As the proverb goes,
“Tell me what you read, and I will tell you who you are.”
Thus, this page is a is A SNEAK peak into my soul.
Daniel Coleman, “In Bed With The Word”
God as a communicator is like a specific kind of writer, like a composer of music, whose text is inaudible until someone actually picks up a violin or guitar and brings the silent text to life. This is what I understand incarnational thinking to be about: we humans become God’s hands and feet as we enact or embody the sets of sings (His written word) we have received about how to love God and live in the world. Roland Barthes, the French semiotician, has used this musical analogy to describe the absolute importance of the reader to the life of a text. Until someone with a violin or piano makes sounds from a sheet of music, the musical text is dead, silent. The text is inert until someone makes it come alive by performing it. And this act of performance enlives the text, even brings its author back to life in a manner of speaking. Without an interpreter (reader, believer) the text (book, the Scripture, God Himself) has no real presence, no vitality, no existence. The text needs to be sung, performed, embodied by the reader or musical in order for it to come to life.
Selected Quotes From Charlotte Bronte's Personal Correspondence
"I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward. This is not the time to regret, dread, or weep..."
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"I am well aware, it will not do either to complain, or sink, and I strive to do neither. Strength, I hope and trust, will yet be given in proportion to the burden; but the pain of my position is not one likely to lessen with habit. Its solitude and isolation are oppressive circumstances, yet I do not wish for any friends to stay with me; I could not do with any one--not even you--to share the sadness of the house; it would rack me intolerably."
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"...this world is not our abiding-place. We should not knit human ties too close, or clasp human affections too fondly. They must leave us, or we must leave them, one day. God restore health and strength to all who need it!"
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"These things would be too much, if reason, unsupported by religion, were condemned to bear them alone."
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"I have learnt that we are not to find solace in our own strength; we must seek it in God's omnipotence. Fortitude is good; but fortitude itself must be shaken under us to teach us how weak we are!"
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"...you certainly have a heavy burden laid on your shoulders, but such burdens, if well borne, benefit the character; only we must take the GREATEST, CLOSEST, MOST WATCHFUL care not to grow proud of our strength, in case we should be enabled to bear up under the trial. That pride, indeed, would be sign of radical weakness. The strength, if strength we have, is certainly never in our own selves; it is given us."
"The loss of what we possess nearest and dearest to us in this world, produces an effect upon the character we search out what we have yet left that can support, and, when found, we cling to it with a hold of new-strung tenacity."
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"Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste."
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"Men begin to regard the position of woman in another light than they used to do; and a few men, whose sympathies are fine and whose sense of justice is strong, think and speak of it with a candour that commands my admiration. They say, however-- and, to an extent, truly--that the amelioration of our condition depends on ourselves. Certainly there are evils which our own efforts will best reach; but as certainly there are other evils-- deep-rooted in the foundation of the social system--which no efforts of ours can touch: of which we cannot complain; of which it is advisable not too often to think."
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"And, besides, in the matter of friendship, I have observed that disappointment here arises chiefly, NOT from liking our friends too well, or thinking of them too highly, but rather from an over-estimate of THEIR liking for and opinion of US; and that if we guard ourselves with sufficient scrupulousness of care from error in this direction, and can be content, and even happy to give more affection than we receive--can make just comparison of circumstances, and be severely accurate in drawing inferences thence, and never let self-love blind our eyes--I think we may manage to get through life with consistency and constancy, unembittered by that misanthropy which springs from revulsion of feeling. All this sounds a little metaphysical, but it is good sense if you consider it. The moral of it is, that if we would build on a sure foundation in friendship, we must love our friends for THEIR sakes rather than for OUR OWN; we must look at their truth to THEMSELVES, full as much as their truth to US"
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"Submission, courage, exertion, when practicable--these seem to be the weapons with which we must fight life's long battle."
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"You shall show them that you too know--better, perhaps, than they--that the truly great man is too sincere in his affections to grudge a sacrifice; too much absorbed in his work to talk loudly about it; too intent on finding the best way to accomplish what he undertakes to think great things of himself--the instrument. And if God places seeming impediments in his way--if his duties sometimes seem to hamper his powers--he feels keenly, perhaps writhes, under the slow torture of hindrance and delay; but if there be a true man's heart in his breast, he can bear, submit, wait patiently."
"The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck"
by Mark Manson
SOME WILL THINK THIS BOOK TO BE CONTROVERSIAL BUT, BELIEVE ME OR NOT, IT HELPED ME A LOT DURING THE SEASON WHEN MY LIFE VALUES NEEDED a bit of a shock therapy. HERE IS JUST A COUPLE OF ABSTRACTS THAT I KEEP CLOSE BY AND TURN BACK TO WHEN I START TO LAPSE INTO MY OLD INSECURITIES.
“When we have poor values—that is, poor standards we set for ourselves and others—we are essentially giving fucks about the things that don’t matter, things that in fact make our life worse”
“Many or even most of our values are products of events that are not representative of the world at large, or are the result of a totally misconceived past. But perhaps the answer is to trust yourself less. After all, if our hearts and minds are so unreliable, maybe we should be questioning our own intentions and motivations more. If we’re all wrong, all the time, then isn’t self-skepticism and the rigorous challenging of our own beliefs and assumptions the only logical route to progress?”
“... the more you embrace being uncertain and not knowing, the more comfortable you will feel in knowing what you don’t know. Uncertainty removes our judgments of others; it preempts the unnecessary stereotyping and biases that we otherwise feel when we see somebody on TV, in the office, or on the street. Uncertainty also relieves us of our judgment of ourselves. We don’t know if we’re lovable or not; we don’t know how attractive we are; we don’t know how successful we could potentially become. The only way to achieve these things is to remain uncertain of them and be open to finding them out through experience.”
“Everything comes with an inherent sacrifice—whatever makes us feel good will also inevitably make us feel bad. What we gain is also what we lose. What creates our positive experiences will define our negative experiences.”
“A more interesting question, a question that most people never consider, is, “What pain do you want in your life? What are you willing to struggle for?” Because that seems to be a greater determinant of how our lives turn out.”
“The problem with the self-esteem movement is that it measured self-esteem by how positively people felt about themselves. But a true and accurate measurement of one’s self-worth is how people feel about the negative aspects of themselves.”
“If suffering is inevitable, if our problems in life are unavoidable, then the question we should be asking is not “How do I stop suffering?” but “Why am I suffering—for what purpose?”