I have.  I am an Independent, with Republican leanings.  I've never been a crowd pleaser or a follower and quite frankly, I don't care if people don't like me because I have a different political viewpoint.  My vote is not for sale at any price.  I will speak my mind --but I will also listen-- and even if only ONE single person listens to what I have to say and stops for a moment to consider another point of view, then all of my struggle and efforts to be heard will not have been in vain.  Most people, I find are okay with "agree to disagree."  I have even had a few civilized discussion of a political nature with liberally minded individuals.  It's the extremes that really catch you off guard --on both the left and the right-- people who are so emotionally tied to their viewpoints that they seem to leave all reason and rational thought entirely out of the equation.  People who literally "hate" you for your political viewpoints alone.  Those kind of people scare the hell out me.  They make me worry about the future of our nation.  I wonder sometimes if we truly can bridge the divides that have come to polarize our nation --these past four years especially-- after this election 2012, but I still keep a "dreamer's" hope that we can.  ... On a lighter note:  just noticed 11/6/2012 just after midnight, a search tag for my blog tonight is "will the planets align on nov. 6th."  Made me smile =)  It could happen?  I'll be throwing in my spiritual weight for a fair and uncontested election, for what it's worth.]


 

Friday, November 02, 2012

Is it easier to love an idea than a person?


Think, maybe, it is sometimes easier to love an idea than a person?  Not entirely certain ... Still rolling this notion around in my sleep-deprived head.  We'll see how the arguments --for and against-- settle out ...

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Anonymously Captured ....





One of my first ever photographs on this photographic journey.
"Morning Has Broken"
 
[Compliments to Blogger here:  My photos always look so great with your viewing
 software.  Not always the case with other applications that I use on-line.]







“Anonymously Captured”


Not in search of honor or high praise,
Don’t want recognition all ablaze.
Simply seeking snapshots far and few:
Look through my lens and renew.
Joyful sharing of beauty that abounds,
Serendipitous moments to astound!
With ‘unseen’ world: perpetually enraptured.
Forever suspended, freezing space in time,
An ever-unfolding story with child-like rhyme …
My window on the world: anonymously captured.


@Copyrighted Poem: Isabelle Black Smith, Nov. 1, 2012.  All Rights Reserved.





This pretty much sums up my philosophy on my photography.  To my way of thinking, why would I waste your time showing you that which you could already see with your own two eyes?

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Wondering ...



Window on my world?????




[Think my blog got drunk last night ; )  Woke up this morning to 323 pageviews overnight? Closed the day with 370 pageviews ... A record day for this blog.  Very odd ...]

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Asynchronous Beat ...

Trying to write an upbeat, "happy" poem for Autumn today.  The poem started its flowing out rather nicely, but somewhere along the way the restlessness in me started to sing --like an unruly child-- with a counter-posing asynchronous beat.  So I wound up throwing my hands up in utter defeat!?!  Seems  Autumn will have to take the back seat to the restlessness within me ....




"Ridophe", By Edward Reginald Frampton
(Image Courtesy of Artmagick)





"Asynchronous Beat"

There is an unsettling in me.
An unsettling that will find its way out.

Hiding behind voices of reason.
Whispering taunts of treason.

Shadows of doubt.
Inside, outside,
Right-side out?

Which way is UP?
Who is me?
No longer content to just be:
Standing on my edge, with a
Secret longing to be FREE ....



@Copyrighted Poem, October 2012. All Right Reserved:  Isabelle Black Smith.




Sometimes, the most brilliant people have the most persuasive demons? ; )  Going for a run ...

And I'm back and happy to report that I was able to finish my 'Autumnal' write after all.  Not my most brilliant work, but the completion of my formal, structured Autumnal serenade represents a personal triumph for me on a number of different levels.  And hey, I found something 'constructive' to occupy the unruly child in me ... So it's all good? 


 

Friday, October 19, 2012

We are none of us promised a tomorrow ....









The following is a letter I wrote to a friend this evening.   He has been having visions of his wife dying and –understandably—these visions are truly troubling for him. His wife was diagnosed and treated for both breast and ovarian cancer not long ago. She is, no doubt, in the battle of her life. But my friend's wife has such an amazing, resilient and loving spirit and she has so many people storming heaven with prayers for her. My friend, I think, is having a hard time not just dealing with the very real possibility of losing his wife, but he is also dealing with feelings of recent loss for other loved ones in his life.

