Monthly Archives: March 2012

Fame and Success

“Money can buy fame but it can’t buy talent.” Hannah Moscovitch

“You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity.” Dr. O. A. Battista

Can I get a . . .

I want to thank everyone for coming this morning. I’ve been speaking out against all kinds of vices, such as greed; oh Lord let them fill those collection plates; I need to get some more expensive suits; and adultery; sweet Jesus, please don’t let anyone know that I’m having an affair.

This book, the Bible, which I go against from time to time, is the authoritative word of God. I speak truth; well not all of it, I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, from this pulpit. I give honor to God, and some politicians, celebrities, the high class, etc., and to no man or woman.

He loves all people. Don’t mind other folks, like those who faithfully follow his word and are trying to do the right things; you just trust him, and he’ll make you rich. What’s up with the po’ folks? Expect only good things from him; I know that’s not in the Bible, but shh. Can I get a amen? This is your pastor, preacher and teacher, gosh I hope I’m loking fly. Now let’s pray. I believe in him; don’t mind me denying him with my lifestyle; and I love him. Hallelujah. Did they get that?

Because of them?

I remember this DJ signing off when it was time for him to go with these words, “Don’t let the external mess up the internal that would make you miss out on the eternal.”

The guy was a Christian radio personality and, simply put, he was saying do not let anyone or anything screw up your relationship with God that would cause you not to enter heaven.

And then I thought about the song Because of You by Kelly Clarkson. “Because of you, I never stray too far from the sidewalk, Because of you, I learned to play on the safe side so I don’t get hurt, Because of you I find it hard to trust not only me, but everyone around me, because of you I am afraid.”

How many of us let other people prevent us from doing what it is that we should be doing? Perhaps because of what they say and do, some are constantly in a shadow, doubting themselves, belittling themselves and living in a negative sphere of failure.

But then, I thought about her other song, What Doesn’t Kill You. “You think you got the best of me, Think you’ve had the last laugh . . . Think you left me broken down, . . . What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, stands a little taller . . .”

What it comes down to is you and me not letting anyone or anything batter us to a state of self-defeat. Oh yeah. 🙂

Have a lovely, sunflower day. 🙂

And Two Breasts

In order for a woman to make a statement or to be noticed, does she have to expose her breasts or her body? Men do not have to do such things right? They do not have to wear anything creeping north, skimpy or see through to capture attention; then why should a female? Or perhaps is it a personal choice; a decision made for motives that might lead to advancements? Personal taste? Or perhaps it is a way of gaining equality and stating that you have it?

There are advocates for equality, but yet some of them run to botox, facelifts, anything to make them look younger and firm. They point out that even men are doing these things in perhaps to say that, “Look, it’s not only us.” Is it because they realized that women would only be judged by the way they look on the outside? Shallow. Is not having a voice good enough; is it enough for a man?

Does equality equal tactics?

“A man is defined by what he does, a woman by her sexuality, that is, in terms of one particular aspect of her relationship to men.” Unknown

Started a new book, The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James. The first chapter said to me that it was not going to be good. But you know my take on first impressions, and so I read on. Chapter ten and the book was still not good.

So presently reading Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Have a lovely, sunflower day. 🙂

Thank you :)

[Three Smiling Women – J. Patrick Fischer]

Cause one smile would not be enough to give to those who stop by to read, click like, comment and to follow this blog.

We should never forget to say thank you.

Have a lovely, sunflower day. 🙂

This prince should marry?

His Royal Highness should, must, needs to get married? Watching Prince Henry’s, known as Prince Harry, first official tour on behalf of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, I found out a few things.

He is human. I nearly fell out of my chair when I found that out. Now thanks to some reports, it was confirm.

He knows how to dance and have fun. Whew! For a minute I thought he was wood.

He sweats! There is proof. Him standing up and wiping his sweat. Him sitting down and doing the same. When the sun’s piping hot, perspiration happens. That was made clear.

But seriously, listening, watching and reading some  of the reports and people comments, it would seem that other than the reason he visited the places he went was, in fact, for another important one. Should he at twenty-seven try to find a wife? Should he as he is about to go back to Afghanistan, please be safe, walk down the aisle?

