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Poetry – Trees


Poetry through symbolism can convey a very strong message, this is a great example.

God made them very beautiful, the trees;
He spoke and gnarled of bole or silken sleek
They grew; majestic bowed or very meek;
Huge-bodied, slim; sedate and full of glees.
And He had pleasure deep in all of these.
And to them soft and little tongues to speak
Of Him to us, He gave wherefore they seek
From dawn to dawn to bring unto our knees.
Yet here amid the wistful sounds of leaves,
A black-hued gruesome something swings and swings;
Laughter it knew and joy in little things
Till man’s hate ended all. -And so man weaves.
And God, how slow, how very slow weaves He –
Was Christ Himself not nailed to a tree?

By Angelina Weld Grimke  –  Written during the Harlem Renaissance

Taken by me at a Bird Sanctuary – 2012

Story Of The Two Wolves


I love nature. There is so much in nature to be fascinated by and wolves are a prime example.  I feel they often get misrepresented as blood thirsty, wild and ruthless creatures but the truth is they are far from that.

I always appreciate wisdom shared via quotes, stories, poems or proverbs, so I really liked this story my cousin shared which is a Cherokee Story.  Its well known, but I only discovered it this year:-)

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One evening an Old Cherokee 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-petty, 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 Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Native American Cherokee Story

Quote: A Gift To Yourself


Do something today thatyour future self

Thank You Readers!!


Well I am amazed that my posts have been viewed in 57 different countries over the past year! Who knew:-)  Some of these wonderful places I have never even heard of, WordPress is truly an amazing platform when it comes to global reach. I am really pleased I challenged myself by taking on Blogging 101 as I have seen a real improvement since September and a change in myself regarding the things I write about.  Blogging would never be the same with those who have read, followed, liked or commented on my blog, so I just wanted to say a massive ‘thank you!’ to each and everyone who has taken time out to read or view something I have written.

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From Creative Common – Google Image

Another wonderful bit of statistical information from me is that  I posted my 75th post last Saturday and once again who knew when I first started with my first post on 2nd October 2013 I would have been able to write that number of posts!

Needless to say I am really grateful to God for every bit of inspiration he has given me and for the things I have done so far as I was so unsure when I first started, having no idea where my thoughts would come from.  Here’s to another year with WordPress!!!

These are a few of my past posts which I like for different reasons hope you like them too:-

1. Being The Catalyst

2.  Light Bulb Moments!

3.  What Are You Feeding Your Mind?

4.  The Wisdom Of Naomi

5.  Football – ‘The Beautiful Game’

6.  Inspiring Words – A Wind Of Change

Happy writing everyone and be encouraged to be the change you want to be.  Until the next post.

Aquene7 = Peace

Blogging Life Line


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Created by Aquene7 for Stepping2YourDreams Blog

This is still a very new area for my blog but it will be a regular monthly feature to mention blogs or posts that have impacted people’s lives beyond just a simple read.

The first is The Abuse Expose With Secret Angel. A blog created by a lady who has been a victim of domestic violence and abuse, Secret Angel has established a ministry whose purpose is to educate and reach out to others who may also be victims of abuse. It certainly is a Life Line to many and enables those who may feel they have no voice to find it.

For me its this blog reflects what faith and a strength to overcome can do. Secret Angel is not one for accolades etc but her blog is very informative and one to remember, as you never know needs to know it’s there.

My second blog is Self Reflection and the post is called 4 Women & An Opinionated Man.  In this post Vernon acknowledges the blogs that have really helped him during his time as a blogger. These blogs inspired him and really impacted him and his faith. A great post which was really encouraging.

So if you read a post or a blog that has a wonderful center to it like these, and they impact past just a good read, I would really love to hear about it, so I could feature it in Blogging Life Line.

Hope you find this post to be an encouragement, as that is what my blog is all about, the encouragement of others.

 

Be the change you want to be, until next time.

 

Aquene7

Social Media ‘Likes’ Me – Really?


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I watched an interesting news article the other day which was discussing the importance and impact of social media on our young people and how things were changing in society. It looked at how social media made us feel about ourselves and how the need to be ‘liked’ was becoming quite a powerful tool.

When you consider Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc they all have a ‘like’ button even WordPress if you think about.  It is quite a powerful trigger, that connects our expectation or desire to get likes from those who have read or seen something you have posted.  For young people it was shown that the more likes a person got reflected their popularity.  The old ‘thumbs up’ symbol, certainly does carry a lot of weight because for most of us when we see a high number of likes in any of the social media forums it instantly reflects popularity, connection, support and agreement with what ever is being said or shown.  I know as an adult this relationship with the ‘like’ button does not just impact young people. It is something you can quickly buy into and get attached to.

Some stats

Teen Internet Use

  • 93% of teens ages 12-17 go online
  • 69% of teens have their own computer
  • 63% of teen internet users go online every day
  • 27% of teens use their phone to get online
  • 24% of teens with a game console use it to go online

Teen Social Networking Use

  • 73% of teens are on a social network
  • The average teen has 201 Facebook friends
  • 37% send messages to friends every day
  • 8% of American teens use Twitter

What Teens do on Facebook

  • 86% of social network-using teens comment on a friend’s wall
  • 83% comment on friends’ pictures
  • 66% send private messages to friends
  • 58% send IM or text messages using the site
  • 52% send group messages

Link: 30 Statistics about Teens and Social Networking for the above stats

Popularity is such a driver these days.  People can buy followers for ‘Twitter’ and on Facebook if you have a business page you can also pay to crease your coverage.  But what does all of this do for us as a people and a society.

