Righteousness 

​Don’t confuse righteousness with self-righteousness.

There is a difference between being morally justified and believing oneself to be superior to all others because of it. Most times a self-righteous person will be a hypocrite because they believe they are perfect and without fault due to their morality. 

“Believing oneself to be perfect is often the sign of a delusional mind.” Data/ Star Trek 

World of Chocolate 🍫 

​The world is a chocolate factory and it’s creator is Willy Wonka.

The chocolate factory is filled with temptations and also warning signs. The temptations themselves in essence weren’t bad, but blindly excepting and ignoring the warning and diving head first was. The children wonder why they are being punished or suffering, but they were told not to do the thing.

The world is filled with temptations, not in essence necessarily bad or evil, but when ignoring the warning signs of the creator and overindulging oneself, it becomes a problem.

There are consequences to actions whether you understand them or not

“I still have many things to tell you, but you can’t handle them now. But when the Friend comes, the Spirit of Truth, he will take you by the hand and guide you into all the truth there is.” John 16: 12-15/ The Message

Let yourself be Charlie who stepped his toe in temptations but was able to step out again, especially after seeing the others and learning from them. 

Reactions 

​The words that came from your mouth; the action you took; pretend that your enemy just did that… 

how would you react?

“How hatred and vengeance leave a path of destruction in an ever-widening circle.” Leonard Nimoy

Stop condemning another for their behavior and think about what you’re doing. 

“Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another.” Sherlock Holmes

Stop allowing the negatives to win by getting you to do what they do.

“madness has no purpose, or reason, but it may have a goal.” Mr. Spock

The goal is abliteration!

“When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures of emotion, creatures bristling with prejudice, and motivated by pride and vanity”

-Dale Carnegie

Don’t feed the fire with the same actions that started it!

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself”. Leo Tolstoy 

We must all change our way of thinking and reacting before we implode!

“We’re all desperate to be understood, but forget to be understanding.” Unknown 

Try to listen to people and understand them.

“Just because your pain is understandable, doesn’t mean your behavior is acceptable” Steve Maraboli

After understanding, comes contemplation. Don’t react hastily. Don’t fuel the fire. 

“Unless your heart, your soul, and your whole being are behind every decision you make, the words from your mouth will be empty, and each action will be meaningless. Truth and confidence are the roots of happiness.”  Kathleen Pedersen 

Breathe. 

After relaxing, think with a clear and rational mind. Don’t let arbitrary things bother you. Answer with words that will solidify your cause. Answer with words that provide hope instead of more fire.

“One can begin to reshape the landscape with a single flower.” Spock

Remember, it’s not about being perfect or getting your way, it’s about being heard and making progress.

To be Christian 

To truly be Christian is not to claim perfection or superiority, but to acknowledge personal failure and lowlyness. 

To be Christian is not to force ideals on others, but to set an example that others would willingly wish to follow. 

To be Christian is to be humble in the face of adversity.

To be Christian is to admit to human frailties and seek redemption.

To be Christian is to admit to being human yet striving to be more.

Sky Creature

Lightening creeps behind the clouds

In blackness it’s light abounds

Thunder emerges from the vast space

In silence it’s rumble quakes

Rain falls forth to soak the earth

In the ground it finds its turf

Wind forces it’s way through trees and rain

In spaces between it is not mundane

Hail arrives with a veangence

In the world of belongings it is a menace 

Lights inside begin to flicker

In the house it is safer 

The candles flame dances and waves 

In darkness it shows the way

The storm begins to die down

In the sky the creature lies for now

A constant light 💡 

Only those in darkness can see a light.

Only at night can one see the stars.

Only in blackness can the sun rise.

The light is for those shrouded in the fog.

One does not need a flashlight to see the sun.

Even in darkness a light constantly shines.

Darkness is abliterated and light prevails.

Do not fear for those in the dark, they can see rightly by picking out a star.

Only when in the sun can people be deceived by shadow.

The light is where we want to go; the darkness shows us the path. 

