Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christ--mas

I haven't added anything about Christmas to this blog until now but I've known this is exactly what it would be:

Do you know the origins of Christmas...not what we've read in the Bible or what we've traditionalized over the years but how they all got mixed in together?? It may change your views and may make you not want to celebrate today. Or, it may just make you more aware and enlightened and knowledgable on the matter at hand. Either way, share opinions, please!!
I love you, did I ever say So?? NOo, I haven't but now, i am!! To all of my readers, subscribers, followers, and passers-by, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a great and happy new year!!
I definitely expect to be speaking with you again before then, though :-}

Now, onward and the messages:

--Good News magazine has been good to myself and my family. I'd like to request this booklet today, along with you: Holidays or Holy Days: Does It Matter Which Days We Keep?
We can do so HERE.

--I read an article in Good News magazine that really changed the way I think about today. This is it: Christmas Before Christ: The Surprising Truth!

Here are other articles of theirs on the topic:
-- Christians Who Don't Celebrate Christmas: Here's Why

--Why Some Christians Don't Celebrate Christmas

Happy reading!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Slightly reflective, non-uniform inspiration for the day

If there's anything that you want to do, do it because you never know, in life, you may only have that one opportunity to do it. You really never know what will be here later so don't automatically assume you can always do things later. Even at home, how many times did I see something of mine, something I'd wondered about where it'd disappeared to and even if I just leave for a couple of minutes, if I left it there, it'd be gone again!? Too many times to count!! It'd only resurface if I asked somebody else about it or searched the entire house...or waited for years.
You know how something's always there except for when you need it the most?? It's always crazy when it happens but it tells two things:

--If that place you last had it in was not the proper place for it, you now know the importance of keeping things in a set, appropriate spot.

--If it was where it was supposed to be, maybe you just need to put more thought into what you do. Now, are you going to want to find it?? Are you going to search until you do?? Are you going to just give up and yell at everybody for touching your stuff?? Are you going to be resourceful and find another way to do whatever you wanted to do with the item you have yet to locate?? That'd mean you'd be using different instruments, yes, but perhaps, finding out that the new way is better or, at least, strengthening your flexibilty, knowledge, resourcefulness and creativity. Will it influence you to choose to be more organized than you thought you were?? Will it influence you to choose to pay more attention??

As my mom would say, "Look for it" (for what you're missing). "But mom I can't find it," you say??
Well, God says, Seek and you shall find!!

Every day matters.

Even if you graduate high school and you see the same people and even do some of the same things, you can't ever get back those times in lab or those moments in the cafeteria and hallways or the times in classrooms when it wasn't during class but you were there for some other reason with some people. In high school, people think about the schooling but what's most important to your growth is what happens when you're not in class. These are the times you can just be you and you learn and develop into a stronger, wiser you throughout the years. Hopefully. The opportunities are there to do so but some people resist change.
By change, I mean that you learn to wear exactly what you feel like instead of what you think others will like; you hang out with whoever you should, maybe even with everybody, instead of being clique-ish. You're just more of an individual because you've been placed in trillions of situations where you've learned the importance of being able to make your decisions and that nobody else is able to do that for you. You know and trust yourself more and care less about what other people think about superficial things like the clothes you wear but you actually care more about what others think about you for real how you've recovered from a break-up beautifully, maintaining respect and dignity. Sometimes, we learn through observation or through listening to other people's stories but sometimes, things happen and we realize there's so much to learn about it that we had not known before.

There are lessons to be learned in every thing.
Learn and live.

*Start writing!!
*Join the basketball team!!
*Be an active member of student government!!
*Study for your Regents (NY and CA) so you can attain an Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors!!
*For those who didn't know there was such a thing, go visit a guidance counselor..that'll make them do their job!!
*Attend homecoming, at least one school dance and go to other school events, like dinners!!
*Go to prom!!
*Really clean your room!!
*Go to a new restaurant you've been wanting to go to!!
*Be somebody's valentine (even your own valentine...I was in 2005)!!
*Read a new, good book (click that for my suggestion of one)!!

What are you going to do??

*Go to school!
*Re-type your resume!
*Get promoted!

Set yourself up for happiness and happiness is what you will attain. What I mean is, do not think you can be happy if you're not contibuting to your happiness bank. Follow the formula...the Way (Jesus).

When you attain that happiness, grab it and live it. You can do these things! At least, right now, I know & promise that you can!! As for later, who knows??

Other things you can do:

*Talk to a grandparent.
No matter what happens, you'll always have that special moment & you can learn so much from them.

*Join an art club. Or dance group. Or drama club. Or cooking class. Or fitness gym. Or music class or band. Or book club. Or BINGO club. Or writing workshop.

*Create a club if there aren't any you want to join, by finding out what interests your friends. Maybe you've all been wanting the same things; help each other.

*Listen to some new music, that you usually wouldn't (Your brother's ipod, for example). You may love it.

*Put inspirational things all around you...things that drive you and focus you and move you, heart & mind & soul (Quotes, pictures of a house you'd like to live in, pictures of something you'd like to do, poems, a list of what you want to do in your life, pics of family).

*Give!! Donate!! Even reading to a child for an hour is very giving. Be there for somebody. Our lives really never are about ourselves - it's about our God, and everybody, as whole.

