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PostPosted: 01-03-2017 04:41 AM    Post subject: Where DO they all come from indeed?? Reply with quote

Fair are the flowers and the children, but their subtle suggestion is fairer;
Rare is the roseburst of dawn, but the secret that clasps it is rarer;
Sweet the exultance of song, but the strain that precedes it is sweeter;
And never was poem yet writ, but the meaning outmastered the metre.

Never a daisy that grows, but a mystery guideth the growing;
Never a river that flows, but a majesty sceptres the flowing;
Never a Shakespeare that soared, but a stronger than he did enfold him,
Nor ever a prophet foretells, but a mightier seer hath foretold him.

Back of the canvas that throbs the painter is hinted and hidden;
Into the statue that breathes the soul of the sculptor is bidden;
Under the joy that is felt lie the infinite issues of feeling;
Crowning the glory revealed is the glory that crowns the revealing.

Great are the symbols of being, but that which is symboled is greater;
Vast the create and beheld, but vaster the inward creator;
Back of the sound broods the silence, back of the gift stands the giving;
Back of the hand that receives thrill the sensitive nerves of receiving.

Space is as nothing to spirit, the deed is outdone by the doing;
The heart of the wooer is warm, but warmer the heart of the wooing;
And up from the pits where these shiver, and up from the heights where those shine;
Twin voices and shadows swim starward, and the essence of life is divine.

--Richard Realf, "Indirection"
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PostPosted: 01-08-2017 10:11 PM    Post subject: Day after day... Reply with quote

In defense of the satirist we may say that indirection is a "civilized" rather than a "cowardly" form of communication. And the satirist's failure to attack the basic problems in his society may be defended on the grounds that important things provide less suitable subject matter for laughter than does insignificant material. Since humor deals primarily with the social and superficial qualities of life, it is not likely to be successful with deep passions or profoundly held beliefs.
Contradictory evaluations of the satirist's courage have been expressed. In an essay published in 1744, Corbyn Morris wrote that only the satirist "has the courage to cry out, unmoved by personal resentment: he flourishes only in a land of freedom, and when that ceases he dies too, last and noblest weed of the soil of liberty." But modern psychoanalysts see the satirist from a very different perspective. Dr. Kanzer...believes that the satirist sometimes "pushes aggression to provocative limits that result in a counterattack...which gratifies his need for persecution and suffering," and suggests that the satire of Gogol was motivated by an unconscious desire to be punished. Nor does Dr. Edmund Bergler have much respect for courage of satirists. According to him, the satirist's "aggression against authority is very tame. He uses indirect and not very transparent ridicule of it...a rebel who is always looking in the direction of the authority he is supposed to have overcome is no rebel at all."
Satirists have from the earliest times divided themselves into two groups, one insisting that the evil action rather than the evildoer should be satirized; [such as] Juvenal...The other group asserts that the individual evildoer should be satirized, [such as] Voltaire, Bierce, Mencken, Hugo, and Frenau have...
When WWII broke out, Evelyn Waugh joined the Royal Marines; later, as a commando, he gained a reputation for extraordinary bravery...(A psychoanalyst may object...that this...is not courage but an expression of the "death-wish."...If the psychoanalyst accepts cowardly acts on the part of the satirist as cowardice, but rejects the satirist's brave acts as a "death-wish," it becomes impossible to defend the satirist.
--Leonard Feinberg, "The Satirist"
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PostPosted: 01-08-2017 10:55 PM    Post subject: Where do they all belong? Nowhere, man Reply with quote

“One of the great truths of the Bible is that whenever God gets ready to do anything in the earth, He always works through a person or a group of people whom He has called and who have willingly responded to Him. The human factor is key for God’s activity on the earth. When God prepared to deliver the Israelites from Egypt, He called Moses. When He got ready to rescue His people from the Midianites, He called Gideon. When God wanted to warn His disobedient people of His judgment and call them back to Him, He called Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Amos, and the other prophets. When God was ready to send His Son into the world, He chose Mary, a humble peasant girl, to be His mother. When Jesus Christ prepared to send His message of salvation throughout the world, He called and anointed men and women—His Church—and commissioned them for the mission. This illustrates an incredible principle under which God operates: Without God we cannot, and without us God will not. For everything that God desires to do in the earth, He enters into partnership with those to whom He has already given dominion.”

“Communication is the ability to ensure that people understand not only what you say but also what you mean. It is also the ability to listen to and understand others. Developing both of these aspects of communication takes a lot of time, patience, and hard work.”

“Within the overall context of loving his wife, a husband’s first and primary role is to be the spiritual head and covering and teacher in the home. Through his words, lifestyle, and personal behavior the husband should teach the Word, the will, and the ways of the Lord to his wife and children.”

“It is not enough just to know who we love; we need to know what we love. We need to know why we love the person we love. This is critically important for building a happy and successful marriage.”

