Today, Is The Day

Guilt and Shame
Bullying by another name
May be the game
Of the day
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Kindness and Compassion
Love by another name
may be rationed
Today

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The day
To end the game
Bullying by another name
Guilt and Shame
Is today

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Today
ration not
Love by another name
Kindness and compassion
Action of the day

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Today. Let’s Get Naked.

It’s Ok.
Today.

To get out and play.
Have fun. Experience Joy.
Enjoy this day.

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It’s Ok.
Today.

To cry and feel sadness.
Be offended.  Experience loss.
To embrace that everything isn’t
All happiness and gladness.

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It’s Ok.
Today.

To sit and do nothing.
For no reason.  Just be.
Feeling completely at peace
Not having to be doing
All the time something.

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It’s Ok.
Today.

To feel
Strip off the mask
Get naked
To expose and be exposed
Skinny dipping into moments
That are real

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Just Because…..

​Just because someone is rich
Doesn’t mean they have everything
&
Just because someone is poor
Doesn’t mean they have nothing
(to offer)

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Just because someone professes to have all the answers
Doesn’t mean they have any solutions
&
Just because someone asks questions
Doesn’t mean they don’t know the problem
(or the resolution)

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Just because someone is gorgeous
Doesn’t mean they are everything
&
Just because someone is not
Doesn’t mean they are nothing
(and are not beautiful)

 Lies of the Beautiful People

Just because someone is different
Doesn’t mean they are wrong
&
Just because everyone is doing the same
Doesn’t mean they, or it, is right
(or healthy)

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Just because someone is glorified
Doesn’t mean they are good
&
Just because someone is vilified
Doesn’t mean they are bad
(or evil, even)

The Thin Line Between Love and Hate

Just because someone stands alone
Doesn’t mean they are weak
&
Just because everyone stands together
Doesn’t mean they are strong
(or united)

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Just because someone is talking
Doesn’t mean they are an expert
&
Just because someone is silent
Doesn’t mean they are stupid
(or wise)

The Sound of Silence

SHAME! SHAME!

In a world where public shame is the name of the game and where no holds are barred in the perceived justified online lynching of those who are deemed “deserving” of such, and using the most recent rally as an example and specifically the subsequent posting of the faces of those in attendance, did anyone ever stop and think of the ramifications and/or how easy it would be to ruin someone’s life?

Ever heard of Photoshop?

All someone needs to do is take the photo of  someone in attendance and Photoshop the face of someone they want to seek revenge upon, or they simply do not like, and insert the face over the person who was actually there.

Then, it falls upon the innocent victim to prove that they were not even remotely in attendance, but that is not enough.  It may be too late.  Once a picture goes viral, the damage may already be done.

It only takes a matter of hours, but beyond that scenario, where is the line drawn?

Does anyone stop and think:

  • What is it that you (we/I) did that would have been most embarrassing if someone were watching?
    • Nothing? Ever??? Really?
  • How has your (our/my) viewpoints changed since you (we/I) were young and stupid?
  • Have you (we/I) ever done something incriminating in your life?
    • Has your parents?
    • Have your children?
    • Have your significant other?
  • Have you gone someplace or done something that is not within societal norms?
  • Have you done something you regret?
    • Has your parents?
    • Has your children?
    • Has your significant other?
  • Have you done something stupid, or childish that could have done harm to another whether you(we/I) meant it?
  • Have you done something you regret?
    • Has your parents?
    • Has your children?
    • Has your significant other?

What is deemed as appropriate public shaming, and what basis is the justification?

Is public shaming a positive response to a negative act?

More aptly, is it an effective response?

If so, when?  And, how?

And, most importantly, what are the consequences?

 

 

 

Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow

The Lover
Today
May be
The Stranger
Tomorrow

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The Stranger
Today
May be
The Lover
Tomorrow

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The Unknown
Today
May be
The Known
Tomorrow

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The Known
Today
May be
The Unknown
Tomorrow

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Wrong
Today
May be
Right
Tomorrow

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Right
Today
May be
Wrong
Tomorrow

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Clarity
Today
May be
Confusion
Tomorrow

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Confusion
Today
May be
Clarity
Tomorrow

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Too Blind To See

Love
Is Color Blind

There are
Individuals
Of all colors
From all walks of life
From all faiths
From all backgrounds
From all corners
Of the world
Rich and poor

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Spreading
Love

Evoking
Decency

Showing
Compassion

Practicing
Kindness

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Hate
Is Color Blind

There are
Individuals
Of all colors
From all walks of life
From all faiths
From all backgrounds
From all corners
Of the world
Rich and poor

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Spreading
Hatred

Evoking
Fear

Showing
Indifference

Practicing
Intolerance

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Truth Is Beauty, Beauty Is Life

Truth is Beauty, Beauty is Life

Courage is finding
Truth
and then honoring
Truth
therein resides
the pure potential
that is inside
and being able to
silent the voices
externally and internally
who say otherwise

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What’s good,
may not be good for you
What’s right,
may not be right to you
What’s correct,
may not correct for you

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Otherwise say who
internally and externally
silences the voices
and finds inside
the pure potential
residing therein
by honoring the
Truth
that with courage
finds

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