*Get new curtains or comfortable shoes. Maybe you want a new speaker system.

*Be a photographer. Record music. Wtie a novel or other form of literature. Anything & everything.

*Genuinely compliment others.

*Learn a new game/sport. Or, a new language. How about sign language, anybody?!?

*Walk. Walk further in the direction you usually walk or walk in a completely different direction than you usually walk. Stop along the way if you so choose, to do a little bit of shopping or stop in the diner to eat a 4-course meal (well, take some of it home for later!!).

*Try a new hairstyle.

*Attend a health fair and collect information..and pens and key chains.

*Dress up the teddy bears that are lying around with the cute but broken sunglasses that you couldn't bear to let go of, your graduation cap, an old corsage, your glow in the dark necklaces and bracelets, beaded necklaces or eyemasks from a party.

Again, what will you do??

Sunday, December 13, 2009

It's the circle of life

Setting: 1994-95, my parents' living room
Characters: me, Mufasa, Simba, Nala, Sarabi, Scar, Timon, Puumba, Zaazu, Rafiki
How: My sister & her husband gave me The Lion King on VHS for my 5th or 6th birthday

As you can see above, the movie starts out powerfully. It ends just as powerfully. Many have seen it all over the world in many languages and many have felt different emotions and even been brought to tears. Yet, the one question I always wondered is, What's the "circle of life"??
It hit, not then and not even in the following ten years...but in the past few days.
I will share but first, I want to share the song lyrics with you:

Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba [Here comes a lion, Father]
Sithi uhm ingonyama [Oh yes, it's a lion]

Nants ingonyama bagithi baba
Sithi uhhmm ingonyama

Siyo Nqoba [We're going to conquer]
Ingonyama nengw' enamabala [A lion and a leopard come to this open place]

[Chant repeats]

From the day we arrive on the planet
And blinking, step into the sun
There's more to see than can ever be seen
More to do than can ever be done
There's far too much to take in here
More to find than can ever be found
But the sun rolling high
Through the sapphire sky
Keeps great and small on the endless round

It's the Circle of Life
And it moves us all
Through despair and hope
Through faith and love
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the Circle
The Circle of Life

It's the Circle of Life
And it moves us all
Through despair and hope
Through faith and love
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the Circle
The Circle of Life

Maybe we could attribute some of this to The Notebook but for the past couple of months, I wondered about how, in romantic relationships, people marry, spend years together and then they die...I thought about how life is that you come and then you're gone and about how people link up with each other to live their lives together and then it ends. Thinking about life and death, I realized some things. Some, I already know and you already know but we just have not thought of in this way until now:

We get one chance at this life and people come and go.
So, we come, we go, what we do with our life is up to us and then it's over. This is one lifetime that we have. The existence of generations imply that time and life continue, at least for a while, but that the people living it rotate. So, if this is my time, my turn at life, my chance to live before I die, I've got to live while I have this life. Also, instead of thinking about how people see you, realize that the people only know what you show. You're human like them and the choices you make now shape your life and what legacy you leave and what impression people have of you. Be who you want. Live as best as you possibly can.

I thought of the term, circle of life and how befitting it is. I thought about the song. It's a great song in delivering this message but they made one mistake: It's not the sun but the Son. GOD IS ALWAYS IN CONTROL AND HE HAS GIVEN US THIS LIFETIME AND EMPOWERED AND EQUIPPED US WITH EVERYTHING WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO SERVE AND WORSHIP HIM AND LIVE OUR BEST LIVES TO THE FULL NOW.

So, I leave you now with a video of the song remade, celebrating Lion King 1 1/2, back in 2006. Disney channel stars Hilary Duff, Orlando Brown, Tahj Mowry, Kayla Pratt, Raven Symone, Christy Carlson Romano, A.J. Trauth & Anneliese Van Der Pol were kids when The Lion King came out and now they sing to a next generation ((lyrics are below the video)):

OOh yeah

Uh huh I like that

From the day we arrive on the planet

And blinking, step into the sun

There's more to be seen than can ever be seen

More to do than could ever be done

Some say eat or be eaten

Some say live and let live

But all are agreed as they join the stampede

You should never take more than you give

In the circle of life
It's the wheel of fortune
It's the leap of faith
It's the band of hope
Till we find our place- (RAVEN)-First time only
On the path unwinding
In the circle, the circle of life

Some of us fall by the wayside
And some of us soar to the stars

And some of us sail through our troubles

And some have to live with the scars

There's far too much to take in here

More to find than could ever be found

But the sun rolling high through the sapphire sky

Keeps great and small on the endless round

(Chorus 2x)

On the path unwinding...

In the circle,

circle of life.




Sunday, December 6, 2009

Life struggle and the greatest LOVE

I saw this video several years ago but when I saw it today (on, I burst into tears! The blog I saw it on today didn't have any words but the post title, which was, "Powerful !!!" This is because the video speaks for itself!!! Yet, the people in it don't even say one verbal/oral/auditory word. My perspective today, as compared to the first time I viewed the video, changed from a pre-teen/early teen who knows of and has felt some of the struggle to a young adult who's been fully in the struggle and all the while, known the greatest LOVE.
The song is by Lifehouse, for anyone who wonders.
Thoughts, PLEASE?!?!


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