This is a tiny miracle yet we live in a world where fear overrides logic. When one should just stop for a moment before striking and simply THINK but those seconds before striking are so rare that we would rather hurt than heal the things that BELONG in our world. From small to large scale the world over, accountability is a thing of the past and humans are not interested in taking responsibility for their actions anymore, they’d rather blame something or someone else. It starts with the little things; the things that speak to my heart the loudest. Don’t kill because you think something smaller than your iris is going to kill you first. Do yourself and the little things a favour by educating before exterminating. I bet you anything you’re willing to bet you could never make anything so incredibly beautiful to put into this world so what gives you the right to think that you can just take it out? Think.
“Run your fingers through my soul. For once, just once, feel exactly what I feel, believe what I believe, perceive as I perceive, look, experience, examine, and for once; just once, understand.”
~ Keven Holmes
I think humankind (how ironic) are slowly but surely losing touch with their essence, their compassion and their 'human'ness. I watched a naming and shaming unfold yesterday that turned into a mass hysterical frenzy about someone I am friends with on FB. It was so sad to see how human beings turn on each other and out of a 500 odd comment thread of death threats, making the address and phone number public by all these perfect people there were two or three comments that made any common sense about the repercussions of their actions and what they are actually doing and no one cared, the cyber stoning continued on an alarming level of malevolence.
As much as social media has it's pro's it is becoming a slow-releasing poison that is going to kill the soul and joy of being human and a platform from which people jump off their dirty high horses to make the lives of others a living hell. I wonder? Will the mass of frenzied and scorned women only be satisfied once this 'bad' person is dead? Will the bullshit stop after that? This is why I do not like my own species. The levels of stupidity and insecurity just keep increasing. And why I periodically de-activate my account when it just becomes too much.
WHAT are we doing to each other??
The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer
It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.
It doesn’t interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.
It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon...
I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain.
I want to know if you can sit with pain mine or your own without moving to hide it or fade it or fix it.
I want to know if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us
to be careful
to be realistic
to remember the limitations of being human.
It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true.
I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself.
If you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see Beauty even when it is not pretty every day.
And if you can source your own life from its presence.
I want to know if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, “Yes.”
It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done to feed the children.
It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand in the centre of the fire with me and not shrink back.
It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.
I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.
A young couple moves into a new neighborhood. The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside.
“That laundry is not very clean; she doesn't know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.”
Her husband looks on, remaining silent. Every time her neighbor hangs her wash to dry, the young woman makes the same comments.
A month later, the woman is surprised to see nice clean washing on the line and says to her husband: “Look, she’s finally learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this?”
The husband replies, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.”
And so it is with life…
What we see when watching others depends on the clarity of the window through which we look.
Everything is worth saving. I watched this little lady come alive after pulling her out a drink I didn't see her fall into. She was motionless when I pulled her out so I pumped her hind legs, not knowing if that would even help but I tried anyway. I witnessed the life slowly and miraculously come back into her tiny little being as she cleaned herself off of the sticky mess she had landed in, taking a good couple minutes before she eventually returned to the skies once more.
It got me thinking about the alluring messes we choose to land into, oftentimes by our own choices. It's no fun to clean the uncomfortable mess and it takes a long time to get back to the way it was but sometimes we get a second chance in life to choose better next time. The power of choice is one of the greatest powers ever given to man.
How I see it...
I see, speak and write in metaphors because I feel there is much we can learn from nature, people and our surroundings as depicted in my photographs and why I enjoy sharing my thoughts. Not in any attempt to convince or convert you to my way of thinking, seeing or feeling but to share how I see and experience MY mind map of the world. You at no time have to agree, all I ask is that my views and the views of others who wish to express theirs are kindly respected. So relax, get comfy and just enjoy. Happy reading!