Life isn’t unfair

A thirty something, addicted to music and books, like many others in this world, may have many questions about this life in her head, but unlike many she can still say that life isn’t unfair. And that is not what many dare to say. The home country of her husband is being destroyed more and more day by day and they could quickly go ahead and even shout out how unfair life is but, giving it a second thought, they see also parts in it which don’t let them break down completely.

It is not bad this lady gets stuff out of her mind from time to time. A way to get some thoughts getting from our shoulders is to let them loose in the out. Also by writing down what bothers us we can get rid of certain worrying thoughts or even better, we can share our thoughts so that they not only loosen ourselves but also others.

Roses (Roxe) Nature: Cold in the first degree,...

Roses (Roxe) – From the Tacuinum of Vienna (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The writer of the blog reminds us that we often forget in our life full of stress that there are so many reasons to be thankful and instead complain far too much. In many industrialised countries we might consider that a big problem. People are having so much and are seeing others having so much that they bother more about what the others have and they do not. Jealousy makes many people in the world of abundance very unhappy.

Having a rooftop above the head, being able to put a heather on, many keep harping on the weather. Others like to complain about the job or about the prizes in the supermarkets getting higher. They often have enough food and are teasing others about what to eat. Many may have a lot of things around them which they do not like, but most of them forget how many people in the East or in the South can only dream of our bare minima.

In I have so many reasons to be thankful the writer brings into attention that what many of the Western public long have forgotten. How many senses do we really still want to use properly?

Some may blame the pollution having many of us not having any more the pleasures of smell. Sense of smell should bring us lots of memories and desires. With our eyes we than can see all those flowers, all those colours which wave and tell their story in the wind. How many in the West do still want to hear those stories and notice all those animals which move around in that colourful world?

Going into the Autumn season the world is changing colour and red comes more to have its say in this world where the wind wants to make enough noise to have it tell her own stories whilst the branches of the trees dare to react and go to fight with the powers of nature.

We shall not find it warm enough to take some naps in the sunshine, but our wandering and now and then standing still, we shall still be able to feel truly connected with the nature and earth around us. In this time of turmoil, creepy sounds at night, we can feel at ease indoors, close by the fire, or having it nicely warm while we do know Winter shall be coming soon and bringing the bitter cold. Every day becomes shorter, but we want to fight the darkness and have found the candles “for having a soothing source of light” whenever we feel it is needed. The candle light also can bring memories and whispers in our ears that what we would love to hear, from the past. and in the cosiness of the warm living room we may not forget that we are blessed to have all this around us what can make life easier.

Some SFI Thoughts by Geoffrey West

Some SFI Thoughts by Geoffrey West (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many may not like the rain and forget that without it we would not have so much green. So we should be happy it nourishes our surroundings and let us “listen to its beautiful sound”.

Do not forget to think about all the beautiful things around us and about the many everyday things, so many we so often just take for granted. This coming season let it not get us down in the ‘depri world’ but get it down on our knees to be thankful for all what wee have received before and for all what is in front of us.

Life shows us more than enough possibilities to make the best out of every situation and we need to adjust our expectations. I each and every second there are little moments to treasure, we just have to see life through the eyes of love to uncover them.{Is life unfair?}

Like so many magazines we too would say to listen to your inner voice and to enjoy life.

We are driven by our thoughts and emotions and every single magazine tells you to listen to your inner voice but still your life isn’t happy. {Change your habits to lead a happy life}

In Autumn we may find the wind turning from one site to the other, wanting to push us from here to there, and letting us think no way is the good one.

Life isn’t a one way road and there are always possibilities, you may not see them directly but if you start to dig deeper you will find them.
Instead of waiting for big changes take your life in your hands and start to see all those small things that can change your life without too much efforts – and as always, many small changes sums up to be sometimes more effective than turning your life upside down. {Change your habits to lead a happy life}

In Summer we got the energy from the sun and lots of us went to sunny places to charge our batteries. So, let our full batteries now give enough power to come through Winter, but let it also give new impulses to take time to contemplate and to mediate about which way we want to continue and where we want to go to.

MissFaith Munich knows also that we all struggle at certain times and forget the reasons why we started to do something in first place. She is aware that others may start to doubt but that we are better to believe in ourself.

whatever comes along you can succeed. People who start to doubt because of others may lose track and fall, but if you stand up for your dreams and show all disbeliever that you will make it you will create a certainty within yourself.  {Never stop to be a dreamer…}

Now comes the time there will be lesser outdoor-activities and more time to stay indoors at our own little place. Perhaps it is now not so bad to take some more time to come to ourselves. Why not making time to get a more relaxed mind. That means not putting our mind asleep, but giving place to a creative mind which

can bring you forward so stand on your toes, open your arms wide, close your eyes and breathe – life isn’t that complicated! {Never stop to be a dreamer…}If not you, who else will follow your dreams? {Never stop to be a dreamer…}

To come to a relaxed mind come to trust yourself and trust the loved ones around you. as the writer of the mentioned articles also knows:

To rebuild life from within, a wonderful thought but at the same time quite scary.
It seems so much easier to build our life from the outside.
Dress up, sit in a fancy restaurant, surround yourself with hip friends and enjoy.
Easy as that, isn’t it? {Rebuilding Life from Within}

The coming Winter we can take some more time for ourselves, getting closer to the ‘one within’.

The earlier you realize that our “within” is the essential part the better as you haven’t caused too much damage within a short time. {Rebuilding Life from Within}

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Please read the full articles:

  1. Is life unfair?
  2. Change your habits to lead a happy life
  3. Rebuilding Life from Within
  4. Never stop to be a dreamer…

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Additional reading:

  1. Be Honest
  2. Be an Encourager
  3. How do Other People Feel About Mental Health?
  4. What IF you’re only driven by stress?
  5. Depression Is and When
  6. Depression, Anxiety, Pressure and megachurches
  7. Being ‘broke’ a state of mind
  8. Fear, struggles, sadness, bad feelings and depression
  9. Oh god, this is never going to end!
  10. Materialism, would be life, and aspirations
  11. Ageing and Solidarity between generations
  12. Try driving forward instead of backwards
  13. A little ray of sunshine.
  14. Getting fate in your change to positiveness
  15. Searching for fulfilment and meaning through own efforts, facing unsatisfaction and depression
  16. Give thanks to the One Who gave much
  17. By counting our blessings we not only feel good, but we multiply our good
  18. God should be your hope
  19. Joy: Foundation for a Positive Life
  20. Remember there’s a light in the next day
  21. Receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken
  22. You’re Lighter Than Air~
  23. O’ Captain! My Captain!
  24. Coming Out Of The Bipolar Closet
  25. Self-development, self-control, meditation, beliefs and spirituality
  26. To be relapsing
  27. Pieces
  28. Thanksgiving wisdom: Why gratitude is good for your health
  29. Aligned
  30. Importance of parents 1
  31. Belonging to or being judged by
  32. Wisdom Quote #21…..seeking within with Carl Jung!
  33. Shelter in the morning
  34. Control and change
  35. Words in the world
  36. A person is limited only by the thoughts that he chooses
  37. Accommodation of the Void
  38. When you think you have nothing to say or to show
  39. Think hard before you act today
  40. Two forms of Freedom
  41. Don’t let anyone move you off the foundation of your faith
  42. Light within
  43. Wondering
  44. Know by trying
  45. Keep positive
  46. A cheerful heart filled of hope good medicine
  47. Hope as long as you live
  48. Gods word like a surgeons scalpel
  49. Without God no purpose, no goal, no hope
  50. A call easy to understand
  51. Getting of at the fence
  52. Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience
  53. A gift of 86,400 seconds
  54. Know Who goes with us and don’t try to control life

