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Life’s Traffic Lights

There are times in life where we will have to make stops, slow down, or continue to move on. No matter what, as we live our lives, choices based on the colors of these lights will have to be made.

Another red light has come for this blog, and I want to thank everyone who joined me by reading, commenting, or liking what was written. I greatly appreciate it. 🙂 Thank you so much.

Just a few quotes before I go.

“Your view of life will determine your view of God. Your view of God will determine your view of life.” Pastor Tony Evans

“Better to write for yourself and have no public than write for the public and have no self.” Cyril Vernin Connolly

Make Grammar like a second language. (lesson learned)

“You shall judge of a man by his foes as well as by his friends.” from Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The simple believes every word, but the prudent man looks well to his going.” Proverbs 14 vs 15

“Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead.” from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

And remember life is more than learning, enjoy it as well. 🙂

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Unmasking Mr. Gatsby

Mr. Gatsby’s void was tragic. For years I told myself that I was not going to read this book again, but it struck me a few weeks ago that that was foolish. The Great Gatsby, a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, depicts a man, Jay Gatsby, with a lonely void; and to fill it, he amassed lies, illicit wealth and an undying desire to be loved again by a woman, now married.

He was a criminal, but even he was lonely and needed love. He was a liar and lived out a false persona, but even he was lonely and needed love. And what did he get in the end? Death, loneliness and no love, at least not from the one person he desired it from.

And that was the reason why I had not read the book in years; too painful. But I knew that his end would have not turned out good. Yes, it was his choices that finally did him in, but it was also the choices of others that helped.

“I found myself on Gatsby’s side, and alone. From the moment I telephoned news of the catastrophe to West Egg village, every surmise about him, and every practical question, was referred to me. At first I was surprised, and confused; then, as he lay in his house and didn’t move or breathe or speak, hour upon hour, it grew upon me that I was responsible, because no one else was interested – interested, I mean, with that intense personal interest to which everyone has some vague right at the end.”

“I went back to the drawing-room and thought for an instant that they were chance visitors, all these official people who suddenly filled it. But, though they drew back the sheet and looked at Gatsby with shocked eyes, his protest continued in my brain. ‘Look here, old sport, you’ve got to get somebody for me. You’ve got to try hard. I can’t go through this alone.'” from chapter 9, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Loneliness, wanting to be loved, wanting to fit in can lead to dire consequences. We make choices everyday, how do we know, how can we tell if they are the right ones? Is it a right that others should care about us?

Have a lovely, sunflower day. 🙂