How often do you really look at yourself in the mirror? Not just how your hair looks, or to shave or do some other habit of grooming, but look yourself in the eye and really see who is looking back. This is a daunting thing to do because you just may see something you didn’t expect, darkness.
Equal Parts are There
All people contain within themselves the ability to love deeply, show compassion, help their fellow-man and give completely to virtual strangers. There is also the capacity to be petty, mean-spirited, selfish, and discriminatory without too much coaxing. Read more...(953 words, 15 images, estimated 3:49 mins reading time)
At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?
I have felt most passionate and alive right now, there is nothing that could top this moment in time until tomorrow!
There are many people who will look far into the distant past for this answer or maybe dream of a day in the future that might be better or more perfect but to me right here and right now is the place where I feel most passionate and alive. Read more...(611 words, 11 images, estimated 2:27 mins reading time)
There is a gratitude I feel for the down times, the darkness, and the sorrows of life. A thank you, that needs to be said and felt.
Why am I grateful for these things? Well, really there is no other choice because these things are going to exist whether I am grateful for them or not. But when you think about it the presence of difficulties and hardships are a vital part of the journey. They reveal much about ourselves, what we are really made off and force us to grow. Read more...(483 words, 5 images, estimated 1:56 mins reading time)
“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.”― Mary Oliver
All experiences in life are an opportunity for growth and learning. The person you are today has been built brick by brick from the things that you have gone through both good and bad. Those things that were not so enjoyable or were extremely painful are often considered darkness and the darkness that comes into our lives can be difficult to get rid of even many years later. Unfortunately, as we are going through these dark times there is no real way to gauge the benefits that are coming to us down the road, but that doesn’t make the value any less tangible. What makes a situation dark? Is it something that another has done to us? or is it our own weakness and inability to say goodbye and move on?Read more...(742 words, 4 images, estimated 2:58 mins reading time)
When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in?
by Jonathan Hilton
There are times in everyone’s life when they feel like they are all by themselves, with only your beliefs. These times are opportunities to define your life and what you believe in. Will you continue to believe as you always have or will you move in the direction of change and growth? That is a test that life likes to give us from time to time and it is important that we find the lesson and maintain our humanity and compassion in the process. There is no question that difficult times will define you and lead you in a direction of more understanding or more bitterness, the decision is truly yours. Read more...(808 words, 10 images, estimated 3:14 mins reading time)