::imaginative introspection::

Imagine that all life is an illusion. All that exists is this moment. No past, no future, each memory, every plan, a part of the illusion. Life, in a photograph.

Do you like the image of yourself?

Monday, July 2, 2012

lessons 2

If, one day, I should have a son, I'd tell him,

Don't shield your heart, love is just as powerful as strength.
Be strong. Be smart. Be kind. 
Forgive those who hurt you,
thank those who help you,
and help those who need you.

Be true to yourself,
walk tall and proud,
hold your head up strong and face the world,
secure with the knowledge that you were made to live in it. 

Study the past, for it hints at the future.

Know music, art, and nature -- each is reflected in the other.

Know when to admit you're wrong.
Know when to say that you don't know.
Know when to ask for help.

Learn to dance, to write, to sing, and to cook.

Be quick to smile, slow to judge, and always give second  (or third) chances.

Look for beauty everywhere, you'll find it in the most unexpected places. 

Seek out the truth, and live by it.

The world is yours to care for, study it, protect it, and become all you wish to be. 

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Eighteen - Kyle DeForrest


If, one day, I have a daughter, I'd tell her:

Create your own joy,
and in those moments when the world crashes around you,
stand strong. 
You are, all by yourself, a force of nature. 
Strength must come from within to be sustainable,
and the harder you work to become the person you wish to be,
the stronger you will become. 

It isn't easy, life, love, happiness.  But it isn't meant to be. 

Know that if you fall,
I'm here to catch you,
and if you break,
I'll stand strong enough for both of us. 

In those moments when the world grows dark,
stand for what you believe in,
and don't give an inch to those who doubt. 

In those moments when it seems the world has left you behind,
look behind you, because you aren't alone.
Remember to ask for help, when you need it, for there will always be someone happy to help.

Life is a struggle,
but that's where the beauty lies,
because if it were easy,
there would be no passion, no music, no art. 

When it seems your heart is breaking,
Remember to love yourself.
Remember to look for joy in the smallest things.
Remember to look for beauty amid the chaos.

Stand strong, work hard, and love the world you live in,
and you'll do everything you set your mind to.