I share these words with you, because I sense that they will perhaps speak to many people … Oddly enough, when I read back over these words written to my friend, I realize that that these words also speak to me and issues I have been dealing with in my own personal life on a different level. God sure does work in mysterious wonderful ways, does he not???




“Dear YYYYYYY,


Good for you on treating Beth so well. As for your vision ... These things, the 'gift of sight’ that you have, can be dual-edged sword. You have to be willing to acknowledge the influence of your own personal fears onto the projection of what you 'see', and in doing so you have to be willing to admit that what you are most likely sensing is your own personal reaction to a very possible outcome in your foreseeable future. On some level, your subconscious mind must think that you need to begin dealing with the possibility of XXXXX’s death on some level. You have to begin processing your fear of this possibility not because this will happen, but more likely because you deeply fear that it could happen and sub-consciously you don't think --given all of the other losses of loved ones in your life of late-- that you will be able to handle her death if and when it comes to pass.


If you start swallowing and digesting the eventual acceptance of the possibility of XXXXX’s death now, then you won't completely lose it if it does ever happen. The above being said, XXXXX needs you to be her rock right now! You are her anchor and you have got to push her to be strong and to fight to keep her hope, to keep going and to heal. I truly believe that a good 80 - 90% of healing takes place in the mind and the heart. Our spirits have to literally will our physical bodies to return to a state of balance and equilibrium. Without the will to live, our bodies will not heal and eventually they will begin to crumble. So YYYYYY, from this moment forward: I would suggest focusing on the HERE and NOW. Focus on XXXXX healing and finding her own inner peace. Make the most of every single minute you have together, because we are none of us promised a tomorrow. The one truth we all share is Death and eventually it will come for us all. The key, I think, is to be ready to meet Death when he comes for us --or those that we love-- by living a life worth living TODAY.  This means that we willfully choose to put our love, time and efforts where they will count the most and do the most good.


As I read over what I have written above, it occurs to me that maybe these were words that I needed to hear, for myself, as well. Anyhow, remember to keep your Faith and Hope. Let God’s eternal LOVE shore you up and don’t forget to PRAY!!   For, I truly believe in the power of prayer … Offer up what you can't handle to God . Just lay it at His feet and let Him carry it for you: AND HE WILL!


I will keep you and XXXX in my ongoing thoughts and prayers, YYYYYY. Hang in there, my dear friend!



Love,
Isabelle”

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What I’m Taking to the Polls on November 6, 2012 Election Day

The Second Presidential Debate: What I’m Taking to the Polls on November 6, 2012 Election Day



Mr. President, with all due respect, here’s “THE MATH”: CREATING JOBS STIMULATES THE ECONOMY which pays for itself ten times over. Your ongoing failure to grasp this fundamental concept of simple economics is why our American economy continues to flounder when all previous historical data for recessions to date indicates that we should be well out this recession by now and yet we are not. Your continuing insistence that Gov. Romney’s numbers “Don’t add up” and that his tax plan will leave us with a net result of “7 trillion additional dollars added to the deficit” is just smoke and mirrors, and if the American people have a shred of common sense left they aren’t buying into these smoke and mirrors tactics any longer. History is history and data is data: Its time to try something new because what we’ve been doing these past four years is simply NOT working!

Furthermore, Governor Romney is not a liar and “he’s [not] lying.” You see Gov. Romney’s “5-point plan” to get the American economy going once again --and his tax plan in particular-- simply acknowledges that if elected to the “Office of President of the United States of America” (executive branch) Gov. Romney will only be a part of a system of government that also includes the congressional (House and Senate) and judicial branches of government. Gov. Romney accepts that the executive branch of government does not have the sole power to proclaim and enact laws all on its own and as such the minute details of specific revisions to the tax code (i.e., “closing loopholes”) will have to be ironed out in a bi-partisan effort in the Congress after the election. And contrary to what your administration believes, just because you say something often enough doesn’t make it truth: Gov. Romney’s tax plan is specific on the one point that really matters and that is that the top 1% of wealthiest Americans will NOT BE GETTING A TAX BREAK. Quite frankly, given the recent scandal unfolding around the brutal killing of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, a technical analyst and two additional armed forces members –the loss of FOUR AMERICAN LIVES! -- in a terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya: you have one heck of a lot of nerve standing up in front of the American people and calling anyone else a liar.

