Category Archives: Philosophy

If It Weren’t For the Rain

 

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After it rains, doesn’t it seem as though the air smells even fresher, the sun seems to shine even brighter, and the birds seem to sing more beautifully?

Truly, if it weren’t for the rain, there wouldn’t be a rainbow, would there?

 

 

 

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Written From My Heart

As we all know, it is probably the wish of every writer to write a book which will be read by millions of people, right? And since I am one of those writers, I am no different.book heart 100

I have always wanted to write the “great American novel.” As a matter of fact, did you know that there’s even a definition for the “great American novel?”

Oh, yes. I looked it up, and according to Wikipedia, the “Great American Novel” is defined as:  The concept of a novel that is distinguished in both craft and theme as being the most accurate representation of the spirit of the age in the United States at the time of its writing or in the time it is set. It is presumed to be written by an American author who is knowledgeable about the state, culture, and perspective of the common American citizen. The author uses the literary work to identify and exhibit the language used by the American people of the time and to capture the unique American experience, especially as it is perceived for the time. In historical terms, it is sometimes equated as being the American response to the national epic. 

Therefore, if you go by that description, it’s easy to see why a writer would want to write such a book.

Just think about what writing such a book would do for a person; namely: Fame and Fortune.

First, there’s the fame that goes along with such an achievement. As the author of this book, people would recognize you wherever you go. Crowds of adoring fans would gather, with everyone clamoring for your autograph on the book that you’ve written and that they have purchased. You’d probably be asked to appear on television programs like The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, or any of a number of other television programs, just to be interviewed about your bestselling book. As a matter of fact, these shows would probably be involved in a bidding war over who would be lucky enough to have you appear on their show.

And then there’s the fortune that comes with it. It only stands to reason that if you write a bestselling novel being purchased by millions of people that you are going to make a good deal of money from those sales, right? And all those television appearances – I wonder how much a person is compensated for making those appearances? I’m sure that it’s no small amount. And if those shows are in a bidding war, as I described above, then you would be compensated even more handsomely, right? And just think of how a person’s lifestyle would change after making all that money. A person could buy a bigger house, a more expensive car, etc. The possibilities are endless.

But I wonder . . . would a person truly be happy?

Perhaps someone else would be, but I don’t think I would. These two things – fame and fortune – have never mattered to me – ever. You can ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you that this is true. I don’t care about having a big house or a brand new expensive car or any other luxury items and I never have. I happen to know that it’s not having “things” in life that make a person happy. And fame? I only care that the people whom I love and care for know me – my family and my friends. They’re the ones who matter to me, not the entire world.

Therefore, I’d much rather write a book that is meaningful, a worthwhile book that is studied and admired by a few, a book that I can be proud of. And if that book is studied and admired by people for decades, then that would be the best part of all. This means that I would be remembered for my work long after I am gone, and that is indeed something worth striving for.

So, you can have the fame and fortune. They are but fleeting commodities. I may never write “the great American novel,” but I will be happy doing what I do best, and that is writing from my heart.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:  “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” ~ William Wordsworth

 

 

 

 

 

I Am . . .

daisy 2Typing words with my fingers on the keyboard of my laptop, I become Writer.

Making music with my fingers on the keyboard of my piano, I become Musician.

Darning my husband’s socks and preparing his supper, I become Wife.

Listening to my children and giving them advice, I become Mother.

Feeding my dog and taking her for a walk, I become Mistress.

Saying hello to the people next door and watching for strangers, I become Neighbor.

Being concerned for the poor and oppressed, I become Citizen of the World.

Doing all these things, I am simply just . . .  ME.

 

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Artzine: What is Art?

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First, let me say that I was totally thrilled when my friend and fellow blogger, Wren, invited me to join a collaboration of bloggers called Artzine, a project which was created by the lovely Khana. Artzine is a monthly project featured on Khana’s site where “we can share our experiences, thoughts and feelings regarding art.”

After looking the project over, I thought the project sounded very intriguing and just like the kind of project that I would love to be involved with, so of course, I gladly accepted her kind invitation.

But first I must warn you: I am not an artist. The best I can do when it comes to drawing, sketching, or painting people is that of stick figures. I’m not kidding! I do, however, have a good sense of color. And sculpting? I must say that I make a pretty fair ash tray from Play-Dough along with the best of them. But I am aware that there’s more to art than just drawing, sketching, painting, or sculpting. And that’s what brings me to the first question.

The question for this post is this: What is art anyway? What does it mean to you?

I think the definition of art is going to be different for everyone. You know the saying, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder?” Well, I think that art is like that, too. I think that art is in the eye of the beholder as well. What one person sees as art another person may see as a piece of of junk or as a bunch of scribbles. It’s all in how you look at art, I think. I think that art is very subjective. Everyone’s tastes are different.

