When children first start to draw, we teach them to colour in between the lines. We reward accuracy rather than interpretation. Neatness, not expression. This says a lot about our own predispositions.
The problem with kids’ colouring is also that often their elders guide them not to use certain colours for certain objects and come to teach them that they have to colour skies in blue and not in green or red for example.
Last few years the publishers sought it also right to print colouring books for adults where they now also have to feel the restriction to colour between the lines.
Perhaps fine motor skills may be trained by colouring between the lines, but it does not give so much freedom to self-expression, and that is much more important to stimulate.
We even interfere with ” to hold a crayon correctly” as if we do know the best way to hold a pencil or pen. (This reminds me how we as children got a tick on our hands when we dared to write or draw with our left hand.)
How many of us did not get directives on how to fill in a blank piece of paper. Some of us got to learn we always had to keep a white border and should not have the drawing pass the paper.
We should give all children the liberty to express themselves freely. Why not present the sky to be green, mauve and not blue, the grass being red and not green, clouds being blue or orange?
Many people are so ingrained in calibrated settings and dare not allow ideas other than those as we perceive things in real life.
The past few days at the start of 2022 has reminded me, that “putting away the crayon box and/or colouring between the lines” may actually be the most devastating move I could make at the moment. A strange opening, but hang in there with me.
Generally, most of us would agree that rules are necessary in a wide expanse of situations. You know – “stop at a red light”; “wear a life jacket when canoeing”; and the oldie but goodie “don’t eat yellow snow.” You get the idea.
Rules(real and imagined) can be a good thing, but they can also be the most restricting and strangling when it comes to who we are and should be as an individual.
Often family, society and/or our upbringing force; slot or “passive-agressively suggest” this is how we “should be or act or live our OWN lives.”
Conformity has it’s place. But, it…
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Kone, Krusos, Kronos
“Listen to the Exhortation of the Dawn! Look to this Day! For it is Life, the very Life of Life. In its brief course lie all the Verities and Realities of your Existence. The Bliss of Growth, The Glory of Action, The Splendor of Beauty; For Yesterday is but a Dream, And To-morrow is only a Vision; But To-day well lived makes Every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness, And every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope. Look well therefore to this Day! Such is the Salutation of the Dawn!”
The more we grow old, the more things we experience in life, some of them a great surprise, and a thing that makes us ponder at life itself.
It’s meaning, and our lot in it.
And we talk, and feel according as to what we consider it was good, or bad, but we did gain anything on it?
I mean even…
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A Window Of Wisdom
“When we are unable to face the truth of our own feelings, we will vent our emotional pain upon anyone that goes against what we are trying to control, due to the exhaustion of representing our self as the truth, we wish we could be.”
True freedom can only be felt when we stop concealing our thoughts, desires, and beliefs, and stop pretending to be someone we are not, or pleasing others out of fear; for when our truth is spoken, our spirit emerges, and our fear becomes void, to which freedom of our true self takes flight.
~ WOW ~
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12 Augustus 2010
Ek voel elke dag ligter, daar is bande en strikke wat loskom en ek is dankbaar daarvoor. Dit is goed dat elke area in my lewe apart aangespreek word so dat ek nie iets mis nie. Ek doen baie introspeksie en het vir die eerste keer in jare tyd.
Ek is nie spyt oor die besluite en keuses wat ek gemaak het nie, maar in retrospek sien ek die consequences. Ek gaan dit agter my sit.
Om te weet ek het die beste gedoen wat ek in daardie oomblik gedink het, maar ek is nou vry daarvan.
Verwyte het nie meer plek nie, guilt nog minder.
Ek is losgemaak.
Nou span ek my lewe volgens God se plan en ek glo met my hele hart dat ek in purpose sal staan.
Ek begin oor.
God’s way en ek sien uit daarna.
Om nie meer hard te werk om co~dependent en disfunctional verhoudings in stand te hou nie. Dit is nie meer my selfopgelegde taak om die wiele aan die kar te hou nie.
Geen wonder ek het uitgebrand gevoel op elke terrein van my lewe nie.
As God my toegerus het vir die taak kan ek verantwoordelikheid aanvaar, maar buite my circle of influence kan ek net bid.
Dit is genoeg! Dit is bevrydend.
Ek glo ook nie meer die leuens oor my nie, alles wat oor my gespreek was nie.
Ek het probeer kompenseer deur al hoe meer toegewings te maak, my loon was kritiek en blaam.
God ken my hart, Hy ken my wil, Hy het my vergewe.
Hy seën my, ek het niks meer nodig nie.
Dit het my ‘n hele leeftyd geneem om hier te kom, maar dit is nie te laat nie.
Repentance is a decision that results in a change of mind, which in turn leads to a change of purpose and action.
I love people who have been
through adversity and heartache and obstacles
as impossible as the sun itself.
They usually make it out with hearts as warm as gold.
Cores made of fire.
Lives soaked with full intention.
Hope like another morning.
They know how to start again ~
how to walk through walls
with palms wide open
And know how to begin at the edge, and the end.