As a matter of fact, media analysis to date –to the best of my knowledge—has only conclusively proven that you yourself, Mr. President, have been the one “to lie” to American people, but I'll be more diplomatic and simply claim that you have spoken a mistruth. Post analysis debate of the first Presidential Debate, on CNN “By the Numbers”, found and explicitly stated that the only mistruth that they had found during the course of the initial debate had been spoken by you, Mr. President. CNN clearly stated that your claim of having created “5 million jobs” during the course of your 4-year term in office was false. Their analysis of the numbers showed that 4.3 million jobs were lost in the recession and that only 4.4 (4.425) million jobs had been created by your administration over the course of the past four years, which resulted in a net creation of only 125,000 jobs. Even if you do not count the 4.3 million jobs lost due to the recession, 4.425 million jobs is still less than 5 million, by almost half a million jobs. Your math on “job creation” is what does not “add up”, Mr. President: 4.4 million does not round up to 5 million as any fourth or fifth grade math student will tell you.

Pointing fingers, shifting focus (e.g., Gov. Romney’s proposed “hard choice” funding cuts, like “Big Bird” funding cuts to PBS, which makes a huge profit each year solely on its own merit: 53 million in profits last year, I believe, even before government subsidies of an estimated 430 million per year) with smoke and mirrors tactics, creating fear and pitting the American people against one another along lines of class status, and outright lying to the American people about this Administration’s failures with respect to the recent terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, isn’t leadership! And it isn’t what we need in order to move this country forward once again along a path that would restore America’s economic independence by getting people back to work, creating jobs and getting a handle on our soaring 16 trillion dollar national debt … your lack of true leadership, Mr. President, isn’t what America needs in order to protect Americans working abroad against future terrorist attacks. Governor Romney has a plan, Mr. President. We have yet to hear anything that even begins to resemble a specific, detailed plan for changing the current “recession status quo” from you or your campaign. And that’s what I’m taking to the polls with me on November 6, 2012!

God Bless the USA!



P.S.  On "Women's Issues" in this election ... Yes, I don't necessarily like all of the Republican Party's stands on "women's issues" and I have written many political pieces discussing my problems with specific Republican stands on women's issues (e.g., birth control and healthcare coverage).  That being said, being able to afford to put food on my table, buy clothes for my kids, put gas in my car and heat my home for the winter, seem to be the more pressing set of issues facing not only me, but my family as well. Looking on down the line several years, if we continue to limp down this pot-holed road we've been on for the last four years:  I can only see a huge "SOLD TO CHINA" sign slapped across the good old USA. I look at China and the kind of lives and issues facing women in China, today, and I think to myself, "Is this the kind of economic uncertainty and future that I want to hand off to my daughters tomorrow?"    ... Okay, so China owns less than 10% of our national debt, Russia owns a large portion as does a conglomeration of Middle Eastern oil interests ... Then there are undisclosed Cayman Island offshore account holders and others with Swiss account holders of similar undisclosed origin (maffia or other criminal organizations?). Are any of the latter preferabe to China?  Probably not, but WHO owns our debt isn't the REAL issue.  The REAL issue is that we have an unacceptably enormous amount of national debt:  16,000,000,000,000 ... that's 16 trillion, dollars (!!?!!) and with the interest alone, this number is growing each and every day!!  It doesn't matter who owns this debt and how we got here:  the important issues are that 1) we have this enormous debt and 2) we need to get a handle on it NOW.  To this end, we need a President with a proven track record for economic success so that we can create jobs, put people back to work and get our economy going once again ... Because what we've been doing these past four years simply IS NOT WORKING!!

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Simple Threads ...



Simple threads can weave a rather extraordinary life ....

 
 
 
 
“It serves a purpose, this everyday and to some seemingly ‘mundane’ … these bits we tend
to edit out when glancing back; for without these simple threads there would be
no fabric to drape about the body of recollection."  
 
~Isabelle Black Smith
 
 
 

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Historical Data Shows We Should Be Well Out of the Recession By Now?



So why aren't we??????????????????


I've been trying to sort through the really big issues in this upcoming election myself.  Trying to gather information and formulate my stance on key issues in case the opportunity for meaningful discussion should arise with friends, co-workers, neighbors ... The raw emotion surrounding the current state of our country this political season, however, seems to be fueling a maddening trend towards polarization and outright belligerence in all too many instances --well from what I have personally witnessed thus far.  This saddens me deeply on a good day and scares the hell out me on a bad day.