Family life has certainly changed because of  our smart phones, computer game consoles and social media interactions.  For many it has isolated us, fragmented us, made people more remote and seeking approval or affirmation via indirect social interactions with people we do not necessarily know rather than through close personal contact. For some it has filled in genuine human relationships.

Are we becoming more remote with our interactions? Is there less and less of the family sitting around the table chatting scenarios  and more occasions of the everyone eating at different times and when they like situations?  I know when I go out to restaurants one of the things I hate to see is people focusing on their phones instead of each other.  Even when I was on holiday with my sister we noticed a family sat down for dinner in front of us, and their older children (no more than about 6 and 8) had their Ipads whilst dad had his smart phone.  Mum fussed over the smallest child to help them eat, while everyone else was in their own little world playing a game, responding to emails/texts and no one spoke to each other.  Modern times hay?

The thing is, if you do something long enough and often enough, it becomes a habit and how you function.  If we become so attached to our phones and the responses we get via social media, etc how will this impact on us in a further 10 or 20 years time?  Will we have new psychological illnesses generated from too much use of our new gadgets and oh so many cyber friends? What’s seen as old-fashioned now, may well be a distant memory or viewed as rare in the future.  So at some point in time will the thought of, people sitting down together at home to eat and talk around a table be something that’s seen in museums or part of history?

How do you feel about social media? Where do you draw the line?

 

Aquene7 = Peace

Loneliness – You’re Not Welcomed!


Loneliness - You're Not Wanted

Today’s encouragement is hard because it starts from a difficult place. Our emotions are volatile, and we all have them for a reason. But my challenge is for behaviours we find ourselves locked in for years and years and we feel is part of us, but I believe can be changed.

Loneliness is a huge subject and most people when they think of loneliness they will immediately think of a person being single and having no one. Well, that is true, but you can be married and lonely. You can also be in the most amazing job and still be lonely. Loneliness is more about situations not just a partner.

I used loneliness or should I say singleness as a strength in my younger years. I am no different to millions of people. Being emotionally hurt people often choose to keep themselves to themselves. At first loneliness is not always the obvious emotion or feeling. People will identify with anger and resentment more easily. That’s because loneliness is a creeper.  If you have ever had certain alcoholic drinks, you would have heard people describe them as a ‘creeper.’  My friend made a notorious punch which everyone would ask for, because of that very reason.  In other words, you drink it happily and may even say ‘this an’t doing anything for me’ – then you go to get up and all of a sudden you find yourself somewhat unstable. Loneliness is the same. You don’t always notice it because you have lots of other things going on in your life. You have friends, you do go out, you do have fun – to most people you’re a great laugh, even the joker.  But there is always the one friend who will ask ‘How are you?’ on the deepest level, and your initial response doesn’t cut it. If you are good, you will deflect and deflect never answering the question fully.

The thing is some people are very discerning for a reason, sometimes its God’s way to intervene to protect you from yourself. Loneliness can be the root of may things. Results can often be seen but to connect the reasons behind certain things is not always easy.We start off strong, everything could be in our control and we are happy with our lot. But Loneliness is ‘a strong man.’  What do I mean by that?  Well, i mean it can become bigger than you and stronger than you. In fact it can own you and literally influence everything you do in your life. It can start in a positive place nothing wrong with being single-minded, independent, self-sufficient when you are single. But what if that is you in a marriage? What is the effect on the other person if you never lose your singleness mentality? What if you are the person who is in a marriage or in a career where you feel isolated, or on your own? What if you find you can’t afford to let your guard down and reveal the truth because the consequences would be too much, so the compromise is you maintain the status quo? You are locked into your situation because you feel it’s not the right time, so you continue in your world of loneliness.

Loneliness has a price, and its more than just feeling on your own.  I got called out in the most random of place. I was having dinner with a very dear friend and she had another dear friend of hers over from America for the day. As we sat around the table we laughed and joked and we talked about loads of things and then the friend focused on me and started to ask me a few questions. Then she said I have a word I need to share with you and I hope you don’t mind but I know you are with friends and if I don’t say this God won’t be happy with me. So being the believing person that I am I said go ahead. ‘Well lets just say it was over for me that day, because what she said no one on God’s good earth knew. The key line that got me most was the fact that God had been trying to talk to me over and over again but I had built such  a defensive wall around myself not only did I keep people out I was also locking things in that should not be locked in.  The last thing in my heart was to ever lock God out, so I got my healing that day, in my friend’s house. (The ironic thing is, this friend I was having dinner with is the one that always asked me how are you on a different level to everyone else. She was the one I did my best to deflect, so love her to bits:-)

What did I learn from that? Well the biggest thing was I lost my fear to love. I started to love people and others differently. I no longer felt I had to be the knight of my own life every minute of the day.  It released me to speak differently. Now, don’t get it twisted I am not some happy free open and trust everyone person. Wisdom never left me:-) But loneliness has.  When loneliness is filled it does not necessarily mean you have someone in your life but you do feel whole within yourself.

So my encouragement is to pray with an open heart about your situation if loneliness is an issue for you right now. How the answer comes for you, I have no idea but I do believe God hears and answers our prayers. It’s about being the change you want to be and that means dealing with any blockages in your life.  Until next time.

Aquene7 = Peace

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