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Giving Them L — Like Living Laughter

 

“You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.”
— Albert Camus

 

Live Life Longing Like
Lillies lacking lift
Love Languishing looks
Laugh long lively
Lift Laughter loftily
Light Loving Lanterns
Label Language Lazily
Lead Learners least
lest letters leave.
Let Liberal License lie
like liquid limits.
Load little loneliness
Lose loaded loyalty.
Lower luggage lustily
Locate lost lightning.
Leverage likely links.
Lacerate lamented landings
Learn Lethal Legalese.
Limber leather lovingly
Lace likelier limbs
Lionize loadstars laughingly
Lifetimes lived Loquaciously

 

Blessings, G

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Drawing Fire UpwardsDrawing Fire Upwards by G A Rosenberg

 

Sky GlowSky Glow by G A Rosenberg

 

Happy

 

It takes time to be happy. A lot of time. Happiness, too, is a long patience.
— Albert Camus

 

Maybe I’m being shallow and my outlook is almost definitely privileged . I mean when you look at the world and at most of the things that life brings us, happiness seems in pretty short supply. For anyone with an ounce of compassion it is all too easy to feel sorrow, anger and depression at the circumstances not only of our own lives but in the far worst ones of all too many others in this world. Yet what does anger, sorrow and depression give us? None of those help us to better our own lives in any way and they definitely don’t help better the lives of others. I want to be able to help others and better my own life but given a choice I would rather choose to do it happily.
I believe that even in the worst of circumstances happiness is a choice. It’s not always an easy one but if we decide to look at what we have and find purpose in what we’re doing and keep a sense of humour about it (talk about something else that is in all too limited supply) than we can find that happy place and face life through it. Oh the other emotions come and pass through and indeed the things that make us angry can give us purpose yet staying angry clouds our judgement. It is also not an emotion I have ever been able to sustain for very long.
So how do we do it? How do we make happiness a choice? First of all decide that is what we want to be. Next find something in our day that brings a smile to our face whether it be a flower, a joke, children playing or animals. When its time to be sad or angry then feel it but then find the song or event that brings us back to that place. Try it. It can become life changing.
Blessings, G

 

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Destiny CallsDestiny Calls by G A Rosenberg

 

Broken RingsBroken Rings by G A Rosenberg

 

Honest Emotion

 

“I’m going to tell you something: thoughts are never honest. Emotions are. Do not go around asking for honesty in what people think; much of what they perceive as thinking is empty anyway because it’s thought out again and again and comes out refined and muddy. The ones who know how to feel might have to say to you a couple of interesting things or not and when they do that, you ought to know how to listen. So learn how to listen. You can’t make someone open up about their feelings in case they don’t want to. But you can remain open yourself through listening deeply and completely; they might want to talk about the weather and keep it simple — allow them to feel the simplicity…Emotion pours out directly or indirectly each time people engage themselves in the process of genuine interaction.”
— Albert Camus

 

I cannot reach you with my thoughts
you are so much more reasoned than I
and my tongue gets tied so easily
but my emotions are an endless well
and much more honest
so I’ll push my thoughts aside
and let you see my heart
pulsing with love
shared pain and a yearning
for a day that I have not yet seen
My hope is strong
and if you listen
that is what you will hear.
My need for realization
and my dreams of tomorrows yet to come
— G A Rosenberg

 

Blessings, G

 

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Elemental TransformationElemental Transformation by G A Rosenberg

 

Sinking Below the SurfaceSinking Below the Surface by G A Rosenberg

 

City EncompassedCity Encompassed by G A Rosenberg

 

At Night The Memories Return

 

“There is no sun without shadows, and it is essential to know the night.”
— Albert Camus

 

At night
the memories return
shadows of the past
The mellow ones come at dusk
The good times gone
that bring wistful smiles
At midnight I am swept
by images of love
Romantic evenings and
pleasant ones spent with friends
I know that I will build similar memories
yet none as good.
the haunting ones come at 3 AM
they keep me restless
in the art of second-guessing
that leads slowly to Dawn’s slow acceptance
The ghosts dance through my dreams
and leave me waking in peace.
— G A Rosenberg