To me, this election is like none other that I have witnessed in my entire lifetime --even before I was old enough to actually vote-- and perhaps that's because the economy that we are and have been dealing with these past few years is like none since the Great Depression?  But it's been four long years now since the current administration took office.  Historical data from previous American recessions have all shown that the economy has historically recovered by this point in time.  So why hasn't America ... why haven't we ... recovered yet?  Obviously, something --actually, like a combination of many things-- we have been doing for the last four years isn't working!  Logic would then dictate that it's time to try a new plan of attack, right?  I mean all issues, specifics and details aside:  it's just plain time to try something new!  I don't see how you can argue with the latter conclusion, whether you're a Republican, Democrat or Independent:  history is history and data is data.




[Original Image Removed????]

Image Source:  ABC News
 
 



My 12-year old summed it up rather nicely tonight when she said the following after watching the first presidential debate with me ...


“We’ve been following this election at school too in our ‘Junior Scholastic Readers.’  We hire the President to do a job, don’t we?   And didn’t he say that if he didn’t do the job we shouldn’t rehire him, so why was the President up there asking for his job back now?”  ~My 12-year old




Holding out my own hope that the remaining Presidential debates will provide the American electorate with clear and viable choices for solutions that will take our nation in a new direction, with the possibility of restoring hope once again for our future and for our childrens' future!  ... And while I am at it, is it too much to hope for that the American people will actually watch these televised debates and form their own opinions instead of having the media-machine --with its own political agenda--- form their opinions for them?  Or is the term "sheeple" truly applicable to the average American voter now-a-days?

Monday, October 01, 2012

Awakening Dream ...

The most beautiful words awoke me from my two hours of slumber this morning.  Three minutes before my alarm clock was set to ring, into my ear a warm yet invisble voice did whisper ... whisper of words that wrapped senuous arms around a warm and sleepy me, reaching in ever so tenderly to touch my very soul. 






Artist's Title:  "My Dream"





It took me a few minutes fully come to my senses, finally realizing that I was alone and had been only dreaming?  The alarm clock yelling at me three minutes later helped to clarify matters, pulling me abruptly back into my waking reality.  I sat up and gently pounded the clock for ruining my dream.  If I hadn't had to get up and start my day, I would have hit 'snooze' and snuggled back into bed for a few more minutes, but I was up and sadly if I don't get up no one else does either.  I happend to have my iTouch on the table beside the bed though, so I took a few minutes and 'wrote' the dreamy words down, lest they later seem but a hazy receeding dream. 

Reading back over these whispered words now, it seems to me that there is a beautiful song in these sensuous words ... An intimate lovesong just waiting to unfold.  Hopefully, the rest of the words will come to me in time.  For now they are written on my heart, playing endlessly in my mind.  Soul synchronicty?  Seems to be happening a lot for me lately on many different levels, with different people, for different reasons.  Maybe these words are just the words I long to hear from afar or very near ... The universe works in mysterious ways.  Wish I could share the words of my awakening dream with you here now, but they are as yet unfinished.  Perhaps I'll share them when the song completes ....

And this image fits so very nicely with the words from my dream.  Do check out the website of the artist in the links provided.  This talented artist has several other exquisite paintings of a similar style and equal beauty available for viewing on her website:  Rebecca Torrington.  There is an inherent beauty in the human form when seen through the eyes of love --and not lust-- I believe so, anyhow ... didn't always feel that way, but I've come such a long way on my journey through this life thus far ....



Friday, September 28, 2012

Lacking Pretense ...



"Some lose all mind and become soul, insane.
Some lose all soul and become mind, intellectual.
Some lose both and become accepted.”

~Charles Bukowski










Listening to my favorite 70's era tunes on my Spotify playlist right now.  Think that's why I love this music so much:  it's completely lacking in pretense.  "Don't Fear the Reaper" ... Blue Oyster Cult.  Love this song!  Hmmm ... Death has no pretense.  He employs no guise or means of deceit ... Death is perhaps the one truth we all share?  I happened to write a poem about dealing with the loss of a loved one the other day.  It's titled "Empty Chair."  Perhaps I'll share it with you here one day ... Me, I'm perfectly at ease with Death.  As I've said before, Death and Isabelle are old friends.  There are many types of death to my way of thinking and I suppose that's fitting, seeing as there are conversely many types of love.  It's all about balance, is it not?


Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Stolen Child ...


A dear friend of mine reminded me of the soothing, soulful writings of the poetic W. B. Yeats today.  Nobel Prize Winner, poet, playwright, painter and politician, but first and foremost an Irishman with fiery passion and heart. Here is one of my favorites by this talented artist.  Followed by a musical renditon of the same by the talented Lorenna McKennitt.  Enjoy ...




"Moonlight Reflections"
@Copyrighted Photograph.  All Rights Reserved: Isabelle Black Smith.





The Stolen Child

by W. B. Yeats

Where dips the rocky highland
Of Sleuth Wood in the lake,
There lies a leafy island
Where flapping herons wake
The drowsy water rats;
There we've hid our faery vats,
Full of berrys
And of reddest stolen cherries.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.

Where the wave of moonlight glosses
The dim gray sands with light,
Far off by furthest Rosses
We foot it all the night,
Weaving olden dances
Mingling hands and mingling glances
Till the moon has taken flight;
To and fro we leap
And chase the frothy bubbles,
While the world is full of troubles
And anxious in its sleep.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.

Where the wandering water gushes
From the hills above Glen-Car,
In pools among the rushes
That scarce could bathe a star,
We seek for slumbering trout
And whispering in their ears
Give them unquiet dreams;
Leaning softly out
From ferns that drop their tears
Over the young streams.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.

Away with us he's going,
The solemn-eyed:
He'll hear no more the lowing
Of the calves on the warm hillside
Or the kettle on the hob
Sing peace into his breast,
Or see the brown mice bob
Round and round the oatmeal chest.
For he comes, the human child,
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than he can understand.

(Poem courtesy of poets.org)




Song:  "Stolen Child", By Loreena McKennitt




God Bless and keep the man who picks me up when the child in me falls completely apart again.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Think Happy Thoughts ...




Think happy thoughts; they give you wings?





"Water Wings"
@Copyrighted Photograph. All Rights Reserved: Isabelle Black Smith.
 

(Open Ocean photograph. Over a dozen of these "spinner" dolphins were dancing alongside our sailboat as we flew through the water.  I'm not great at photographing things in motion, but somehow I managed to zoom in and get a semi-closeup of this guy.  Quite an amazing, not to mention uplifting, sight to behold.)




A friend of mine shared this quote today.  I found it to be rather poignant ...




“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds
on the heel that has crushed it.”
~ Mark Twain





Sunday, September 23, 2012

Late Night Pondering?




"Supernova"





Love and Hate … two seemingly polar ends of the spectrum for human expression of innermost feelings? Sitting here today, I have to wonder which is the easier of the two feelings to manifest given our “human condition” … Does the answer depend upon the individual person?  And is the answer merely a matter of effort, instinct or both?   That is to say, are we humans inherently selfish by nature or is this selfishness learned?  Sitting here today, I am inclined to think that selfishness is a predisposition acquired by most when we incarnate … take on flesh. Then the extent to which we are influenced by to act upon this “selfishness” of the human condition depends upon the current state of an individual’s spiritual evolution of their immortal soul. If you accept the latter as a truth, then does a predisposition toward selfishness make Hate the easier emotion to manifest? Does one have to work through the inclination towards selfishness, and hence Hate, in order to get to Love? And if this is the case, isn’t the relationship between Love and Hate rather circular in nature than purely linear and polarizing? Love and Hate sitting side by side … but a stones-throw away from one another, intimately interwoven by varying degrees along the circular path of their union with the greatest intensity of repulsion being the point of their closest meeting? And if you accept this circular relationship between Love and Hate, does it then take a truly enlightened --or innocent soul-- in order to be able to bridge this shortest distance of maximum repulsion while the rest of us must take the longer circuitous route? Love and Hate:  the intimate nature of our human duality?
 
 
 
 
9/25/2012 ... I wonder are there ever instances where anger is a useful emotion????? Many of my therapists seem to think that anger can be a useful emotion and of course they add that anger is an emotion I need to "learn how to express", but to my way of thinking these therapists only look at half of the equation.  They aren't considering the spiritual aspects of anger, I think.
 
... Then again, anger when internalized --as opposed to externally expressed-- raw and freshly processed, and of sufficient intensity, seems to be capable of opening up the tighty locked, and long-forgotten, closed doors of the mind?

