Tender Misgivings

“Choosing a path meant having to miss out on others. She had a whole life to live, and she was always thinking that, in the future, she might regret the choices she made now.

“I’m afraid of committing myself,” she thought to herself.

She wanted to follow all possible paths and so ended up following none.

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Even in that most important area of her life, love, she had failed to commit herself. After her first romantic disappointment, she had never again given herself entirely.

She feared pan, loss, and separation.

 

These things were inevitable on the path to love, and the only way of avoiding them was by deciding not to take that path at all. In order not to suffer, you had to renounce love.

It was like putting out your own eyes not to see the bad things in life.”

~ Paulo Coelho
Artwork:  Blind Love by Myiu14

Stepping in to a New Year

Today it is quite the marvel to read how the present media rage  is working to have Americans agree to a war with Russia. Stirring the pot by evicting their diplomats, sniveling about hacking…. come on now…. is this ridiculous or what?!! The USA government does their own hacking and spies on everyone world-wide of their interest.

Why do ‘they’ really want war? YES< They love to go to war when the USA  economy tanks.

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It is their “go-to” practice to keep the public focused angrily towards anyone other than their bad governance.

So will the North American public eat this bowl of jello politics? Congealed shavings of nit-picks. Seems that war can be caused by trivial pursuits.

Guess that is why so many people backed Mr. Trump, as they want our economy and pursiut of happiness to be the real focus of USA government. USA has great talent.

There is no reason why our economy should be frail, but it is.

People are talking everywhere that their children cannot make a living, that too many people are without jobs, that food is so expensive, that rents and mortgages have gone past the reasonable and affordable point, in to the crazy zone.

I keep waiting for their digital stamp to place on all real news and a stamp for fake news. What fun that could be! Yet it shows that those who are illogical in government are panicing.

Moving into 2017 will be interesting; for those very people who think they can manipulate the public through eternity may find themselves no longer being listened to. The alternative people have come to replace the insane.

Mr. Trump is proof that there is another way to construct our collective states towards sustainability, and opt out of undeclared wars.

Wars spend taxpayers money and the governments black market money in unthinkable amounts and leaves the people poor and hungry.  Yet the tales told makes people believe they will come out better if they agree to beating down another country. What a twist of logic.

Would it not be a better investment to do commerce with other countries, and to help other countries become strong economies as well?

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As the hippies pointed out, that if the war money was just spent on the states and people, that we would be an amazing country.

Step lightly, choose wisely, for this next year could be our greatest or just plain sad.

Artwork: Peace War Money by Miguel Villalba Sanchez  Elchicotriste

I am not sure why people are saying 2016 was a bad year, seems like there was some admirable changes for the better and for all people.

Guess if you want to promote a war, you got to get people angry and focused on the anything and anyone “bad”. Each story builds in to a feeding frenzy and reactive measures.Mistakes happen.

It is our duty to our own families to keep our focus on what is good and right no matter where we live in the world.

Happy New Year! (Just another choice!)

~ Rus

 

 

Holiday Swing

The Holiday Season is in full force this winter. It is something many people love and enjoy. It is something that many people hate and detest.

Cause of cheers and beers, the holidays come on like a bull, demanding certain social rituals that really do not fit all.

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The poor cannot participate. They just have their meals, or no meals, and just feel left out. They wonder why it is that in such a giving season, why is it that they are left behind. The santa myth is one they already had to dispel to their children.

It is also a season where all the religions fight over whose season it is anyway. They each want sole custody of the perfect holiday and celebration they teach in their own specific belief system.

Even with all the religious teachings of sharing and giving, it is the righteous that get downright mean and nasty this time of year when confronted with the diversity in celebratory ways of this season.

So many people are celebrating how much they can spend on their friends and family, hoping for the grandiose thank yous and gushing, blushing. Seeing this all over the world, really, as it is not one country that celebrates.

Each seasons is full of natures reality and purpose; to grow and recede, to warm and then cool, to provide food and then pause. Winter was when the food would appear thin until spring and even summer in most places, so the push was to harvest enough to get by during the dormant season. This harvest season remake is now popularly called Christmas. Today people of all faiths participate in a more shared way so that it includes more people.

Many of the former rituals used during this time got a remake, as in a ‘santa’, evergreen trees, giving, sharing, feeding, laughing and getting drunk.

One day the conglomerate of winter celebrations may merge in to something that is not so exclusive. Maybe it can be shifted so that people are not so desperately lonely, or hungry. It is a very strange mix that people blindly redo every year.

How does the rich cope, by watching “A Christmas Carol” and then go feast on cookies; moral lesson was included in the day.

~ Rus

 

Undergoing Challenges

“That’s the paradox: the only time most people feel alive is when they’re suffering, when something overwhelms their ordinary, careful armour, and the naked child is flung out onto the world.

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Desperate Struggle by Masae

That’s why the things that are worst to undergo are best to remember.

But when that child gets buried away under their adaptive and protective shells—he becomes one of the walking dead, a monster.

So when you realise you’ve gone a few weeks and haven’t felt that awful struggle of your childish self — struggling to lift itself out of its inadequacy and incompetence — you’ll know you’ve gone some weeks without meeting new challenge, and without growing, and that you’ve gone some weeks towards losing touch with yourself.

The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated.

And the only thing people regret is that they didn’t live boldly enough, that they didn’t invest enough heart, didn’t love enough.

Nothing else really counts at all.” ~ Ted Hughes