When my wife Athena and I first moved to Pennsylvania in late 2003, one of our earliest projects was to research the folklore creatures and paranormal entities that were rumored to haunt our new home state. As students of folklore, urban legends and living myths, it behooved us to be armed with whatever scant knowledge we could gather before seeking out, or even having chance encounters with anything anomalous. Our run-ins with the looming shades of New Jersey taught us some valuable lessons regarding the virtues of being prepared and remaining forever vigilant.
One of the first native ‘uniques’ we found reference to was the Squonk, an elusive weeping entity that haunted the once-proud hemlock forests of northern Pennsylvania during the heyday of the region’s logging industry.
Being an entrepreneur is a spiritual calling that will quickly get you very clear about what you value most about your life. Most people think that entrepreneurs go into business for themselves to make loads of money. The fact is that it takes extreme amounts of discipline, leadership, and commitment to a bigger vision to be successful in the world of self-employment.
Some people believe that fiction is the opposite of fact. If we are to get to heart of a matter or learn the truth, then fiction holds little or no value. Yet, what can appear to be fictitious, may be someone’s way of stating what they wish were fact. For example, when you ask someone how they feel and their response is, “I feel great!” They may not really feel great, in fact, they may be in tremendous pain. However, they wish to convince themselves that they DO feel great so they tell you that is how they feel. They may also not wish to discuss their pain, so they head that potential discussion off at the pass. But is their statement really fiction? Could it be that they are merely attempting to create a more pleasurable reality by stating that which they wish were a fact?
I slowly opened my eyes this morning to the sun peeking in low in the east, glaring into the bedroom. Ah yes, I remember today is going to be very warm today. The warmest day yet this year and it only mid May. I roll over and start to make my way out of bed, a little voice whispers, “Walk, let’s go for a walk”. “Okay then, walk it is”, I reply. Let’s go outside and greet the day.
Immediately when I thought of the subject “walk” I think of the Pantera song. I can’t help it. This song has always fired me up whether chilling at the end of the day, driving or teaching an exercise class. I mean, “What did you say?” [Pantera Walk Song].
I usually ignore ‘adages,’ ‘proverbs,’ ‘sayings,’ ‘mottos’ and the like, because they don’t mesh with my constantly expanding belief system. But there are two sayings, one from ancient times and the other very modern-day, that do resonate with me and my perceptions about ‘truth’ and ‘fiction.’
Walking, putting one foot in front of the other again and again and again. When we are born, we can’t even sit up without help but slow we build up strength in our muscles and one day we do it without help.
There are so many factors beyond the little personality/ego that we aren’t even aware of. We are part of a
great puzzle that has been designed by the Creator who knows the big picture, because ‘life’ has already been scripted. A flower can blossom with a beautiful scent, but no matter how great a gardener we are, we have no control over its blossoming. The blossoming is not our responsibility nor is it any of our business.
Laugh, and the world laughs with you; . Weep, and you weep alone; . For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth, . But has trouble enough of its own. . These words were penned by Ella Wheeler in 1883 after she had comforted a distraught young woman on a train ride to the Governor’s Inaugural Ball in Wisconsin. The poem in its entirety was published as Solitudein her book, Poems of Passion. The meaning is as fresh today as it has ever been. When we are in good moods and being positive, we find others who want to share that emotion. When, however, we stumble and have our times of sadness, we often find ourselves alone.
How do you feel when you are in a state of joy? What is it that gets you there? When you’re with people you like or love and are telling stories about your day or your life ; does that bring a sense of joy to your heart?
“A smile is contagious, let’s start an epidemic” – I first read this while I was waiting for a blood test, it was on the wall of the cubicle and it has stuck with me ever since. I did try researching the rest of these quotes about smiles and laughter but without much joy – hehe, please forgive the pun, it wasn’t intended.