Friday, September 21, 2012

"It's NOT Fair!" ...

 
 
“Stop & Stare” … A Song By One Republic … “Fair ain’t what you really need” One of the lines from the song. How many times do hear children say “That’s not fair!” And how do you reply to this emotionally charged expletive? Or rather, I should say, what’s the first thought that goes through your mind. I mean, if you’re being honest. You want to say, “Hey, kid, Life is anything but fair so get used to it!” But how cruel and heartless is that? It’s a truth that they will come to know on their own eventually, but how soon do you want or really need to let them in on it? Isn’t it funny the lengths we often go to in order to shield our children from the sometimes cruel realities of this world. Knowing all the while -- if we are honest with ourselves and them—that at some point we have to let our children in on some of the less pleasant “truths” of our world in order prepare them to face the world on their own someday and survive. The trick is to enlighten them in subtle, simple ways that they can come understand gradually, while processing a given truth within the scope of their limited experience, right?









Isn’t it funny --albiet a sad kind of funny ... sometimes you have to laugh just to keep from crying-- how so much of what is going on the world today is worthy of that simple, innocent childhood response: “That’s not fair!” It’s not fair that an innocent man, an ambassador of goodwill, working to forge meaningful political and economic relationships with a “neighboring” country should be dragged from the embassy where he worked. That he should be brutally tortured, sodomized and dragged through the streets before finally surrendering to his death. It’s not fair that an analyst working at the same embassy and two Navy Seals, staying at an adjacent safe house who responded with intent to help fend off the embassy attack, also lost their lives in this brutal attack. It’s insane –forget FAIR!-- to think that four human lives were needlessly taken in retaliation for a perceived insult delivered via a supposed internet video created by a misguided American who does not speak for our country as a whole. It’s not fair –not to mention unconscionable-- that our fellow inhabitants of this rapidly spinning Blue Planet think that it is not only okay to take human lives because of perceived insults due the nature of our different religious and political beliefs, but that they actually believe that doing so is the will of God our Creator?! It’s not fair that millions of Americans can’t find work and have stopped looking. It’s not fair that we live in a world where the cost to put a roof over our heads, food on the table, clothes on our bodies and gas in our cars is sky rocketing out of control with no clear meaningful economic relief in sight. It’s not fair that our nation is so divided along religious and political party lines that we seem to have lost the ability to carry on any meaningful civilized discussions toward the end of alleviating the REAL problems facing our nation as a whole. It’s not fair that religious people judge and condemn others in the name of their religion. It’s not fair that an injured soldier who bravely served his/her country returns home to face nearly insurmountable struggles with insufficient aid and nearly laughable compensation from our government. It’s not fair that the nuclear option is returning to the forefront of conceivable realities for our lifetime, with a now nuclear North Korea and an Iran on the cusp of becoming a nuclear power … especially in light of the escalating hostilities from Middle East towards Americans and the United States. It’s not fair ….

It’s not fair, but the meaningful question here is what are you going to do about it? Taken as a whole, I agree, it ALL is rather overwhelming. So just pick one … one thing that you are going to do, yourself, today to help make the world a better place … to share with our children that, yes, sometimes life isn’t fair, but in those instances you can still have a voice and act to impact change towards a greater end. I think we teach our children best by example, by our actions … not by the easy way out of “do as I say, not as I do.” Our children are watching: what will they learn from us as parents, citizens, members of houses of worship … political parties, communities?

Perhaps you can pray with your children for those who have needlessly lost their lives in terror attacks. Pray for the misguided souls that are being used by politically motivated extremist religious leaders to take innocent lives. Perhaps you will find the courage to speak out against the misguided that act in hate or violence in the name of your religion. Perhaps you will swallow your pride and forgive your neighbor when they insult you for your differing opinion on religious or political matters. Perhaps you will be an informed citizen that actually makes it to the polls on Election day 2012 in order to cast a legitimate vote with the hope of stopping –and ultimately reversing-- the rapidly declining state of our country. Perhaps you will help a friend network and find a job … Make a donation to your local food bank. The opportunities to truly make a difference and impact change are endless. Don’t give up hope … Don’t just bicker and complain: ACT. Our children are watching: what will they learn from us as parents, citizens, members of houses of worship … political parties, communities? Perhaps the most powerful legacy that we leave our children is our meaningful action in the face of adversity.