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  • Act Your Age (fernandogros.com)
    The common line is your teens are a time to experiment and enjoy the freedom you will not have in later life. But, this might be changing as social media is apt to keep all our teenage mistakes alive, digitally, for the rest of our lives (especially with video and photos). Moreover, many of the life-defining decisions my grandparent’s generation made in their teens (what career, who to marry, where to live) are now deferred into people’s twenties and even thirties.In fact, being a teenager today might be more about experiencing (or resisting) a narrowing of horizons. The internet is making a lot of teens more tribal, with narrower, rather than broader tastes in music, film and the arts. And, while many key decisions in life are being deferred, prejudices and attitudes are sometimes being hardened earlier, especially in countries where the effects of globalisation are being strongly resisted.So, the teenage years shouldn’t just be a time to experiment with identity and freedom, but also with ideas. It’s a time to learn how to make friends, but also, how to work and collaborate with people who we maybe don’t get along with that well, or perhaps don’t even understand. It’s a time to keep the candle of cultural curiosity alight, before the 24/7 news cycle, internet content farms like BuzzFeed and the workplace water cooler try to snuff it out.
  • The Beauty Of Limits (awildhealing.wordpress.com)
    In the everyday world, the outward changes I’ve made (and been forced to make by the power of fate, a power that seemed to know more than I did about the beauty of having faith) – finally leaving a job that supported the parasitic financial industry, and abandoning the vain and empty hope of a ‘bigger, brighter future’ in London where I would one day ‘make it’, or at least be able to keep up with the others ‘making it’ – to become what, in our current success-obsessed culture, would be classed a ‘failure’.The old skin has shed away, and as I get used to living with the eyes and hands of a beginner, and continue to integrate all that I have learnt piecemeal these last few years, I realise that becoming whole and remaining sane in an increasingly insane world is more of a struggle than it needs to be because our culture – and us, as active participants in it – refuses to acknowledge the central part that limits play in balancing our relationship to the world around us.
  • Uniting the People of the world (filmsforaction.org)
    The more intellectual and thorough our analysis, the more we become entangled in an endless examination of commercialisation and its grievous effects. We find there is no end to its web of complexity. Yet there is nothing theoretical or academic about the family that doesn’t have enough food to eat, that cannot afford to see a doctor, that has no right in some countries even to debate or protest. The more we write and intellectualise, the more we criticise and contest, the more insoluble become the many crises of the world.
  • Rebuilding The Nation: Lessons From Other Lands By Governor Babatunde Fashola (abusidiqu.com)
    in addition to material reconstruction, there is an urgent and massive need for moral and spiritual reconstruction as well: the kind of reconstruction which will help to demolish morbid desire for naked power and domination; abuse and misuse of power and office; greed, selfishness, and intolerance; nepotism, favouritism, jobbery, bribery, and other forms of corruption; and erect, in their places, probity, tolerance, altruism, and devotion; equality of treatment, justice, equity, and fair play to all.”
  • Rebuilding Nigeria: Lessons from Other Lands – by Gov Fashola (olufamous.com)
    the reality is that this rebasing did not, and has not, addressed chronic poverty, infrastructure decay, creeping authoritarianism, mass youth unemployment, adult underemployment, burgeoning insecurity and overall bad governance, and other challenges that confront the country.

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You’re Lighter Than Air~

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In the West of Europe we are getting the Autumn winds and rains and the days getting shorter and darker. It is the beginning of a period when more people do feel the darkness of life coming over them and by February many feeling it to much to face it further.

The wind in Summer may never be looked at so dangerously as the winds in Autumn . A few weeks ago we regularly could see people gliding in the air, kite-surfing or on the beaches finding children and adults alike, enjoying their guidance of a kite high up in sky. They trusted they would not loose their kite and those who were hanging on a kite trusted they could come down safely in a field or on a square.

For many the last few months were the time to put away their ‘human stressors, worries and blues’. Would it not have been nice not only to temporarily banish them by a simple afternoon, in a stiff wind, flying a kite?

Let us find in ourselves the power to have a light breeze which takes away the worries of the day. that we may trust in everything we have in ourselves to face this world and to go each coming day of Winter.

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  • how to cut big kite using small kite : kite tips and tricks (goazeem.org)
    Make sure you use quality kite thread. Kite thread place an important role. Today among the various kite threads Chinese manja is very famous. This kite thread is also known as China thread. Earlier people used Manja which was made by people itself.
  • Weifang-Kite Capital of the World (chinatraveltips.net)
    Located in the middle of Shandong Peninsula, Weifang (wéi fāng 潍坊) is the heart of the urban agglomerations in Shandong Peninsula.
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    During the Spring-and-Autumn-Period and the period of the the Warring States, some 2300 years ago, the first kite had been developed in the province of Shandong. The long literary tradition of China enables us to find more detailed information. Regarding to the book of Han Fei Zi (hán fēi zǐ 韩非子), the master of joinery Mu Zi (mò zǐ 墨子) had been constructing within three years time of development a man-lifting kite, known as the Wooden-Black-Eard-Kite. Some time later the master of joinery named Lu Ban (lǔ bān 鲁班), had been building another Wooden-Black-Eard-Kite, that had been used as reconaissance device above the ancient city of Song Cheng (sòng chéng 宋城). Both masters originate from the ancient state of Lu, today named Qufu (qǔ fù 曲阜).
  • Spreading joy high in the sky (ocregister.com)
    The Natansons are aware they “sell fun,” but they take their work very seriously. Along with running the shop, the couple also co-host the annual Japan America Kite Festival, which will celebrate its 18th year in Seal Beach on Oct.19.

    The Natansons began serving the local kite community after the 2007 death of Monty Weston, who helped create the festival, shop and club with her son Randy nearly 20 years ago.

    They see the festival as a way to expose more adults and families to kites. It is their passion because they know their customers can always channel childlike wonder and fulfillment through them.

    “You can’t not smile when flying a kite,” Knievel-Natanson, 34, said.

  • Weather breaks for second annual Kite Fest (billingsgazette.com)
    The second annual Kite Fest attracted varying degrees of kite fliers ranging from the novice to the highly skilled — and nearly every age on the birthday spectrum.

    Kite Fest was sponsored by the Yellowstone River Parks Association and SkyWindWorld Foundation, a nonprofit organization that organizes kite exhibits in major public venues.

  • 50-feet-wide kite to dot city sky tomorrow (thehindu.com)
    A giant kite will be flown in the backdrop of the Chamundi Hills on October 1 in an attempt to enter the Limca Book of Records. Pawan Solanki, a kite flier from Ahmedabad, will fly a 50-feet wide kite at Lalitha Mahal helipad after 3 p.m. as part of the Dasara Kite Festival which begins on September 30.
  • Kite-surfer knocks out swimmer’s teeth – why? (sandiegoreader.com)
    On a busy day you can count 20 or more kite-surfers sailing with the surfers. Sometimes they spray water on the surfers as they go by, and some jump directly over the surfers while going against the wave. Obviously they are being propelled by the wind and not the wave. This is important because the definition of a surfboard is a non-inflatable device that is carried along or propelled by the action of the waves. If the kite-surfer is jumping a wave going seaward, it is not being carried along or propelled by the wave, and hence is not considered a valid surfboard that is allowed in a board-surfing area.
  • Flying Kites (therandomwritings.com)
    I counted 2 dozen kites in the sky, and we knew more would be going up as the afternoon progressed. So many kites in a limited space means you have to have some skills as a flier–I witnessed a few crashed perpetuated by less-than-expert handlers.

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with your fist holding tight, to the string of your kite~

Mary Poppins

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Have you ever considered how many human stressors, worries and blues, could be temporarily banished by a simple afternoon, in a stiff wind, flying a kite?DSC02977

It’s hard not to smile and laugh when your flying a kite, at least when you successfully get it in the air.  But then, the crashes are pretty funny too!

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And it’s difficult to be depressed, and smiling and laughing, at the same time.

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There is something about flying a kite that brings out the joy of the child, no matter how long buried, in all of us.

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If you don’t believe me, look at these people. I’m sure all of them have a lot of worries. (I have been a therapist for thirty years, trust me on this).

But right now? Flying kites? Not so much.

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So if life is…

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An early Autumn walk in Richmond Park

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It is a long time ago that we were one of millions of Londoners and tourists visiting Richmond Park, the largest of the capital’s eight Royal Parks and the biggest enclosed space in London.

It is great that a country recognises the importance of nature and does also work on it to give the human beings an impression of its value.

Lovely that we can find some shared witnessing of the beautiful National Nature Reserve, London’s largest Site of Special Scientific Interest and a European Special Area of Conservation.

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  • Kingston Hill > lots of sitings of deer <= currently rutting season => pushes stags without their own herds much closer to the park boundaries than they would normally go.
  • Isabella Plantation = small sectioned off area of the park where the planting is more formal

Nice to see that they’ve been working on Isabella Plantation, making it more accessible for wheelchair users => looked quite nice +  waterless toilet block

  • A Beagle Pack Date In Dog Friendly Richmond Park (wagthedoguk.com)
    There’s nothing better than going for a nice long walk with a pack of wagging beagles! We love being part of a pack, and in fact it’s our nature, we were bred to hunt in a group. So when I found out  I was going to be meeting with Eli’z from France, Porthos and Lucy hailing from the U.K. I just couldn’t wait.