For instance, I adore art from the renaissance period, but pop art – not so much; whereas my daughter loves pop art but does not care for art from the renaissance period. I know this because we have gone to art exhibits together before so I know her tastes, just as she knows mine. She can see things in pop art that I just cannot for the life of me see. I just don’t get it, but she does.

I also believe that art can be anything that is created. I’m not talking about only painting or sculpting. But let us also consider music. Is that not art? Are not musicians artists in their own right? They create masterpieces of a different kind, and those masterpieces, the music, that they create can touch your mind, your heart, your very soul, can they not? This is why I believe that music should be considered as art.

There’s all kinds of art all around us. I myself create art when I make my quilts. And what about a master carpenter who creates beautiful wood furniture? Is that not art? And what about a dancer? Is not the dance an art in itself? What about a singer? Is not the song he or she sings not their art? I think there are countless kinds of artists that I could not even name them all here.

I think that art is any work that stirs us, moves us, or touches our mind, our imagination, our emotions, our heart, our soul.

I love being an artist. I love to create things. As I said before, I am a quilter, and when I’m creating quilts, I am at my best. I’m also a singer and I play the piano. When I’m making music, I am the most happy I can be. I’m a writer, and when I’m writing, I’m at one of the highest points I can be at. I am an artist at heart, so yes, I love being an artist. So I guess you could say that art means a lot to me, and I never even realized it until I had to answer this question. Art is life. Life is art. What more is there to say?

QUOTE OF THE DAY:  “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”  ~ Aristotle

 

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Only You

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Only you . . .

Know the deepest recesses of my heart,

The secrets that I keep,

Or the thoughts that I think.

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Only you . . .

Can cause my breath to catch,

With a single word,

Or the briefest glance.

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Only you . . .

Make me feel safe in the dark of the night,

When the storm rages,

Or when trouble is at hand.

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Only you . . .

Bring out the best in me,

Even when I’m at my worst,

I strive to be better.

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Only you . . .

Encourage me to pursue my dreams,

To be the person I want to be,

The person that you love.

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Only you . . .

Love me no matter what my faults are,

In good times and in bad times,

In sickness and in health.

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If it is true that everyone has one soul mate,

One person who is their perfect match,

Then I am certain that I have found mine . . .

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Only YOU.

The World Needs . . .

 

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The world needs . . .

People who see each other with eyes that are unbiased.

 

The world needs . . .

People who listen to each other with hearts that are open.

 

The world needs . . .

People who speak to each other with words that are kind.

 

The world needs . . .

People who embrace each other with arms that are gentle.

 

The world needs . . .

People who are not afraid to hope for a better tomorrow.

 

The world needs . . .

People who can love and be loved in return.

 

The world needs . . .

People who are willing to do all these things TOGETHER.

 

 

Poetry Collaboration: Written in response to a poetry collaboration by http://writingwingsforyou.com/ which you may find at:  http://writingwingsforyou.com/2014/08/01/the-world-needs-poetry-collaboration/

★ I’d personally like to thank Marie for allowing me to be part of this wonderful collaboration and I’d also like to thank writtenonpavements.wordpress.com for inviting me in the first place.  I had a lovely time making a contribution to this collaboration, and I encourage you to check out both of their sites.

No Excuses

The seven cardinal or deadly sins are: lust, gluttony, avarice (or greed), sloth (or laziness), wrath (or extreme anger), envy, and pride. This classification of sins has been used since early Christian times in order to instruct and educate Christians concerning fallen humanity’s tendency to sin. They were guidelines by which Christians could lead a virtuous life.

To tell the truth, I don’t think I would even want the job of adding a new sin to the list. That’s an awfully big responsibility for just one person, especially me! But if God gave me a commandment, saying: “Cindy, you WILL decide what the eighth deadly sin will be,” then I guess I would have no choice. And I know exactly what the eighth sin would be.

white rabbit late 1I have one pet peeve that I would elect as the eighth sin and that would be tardiness. As far as I’m concerned, unless there is a true emergency, there is no excuse whatsoever for someone to be late. Seriously. Especially if you are chronically late.

For instance, if you arrive at work five minutes late every single day of the week, isn’t that your queue that you should be leaving five minutes earlier? And what about those people that you make a dinner date with, say another couple, and they arrive twenty minutes late. But you knew they were going to be late because they’re always late. What is up with those people? Do they like making a dramatic entrance? I’m sorry, but I think it is rude and disrespectful. After all, everyone’s time is valuable. And I’m sorry if it hits a little too close to home for anyone who may be reading this, but that’s just how I feel.

Everyone’s late now and then; even I’ve been late here and there. And there are occasions when it can’t be helped. But for heaven’s sake, there is no excuse for habitual tardiness, not in my book. I just think it’s inconsiderate. We need to start thinking more of each other when it comes to these situations.

And we must try to remember that we will only be treated in the same way that we treat others.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:  “People count the faults of those who keep them waiting.”  ~ Proverb

 

 

 

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