Since beginningless time, darkness thrives in the void, but always yields to purifying light. Lion Turtle -Avatar 

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars. -Og Mandino 

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light” Isaiah 9:1-7

*****it’s a choice to stay in the dark when there is a clear path of glimmering light. 

I think it’s a bit easier when one admits that they are still in darkness, and I think that’s okay because then they can see the light breaking through and head toward it. 

When one is already in the light, they think they see everything clearly, however get tricked by the shadows and act self righteous instead of righteous.

My Dearest Emma Swan

Dear Emma Swan,

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I can’t regale the immense impact you have had on my life; words alone cannot express the intricacies of what you have done for myself and many others, but I will try. I have always made jokes about how I live vicariously through the stories I read or watch, but in most ways, it’s not a joke, it’s all true. I have always lived through the strong female characters in stories because they were strong and brave. Most of them have always been smart and beautiful and courageous, clever, funny, badass, sweet and more. The issue with all this is that I have never met a character who owned all of those qualities and even more, that is, until I met you. When I met you, you were all the qualities mentioned; you were a tough lass who could brave the world all on her own. You were fierce and determined and that was incredible for me to see. What was even more incredible for me to see and learn through your story was that another quality you had that made you stronger than any other character I have ever had the pleasure of knowing, you made vulnerability a strength, proving that letting down your walls was not a weakness. Once upon a time Emma Swan, we were afraid, but now we know…

All my life I have always wanted to be me, who I really am and not pretend, however, the outside world has always constricted by path. I have been told that I can be overly enthusiastic; too passionate. I was never an orphan like you, but I have always felt alone in the shell that is my mind. I have been used and abused, I have been shut down when I’ve gotten excited, I have been forgotten until I am needed. I have even been too afraid to sing because people would say I tried too hard, even though it was just who I was. I have always felt like a lost girl, but I guess I never realized it until you came into my life. Before you, I always thought bravery was beyond my reach. I thought brave people were just brave and that cowards were just cowards. I thought that I had to temper the song that was always inside me. Because of you, I know different now.

Before I thought I lived through stories to escape from my reality, but now I realize I do this because people like you encourage me to be better. You taught me that you can be absolutely gorgeous while rocking a red leather jacket as armor, as well as being vulnerable in a wedding gown. You showed me where true strength lies. You showed me that strength is looking at a book and seeing family. You showed me to look at a curse and see hope. Emma Swan, you showed me that I can go into battle by singing a song.

I love God and I believe he created stories to inspire people with truth and truth is everywhere, if you look for it. You exemplified this idea in a way that inspired me to believe this. No matter what world or reality you were in, no matter whether you were amongst villains or heroes, Dark Ones or Saviors, pirates or princes, orphans or families, you always saw the truth and never judged anyone for it. Whether or not someone did you wrong, you saw the truth for what it was and dealt with it. As all human beings, you were not perfect, but that’s what made you perfect and understand people. Emma Swan, you proved that you can’t change people, you can only bring out what was already there. You proved that a giant doesn’t have to be a beast, you proved that heroes aren’t always heroic, you proved that a villain isn’t always evil, you proved that a pirate can be a hero and you proved that a lost girl can be found.  Emma Swan, you proved that people don’t change, they just discover the song that was within them the entire time.

Emma Swan, you have inspired me to be brave by accepting my fear and by breaking down the walls that held me back. Because of you, I know there’s a fire within me that cannot be contained, and I will no longer try. You were my first beanstalk, and as Killian Jones said, “you never forget your first”. You will always be remembered in my heart of hearts. You helped me learn that living in a world of dragons, whether they are good, bad or in between, is just amazing in itself. One thing I will always remember about you was that you were always ready for a fight, but now you know what you’re fighting for and that encourages me so much. I still feel like friends come and go and that family doesn’t always understand, but you have always been there for me. I have truly been inspired by your story and now I know that it’s not about a happy ending, but a happy beginning. I now know that like you, who used to believe that you braved the world alone, there was always a song inside your heart and now you have your happy beginning, and I truly believe that I will fight for mine.

Emma Swan, you have truly forever changed my life and I will never forget you! Once upon a time I felt alone, but now I have a song.

Mentalexaltation