    One big beautiful dog friendly park and four beagles ready to sniff, wag and explore, what could be better! This was my first time at Richmond Park and I would highly recommend it to any dog wanting to go for an amazing stroll right in London.

  • The rutting stags of Richmond (notesfromcamelidcountry.net)
    A few weeks back, I found myself in Richmond Park, one of London’s most beautiful parks, and a ‘green lung’ in West London – you need a lot of trees to absorb the CO2 all the planes dump on London as they land at Heathrow. The park is huge by London standards, covering an area of approximately 2500 acres, making it the second largest green space in the city. It’s a glorious place with a long history, and royal links going back to Edward I’s reign (1272 – 1307). It took its current shape in 1637 under the unfortunate Charles I, who twelve years later would lose his head to the English Revolution.
  • Stags in bitter death battle to be crowned alpha male (express.co.uk)

    Photographer Mark Smith, 35, was just metres away when this battle started and managed to capture it – demonstrating how brutal stags can be.

    He was in Bushy Park, London, photographing wildlife for the day and noticed that tensions were growing high between stags.

    Testosterone was rife in the royal park as it is mating season for deers – which means stags must prove to females they’re the alpha male.

  • Rutting season in all its glory: Battling stags scrap for supremacy in autumnal Richmond Park (dailymail.co.uk)
    October and early November are traditionally the months when stags lock antlers to compete for mating rights with the females – an act that has been captured in these stunning photographs, taken at the largest of London’s Royal Parks.

    Arriving at dawn, Mr Bridger caught some of the action on camera – watching a pair of fallow deer fight for over an hour.

    In the background a herd of females can be seen watching the fight like a ringside boxing crowd to see which male will come out on top.

  • Isabella Plantation (lacer.wordpress.com)
    We managed to drag ourselves out of the flat this afternoon to go and walk up to Isabella Plantation, which is a smallish, enclosed area in Richmond Park. Whereas most of the rest of Richmond Park is quite wild, Isabella Plantation is more managed and there are beautiful flowering bushes, prehistoric looking ferns, cooling ponds and cute little streams with tiny bridges or stepping logs over them, there.
  • Waterless toilet to set bog standard at Latitude festival (theguardian.com)
    Given the nature of her quest, it is just as well that Virginia Gardiner has never been too self-conscious about bodily functions and their taboos.

    In her mission to create a waterless loo that uses no energy and turns the waste into a useable product, Gardiner has exhibited a bowl moulded from horse manure and monitored the activity of composting worms in her bathroom, turning “poop” into fertile soil, she said.

    Now, seven years after she embarked on her plan to revolutionise the “most un-innovative part of anybody’s house”, her Loowatt waterless toilet will be shown off to festival goers at Latitude in Suffolk this month

  • Frank Rijsberman: Why We Need to Reinvent the Toilet (gatesfoundation.org)
    We have estimated that, through 2009, 54% of our funding went to water and the remaining 46% to sanitation and hygiene. Over the past two years, 90% of our funding has been invested in sanitation and the remaining 10% in water and hygiene.

    That ratio is likely to remain the same in years to come. Clearly, it does not imply that we think water is no longer important. We will continue to invest significant resources in water. But because so many of you are already working on water, we want to help sanitation catch up. If we are investing in sanitation in a location where people don’t have access to safe water, we will not rule out supporting water-related activities as part of the project – or through collaboration with other partners that focus on water, such as the Hilton Foundation.
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    in the more than two centuries since Alexander Cummings patented the S-bend – the revolutionary water seal that allowed the outhouse to be upgraded to an indoor water closet – we have learned a few things in science and engineering that can inspire smart inventors among us to come up with the “cellphone of sanitation.” Not a toilet that is only good enough for poor people, but an aspirational product that leapfrogs flush toilets. A product that all of us would want to use.

    Frankly, how much sense does it make to clean water to drinking-water standards and then use a good portion of that precious resource to flush waste down an expensive pipe system – a pipe system that even the richest nations can barely afford to rehabilitate? And how much sense does it make to transport our waste to treatment plants that consume so much energy that many operators in Africa have simply flipped off the power switch? Wouldn’t you rather have a toilet in your house that directly recovers the energy, nutrients, and water that we currently throw away? Wouldn’t you like a toilet that helps you recycle waste in the same way that we now recycle paper, glass, and plastic? I bet you would.

    So, yes, we think that the toilet should be reinvented.

  • ‘Hidden Treasures'; Open House programme; and the Isabella Plantation celebrates 60 years… (exploringlondon.wordpress.com)
    Among the London institutions taking part this year are the British Library, the British Postal Museum and Archive in Houghton, the Museum of the Order of St John in Clerkenwell (pictured) and Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham. Hidden Treasures is an initiative of the Collections Trust and the Independent newspaper. All events are free but some have to be pre-booked and have limited spaces so make sure you check out the details at http://www.hiddentreasures.org.uk/?page_id=118.
  • Isabella Plantation in full blooming glory. (londoninsight.wordpress.com)
    Following on from last year’s secret gardens series, ( West, Central & East, North and South regions of London) I have fulfilled a promise to myself by returning to the Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park (see ‘West‘ for the previous Isabella story), to see the flirtatious display of Azaleas and Rhododendrons at their blooming best.
  • Prized stag shot by poachers and left to die in agony (thetimes.co.uk)
    One of the most magnificent stags in the New Forest has been shot by poachers who left him to die in agony.

    The 16-year-old red deer, called The Monarch, was the largest in a herd of 40 on the Burley Estate and a favourite with visitors to the area. He was so well known that his photograph adorned souvenirs sold to tourists.

Originally posted on Lacer's Life:

My local council is conducting an experiment where they’re letting a number of small patches of land across the borough turn into little, very mini, wild meadows. I see the one nearest me when I go by on the bus, it was looking glorious all summer and then started to look distinctly ropey but in the past week it’s bloomed back into life again, I guess as the long grass starts to die back it allows the Autumn blooming specialists to take over. So my first photo isn’t from Richmond Park but is nearby.

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Once in Richmond Park I walked up what is effectively Kingston Hill, and there were lots of sitings of deer as it is currently rutting season and this pushes the stags without their own herds much closer to the park boundaries than they would normally go.

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Don’t worry Mr. Stag with the pointy antlers, the path…

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Waiting in the mist

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In certain places the ‘roar’ of one of the Low Countries largest land mammal can be heard again. The impressive figure of a stag complete with a full ‘rack’ of antlers conjures up images of the Scottish highlands where the species is most abundant, but the Veluwe may also be very proud to have large families on its grounds.

The noise of the stags, which are much more vocal during this time, indicate that we may face Autumn. For them the rutting season makes them gathering females for their harems, and will produce loud guttural roars and barks. Roaring, acting as a declaration of size and strength, a challenge to potential competition, or a way of reaffirming status after a victorious fight. Good that they are protected in certain parks, but in the other places it is just their noise which brings the hunters to them in this pairing-time. It is now the ideal mating-season, taking care the young will be brought onto the world in June when most food and the best conditions to grow up are available.
We can only hope people take care they are protected enough to come through Winter.

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  • Emperor stag killed: red deer stag facts (telegraph.co.uk)
    Native stock is common in the Scottish Highlands, Dumfriesshire, Lake District, East Anglia and the south-west of England. Feral stock is present in the north of England, north Midlands, East Anglia, the New Forest and Sussex.
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    The males are typically 175 – 230cm long (tail adds 12 – 19cm), with a height 107-137cm at shoulder and weigh 60 – 190kgDeer are different from other ruminants in that the males have a set of antlers which are regrown every summer, rather than permanent horns on the head.

    Antlers have up to 16 points, which are made of bone, covered in ‘velvet’ and can grow 2.5cm a day

    European antlers are straighter, with the fourth and fifth tines forming a crown in larger males

    A stag that has antlers with no tines is known as a switch. A stag with no antlers is a hummel

    Antlers are testosterone driven and as the stag’s testosterone levels drop in the autumn, the velvet is shed and the antlers stop growing

    Peak mating age is eight years old and dominant stags may have a harem of 20 hinds

    During the rut, stags have a distinctive roar-like sound to keep the harem together.

