Monday, January 27, 2014

The way art touches our soul...

potters-hand-india“Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth." ~ Pablo Picasso 

One thing that has always fascinated me is how art can touch the very core of who we are. Whether it's a painting, cinema, poetry, photography, music, the theatre, or a good book, there's something about art that can reach very deep into our soul and provoke an emotional response in us.

I think that is what separates art from entertainment. Entertainment merely stimulates our brain, but art stimulates our heart. I've always found that to be the difference between the two.

What type of art touches you most deeply: Music, theatre, books, photography, cinema, poetry or a painting? Or something else? 

Monday, January 20, 2014

Can Racism be Eliminated?

Racism isn’t born folks. It's taught. I have a 2 yr old son. Know what he hates? Naps. End of list." ~ Denis Leary

One of the ugliest things on earth is racism. It is truly a terrible side of humanity. It's always been a concept that is extremely hard for me to wrap my head around - how someone can be viewed as "less than" simply because of their skin color. It's really a very sad thought isn't it?

What's even sadder, to me, is that it is taught. No child is ever born with a racist bone in his or her body. It is a learned viewpoint, and that is one most tragic things of all. I can't imagine anything worse for a parent to pass down to a child.

BUT the very fact that it is learned also means that it can be unlearned through education. It has been proven that there is a correlation between education and the lessening or racist attitudes. The more cultured a person becomes, the more their minds are opened through education, the more they realize the irrationality of racism. This is why I believe the key to someday eradicating racism is education.

Of course I realize this may be a pipe dream, but I definitely believe it's a dream worth dreaming.

Do you believe racism can ever be eliminated?

Monday, January 13, 2014

Seeing the Beauty all Around You...

"The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things." - Henry Ward Beecher

I took the picture above during a summer morning as the sun rose - filling the office with a beautiful explosion of light. The way the light moved beautifully through the blinds captivated me. It was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.

One thing I have always tried to do over the course of my life is to see the beauty in the everyday little things. Those little things that we tend to take for granted. From the sounds of the birds singing when the sun rises, to the way the raindrops form on the windows over the course of a rainy Sunday afternoon, to the way the light shining through the blinds can cause the most amazing reflections throughout a room, there is beauty everywhere.

I truly believe that one of the keys to a happy life is taking notice of these little things. And I truly do believe it's something that we can teach ourselves to do, rather than something that is strictly inherent in some individuals and absent and others.

Just take a minute to think of some of the beautiful things that you see every single day that you may completely take for granted. Take the time to watch a sunrise or a sunset. Start focusing on some of those things, even if it's just for five minutes at a time. You very well might change the way you look at life completely.

Do you take the time to notice the beauty all around you?

Monday, January 6, 2014

The inherent goodness of people

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it--always.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

I have always been fascinated by the debate regarding whether people are inherently good or bad. Is it more natural for mankind to be cruel or to be kind? When we look at some of the atrocities that have occurred in mankind’s history, it’s easy to conclude that we are inherently cruel.

But is this really so?

I personally believe that the good in this world far outweighs the bad. Just as firmly, I also believe that there are far more good people in the world than bad. Just look at the overwhelming kindness that occurs following any natural disaster. People come out in droves to help. It’s very inspiring to me.
I think that the reason there may sometimes appear to be more bad than good in the world is because it’s the bad that makes headlines. Why can’t the good make headlines??

What are your thoughts? Are people inherently good? 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 is Upon Us!!

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I just wanted to wish all my fellow bloggers a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I will be back to my regular blogging schedule next week and I will be visiting y'alls blogs again then :)

My 2014 wish is simple: I wish happiness and love to each and every one of you.

As far as resolutions, I have made a New Year's Resolution to eat more chocolate. I don't see myself having any trouble keeping this resolution :)

What's your New Year's Resolution(s)?? If you don't have one, what are you looking for from the New Year?