As far as I am concern, he is an adult, and if he wants to or not should not be determined by some females with fairytale sparkles in their eyes wrap up in their hopes and dreams of marrying a prince. Neither should it be determined by the press.

No disrespect. I like him; he is normal. Duty can be so tedious.

Have a lovely, sunflower weekend. 🙂

Taking it

Some people want to be loved so badly that they will take anything from those who “love” them. Some one comes along and picks them, the ugly duckling; the one no one wanted; the one who questioned what is wrong with him/her; the one who felt like a nobody because no one had ever told him/her the words, “I love you.”

Yeah, here comes his/her princess or prince charming; and what do they get? They get treated with disdain. They get verbal, and even possibly physical abuse, but they stay. He/she has become accustomed to it. He/she is being loved when he/she thought that would never have happened. They are being kissed. They are being cuddled, but at what price?

“I’m not gonna be, a fool for love, ’cause you know I rather be alone, than be unhappy.” from the song I’d Rather Be Alone by Karyn White

Hope everyone has a lovely, sunflower day. 🙂

Something up the nose?

The reality is, that there will always be some people who think and actually believe that they are better than others. I am not talking self-esteem; I am talking about those that have their “high stations”, and “standing” on top of them, look down, nose turn up, at those at the so-called bottom.

Jesus hung around sinners. These four words are a blog post in themselves. He hung around them but did not become a sinner. He ate with them, and the Pharisees and scribes, who in my opinion had nothing better to do with their time, called him out on it. Luke 15 vs 1- 2

Of course he set them straight. Truth be told, he is better than all of us, but he did not have the “nerves” like some people to advertise discrimination. Just read about the Samaritan woman in John 4.

Some people need to get it in their heads, you ain’t better than anyone else. There still seems to be some Pharisees and scribes among us. But if they want to take the low road, please take the high one.

Hope everyone has a lovely, sunflower day. 🙂

Gilbert Markham’s Second Impression

Have you ever made up your mind about someone just by the first meeting, but then changed how you felt about that person after getting to know him/her?

“I would rather admire you from this distance, fair lady, than be the partner of your home.”  from chapter 1, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte.

I do not believe in first impressions; they can be misleading, as in the case with Gilbert Markham. It was he that wrote that line above after seeing for the first time and then describing Helen Huntingdon. He would later fall in love with her.

Can I dare say that he was moody? Yes he was. Was he jealous? Yes he was, so jealous that he struck another man who he believed was his rival in love. Did he lost his belief in her as he started to believe the rumors and gossip? Yes he did. Did he eventually “come to his senses” after maturing in his thinking and in his love? He sure did.

Miss Bronte’s book, which I enjoyed, captured a few things. Secrecy that led to rumors and the attempted sullying of a woman driven to hide who she was because of a bad, distasteful marriage; people had strong opinions but it did not mean that you had to be influenced by them;  and everything was not as it seemed were just a few of those things.

I guess a dose of discernment, knowledge, common sense and whatever else sure does help when getting to know someone.

Hope everyone had a lovely, sunflower weekend. 🙂

Presently reading The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

 

Facts vs Truth

Girl A promotes abstinence but loses her virginity. Girl B, who does not like her, spreads that piece of information. That was a fact, but girl B also knows another piece of info. Girl A was raped, thus the reason for not being a virgin anymore.

Boy A likes to borrow money from people. Boy B, who is his friend, tells another person this who asks him about it. He acknowledges that it is a fact. The person decides not to lend Boy A the money. Boy B knows that Boy A always pays the money back, but he withholds this piece of info.

Two sets of facts, and two sets of truths. Sometimes some people have and know the facts, but not the truth. When this important element of a story is hidden, skewed, played down, agendas, lies, propaganda, intents and/or whatever you want to label it, is promoted.

We get it from governments, the news, have you seen some of the headlines, various entertainment outlets, family, friends, lovers, enemies, religious figures, the authorities, and yes, perhaps you and me. We have to make the conscience effort to have and know the facts, and then, not to retain the truth, should not we?

But what if there is a really, really good reason, not excuse, for wanting to keep the truth? Is there ever a good time to do so?