    Females are often attracted to the stag with the loudest roar.

  • Watch: Rutting season in Lyme Park near Stockport (manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
    ‘Fights between stags can be a shoving match – with each stag trying to gain the advantage by being uphill’
    +“October is the most exciting time of year to watch deer as they engage in fierce mating battles.

    “Rutting activity is most intense soon after dawn, although some activity occurs throughout the day.

    “Female deer are only fertile for around a day during the year so competition to mate with them is fierce.

  • An early Autumn walk in Richmond Park (lacer.wordpress.com)
    My local council is conducting an experiment where they’re letting a number of small patches of land across the borough turn into little, very mini, wild meadows. I see the one nearest me when I go by on the bus, it was looking glorious all summer and then started to look distinctly ropey but in the past week it’s bloomed back into life again, I guess as the long grass starts to die back it allows the Autumn blooming specialists to take over.
  • Dog owners told to avoid Richmond Park and Bushy Park during rutting season (standard.co.uk)

    Dog owners are being told to avoid Richmond and Bushy Parks during the deer rutting season.

    In October and November the red stags and fallow bucks compete for females by roaring, barking and clashing antlers with each other.

    But the animals can also see dogs as a threat and have been known to charge at them, as well as their owners.

    Royal Parks experts said the presence of dogs may disrupt breeding patterns, impacting on the behaviour of the wild animals during the birthing season.

  • Sketch of the Day: Red Deer in Rut (drawingthemotmot.wordpress.com)
    Winds whipped through the Deer Park in Klampenborg today, blowing leaves off branches just when they’d gotten some autumn reds and golds.
  • Roar of the rutting stag: why men have deep voices (theguardian.com)
    From Richmond Park to the Isle of Rum, red deer hinds will be gathering, and the stags that have spent the past 10 months minding their own business in bachelor groups are back in town, with one thing on their minds. A mature male that has netted himself a harem is very dedicated. He practically stops eating, focusing instead on keeping his hinds near and his competitors at bay. If you’re a red deer stag, one of the ways you make sure that your adversaries know you mean business – and that you’re big – is roaring. And you don’t let up. You can keep roaring all day, and through the night too, twice a minute, if necessary.
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    The low voice of men, like stags, is a trait that probably evolved through sexual selection. This isn’t just about being attractive to the opposite sex, it’s also about beating same-sex rivals. A deep voice may prove an advantage in both cases, helping a man to exclude other, apparently less dominant men, from the mating game, as well as making him more attractive to the opposite sex. A win-win situation. Unless, of course, you’re a well-built man with a mellifluous tenor voice, who’s bucked the trend, or a woman who prefers Justin Timberlake or John Lennon to Jim Morrison or Eddie Vedder. This is biology, after all – variability is what makes it so interesting.
  • Country diary: Glen Strathfarrar: In a profound Highlands silence there came a guttural roar (guardian.co.uk)
    Along the river Farrar were the scattered juniper bushes, though perhaps trees would have been a better word. They were columnar rather than prostrate and were that dark green that looks almost forbidding as only these very old trees can. Other impressive trees were nearby, the small stand of aspen whose leaves were changing from their pale summer green to the yellows of autumn.In contrast, their silver bark was well marked with black diamond shapes that looked almost unreal. But there was something missing and it suddenly dawned on me – the aspen leaves were not trembling. The extremely flattened leaf stalks means that even in the slightest of breezes the leaves will shake. Well might the Latin name be Populus tremula.
  • Beautiful Photos of London’s Richmond Park on First Day of Autumn (ibtimes.co.uk)
    Rob Stothard captured these lovely photos of a misty Richmond Park in southwest London as the annual deer rut (breeding season) begins.The park is home to around 345 red deer and 315 fallow deer. The deer rut takes place in autumn. The red stags and fallow bucks compete for females (known as hinds and does respectively) with a clashing of antlers. The males also decorate their antlers with ferns and roar and bark in a bid to attract females.
  • Stag mating call mimic contest held (bbc.co.uk)

    A competition to find out who can best mimic the mating call of a stag has taken place on Exmoor.

    The event for the sport known as bolving started 10 years ago and organisers said competitors took it “very seriously”.

    The challenge for the participants imitating the low bellowing sound of the red deer is for a real stag to answer their call.

    This year 45 people took part in the event held near Dulverton, Somerset.

    Exmoor National Park ranger and former competition winner Richard Eales organised the 10th annual championship.

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Openingswoord voor Nederlandstaligen

Op 26 maart 2014 verscheen hier het eerste artikel, in het Engels. Wij stelden dit nieuwe Levensstijl magazine voor en verwezen naar ons andere levensstijl magazine waar wij wel eens tegen de schenen durven stampen of “op de tenen trappen”. In tegenstelling tot “Stepping Toes” willen wij hier in dit ‘lifestyle magazine‘ het leven van een positieve kant trachten te benaderen en willen wij hier hoofdzakelijk de mooie dingen van het leven voorleggen.

In eerste instantie zou dit hoofdzakelijk Engelstalige teksten over elementen in het leven brengen en de ‘muzings’ of de poëtische gedachten voorleggen van verschillende schrijvers. Alsook hoopten wij op beeldvlak mensen te kunnen vinden die hun fotografisch talent ter beschikking zouden willen stellen om anderen mooi beelden van onze wereld voor te stellen.

Graag hadden wij jonge schrijvers hier ook de gelegenheid gegeven om hun talenten bot te vieren, en wensten wij een aangename selectie te brengen van boeiende lectuur welk er op het internet en in de boekhandel te verkrijgen is.

De hele bedoeling is dat u in “From Guestwriters” betrouwbare geschriften zal kunnen vinden van verschillende auteurs. De hier voorgestelde auteurs kunnen van allerlei strekkingen zijn en uit verschillende lagen van de bevolking over geheel de wereld. De selectie van het materiaal gebeurt wel van uit onze christelijke visie. De meerdere teksten die door de ‘Gastspreker’ of ‘Guestspeaker’ zullen geplaatst worden, zullen wel hoofdzakelijk van gedoopte Christadelphians zijn, maar kunnen ook van leden zijn die in de Christadelphians geïnteresseerd zijn of behoren tot een gelijkaardige beweging of tot een geassocieerd groep. Wij drukken ten stelligste de hoop uit dat meerdere mensen zich hier op dit Blog zullen kunnen vinden en hun gedachten op een vredevolle manier willen delen. Betreft de herbloggingen of ‘reblogs’ zullen de teksten vrij gekozen zijn van wat er op het internet te vinden is. Hierbij kan het gerust voorvallen dat wij de geloofsvoorkeur van de auteur zelfs niet kennen, maar wijzen wij er op dat onze selectie hoofdzakelijk gebaseerd is op de tekst van het voorgestelde artikel. De auteurs wiens werken wij hier als een “Readers Digest” zullen plaatsen hoeven helemaal niet tot onze geloofsgemeenschap te behoren of zelfs gelovig te zijn in een goddelijk wezen. Wat voor ons belangrijk is, is dat ze iets interessants te zeggen hebben.

In tegenstelling tot “Op de Tenen trappen” of “Stepping Toes” wordt hier niet specifiek uitgegaan van een geestelijk onderwerp of speelt niet altijd de geestelijke benadering zulk een rol. Op deze site verwelkomen wij ook andere schrijvers, die over zeer  verschillende onderwerpen willen schrijven, die niets te maken hebben met het materiaal gepresenteerd in het Stepping Toes Lifestyle tijdschrift. Hier voorzien wij een heel andere aanpak en willen wij ook meer oog hebben voor de menselijke kant en voor de algemene schoonheden van het leven en de leefomgeving. De natuur en hoe wij als mens ons in die natuur willen gedragen zullen wij dan ook meer op het voorplan brengen dan in Stepping Toes.

