Religion is a sensitive subject for most people, regardless of what their beliefs are. Personally, I find it difficult to explain my beliefs because they’re so varied. I consider myself to be eclectic. Essentially, this means that I take bits and pieces of several different belief systems and weave them together to create my very own personal tapestry of beliefs. To some people, this act is absolutely abhorrent. How dare I have the gall to pick apart religious teachings and only go by the ones that I like? Isn’t religion about taking every part of one belief system and following it explicitly, whether we like it or not?
Perhaps for some people, that way of practicing religion works. But not for me. I don’t think that I should be stifled by any part of my beliefs. If something rubs me the wrong way, then it’s clearly not something I want as part of my life. I believe that life is too short to be compelled to adhere to rules that feel are wrong just because someone else says I should. I’ve learned about many different religions including: Christianity, Buddhism, Witchcraft, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, and Taoism, to name a few. Each one has positives and negatives to it.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with anyone who fully embraces one faith system and follows all the rules and tenets assigned to that particular religion. To each his or her own, I say.
As for me, I’ll continue to go with the pieces (be they from Buddhism, Hinduism, Witchcraft, Christianity, or whatnot) that make my soul feel alive and joyful. Otherwise, what’s the point? There’s plenty of negativity in the world already and I don’t need any of that as part of my spiritual practices. I mean, who does, really?
Sending positive vibes and cheerful thoughts to everyone for a happy weekend!
I got two new plants yesterday.
Adorable little succulents that were looking awful sad sitting on the shelf, neglected and forgotten, at Marshall’s. We don’t normally get live plants, so no one seemed to realize they were there. I’ve been watering them once a week for the past month or so, waiting for them to go on clearance.
It finally happened, so I bought them. I hope they’re happy in their new home.
Until next week, be happy everyone!
Clearly, I am not good at maintaining a schedule, even one I made up. Of course, I kind of already knew that about myself. All I can do is write when I remember and hope that next week I’ll be better.
Whatever the case may be, I’m here now and hope that everyone has a wonderful week!
Back in January, I wrote about changing my drinking habits. I was attempting to switch from mostly sugary beverages to mostly water-type beverages with little to no sugar.
I am happy to announce that it has been a huge success. I haven’t had an actual soda in well over a month. Instead, I drink mostly naturally flavored carbonated water, along with some coffee, tea, and, of course, plain water.
It has been immensely liberating to not rely so heavily on overly processed drinks. In fact, I have even started drinking plain seltzer water, in the form of Perrier, and it is delicious. I never liked the taste of plain carbonated water before; I thought it was disgusting.
How my taste buds have changed! And in such a short time too. I am very happy with my progress and am researching dietary changes, which will be my next healthy project.
May you all enjoy your health and happiness to its fullest extent!
The year has gotten off to a great start. I’m feeling hopeful and renewed. I already made a big change.
My hair went from blonde
to a dark auburn brown.
I’m quite happy with the results.
I also started writing poetry again. I haven’t felt inspired in a while, but that has changed. It all makes me feel alive and reborn. I hope that everyone else feels as revitalized as I do right now.
All the best for this wonderful new year!
It has been one crazy year. From three failed IVF cycles to losing my source of income to getting a new job, it has been a rollercoaster of emotions. I saw a motivational poster recently that really struck home. It was of a Chinese proverb that said: Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still.
That is one philosophy I intend to take with me into the new year. Progress, however minute, is still progress and I need to remember that. Even if I am only inching forward towards my goals, I am still moving. It’s something I tend to forget, a lot.
My goals aren’t huge as of now. They are pretty basic: Drink more water and less soda, stop cussing, and start exercising again. I know I can attain each of them, so long as I remember that it’s not going to happen overnight.
I believe we can all reach the goals we set for ourselves, no matter how big or small. All we need is the motivation and support to get there. As a last token of whimsy for this year, here is a picture of my two Narwhal mugs to make you smile.
Happy New Year, everyone!!
Eight months ago, I published my first book. It’s a book of poetry titled Juxtaposition. It is full of poems that speak to both the light and the dark sides of humanity. I find the contrast between the two fascinating, especially since there is both in every person.
We must all find a balance between what is good and what is bad. Sometimes, that balance is harder to maintain than we’d like. Those are the times when we all need a little reminder that things will get better.
I want everyone to remember that depression lies. You are worth more than you know.
So, life being what it is, I’m about 10,000 words behind and there is only a week left of November. I don’t think I’m going to make it, but I’m pretty happy about how far I got in my first attempt.
Maybe next year I’ll get a little farther.
Maybe I’ll even make it all the way to the end.
Who knows – stranger things have happened.
My procedure went well yesterday. I’m still pretty sore, but otherwise doing fine. I go back next week to find out what the doctor found out, if anything.
That’s it for now. I gotta go lay back down.
Talk to you again, soon.
I’m having surgery in two days. I’ve had this type of surgery before and I know that it’s routine, but I’m still feeling a little nervous. I just keep telling myself that this may be exactly what I need to finally get where I’ve been going for the past sixteen years.
I can hope at least.
So, if you can, send me good vibes, positive thoughts, what have you. I would greatly appreciate it.
See you on the other side.