Like in a blink of an eye, three-hundred plus days have gone by; well not quite, there are still two days to go. But as that new year approaches, as the first day of the first month nears, there are some people around the world with their list of resolution(s). They are ready to put the last day of this year in the rearview mirror and begin anew.
But why should they wait to make changes in their lives; why should any of us wait to do things that we have been putting off? A new year does not signify change or that things will be different; what it signifies should be up to you; it should be personal. But do not wait for numbers on a calendar to change to think about it or to act.
So what is your newness that you can begin now?
Are you afraid of growing old? Are you someone that thinks only about yourself; whatever you want, you must have no matter the cost?
He was narcissistic, valuing the outside more than what was on the inside. He was willing to please his desires. He held not dearly to friendships. He appeared fake. Dorian Gray was all that and then some, but yet I found him not only lost but in urgent need of finding out what real love was. What was the true meaning of friendship, and yes, that the capital I’s in his life needed to be toned down.
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde with his subtleties and great quotes, not only depicted a young man in need of guidance, but a young man getting the wrong guidance from a source that almost was vain as himself. Which leads me to this question, “Who are you being influence by?”
“I wish I could be love,” cried Dorian Gray, with a deep note of pathos in his voice. “But I seem to have lost the passion, and forgotten the desire. I am too much concentrated on myself. My own personality has become a burden to me.”chapter 18 from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Okay, the acting in this version was atrocious, but I sat through it. It seem to be the closest to the book.
“I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure; and, behold, this also is vanity.” Ecclesiastes 2 vs 1 Interesting book.
So I’m back early. 🙂
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Tagged Beauty, Books, Desires, Ecclesiastes, I, Influence, Journal, Life, Novel, Oscar Wilde, Peter Firth, Reading, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Thoughts, Vanity, Youth
Last year it felt like Christmas came in a haste and left the same way. This year, the same way. But this time of year brings a peace, a hope, a joy, things that are pleasant and actions that are cordial.
I am not naive to think that is how it is everywhere; I know the darker and sadder side of Christmas. I also know that some people would be looking out for their gifts, not the main reason for the holiday, but nonetheless, gifts would be expected.
What would be the gifts that you would ask from God and man? Man being both men and woman.
“For unto us a child is born, a son is given . . .” Isaiah 9 vs 6 Jesus was given life to die so that we can live.
To you Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. 🙂 To you who do not celebrate Christmas, enjoy your day. 🙂 See you guys in the new year, God willing. 🙂
Have you ever wanted something that you probably knew that you could never get? Quasimodo, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, went through a lot during his life. He felt not needed, unloved, despised, . . . You know, all of the bad things that would make anyone feel like garbage. But for him, there was a ray of sunshine. He wanted Esmeralda, but he never got her. Perhaps he knew that he never would have.
Then why keep trying? How many of us have done that? Keep trying and wasting time, well it is wasting time, on things, a person’s attention, a celebrity crush that we hope that would turn into reality, and on and on and on.
This book by Victor Hugo made me teary eyed. People judging one man because of his deformed state. The wants of not only him but by the other characters showed me that no matter who we might be, we all have something that we desire. It showed me that what you dish out, the receiver would keep and remember, thus forming what and who he/she becomes.
“. . . among all the hideous remains they found two skeletons, one embracing the other. One of them, the skeleton of a woman. . . . The second skeleton, which held the first one tightly in its arms, was that of a man. They noticed that it had a twisted spine, a head sunk between its shoulders and one leg shorter than the other. There was no rupture of the vertebrae at the neck, so it was clear that the man had not been hanged. He had apparently come there and died.” from Book 9, chapter four, The Marriage of Quasimodo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
Have not had a chance to see a movie version of this book, but I like this song by Placebo, Protect Me From What I Want.
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Tagged Books, Journal, Life, Placebo, Protect Me From What I Want, Quasimodo, Reading, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Thoughts, Unloved, Victor Hugo, Wants
Can evil be good if it does good things?
On Sunday, I watched my second most favorite cartoon. Beauty and the Beast, a Disney movie, is such a great film to see. 🙂 So many messages in it, but I want to talk about one.
How much does a person’s exterior play in another person falling in love with them? Belle fell for the beast and was “rewarded” with a handsome prince charming. But he was prince charming before that. She looked beyond what was on the outside of him and paid attention to what was on the inside. Is not that how love should be?
Posted in Love Looks Like . . .
Tagged Beauty and the Beast, Belle, Disney, Inside, Journal, Life, Love, Movie, Outside, Prince Charming, Thoughts
Do all our actions come with motives?
“Thus the thing began. Had she perceived this meeting’s import she might have asked why she was doomed to be seen and coveted that day by the wrong man, and not by some other man, the right and desired one in all respects–as nearby as humanity can supply the right and desired; yet to him who amongst her acquaintance might have approximated to this kind, she was but a transient impression, half forgotten.” chapter 5 from The Maiden, Tess of D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.
When I was first introduced to the character in the above mentioned book, with his “coz”, I knew that he was bad news. Alec D’Urbreville, was a man with so much ulterior motives that he reminded me of politicians.
This novel, with its tragic lead figure, showed how one parent’s path to obtain money can lead to tragedy. It showed how one man took advantage of a situation. The caused for Tess’ downfall was killed by her. How should one react, what should he/she do, when the person who has caused so much pain, stands before him/her, laughing.
Jason Flemyng, played the cad magnificently.
How much “pushing” should parents do?
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Tagged Alec D'Urberville, Books, Cad, Jason Flemyng, Journal, Life, Motives, Novel, Parenting, Reading, Tess D'Urberville, Thomas Hardy, Thoughts
Do celebrities have a right to entitlement?
Hysterics happily humanly haranguing here,
Yes, yo-yo yodeling yarns yearly.
Practicing pompous puppets perpetrating preachings
Of obediently obliging obnoxious outlandish
Careless calculating characteristics; cameraly centered;
Reaching races readily reacting reverently.
Idolizing, imitating image illusionists idiosyncrasies
Through today, tomorrow, throughout time.
Evermore entertainers entertaining eager earthlings.
Sign say so superficial singing screen stars.
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Tagged Celebrity, Entertainers, Entertainment, Entitlement, Hollywood, Journal, Life, Miss, Mr, Mrs, Ms, Not Generally, Thoughts
Would you hold on to something that you believed in even if it was not popular to do so? Would you do the right thing even if others around you threatened you?
“I’m no idealist to believe firmly in the integrity of our courts and in the jury system – that is no ideal to me, it is a living.” That was Atticus Finch, in chapter 20, from the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
He was a man of convictions and the ability to act on them as a lawyer as he attempted to save a falsely accused man’s life. Amongst the sadness in the book was inspiration. Amongst the injustice and lies, a man trying to bring about honesty.
The movie starring Gregory Peck was excellent. Depicting not only his character with the position he held, but as a father and person of a community, of a society. It was well done. 🙂
“Conformity becomes enforced not by the secret police at the door, but by the fear of majority opinion.” Anon
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Tagged Atticus Finch, Belief, Books, Conformity, Gregory Peck, Harper Lee, Journal, Life, Novel, Reading, Thoughts, To Kill A Mockingbird
There is a line in a song that I love. It goes, “Yesterday I died, tomorrow’s bleeding.” It is a song by Trading Yesterday, and it is called Shattered.
This makes me think about how people, from time to time, allowed something that happened in the past live in the present. The day before was terrible, and so, the days going forward will be the same. Are they really?
Is life so bad that some people have to be stuck in that moment? Is it the problem keeping them there, or is it his/her self? I believe the group’s name says it best. 🙂