Het belangrijkste doel van “From Guestwriters” is dat iedereen dier hier een tekst presenteert, dit ook vanuit zijn of haar eigen standpunt doet. Dit kan betekenen dat een schrijver kan kiezen voor iets op een bepaalde wijze te bekijken en er een oordeel kan over geven, terwijl een ander juist het tegenovergestelde kan zeggen. Wij vinden het niet erg verschillende meningen over een en hetzelfde thema of evenement hier tegenover elkaar voor te stellen, en vinden zelfs dat het verrijkend kan zijn om verschillende benaderingen naast elkaar te plaatsen.
Wij hopen dat in de toekomst verschillende auteurs zullen bereid zijn om een aantal van hun ideeën, artikelen, gedichten, verhalen hier te presenteren, om een ​​verscheidenheid van bezoekers, uit verschillende culturen en religies ook te verkrijgen en om de verschillende culturen een inzicht te geven van de verschillende denkwijzen en verscheidenheid van culturen. (Na een half jaar hebben zich spijtig genoeg nog niet veel kandidaten voorgesteld.)

De in dit platform gepresenteerde geschriften zullen hier dus ook niet noodzakelijkerwijs volledig in lijn moeten liggen met onze denkwijze. Wij willen open staan voor andere denkwijzen en die in alle openheid hier ook presenteren. Iedereen mag een eigen mening hebben en zal hier ook de vrijheid van meningsuiting op deze site kunnen vinden. daarvoor nodigen wij ook onze lezers uit om indien zij wensen hun commentaren te plaatsen of aanvullende informatie weer te geven.

De wereld is niet ‘zwart wit’ en wij willen hier die kleurenvariëteit ook voorleggen ter verrijking van iedereen. Omdat wij hier verschillende meningen naast elkaar zullen durven presenteren, hopen wij de lezers de kans te geven om te vergelijken met de pro’s en contra’s en zelf een eigen beeld te vormen.

We zouden graag meer schrijvers vinden die bereid zijn om hun gedachten te delen op dit forum, maar we willen dat de lezer weet dat de meerderheid van de schrijvers zich misschien wel het meest zouden kunnen toeleggen op hun eigen persoonlijke sites. Hun meeste geschriften zullen dan ook daar kunnen gevonden worden of op de site van de Stepping Toes Lifestyle magazine.

Het is niet de bedoeling dat de voor dit blog schrijvende auteurs enkel voor hun eigen websites reclame zouden gaan voeren, maar iedereen, die zich geroepen voelt om hier samen te werken aan dit platvorm van positieve nieuwsvoering, is welkom om ook naar hun eigen blog en artikelen op andere websites te verwijzen. Het bekend maken van eigen materiaal of beter bekend maken aan anderen van zelf interessant gevonden materiaal, zal op deze site worden toegestaan​​.
We adverteren niet echt op deze pagina’s, maar iedereen mag zijn steentje bijdragen om ander boeiend werk kenbaar te maken, door er naar te verwijzen en er zelfs linken naar te plaatsen, omdat we onze lezers kansen willen aanbieden om vele andere gerelateerde artikelen te vinden.

Mogen wij u daarom uitnodigen om onze geassocieerde ‘Gast auteurs’ te vinden op hun eigen persoonlijke blog, welk in de zij marge ook vermeld wordt met hun laatst geplaatste artikels.

Wij wensen u veel leesgenot.

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Nota: In België wordt het Nederlands makkelijk terzijde geschoven ten voordele van het Engels waarmee meer mensen bereikt kunnen worden en waarmee het makkelijker is de multiculturele maatschappij in eigen land te benaderen. Maar wij moeten er ook toe bijdragen dat men zich ook blijft uitdrukken in het Nederlands en die taal levendig houdt. De taal is ook rijk aan pareltjes in de literatuur. Wij hopen dat zo enkele mooie Nederlandse gedichten onder de aandacht zullen mogen geplaatst worden. Gehuisvest in Vlaams-Brabant is het ook een kwestie van respect en erkentelijkheid naar de plaatselijke bevolking om hen ook in hun eigen taal toe te spreken. Van hen vragen wij ook begrip dat hun landstaal niet door velen gesproken wordt en omdat wij veel meer buitenlandse  en anderstaligen bereiken is er voor dit blog de voorkeur gegeven aan de handelstaal Engels.

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Disscusion Questions

guestpeaker:

It would be nice if “Everyone has at least one person available always to hear their problems, troubles, mistakes, secrets and even opinions. ” but we are afraid we can find lots of people who are feeling lonely and who do not find somebody around them to whom they can tell the ‘closest’ things to. Even many people who have lots of Facebookfriends today can not feel happiness because they do not really feel they can have a very close connection with somebody else. At the time when social Media is such a hype and everybody seems to be constantly busy with updating their social status, we see that a lot of it is a flush of air.

Having all the magical tools which can spread photo’s in a few seconds make it even worse in this world, because many people have found a weapon in it to tease and even worse bully others with their messages and photo’s been placed on the internet.

All tat social media action makes that lots of people have lost their trust in certain people around them.

But each of us can make a difference. Even when liking to use Facebook and other social gadgets we should be conscious not to misuse the modern tools to gossip, but using it more to show our good will to help others and to be ready for them.
We should do proof to others that they can rely on us, because we are trustworthy and standing ready to be helpful for those in need. People are right to fear the ‘Gossiping‘ which has increased so much, and we should give a clear sign to others who try to do such a thing, that we are not served by that and that we do not want to hear.

When we do hear somebody judging somebody else we should give a clear signal that it is not up to man to judge the other, and that before something is insinuated the person has to be very sure that what he or she wants to tell is founded on truth and not on gossip.

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Power and determination = most important qualities => make you a good leader

leaders need to be strong so that they can be obeyed and followed but they also need to be flexible and friendly with other people so that they can have good relations, can be trusted by the members led and finally can be loved and defended no matter what happens.

A good leader = determined + has power + is also weak + sympathetic

good lives are made so by discipline.

=> keep the laws + law makers

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Find also to read:

  1. If there is bitterness in the heart
  2. Do not be so busy adding up your troubles
  3. A small trouble is like a pebble
  4. God is my refuge and my fortress in Him I will trust
  5. Do the appropriate for a friend
  6. She who sows thistles will reap prickles
  7. A Breath for tomorow
  8. Voice for the plebs
  9. Do we have to be an anarchist to react
  10. To mean, to think, outing your opinion, conviction, belief – Menen, mening, overtuiging, opinie, geloof
  11. The business of this life
  12. Determine the drive
  13. What Jesus did: First things first

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  • 4 Tips On Social Media Use (brosix.com)
    Social media today is just as inescapable as the television had become after the radio. Everyone everywhere has access to Facebook, Twitter, and the rest of the social networks that the Internet can offer. While social media use has brought a whole lot of good, it can also bring negativity, when used wrongly.
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    It’s nice to express our thoughts, or to have an opinion, especially in causes that you feel strongly about. However, if your opinions have a tendency to be controversial or unpopular, and you don’t want to attract haters, it’s really best to keep them to yourself.
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    for those interactions that will only sap your energy, it’s best to just ignore things.
  • Mark Hurd, Oracle’s CEO, Can Change the Internet Forever: Here Is How (seo-theory.com)
    The Internet doesn’t yet run on Oracle but it could, and I am strongly tempted to suggest that maybe it should. Not because Oracle software is the best solution available but because Oracle is large enough to weather all sorts of economic storms. The worst possible thing that can happen to the Internet has happened many times already: people develop software that is widely distributed and then suddenly they vanish, or they move on, and everyone who adopted the freeware is left vulnerable and exposed to the inevitable exploits that come along. I remember when I switched to Qmail because it could not be exploited by email spammers.
  • What I learned from my friendships (fourfeetnine.com)
    I did love attention when I was younger, whether from girls or boys and I’d do funny or cute things or talk a lot or tell jokes to get it. Ironically, that craving faded the older I am.  Nobody likes being ignored but I’m content to be on the sidelines or not be in the middle telling jokes.

    But I still always remember what she said.  And to that extent I consciously remind myself not to be too self-absorbed when I talk to friends (because I can be exactly that) and tell myself don’t talk so much about myself WTF and listen to them more.

  • 15 Ways To Be Nice In Social Media Posts [Infographic] (blogs.sap.com)
    Nice social media posts engage and build your audience, while spammy posts make you look stupid, ignorant, or just plan lazy. Spammy posts might also get you banned from social networks.
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    Social media is a community. If you want something from someone, it’s best to start by giving them something. So, when you Follow someone on Twitter, RTing one of their posts increases the chances they’ll follow you back. Mentioning (or linking to) the great content produced by others makes them more likely to share your content.
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    15 Ways to Be Nice in Social Media Posts
  • Letters to the Editor, October 3, 2014 (scmp.com)
    What I observed at the protest and through social media is a social contagion where one person shouts, “I hate the cops!” and many others follow.

