I believe we can be anyone

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best to make you like everybody else is to fight the hardest battle you can fight--but never stop fighting! E.E. Cummings

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Confucius says....

"Better than the one who knows what is right, is the one who loves what is right."


Behind love is passion.  When a person is passionate about something, he or she will stop at nothing to make sure their cause is heard or realized into reality.

Who do you know that lives like this in your life currently?

We have had examples over the years of people who have lived like this.  Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Erin Brokovich, Mother Teresa and the list can go on.  These are "large" examples but in our daily lives there may be people that have lived or live like this currently.  Sometimes they are behind the scenes and sometimes they are out in front.

Every well known advocate started with taking one step.  It doesn't happen overnight.  If you feel drawn to a cause then go with it and take one step.  That's all that matters.

I often forget that it's the journey, not the destination and I need to consistently remind myself of that when I get frustrated or impatient with not seeing results as quickly as I would like.  Sometimes falling "off the wagon" is a good thing.  It reminds us of where we would like to be and helps us to get back on track. 

Change takes time.  It's taken me the last ten years of doing personal growth and relearning how I would like to take care of myself, my body and my health.  I have spent time figuring out what my values are and what's important and a priority.  I have made many tiny steps along the way but it didn't happen overnight.

Be patient.  Have a destination so you can keep focused and on track and remember it's the journey and all the steps in between.  You can do it.  Just start.

Erin Brockovich

Who is an example for you?

What are you passionate about? 

What do you love that is right? 

What are you willing to fight for?

Are you willing to fight for yourself?  After all, it all starts with you.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

For I am dying of such love....

Sappho was an Ancient Greek poet born on the island of Lesbos (yes, I'm not kidding, Lesbos).  Was she a lesbian?  Who knows?   Does it matter?  No.

She was born sometime between 630 and 612 BC and it is said that she died around 570 BC but little is known about her life.

The bulk of her poetry was well known and greatly admired.  Her immense reputation has endured through surviving fragments of her poetry.

The first time I heard her poetry was on the show "Xena Warrior Princess".  Xena made reference to her on the Season 6 show entitled "Many Happy Returns".  I'm not 100% sure it is an actual Sappho poem, but I'm thinking it must be.  Many of her poems that have survived have been translated.

Xena got Sappho to write Gabrielle a poem for her birthday.  It is one of the most beautiful pieces of poetry I have ever heard and I hope you enjoy it too.

There's a moment when I look at you

and no speech is left in me.

My tongue breaks.

Then fire races under my skin and I tremble
and go pale;

for I am dying of such love.

Or, so it seems to me.