“If we hope to become effective and successful in life, ministry, and especially marriage, we have to learn to be good managers. Stewardship means being accountable to God for every resource under our care. Effective managers do more than simply keep things running; they add value to everything they have responsibility over. Under a good manager, resources will appreciate in value.”

― Myles Munroe, The Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage
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PostPosted: 05-20-2017 05:50 PM    Post subject: ...and I'm doing the best that I can... Reply with quote

So much for the analysis of love. Now the business of our lives is to have these things fitted into our characters. That is the supreme work to which we need to address ourselves in this world, to learn love. Is life not full of opportunities for learning love? Every man and woman every day has a thousand of them. The world is not a playground; it is a schoolroom. Life is not a holiday, but an education. And the one eternal lesson for us all is how better we can love.
What makes a man a good cricketer? Practice. What makes a man a good artist, a good sculptor, a good musician? Practice. What makes a man a good linguist, a good stenographer? Practice. What makes a man a good man? Practice. Nothing else. There is nothing capricious about religion. We do not get the soul in different ways, under different laws, from those in which we get the body and the mind. If a man does not exercise his arm he develops no biceps muscle; and if a man does not exercise his soul, he acquires...no strength of character, no vigor of moral fibre, no beauty of spiritual growth. Love is not a thing of enthusiastic emotion. It is a rich, strong, manly, vigorous expression of the whole round Christian character--the Christlike nature in its fullest development. And the constituents of this great character are only to be built up by ceaseless practice. --Henry Drummond


Everywhere are encountered those who...despise the truth and persist in their self-deception. Their error is not one of judgement, but of ultimate preference--they desire that a lie be the truth. Such are deluded; they resist a correction of the false idea when facts are presented. Their delusions are explained, not by inadequacy of facts, but by desire's distortion of the truth.
In meeting such errors...the lover of truth very frequently misses his way by staking his case on logic when it is not the deluded's logic which needs untangling, but his perverted heart...How prone is humanity to justify its own mistakes! How cautious must one be to avoid self-deception! Whatever may be the evil consequences of falsehood and deception to the deceiver, the consequences of self-deception are to him far more serious. --L.R. Marston, From Chaos to Character
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PostPosted: 06-10-2017 01:08 PM    Post subject: Re: ...All you need is... Reply with quote

HauserPlenty wrote:
Chiefed from The Guideposts Treasury of Inspirational Classics:

The spectrum of love has nine ingredients:
Patience: Love suffereth long.
Kindness: And is kind.
Generosity: Love envieth not.
Humility: Love vaunteth not itself; is not puffed up.
Courtesy: Doth not behave itself unseemly
Unselfishness: Seeketh not its own.
Good temper: Is not provoked.
Guilelessness: Taketh not account of evil.
Sincerity: Rejoiceth not in unrighteousness, but rejoiceth with the truth.

...these make up the supreme gift, the stature of the perfect man.
You will observe that all are in relation to [humanity],...life...the known today and the near tomorrow, and not to the unknown eternity. We hear much of love to God; Christ spoke of love to [humanity]. We make a great deal of peace with heaven; Christ made much of peace on Earth. Religion is not a strange or added thing, but the inspiration of the secular life, the breathing of an eternal spirit through this temporal world. The supreme thing, in short, is not a thing at all, but the giving of a further finish to the multitudinous words and acts which make up the sum of every common day...

'The greatest thing,' says someone, 'a man can do for his Heavenly Father is to be kind to some of His other children.' I wonder why it is that we are not all kinder than we are? How much the world needs it! How easily it is done! How instantaneously it acts! How infallibly it is remembered! How superabundantly it pays itself back--for there is no debtor in the world so honorable...as love. 'Love never fails.' Love is success, love is happiness, love is life.
'Love,' I say with Browning, 'is energy of life.'

For life, with all it yields of joy or woe,
And hope and fear,
Is just our chance o' the prize of learning love,--
How love might be, hath been indeed, and is.

Where love is, God is. He that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God. God is love. Therefore love. Without distinction...calculation...procrastination, love...

You know the meaning of the word 'Gentleman.' It means...a man who does things gently, with love. That is the whole art and mystery of it. The gentle man cannot in the nature of things do...an ungentlemanly thing. The ungentle soul, the inconsiderate, unsympathetic nature, cannot do anything else. 'Love doth not behave itself unseemly.'...there is no greatness in things...the only greatness is unselfish love. Even self-denial in itself is nothing, is almost a mistake. Only a great purpose or a mightier love can justify the waste....Nothing is a hardship to love, and nothing is hard...