    If you disagree with your government, non-violent organised protests and simply not participating in the system you disagree with (such as not going to work or school) are possibly effective actions to take.

    But hurling insults at individual police officers for hours on end and demonising them through generalised propaganda in news and social media will not help your situation or Hong Kong as a whole.

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How could someone chose the person he trusts?

People can’t be lonely in this life, they always need someone to listen to them, understand them and help them. For example, if you have a problem that is personal but you are struggling to solve it, you will need someone to help you because if you stay hiding that problem you are going to hate life and feel bad about yourself and other people around you. That is why we form trust. We trust people who have time to listen and care about us. Often these people are close to us like a family member, a close friend, a teacher, etc. Everyone has at least one person available always to hear their problems, troubles, mistakes, secrets and even opinions. How to choose the person you trust is very important. You cannot just start telling a stranger all your secrets and personal information because…

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True happiness, love and perfection

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True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.
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It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
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For true love is inexhaustible; the more you give, the more you have. And if you go to draw at the true fountainhead, the more water you draw, the more abundant is its flow.
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Each man must look to himself to teach him the meaning of life. It is not something discovered: it is something molded.

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A civilization is a heritage of beliefs, customs, and knowledge slowly accumulated in the course of centuries, elements difficult at times to justify by logic, but justifying themselves as paths when they lead somewhere, since they open up for man his inner distance.
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The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves, but in our attitude towards them.

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Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

Perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add but when there is no longer anything to take away, when a body has been stripped down to its nakedness.

- Antoine de Saint Exupéry

 

 

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Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, pilot and writer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Antoine de Saint Exupéry the French aviator and writer whose child’s fable for adults The Little Prince (1943) is not only in the school curriculum to be read, but is the person who lets children and adults dream and believe in their own dreams (born June 29, 1900, Lyon, France—died July 31, 1944, in flight over the Mediterranean) French and writer. His writings exalt perilous adventure and aviation, as in the novels Southern Mail (1929) and Night Flight (1931) and in the lyrical memoir with philosophical musings and meditations “Wind, Sand, and Stars” (1939).

He flew as a commercial, test, and military reconnaissance pilot and was a publicity attaché for Air France and a reporter.
He died when he was shot down on a wartime Air Force mission over the Mediterranean.

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Echt geluk, liefde en perfectie

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Find also: What moves mountains? Trust!

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  • The Timeless Tao (zengardner.com)
    it seems we have based so much of our understanding and our culture on empirical, materialistic science, that we have left out the rest of what’s “out there”. We have opted for the linear and causal mode of thinking, rather than what’s circular, unseen, interpenetrating, and spirals. What we’re discussing here is about as far away from petri dish as you can get. The Taoists always matter-of-factly asserted that Taoism exists in all places- all planets, all galaxies, all times, in all extraterrestrial civilisations- not as a religion, but as a flexible kind of science, a non-material science, that can be translated into any language. It just so happens that on our planet, at our particular stage of evolution, Taoism is represented in texts such as the I-Ching in 64 hexagrams. In other words, Taoism adapts to us and not the other way around- and that is the biggest difference between this and other modern religions, especially the Abrahamic ones in which an image of God is made in the image of man. There are no Gods or Deities per se in Taoism, at least not in early Taoism. They came later as psychological byproducts of a growing age of esoterica and cross-acculturation.
  • The Sutra of the Master of Healing (Bhaisajayaguru-Vaidurya-Prabhasa Tathagata) (zenspeaking.com)
    I now ask all beings to light up the lamps and hang up the banners, to set free the animals, and to do good deeds, so that misery and grief can be overcome and the life’ hardships can be avoided.”
  • ‘Towards Global Inclusion of LGBT People Within Catholic Communities’ (jasongoroncy.com)
    Well, each one of us was as shocked as the person next to them: the first-class citizens finding themselves on the same level as us, with all their purity and sense of separateness deflated, and having to overcome a certain repugnance about dealing with people like us; and the second class citizens having to get used to taking ourselves seriously and behave as sons and daughters, rather than dirty servant children who had a sort of built in excuse for impurity.
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    the teaching concerning us being bearers of an objective disorder inclining us to intrinsically evil acts has revealed itself to be a taboo
  • What Is Evil (tvtropes.org)
    Philosophers of morality have, for centuries, struggled with the apparently impossible challenge of objectively proving a “should”, even as most of us deeply believe that, say, murdering innocent children is objectively wrong. Typically, heroes tend to cling to that exact deep conviction; they don’t care for arguing about moral relativism, much like real-life people who see themselves as morally in the right don’t care for it. You could say that this has resulted from aeons of evolutionary pressure on heroes: the ones who stopped to think out the moral conundrums got killed by the Card-Carrying Villain who realized they could use this to Logic Bomb heroes. Meanwhile, the heroes who refused to give in to the villain’s nihilism – either out of boneheadedness, or out of a belief that fighting for what you believe in is a worthy enough goal- persevered. Out-of-universe, the typical lack of moral ambiguity in hero/villain conflict may be attributable to writers just not wanting to waste any effort on that issue, for either ideological or pragmatic reasons.
  • Be Mad At God First (orthodoxyandrecovery.blogspot.com)
    The path of Recovery requires that we drop the pretense: anger is a poison, and it is never justified.  Resentments and condemnation of others is the same judgment and condemnation you will receive.
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    Our afflictions are the path to healing.  Do not resent others for doing what is in their nature to do.  God will deal with them.  You yourself must be healed, and God will only do that if you cooperation.
  • 7 – Essays – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) (classiclit.about.com)
    nature punishes any neglect of prudence. If you think the senses final, obey their law. If you believe in the soul, do not clutch at sensual sweetness before it is ripe on the slow tree of cause and effect. It is vinegar to the eyes, to deal with men of loose and imperfect perception.
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    Genius should be the child of genius, and every child should be inspired; but now it is not to be predicted of any child, and nowhere is it pure. We call partial half-lights, by courtesy, genius; talent which converts itself to money; talent which glitters to-day, that it may dine and sleep well to-morrow; and society is officered by men of parts, as they are properly called, and not by divine men. These use their gifts to refine luxury, not to abolish it. Genius is always ascetic; and piety and love. Appetite shows to the finer souls as a disease, and they find beauty in rites and bounds that resist it.
  • 49 For 49 (tokenhippygirl.com)
    The wind blows here, it’s blowing somewhere across the world.  It carries life and hazard and is alive in its own way.  It reminds me how gentle or ferocious life can be and that I should try to be gentler, quieter, softer in my approach.  It reminds me how small I am, how big the world is, and that there are people in other places lifting their faces to the wind, closing their eyes, and sighing, just like I do sometimes.

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Echt geluk, liefde en perfectie

 

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Echt geluk komt van de vreugde van de goed gedane daden, de schil van nieuwe dingen te creëren.
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Het is slechts met het hart dat men juist kan zien; wat essentieel is, is onzichtbaar voor het oog.
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Echte liefde is onuitputtelijk; hoe meer je geeft, hoe meer je hebt. En als je naar de ware hoofdfontein gaat pompen, hoe meer water je optrekt, des te overvloediger is haar vloed.
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Ieder mens moet naar zichzelf kijken om zich de betekenis van het leven te leren. Het is niet iets ontdekt: het is iets gegoten.
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Een beschaving is een erfenis van geloof, gewoonten en kennis langzaam opgebouwd in de loop der eeuwen, elementen soms moeilijk te rechtvaardigen door de logica, maar zichzelf rechtvaardigend als paden wanneer ze ergens heen leiden, omdat ze zich open stellen voor de mens zijn innerlijke afstand.
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De betekenis van de dingen ligt niet in de dingen zelf, maar in onze houding ten opzichte van hen.
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Perfectie is uiteindelijk bereikt niet wanneer er niets meer aan toe te voegen is, maar wanneer er niet langer iets is om weg te nemen, wanneer een lichaam van haar naaktheid is ontdaan.