Those to me are the best people.
I’ve never been rich,
but always wealthy,
giving and receiving
with my heart.
Source of Inspiration
when a good book ends
leaving me wanting more
yet satisfied at the same time.
I want my story
to end the same way,
yet also happy
to have lived
a satisfied tale.
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Many words are said and written down in the world, but how many are inspired by wisdom?
- Words to inspire and to give wisdom
- Words in the world
- The Tongue an Outlet
- Loving the Word
- Answering a fool according to his folly
- Honour your own words as if they were an important contract
- Think before you speak
- A tongue to speak slowly and well-considered
- For attractive lips, speak words of kindness
- Growth in character
- Aim High: Examples of Godly Characters to follow
- How should we preach?
- The radiance of God’s glory and the counsellor
- A Living Faith #2 State of your faith
- Feed Your Faith Daily
- Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #5 To meditate and Transform
- Bible a guide – Bijbel als gids
- Happy who’s delight is only in the law of Jehovah
- A Bible Falling Apart Belongs to Someone who isn’t
- Truth never plays false roles of any kind, which is why people are so surprised when meeting it
- Wisdom lies deep
- Those who make peace should plant peace like a seed
- Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience
- Prophets making excuses
- Proverbs 1 (chaptersone.wordpress.com)
Proverbs 1:1-6 describes the purpose of the book of Proverbs: to attain wisdom, discipline, insight, prudence, rightness, justice, fairness, discretion, guidance, learning, and understanding. Verse 7 seems to use the term “knowledge” as a synonym of wisdom saying “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge”. And verse 33 says “whoever listens to [wisdom] will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.” Very often each verse of Proverbs is a mini-sermon by itself, with a line about wisdom beside a line about foolishness. For example, Proverbs 10:14, “Wise men store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.” A good habit would be to read one verse of Proverbs a day, and meditate on it.
- Weekend Wisdom: Live In Peace With One Another (joyreturns.com)
When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.
- The Wisdom of Peace (whyjesusministries.wordpress.com)
James 3:17 (NIV)
17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
- Weekend Wisdom: Be Devoted To One Another (joyreturns.com)
Faith is the first factor in a life devoted to service. Without it, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible.
Mary McLeod Bethune
- A Practical And Experiential Overview of Romans by Robert Haldane (ilyston.wordpress.com)
The attributes of God, especially His holiness and justice, when viewed through any other medium than that of the Gospel, strike terror into the heart of man, and lead him, like Adam, to hide himself among the trees of the garden. But these attributes, in themselves so terrible to the guilty, are, through the merciful appointment of the mediation of our heavenly Surety, pledged for the deliverance of the Christian, and for his eternal salvation.
- Several quotes about wisdom. (closetoeighty.wordpress.com)
Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences. ~Norman Cousins
- 03 March 16, 2014, Proverbs 8-9 & James 3, Listen To Wisdom’s Invitation (slideshare.net)
- Being sure of their deliverance (christadelphianworld.blogspot.com)
They were sure that the divine Creator was with them and would continuously guide them through easy but also through difficult times.
- Holding Fast the Name of Jesus (jlue.wordpress.com)
- God?…Dis is Larry. (pastij.wordpress.com)
I am just beginning to iron out my thoughts, and eventually, to be able to think this through with more of a clear-mind, and not just dozens of Christian clichés that don’t give adequate explanation for what I am doing. I want a solid foundations, and not that I don’t think that clichés aid in understanding, because I think that underneath the cliché is wisdom. I want to dig down to get the gold. Wisdom is better than gold. I want to use my mind, not to explain God as a scientist explains matter, I think its more like a child trying to explain his father. I can’t do it. But I will try. Yes, God’s wisdom is not wisdom as the world sees it. And it is true that “God uses the foolish things of the world to shame the wise”. BUT, this does not mean that God’s wisdom does not make sense. In fact, it makes perfect sense, unlike my explanation of it, which can never be perfect. If this is confusing to you, don’t stress. It is confusing to me as well, but I do believe that I am going somewhere with this, though I may not know where.Everything that I understand about God has been taught to me by people in my life. These people were taught by people as well. The reason that I trust them? Well, it is difficult to explain, but I want to try, because there is a reason that makes sense, I just haven’t been able to put it into words yet.
The fact that there is some consistency in what I have been taught is comforting, and the belief in the Word of God as authoritative gives me a foundation to build from. That being said, many people who treat the Bible with authority have a lot of crazy ideas that do not make sense. For example, the Klu Klux Klan and the Westboro Baptist Church. So then, there is this other factor called interpretation.
This is more of the beginning of a discussion than it is me trying to explain anything.
PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. ~Isaac Asimov
It is easier to find a score of men wise enough to discover the truth than to find one intrepid enough, in the face of opposition, to stand up for it. ~A.A. Hodge
Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences. ~Norman Cousins
Wisdom comes by disillusionment. ~George Santayana
Wisdom outweighs any wealth. ~Sophocles
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