Monday, August 31, 2009

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

I've been a little quiet in my writings, it's not as if I don't have anything to say it's just some days I'm not sure I want to put it all into words and on paper. Ever feel that way?

Today I came across a favorite quote of mine and thought what better time to write a little something, and share a little inspiration with the world.


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Friday, August 14, 2009

Philadelphia Eagles....why????

Why is the question I keep asking over and over this morning. I don't understand how the NFL could even think about reinstating Michael Vick back into the NFL. Nor how the Philadelphia Eagles could hire him. Is it all about winning and money?

Could it be that Andy Reid's feels like he must give him a second chance because Reid's kids are criminals too? In fact, Reid's kids might be more dangerous than Vick given they seem to be always high on some hardcore drug or pulling guns on innocent citizens in Philadelphia. Is that why Eagles?

Whatever the reason this is the NFL not a rehabilation program for parolees. And based on Vicks past action and behvavior, a serious rehabilation program is what Vick needs....not a job playing in the NFL. Yes, I'm all for second chances but in the case of anyone who has committed a serious crime it needs to be done slowly. And there has to be a serious rehabilation process instated before such people can live normal lives in society again.

I am disgusted by the thought of this man who tortured and abused dogs in such cruel manners be allowed to resume his career in the NFL so easily. No that is not right and what message does that send to our society? I'm a huge sports fan but I find it difficult to understand how professional sports leagues seems so nonchalant about such matters.

As part of his parole Vick should be working in a program to rehabilitate the dogs lives he destroyed, not given the highly prestigious job of a professional athlete so soon. We aren't aren't talking about a few hours a week either, he should be working at one of these animal shelters 8 hrs or more a day. And half, if not more, of his salary should be required to be donated to the SPCA. That would be a good start.

It's just a sad day in Philadelphia, as if we don't have enough problems in the city to contend with now this. One thing is for sure my Eagles jersey is going in the trash because I've reached my limit with the Eagles organization between the coaches kids terrorizing the city, McNabbs inability to be a true team leader, Lurie's showy Hollywood ways, and now Vick it's just not a respectable organization or one to be proud of.

This would be a good time to donate to the local animal organizations and shelters. They are the real heros who save the victims in cases like Vicks. So please donate your money and time because these organizations that protect and save dogs need funding.

http://www.aspca.org/

http://www.spca.com/

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

For saking all others....

"And forsaking all others, be faithful only to him/her so long as you both shall live?" Those are the words in the standard wedding vow but what happened to upholding those vows? And not only in marriage but when one gives their love to another in any committed relationship....what happened to being faithful?

I ponder these questions and more because once again in the news another well known person was exposed as a cheater. Pitino coach of Louisville was caught not only cheating but in an extortion scandal.

So the question becomes....is it really that hard to keep ones private parts inside their underwear and privately reserved for the individual they are in a relationship with?

I understand most people have urges, even those that won't admit it, and that there will be temptation at times but the whole point of being married or in a relationship is to have the strength to control those urges out of love and respect for the other. Many people because they so deeply love another don't give it much thought to begin with. If you truly love someone why would you want to be with someone else.

We've all heard the many excuses of people needing variety, not getting enough at home, madonna/whore complexes,etc., ok fine so work those issues out in therapy or talk to your partner and find a way that both people get their needs met openly and honestly. Or maybe avoid the situations that are known weaknesses, but don't hurt the ones you love and bring such disgrace on your own character and innocent families.

Maybe the deeper issue is the lack of communication within relationships? How often do couples talk about their needs openly and honestly with each other. How often do couples listen to what their mates try to tell them, or really take an interest in what makes their mates happy. There are a lot of couples who have different views, needs, etc., maybe the key is finding ways to compromise so both individuals remain content, happy, and grow stronger together. Think about it people spend much of their time working, and many people like Pitino spend too much time away from home. Most relationships just aren't given the time, communication, or nurturing that allows them to grow strong and be sustainable.

Back to the point, I'm just tired of hearing about these people who cannot respect and be faithful to those they made promises to. It's disheartening to know we have such selfish, and maybe weak, individuals in our society. It sounds harsh but how should an individual who breaks vows and hurts those they love be described?

And how as our society do we make marriages and relationships stronger in an age where values such as honesty, loyalty, and faithfulness seem lost. When will people take serious the promises and vows they make to others? What happened to forsaking all others for love?

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Emerson Quote

"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."

I love a great quote. Hope that whoever may stumble upon my blog today is inspired by Emerson's words of wisdom.

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Beauty, Happiness, Success, and Love......

While watching "La Ink" last night, there was a woman getting a tattoo, who shared a personal story of insecurity that plagued her much of her life. She resorted to all kinds of plastic sugery in the hopes of being that perfect person she thought she needed to become to be happy, successful, and find love. As viewers quickly learned it didn't change her life in the ways she believed it would and she learned she had to love and accept herself for who she was.

It got me thinking about how society has left so many people with many of those same insecurities. Why do so many people feel they need to be perfect, or have certain material and/or physical attributes to be happy, successful, or loved?

When will our society ever realize it doesn't matter what one looks like, it doesn't matter what one does for a living, nor how much one makes, what they have, who they date, etc., what matters is who one is on the inside. Yet our society's insecurities run rampand, materialism and superficialism are everywhere. We are all guilty of it to some extent.

But I'd like to think we each have the ability to change the world one small step at a time. So let's stop hiring super models for magazines....let's see real people modeling the clothes we wear. Or stop believing that being a lawyer makes one better than being a trash collector. How about stop the obession with having to be a certain body type if God wanted us all to have the same body type he would have made us that way. Those are just a small examples but I think any one reading gets the point.

True beauty, happiness, success, and love are measured not by the size of our bodies, pockets, cars, houses, but by the size of our hearts. Until we as a society understand this, we will keep passing on these insecurities and false sense of what it means to be happy, successful and loved to future generations.

Monday, August 3, 2009

House Dream

Everyone has their own little dreams in life. One of mine has always been to own a house, nothing crazy just something small like a cottage type house would be fine. Something I could call my own and share with those I love.

The benefits of owning a house far outway renting. No other tenants to have to deal with, pets are allowed, and one can design, create, paint, do whatever they desire because it's theirs. Your money and time are spent being invested into something real. Where as renting is basically throwing the hard earned money into someone elses pocket.

Most days the reality of owning my own house seems very far down on the list, as it's just not something I can afford at the moment.

Often times I take the alternative way to work which allows me to view all the beautiful houses that sit nestled on the back roads. I imagine myself owning the properties, and daydream about how I would design each room and landscape the yard.

Here are a few photos of houses I like. Some small, and some a little bigger than mentioned, but all appealing in their own ways. What does your ideal home look like?

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