-  Antoine de Saint Exupéry

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Antoine de Saint Exupéry, piloot en schrijvern (Foto credit: Wikipedia)

Antoine de Saint Exupéry de Franse vliegenier en schrijver wiens kind fabel voor volwassenen De Kleine Prins (1943) niet alleen in de leerplannen staat om te worden gelezen, is de persoon die kinderen en volwassenen laat dromen en geloven in hun eigen dromen. Hij is geboren te Lyon, Frankrijk op 29 juni 1900 en overleed op 31 juli 1944, tijdens de vlucht over de Middellandse Zee.
Zijn geschriften verheffen hachelijke avontuur en luchtvaart, zoals in de romans Zuidelijke Post (1929) en Nacht Vlucht (1931) en in de lyrische memoires met filosofische overpeinzingen en meditaties “Wind, Zand, en Sterren” (1939).

Hij vloog als een commerciële, test en militaire verkenningsvluchten piloot en was een publiciteitsstunt attaché voor Air France en een verslaggever.
Hij stierf toen hij werd neergeschoten in oorlogstijd tijdens een missie voor Air Force over de Middellandse Zee.

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English  version / Engelse versie > True happiness, love and perfection

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Vind ook: Wat verzet bergen? Vertrouwen!

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  • The Sutra of the Master of Healing (Bhaisajayaguru-Vaidurya-Prabhasa Tathagata) (zenspeaking.com)
    my body should be like a crystal in spotless purity both within and without, with splendorous radiant light, in the majesty of its virtue, sitting serenely, adorned with the aureole, brighter than the sun and the moon, I shall reveal my great power to all the beings in obscurity, in order that they may act freely according to their bent.
  • 49 For 49 (tokenhippygirl.com)
    I feel like I’m better at looking outside of myself, outside of my inner dialogue, to the world beyond.  I realize I’m a small drop in a very large bucket.  And what’s more, when I fall back to being too much in my head, too much about me, I can snap out of it pretty quickly by reminding myself there’s more to life, so much more, than me.  It’s my personal version of a mental slap upside my head.  It’s a wisdom thing.  Something I’ve gained with age.  A certain perspective.  I’m grateful for it.
  • 7 – Essays – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) (classiclit.about.com)
    The world of the senses is a world of shows; it does not exist for itself, but has a symbolic character; and a true prudence or law of shows recognizes the copresence of other laws, and knows that its own office is subaltern; knows that it is surface and not centre where it works. Prudence is false when detached. It is legitimate when it is the Natural History of the soul incarnate; when it unfolds the beauty of laws within the narrow scope of the senses.
  • Be Mad At God First (orthodoxyandrecovery.blogspot.com)
    For countless centuries, perhaps even from the beginning, man has often viewed the world with an ‘us-versus-them’ attitude.  His classical approach to life is that those who are not for him are against him, and that those against him are pure evil and a dire threat.
    After all, the ‘Other’ takes our stuff and makes a mess we have to clean up.  The ‘Other’ is selfish and greedy and inconsiderate.  Of course, we are never like that.  We are always perfect.  It is the Them that has all the problems.
  • What Is Evil (tvtropes.org)
    Characters have all sorts of reasons for bringing up the subjectivity of morality – perhaps they are the Constantly Curious Philosopher who wants to get to the bottom of things; perhaps they are The Fettered, acutely aware of the difficulty and complexity of their quest, moral hazards included; and then perhaps they are trying to fundamentally shake some kind of hero who believes themselves to be acting in the name of absolute good. This last flavor is by far the most common, and is a favorite tactic of the Straw Nihilist, the Card-Carrying Villain, and The Übermensch who adheres to Blue and Orange Morality and believes himself Above Good and Evil.

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What moves mountains? Trust!

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry near Montreal, Canada (May 1942)

Antoine de Saint Exupéry was a passionate searcher. He was passionate about life, about spirituality, the depth of mystery. But, for a long time, for him too the skies remained silent. Notwithstanding all his sustained trials, his prayers were not heard. Until one day he discovered that the biggest mercy of prayer consists in – not being heard.
 
Prayer itself  is mercy.
Every human being  sooner or later is confronted with sorrow, suffering, saying goodbye, and come across questions that are not answered or are confronted with problems that cannot be solved. We try everything, but nothing succeeds, nothing works, nothing moves – not through willpower, not through sustained prayer. Sooner or later we ask ourselves: why?

We want an answer.

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Interior Museum of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in Tarfaya (Morocco) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A sign. In this way in spite of ourselves, we imagine what is good for us. We create an image  that we need to be helped and how and when this should happen. It is exactly at this point that de Saint Exupéry discovered that the answer to his prayer did not coincide with the images he had in mind. He realised that the answer to his prayer exceeds the image created by us. It does not allow to be steered, or the use of words and is only  to be understood by the heart. From a heart that exists through… trust.

Only belief that trusts completely can accept the holy ground of ‘not understanding’.
When we touch the bottom of  intense doubt with our problems – and yet trust – true belief surges. Something becomes visible and tangible which we would otherwise never see, feel or experience.

Then we may discover with surprise, with an inner certitude that does not need a rational explanation, that -in essence- we are inspired.

And stronger : right through the agony of doubt, paradoxally enough, we find inner peace.

- BZN Movement Without a Name Proverb of the month

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Additional reading:

  1. A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow
  2. Rejoice even though bound to grieve
  3. The soul has no rainbow if the eyes have no tears
  4. Trouble is coming
  5. Do not be so busy adding up your troubles
  6. Life’s challenges may not paralyse you
  7. A small trouble is like a pebble
  8. Remembering from times of trouble
  9. Anxiety is the gap between the now and the later
  10. If your difficulties are longstanding, try kneeling
  11. A problem not worth praying about isn’t worth worrying about
  12. Give your tears to God
  13. Crying and trusting ones do not get disappointed
  14. Call unto God so that He can answer you
  15. Let God’s promises shine on your problems
  16. Don’t put a question mark where God put a period
  17. Don’t wait to catch a healthy attitude
  18. Fearing the right person
  19. Trust the future to God
  20. Stick to one God
  21. Trust God to shelter, safety and security
  22. God is my refuge and my fortress in Him I will trust
  23. Be convinced that we are loved
  24. Love been perfected with us
  25. Faithfulness when most necessary
  26. Have a little talk with the Potter
  27. Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement
  28. A person is limited only by the thoughts that he chooses
  29. A Living Faith #1 Substance of things hoped for
  30. What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?
  31. Confidence
  32. Hope begins in the dark
  33. It is not try but trust

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  • Secret ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (misssfaith.com)
    Throw away all the worries about being not perfect – you are perfect just the way you are and a big smile from a happy heart is much more worth than a fake laugh of a wrinkle-less face.
  • In Search of the Little Prince (kirkusreviews.com)
    A scene of Saint-Exupéry working on the manuscript for Le Petit Prince includes a peek at his imagined characters; the delightful back cover depicts the Little Prince and Tonio, shoes off, sitting in opposite chairs, apparently deep in speculative conversation.
  • Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: The Little Prince (headbutler.com)
    When Robin Williams died, my Facebook screen lit up with one quote after another from “The Little Prince.”I didn’t understand why so many people responded with lines from this book.
  • Why Did “The Little Prince” Quotes Suddenly Appear After Robin Williams’ Death? (goodmenproject.com)

    One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye.

    You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.

    All grown-ups were once children… but only few of them remember it.

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    those Facebook friends mourning a grown-up who never lost his connection to the child within? They knew just where to look.
  • 7 Best Book Covers Of All Time (whytoread.com)
    Few stories are as widely read and as universally cherished by children and adults alike as The Little Prince. Richard Howard’s translation of the beloved classic beautifully reflects Saint-Exupéry’s unique and gifted style. Howard, an acclaimed poet and one of the preeminent translators of our time, has excelled in bringing the English text as close as possible to the French, in language, style, and most important, spirit. The artwork in this edition has been restored to match in detail and in color Saint-Exupéry’s original artwork. Combining Richard Howard’s translation with restored original art, this definitive English-language edition of The Little Prince will capture the hearts of readers of all ages.
  • The Little Prince And The Better Parts Of Javascript (greenido.wordpress.com)
    The little price“It seems that perfection is attained not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing more to subtract.”
  • It’s a Little Lonely (bronwendeklerk.com)
    “Where are the people?…It’s a little lonely in the desert…”
    “It is lonely when you’re among people, too”
  • Inspired by His Love (enteringthepromisedland.wordpress.com)
    Indwelt by the light of God that continually produces good works springing from that love God has poured into our heart before (Rom 5:5), we can experience that there is nothing greater in this world and beyond than His Love offers. God’s Love is better than being right, better than being successful, better than being known, and better than possessing all material things one could wish for.
  • Storytelling, Culture, and Revolution (goodmenproject.com)
    A story might simply be a story if it stands by itself — in a vacuum. Yet, a story rooted in our life experiences is not just a story. It is much more. In it we find revealed the particular relationship that we, the storytellers, have with our environment. Individual stories are part of the fabric that is our worldview. Stories, whether fictitious or true, spring forth from our values, believes, perceptions, dreams, imaginations or wishes, all of which are bound to our life experiences, which in turn are fundamentally shaped by our particular environment. The stories, then, that we tell ourselves are bound up in a feedback system whereby our lives find expression in stories which are in turn enacted by us. If, as Ishmael tells us, we believe that the world was made for man (i.e. man as the climax of the whole cosmic drama of creation) and that we are at odds with nature’s distasteful, dehumanizing elements (i.e. moving beyond the wretchedness of the animal condition), then the stories that we will write and enact are stories of conquest, progress, and an alienation from nature.