Good temper: The next ingredient is a very remarkable one: 'Love is not provoked.' We are inclined to look upon bad temper as a very harmless weakness...not a thing to take into very serious account in estimating a man's character. And yet, here, right in the heart of this analysis of love, it finds a place; and the Bible again and again returns to condemn it as one of the most destructive elements in human nature...it is the vice of the virtuous. It is often the one blot on an otherwise noble character...You know men...and women who would be entirely perfect, but for a...quick-tempered...disposition. This compatibility of ill temper with high moral character is one of the strangest and saddest problems of ethics. The truth is, there are two great classes of sins--sins of the body, and sins of the disposition...We have no balance to weigh one another's sins, and coarser and finer are but human words; but faults in the higher nature may be less venal than those in the lower, and in the eye of Him who is love, a sin against love may be seen as a hundred times more base. No form of vice, not worldliness, not greed of gold, not drunkenness itself, does more to unchristianize society than evil temper...for sheer gratuitous misery-producing power this influence stands alone...Analyze, as a study in temper, the thunder-cloud itself as it gathers on the Elder Brother's brow. What is it made of? Jealousy, anger, pride, uncharity, cruelty, self-righteousness...sullenness--these are the ingredients of this dark and loveless soul. In varying proportions, also, these are the ingredients of all ill temper. Judge if such sins of the disposition are not worse to live in, and for others to live with, than the sins of the body. Did Christ indeed not answer the question Himself when He said, 'I say to you that the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of heaven before you'? There is really no place in heaven for a disposition like this. A man with such a mood could only make heaven miserable for all the people in it. Except, therefore, such a man be born again, he...simply cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.
--Henry Drummond, The Greatest Thing in the World

...The one great need in our Christian life is love, more love to God and to each other. Would that we could all move into that Love chapter, [1 Corinthians 13] and live there. --D.L. Moody

"So faith, hope, love abide, these three. But the greatest of these is love." --1 Corinthians 13:13

God is love.
Love is all you need.
Just stumbled on your words ... As Sur Steven said... Amen❤️ I too love Corinthians... Interesting words on a true gentle man... A rarity

There is so much to be said about true kindness as well. Compassion, generosity of spirit, benevolence and gentleness emerging from the heart. Love comes from God through our hearts.

I'm going to read more or your thoughts...
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PostPosted: 07-05-2017 02:45 AM    Post subject: It's a pity we can't all keep a face in a jar by the door. Reply with quote

Why, thank you! I'm glad to find it's your cup of...uh...
Where do they all come from, indeed, You Might Well Arsk?

Mate of mine from Liddypool, (I call 'im "Liverpool Phil") still asks me if I'm keeping a face in a JBTD...)


The Rev. Charles Stanley once preached a sermon, in which he said: "Loneliness is not of the Lord." This was quite a revelation to me, as I used to believe a woman could save me. Or that maybe I could save her...but it was wrong of me. Now, I've got God, God is love, and love is all I need...to put it another way: "Don't indulge."

https://relevantmagazine.com/god/god-our-generation/philip-yancey-christianitys-negative-stereotypes


http://www.startribune.com/dalai-lama-visits-eden-prairie-for-discussion-on-compassion/430463413/#1


Where do they all belong, indeed?

Their all washing the rabio.
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PostPosted: 07-08-2017 11:05 PM    Post subject: Ah! Dorian mode...maybe now I can make music out of it? Reply with quote

I'm Still Searching for you in Every Person

I went astray the day I lost you.
On the outside, I’m physically complete.
On the inside, I’m an empty barrel of wine.
I refuse to pour myself in anybody’s glass.

I traced your footsteps into the woods;
I found nothing but nature at work.
Trees have grown, animals were born,
and I’m still adamant about finding you.

I’m still searching for you in every person
and begging them to reveal “you.”
I’m carefully tracing their faces,
hoping to find yours among their lines.

I’m beholding their eyes, trying to glimpse
the aurora I have found in your irises.
Nowhere, but in yours,
have I seen the Big Dipper constellation.

I hear your voice in every person’s uttered words.
I lie to my heart and whisper, “It’s your beloved.”
I fake your presence and tell my unconsciousness,
“Weep no more, your beloved has returned.”

I fear the day I might realize
that my quest has come to failure.
No stranger, no friend, no lover
could refill the empty barrel of wine that I am.

I return to the woods, retrace your footsteps—
what is it that we wouldn’t do for love?
If death’s the only thing that would join us together,
I’d build my sepulcher and wait for you there.

I couldn’t find you in people;
perchance, I’ll find you in the wilderness.
Everything in nature
seems to remind me of you.

Like the stars, you bring me infinite joy,
yet you’re unattainable.
I can only gaze at you from afar
or reshape myself to become your night sky.

The purpose of love is to find each other.
Join me in my quest and look for me.
Let’s bump into each other amongst the trees
and below the stars that are so much like you.

I believe in the force of gravity—come find me.
You’re not a star; I’m not a human.
I’m the Earth; you’re the Moon.
Come orbit me.
--Elayne Youssef
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PostPosted: 09-02-2017 11:33 PM    Post subject: ...especially Paul. He's an excellent musical all-rounder... Reply with quote

SOME TRAVELING MUSIC
How can you say something new
about being alone?
Tell someone you're a loner
and right away they think you're lonely.
It's not the same thing, you know.
It's not wanting to put all your marbles
in one pocket.
It's caring enough not to care too much.
Mostly it's letting yourself come first for a while.
--Rod McKuen
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