This is a response to the one-word prompt “Devastation” by “The Daily Post.”
All human history is riddled with examples of “man” trying to avoid his fate and control his destiny. When kingdoms and Great Empires begin to fade, there is numerous attempts at revival or much sense of dread about said decline. Yet, one thing does remain constant, while some times the efforts to arrest decline seem to succeed, it is only for a time, before the decline returns in full force and carries out its purpose. The reason for this is quite simple, when humans perceive a decline in their system of life, they go all out to stop it by reenergizing the system, yet they rarely if ever look at the root cause of said decline.
Thus, while for a time new energy is given into a great empire to starve off the decline, the underlining “bad seeds” are still there if only for a time starved of “food” but eventually once again start growing into “weeds” to choke the society and empire. This has laid to the viewpoint that the “rise of great empires and the fall of great empires” to be enviable and irreversible once started. Or indeed that at some point all great societies will crumble and die, or at least become lesser of what they were.
While there is indeed some truth to this viewpoint, it is both right and wrong at the same time. While counties do go through high and low periods of life; both all never preodained in the since that “that is going to happen no matter what.” No, a contries destiny of either growth or declined relies on the people, leaders and the society. It relies on the values of the society and what the people take and belive as most important in their lives.
If great nation finds its self in decline, that decline is not preodained. It can be stop but only if the whole nation, that is the people and its leaders go back to what made it become great. It won’t happen if all that is done it to reenergize the nation or put in a few “cosmetic” changes here and there, but the “decline in the society” is not stoped. This here is the key, nations decline becouse their societies delcine interms of values, beliefs, and morales. Thus inorder to stop declines one must revive the culture of societies.
The enviablity of devestation of empires is only the case when the people in the empires stop “carring.” When they no longer paticapate in it, but are more concern with their own immidate gratifications and desires. If the people stop such behavior and start carrning angain then there is no enviability. This does not mean that the decline won’t still happen, just that there is a chanse to stop and reverse it.
This is a response to the one-word prompt “Aesthetic” by “The Daily Post.”
Do you see the beauty in life? Is your world filled with the beauty of God’s creation? It is for me, I can’t go a single day without seeing at least one example of such beauty in the world even with all its ugliness, there is still much good. But the most beautiful thing about it all to me, is that you don’t have to go far or look for long to find examples of beauty and wonder in God’s creation. It is all around us, if we but just look for it and appreciate it more.
Life no matter how good or how bad it gets is all about the “little things” in life and enjoying what it offers. Part of this is taking in the beauty of life and all of God’s creation. Why is it, that throughout human history and throughout human civilizations that we have had art and art that focused on nature? It is because of a need to capture and understand better the beauty of creation.
So do you see the beauty in God’s creation? Do you take tiem each and every day out of your busy lives to enjoy such beauty of the “little things” in life? If not, why? You will find life so much more enjoyable and learn so much about life when you do. So go out and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation, and the Aesthetics of life.
This is a response to the one-word prompt “Marathon” by “The Daily Post.”
When one thinks of marathons, the image that comes to mind is of a group of runners going a very long destence on a hot sunny day and swetting perfusly at the end of it. But that is not the only kind of marathon in exsistance. A marathon could be anything or goal you have and have to deal with. As with a marathon, it is often extremly tirering and hardwork, but offering a very rewarding experience at the end.
If you think of it, one’s life is just one “big marathon” with lots of “little marathon’s in it. A lot of times we do not know what we will get in life, or what will come of all our efforts, and we are offten “let down” a lot (at least I am). Yet, we still push on and continue on the paths that either we had set for ourselves or had been set for us, or we make a course correction mid-way onto another path.
We do not let the difficultly of what we face in life hold us down or stop us from reaching the finish line, because despite it all we still have in our “mind’s eye”a picture of what could await us in the end. At least that is how I have always looked at it, and hope you do too. For what is life, and all of the “marathons” we face if there is nothing to show for it.
So what kind of “marathons” have you had in this life? How difficult have they been and did you give-up, make a course correction, or pushed onto the finnish line? What did you get/learn from the experience, and was it worth it? For me the experiences have always been worth it, and will continue to be so, even in the most difficult and pain filled “marathons” of my life. Because I know that in the end something greater is waiting for me, and all that I experience is leading up to that final “finish line.” That being a relationship with my God, through Jesus Christ. So push on and finish the “marathon” of life.
This is a response to the one-word prompt “Hopeful” by “The Daily Post.”
So once again, the old year ends as a new one begins. This is a part of the natural order of things, with the old ending and making room for the new. All things must come to an end at some point; so that new things, can come in and refresh and renew the world and all in it. Don’t be afraid of the new, but embrace it for what it is, an opportunity.
Despite all that has happened in this chaotic and eventful year of 2016, and despite the uncertainty that we face in 2017; I am very much optimistic for the new year. I am optimistic because I know that whatever does happen, no matter how good or bad, especially bad, things will turn out in the end all right, for God is indeed in control and he loves us all. No matter how bad things get, he always corrects things and makes them better.
So yes, I do indeed look forward to the new year with hope and optimism for whatever it brings. I will do the best that I can to make it a good year for me and those around me. After all, that’s all I or anyone else can really be asked or be expected to do. We cannot really control how or when things happen, but we can control how we respond to them and what we do as a result.