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Wat verzet bergen? Vertrouwen!

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in de buurt van Montreal, Canada (mei 1942)

Antoine de Saint Exupéry was een hartstochtelijke zoeker. Hij was gepassioneerd door het leven, door spiritualiteit, de diepte van het mysterie. Toch, lange tijd zweeg ook voor hem de hemel. Ondanks al zijn volgehouden pogingen werden zijn gebeden niet verhoord. Tot hij op een dag plots ontdekte dat de grootste genade van het gebed erin bestaat – dat het niet wordt verhoord.

Het gebed zelf is de genade.
Elke mens leeft vroeg of laat met verdriet, lijden, afscheid nemen, heeft vragen waarop geen antwoorden komen of staat voor problemen waar hij geen oplossing voor vindt. We proberen alles, maar niets lukt, niets werkt, niets komt in beweging – niet met onze wilskracht, niet met ons volgehouden gebed. Vroeg of laat stellen we ons de vraag: waarom?

We willen een antwoord.
Een teken. Zo maken wij onwillekeurig een voorstelling van wat goed is voor ons. Wij maken een beeld van hoe wij dienen geholpen te worden en hoe en wanneer dat best zou gebeuren. Precies hier ontdekte de Saint Exupéry dat het antwoord op zijn gebed niet samenvalt met de voorstellingen die hij voor ogen hield. Hij ging inzien dat het antwoord op zijn gebed voorbijgaat aan het door ons gemaakt plaatje. Het verdraagt geen sturing of woorden en is alleen te ‘begrijpen’ vanuit ons hart. Vanuit een hart dat leeft van… vertrouwen.

Enkel geloof dat grenzeloos vertrouwt, kan de heilige grond van ‘niet begrijpen’ aanvaarden.

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Buiten het Museo Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in Tarfaya (Marokko) (Foto credit: Wikipedia)

Waar wij de bodem van de diepste vertwijfeling raken met onze problemen – en toch vertrouwen – daar welt écht geloof op. Daar wordt iets zichtbaar en voelbaar dat wij anders nooit zouden kunnen zien, voelen of ervaren.

Daar mogen wij wonder genoeg ontdekken, met een innerlijke zekerheid die geen rationele verklaring nodig heeft, dat wij – in wezen – gedragen worden.

Sterker nog: dwars doorheen de vertwijfeling vinden wij paradoxaal genoeg innerlijke vrede.

- Bond zonder Naam spreuk van de maand : oktober 2014

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Aanvullende lectuur:

  1. Jubelen alhoewel ook droevig
  2. De ziel heeft geen regenboog als de ogen niet tranen
  3. Woorden in de Wereld
  4. Wees niet zo bezig met het optellen van uw problemen
  5. Een kleine moeite is als een kiezelsteen
  6. Emotioneel op slot zitten
  7. De uitdagingen van het leven mogen u niet verlammen
  8. Angst is de kloof tussen het nu en later
  9. Als je problemen al langdurig zijn, probeer te knielen
  10. Een probleem dat niet waard is om te bidden is het niet waard zorgen over te maken
  11. Laat Gods beloften schijnen op jouw problemen
  12. Geef je tranen aan God
  13. Roep tot God zodat Hij u kan verhoren
  14. Zet geen vraagteken waar God een punt plaatste
  15. Wacht niet op anderen voor een gezonde houding
  16. Als u integriteit hebt
  17. Laat de vrede vandaag met jou zijn
  18. Vrees hebben voor de juiste persoon
  19. Vertrouw de toekomst aan God toe
  20. Roependen en vertrouwenden worden niet beschaamd
  21. Hou vast aan één God
  22. Vertrouw de schuilplaats, veiligheid en geborgenheid die God voorziet
  23. God is mijn toevlucht, mijn fort en sterkte, op Hem zal ik vertrouwen
  24. Wees overtuigd dat wij geliefd zijn
  25. Liefde die werkelijkheid is geworden
  26. Trouw wanneer het meest nodig is
  27. Praat een beetje met de Pottenbakker
  28. Optimisme is het geloof dat leidt tot succes
  29. Een persoon wordt alleen beperkt door de gedachten die hij kiest
  30. Welke eenzaamheid is meer eenzaam dan wantrouwen?
  31. Hoop begint in het donker
  32. Het is niet proberen maar vertrouwen

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  • Secret ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (misssfaith.com)
    Throw away all the worries about being not perfect – you are perfect just the way you are and a big smile from a happy heart is much more worth than a fake laugh of a wrinkle-less face.
  • In Search of the Little Prince (kirkusreviews.com)
    A scene of Saint-Exupéry working on the manuscript for Le Petit Prince includes a peek at his imagined characters; the delightful back cover depicts the Little Prince and Tonio, shoes off, sitting in opposite chairs, apparently deep in speculative conversation.
  • Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: The Little Prince (headbutler.com)
    When Robin Williams died, my Facebook screen lit up with one quote after another from “The Little Prince.”I didn’t understand why so many people responded with lines from this book.
  • Why Did “The Little Prince” Quotes Suddenly Appear After Robin Williams’ Death? (goodmenproject.com)

    One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye.

    You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.

    All grown-ups were once children… but only few of them remember it.

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    those Facebook friends mourning a grown-up who never lost his connection to the child within? They knew just where to look.
  • 7 Best Book Covers Of All Time (whytoread.com)
    Few stories are as widely read and as universally cherished by children and adults alike as The Little Prince. Richard Howard’s translation of the beloved classic beautifully reflects Saint-Exupéry’s unique and gifted style. Howard, an acclaimed poet and one of the preeminent translators of our time, has excelled in bringing the English text as close as possible to the French, in language, style, and most important, spirit. The artwork in this edition has been restored to match in detail and in color Saint-Exupéry’s original artwork. Combining Richard Howard’s translation with restored original art, this definitive English-language edition of The Little Prince will capture the hearts of readers of all ages.
  • The Little Prince And The Better Parts Of Javascript (greenido.wordpress.com)
    The little price“It seems that perfection is attained not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing more to subtract.”
  • It’s a Little Lonely (bronwendeklerk.com)
    “Where are the people?…It’s a little lonely in the desert…”
    “It is lonely when you’re among people, too”
  • Inspired by His Love (enteringthepromisedland.wordpress.com)
    Indwelt by the light of God that continually produces good works springing from that love God has poured into our heart before (Rom 5:5), we can experience that there is nothing greater in this world and beyond than His Love offers. God’s Love is better than being right, better than being successful, better than being known, and better than possessing all material things one could wish for.
  • Storytelling, Culture, and Revolution (goodmenproject.com)
    A story might simply be a story if it stands by itself — in a vacuum. Yet, a story rooted in our life experiences is not just a story. It is much more. In it we find revealed the particular relationship that we, the storytellers, have with our environment. Individual stories are part of the fabric that is our worldview. Stories, whether fictitious or true, spring forth from our values, believes, perceptions, dreams, imaginations or wishes, all of which are bound to our life experiences, which in turn are fundamentally shaped by our particular environment. The stories, then, that we tell ourselves are bound up in a feedback system whereby our lives find expression in stories which are in turn enacted by us. If, as Ishmael tells us, we believe that the world was made for man (i.e. man as the climax of the whole cosmic drama of creation) and that we are at odds with nature’s distasteful, dehumanizing elements (i.e. moving beyond the wretchedness of the animal condition), then the stories that we will write and enact are stories of conquest, progress, and an alienation from nature.

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