What you mean to me

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
— Albert Schweitzer

In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
— Albert Schweitzer

From Inspiration Line

Quote from Joseph Campbell

Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.

Heart of Gold – Lansgton Hugues

James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form jazz poetry. Hughes is best known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance. He famously wrote about the period that « Harlem was in vogue. »

Biography

Both of Hughes’ paternal and maternal great-grandmothers were African-American, his maternal great-grandfather was white and of Scottish descent. A paternal great-grandfather was of European Jewish descent. Hughes’s maternal grandmother Mary Patterson was of African-American, French, English and Native American descent.

While in grammar school in Lincoln, Hughes was elected class poet. Hughes stated that in retrospect he thought it was because of the stereotype that African Americans have rhythm. « I was a victim of a stereotype. There were only two of us Negro kids in the whole class and our English teacher was always stressing the importance of rhythm in poetry. Well, everyone knows, except us, that all Negroes have rhythm, so they elected me as class poet. » During high school in Cleveland, Ohio, he wrote for the school newspaper, edited the yearbook, and began to write his first short stories, poetry, and dramatic plays. His first piece of jazz poetry, « When Sue Wears Red », was written while he was in high school. It was during this time that he discovered his love of books.

Wikipedia

12 Practical Steps for Learning to Go With the Flow (extracts)

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”– Lao-Tzu

“Flow with whatever is happening and let your mind be free. Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.” – Chuang Tzu

Accept change and imperfection. When we get things the way we like them, we usually don’t want them to change. But they will change. It’s a fact of life. We cannot keep things the way we want them to be … instead, it’s better to learn to accept things as they are. Accept that the world is constantly changing, and we are a part of that change. Also, instead of wanting things to be “perfect” (and what is perfect anyway?), we should accept that they will never be perfect, and we must accept good instead.

Enjoy life as a flow of change, chaos and beauty. Remember when I asked what “perfect” is, in the paragraph above? It’s actually a very interesting question. Does perfect mean the ideal life and world that we have in our heads? Do we have an ideal that we try to make the world conform to? Because that will likely never happen. Instead, try seeing the world as perfect the way it is. It’s messy, chaotic, painful, sad, dirty … and completely perfect. The world is beautiful, just as it is. Life is not something static, but a flow of change, never staying the same, always getting messier and more chaotic, always beautiful. There is beauty in everything around us, if we look at it as perfect.

“I accept chaos. I am not sure whether it accepts me.” – Bob Dylan

From zenhabits

 

Reflection at the end of the journey

What did this trip teach me?

Don’t hold onto your ideas; don’t be afraid to share them with other people.

At the end of the day, who you are is what you shared, and with whom. It is not your possessions and what belongs to you.

Freedom is Key to Happiness.

Institutions were created to make humans feel secure about the future and uncertainties. But they fail to deliver their promises because life itself is full of surprises.

The question ‘why?’ will never give an answer to the Unknown, let alone the question ‘what?’.

Our structures, like the timeline, will never be able to compete with nature, even less with Space.

To tame the Void is to see beyond what is here – the Invisible.

That shouldn’t impede us to live in the present.

Looking in the future prevents us from enjoying the Present.

This travel – inside and outside, in the realm of things and ideas – owes a lot to the people whom I encountered, either briefly or more extensively.

All of them I thank for their kindness and openness.

All of them I love for their humanity.

Forrest Gump from Alabama

Sweet Home Alabama

Where the skies are blue

Symbolism of the feather in the film

Various interpretations have been suggested for the feather present at the opening and conclusion of the film.  Sarah Lyall of The New York Times noted several opinions that were made about the feather: « Does the white feather symbolize the unbearable lightness of being? Forrest Gump’s impaired intellect? The randomness of experience? » Hanks interpreted the feather as: « Our destiny is only defined by how we deal with the chance elements to our life and that’s kind of the embodiment of the feather as it comes in. Here is this thing that can land anywhere and that it lands at your feet. It has theological implications that are really huge. » Sally Field compared the feather to fate, saying: « It blows in the wind and just touches down here or there. Was it planned or was it just perchance? » Visual effects supervisor Ken Ralston compared the feather to an abstract painting: « It can mean so many things to so many different people. »

The feather is stored in a book titled Curious George, Forrest’s favorite book, which his mother read to him, connecting the scene’s present time with his childhood in the 1940s. The placement of the feather in the book is directly on a picture of the monkey walking on a tightrope. Whether that was intentional or not, it is very symbolic. The feather also has a correlation with Jenny’s constant obsession with « becoming a bird and flying far far away » due to the abuse (sexual and physical) she endured from her father. She goes as far in the film as to ask Forrest if she jumped off the bridge, could she fly?

Source: Wikipedia

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

This morning, I heard Michael Bublé  and since Christmas is on its way, I’d like to share this with all the people I love.