Showing posts with label love. Show all posts
Showing posts with label love. Show all posts

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Love, Authenticy & Predators

Be authentic, open and loving, but remember life is war.
With weak people seeking power and acting as bullies, we sometimes need to seek refuge in the figurative treehouse, just like animals. This reminder came from Athens, Greece, with the video below, which illustrates a scene Dad and I witnessed outside our house. Feathers blew lightly across the snow, betraying violence in the Linden tree.
Author Paulo Cuelho says, "Love does not need to be understood. It needs only to be shown ... The world around you will reward you." And sociologist/inspirational speaker Brene Brown says we should let ourselves be deeply, vulnerably seen and love with our whole hearts, though there is no guarantee."
Sure, indulge your emotions, but be fierce. Consider the movie Life As War, the third film in a trilogy about modern society, with moving Philip Glass music. It depicts our hyper-technological life, and the absence of nature, which adds to unnecessary fear. Ευχαριστώ, Βασίλη μου!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Be Vulnerable & Authentic

How can being vulnerable be good?

Sociologist and inspriational speaker Brene Brown says that people who have a sense of purpose, a sense of worthiness, of love and of belonging, all of which yield "connection" -- healthy relationships -- are authentic and vulnerable.

In other words, they embrace whatever it is that makes them say, "I am not BLANK enough." These people -- and she's interviewed hundreds and studied and researched the subject of vulnerability -- have a sense of courage, meaning being okay with imperfection. They have compassion, so they can be kind to themselves. And connection, that favorite word in tango, is a result of authenticity and vulnerability, Brown says.

Instead, we numb the things we don't like or that are painful, but we can't numb emotions selectively through addictions, or by making uncertain things certain, or by assigning blame, or by being angry, which prevents us from listening. These approaches hurt ourselves and others. She says that glass of wine, that banana nut muffin, numbs joy, gratitude and happiness. Brown says that instead of numbing

ourselves, "there is another way. To let ourselves be seen, deeply seen, vulnerably seen, to love with our whole hearts, even though there is no guarantee, and that’s really hard. Especially when catastrophe strikes. Believe that you are enough. ... You are kinder and gentler to the people around you, and gentler to yourself."

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Summertime, The Movie

The luscious hues of Venice are a backdrop for the very modern romance between Italian actor Rossano Brazzi and Katherine Hepburn in the charming 1955 color film "Summertime."
She is smitten after she meets him in his shop, which is what she's filming in the first clip below. Her adorable little guide Mauro looks on. The fashions, the scenes, the story -- all very delicious.
Brazzi later starred opposite Mitzi Gayner in the 1958 film "South Pacific." It's set in a tropical oceanside military camp. Clips here of Brazzi as he lip-syncs "Some Enchanted Evening."

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day

Some chipper soul sprinkled sparkly hearts on a sidewalk beneath a train overpass, brightening the morning commute. Lesson here? Don't let your heart fall into the cracks .... because love is there if you look for it.
Photo by Dimitra DeFotis

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Love & Partisanship

"Love, charity, patriotism, duty. That is what makes America great ... We are not as divided as our politics suggest." 
President Barack Obama, victory speech, Chicago, Illinois. Nov. 7, 2012

  • Obama's victory video & transcript here.
  • Mitt Romney's concession video & transcript here.

Monday, June 25, 2012

You Don't Have A Soul

Two bullets of wisdom from an email I nearly ignored in the Monday morning flood:

One evening, a man told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, "My son, the battle is between two 'wolves' inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf wins?"
The old man simply replied, "The one you feed."

**source above unknown**

"You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body."  -- C.S. Lewis

Friday, April 1, 2011

Love Never Fools

"Love is patient & kind.
It doesn't envy or boast,
and it's never proud.
It's not rude or selfish.
It doesn't get angry easily,
or keep track of wrongs.
Love doesn't delight in bad things,
but rejoices in the truth.
Love always protects,
trusts, hopes and preserves.
Love never fails."