 

Blessings, G

 

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Butterfly Daemon in ReposeButterfly Daemon in Repose by G A Rosenberg

 

Harlequin's Realm AbstractedHarlequin’s Realm Abstracted by G A Rosenberg

 

Aging but Not Old

 

“Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.”
― Albert Camus

 

One of the quotes that haunts me the most of late is Peter Pan telling Wendy in dismay that she had gotten old. I know that advancing in years is inevitable yet the idea of giving into an arbitrary standard of behaviour, maturity and lifestyle disturbs me. I never want to lose the part of me that rebels against authority and the idea of being an or worse yet the authority does not sit easily with me. Yet being the parent of a teenager seems to thrust me in that position more often than I care to admit. At times it becomes an interesting dance between wanting the best for my son and trusting that when it comes along he will know it even if that means letting him make the mistakes that will lead to that discernment. Part of me envies the freedom he has to rebel in ways in which it does not seem workable for me to do at this point. Each day brings a new lesson and the hardest one of all is not only being there for him but letting him know that no matter what happens I will be there for him.
Blessings, G

 

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Devic EssenceExploding Essence by G A Rosenberg

 

PrecipitationPrecipitation by G A Rosenberg

In Winter, Summer

 

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
― Albert Camus

 

Funny how hope and despair go together so well. Tthe times when I was most fullest in the dark, when storm clouds gathered around my head almost visibly and I couldn’t see the way out, would not have felt nearly as bad if I couldn’t realize the absence of any sun or happiness. Perhaps just as we have our shadow selves, our lives do too and these dark nights are the shadow of our lives. Perhaps like Camus suggests they are part of the regular cycles which makes much sense when you think about it. During those happy moments when everything feels right and the universe clicks, there is that in us which realizes that the dark times are far as possible. We all integrate winter and summer most times living in an integrated Spring or Autumn time…
Blessings, G

 

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Returning From a DreamReturning From a Dream by G A Rosenberg

 

Scarlet PriestessScarlet Priestess by G A Rosenberg

Rambling Intelligence — A Thought Stream

“An intellectual? Yes. And never deny it. An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself. I like this, because I am happy to be both halves, the watcher and the watched. “Can they be brought together?” This is a practical question. We must get down to it. “I despise intelligence” really means: “I cannot bear my doubts.”
― Albert Camus

 

Every idea followed to its end will eventually lead to a paradox. I believe its possible that a symptom of various types of maturity is one’s ability to be comfortable with paradox. The witness watches it all. Our thoughts flow and chase each others’ tail and the witness sees. We cry because our own sense of personal injustice came into conflict with that of a loved one and the witness sees that too. We have so much knowledge at our finger tips and we spend so much time clinging to ideas and thoughts to the exclusion of others, trying to decide right and wrong rather than to try to integrate and learn from it all. Lewis Carroll had it right. Believe six impossible things before breakfast. But then ask. Why do I believe that these are impossible and does believing them affect how possible they are? Perhaps that would be a question best asked of your local clergyman tho the answer may be lacking. My thoughts tonight bounce around like a pinball tho occasionally the machine lights up.
Blessings, G

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Night ShadingNight Shading by G A Rosenberg

 

Atomic CentreAtomic Center by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – May 26 2012

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
― Albert Camus

Bleak o’erhanging mood
Have to look up to see down
Glad I’m not there now

When I was younger, I’d go into the dark a few times a month. I’d mope around with an unhappiness so intense that people could feel if not see the dark cloud hanging over me. I was unhappy with my self, unhappy with my life and I wasn’t quite sure how to change it. These moods would never last very long. Eventually I would joke my way out of it as I can’t go very long without noticing something that strikes me as funny. If I strung enough of those together, my mood would inevitably improve.
As I got older and learned to watch my moods and my self from the perspective of the witness, these moods came far less often and were a lot shorter in duration. Part of me misses feeling that intense of an emotion however dark tho I did learn from it that I do have that capacity for feeling. A good thing to know.
Blessings, G

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Dreaming in Colour by G A Rosenberg

Soap Bubble by G A Rosenberg