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Spirit | How can something which gives us joy be deemed by them "Unacceptable"?

Spirit | Uncrushable

Someone once told me, “Music is part of the joy wave”. This is not hard to grasp, when you consider that each generation has its music, its sound, that special combination of notes, words and beat that resonates and speaks to its heart and soul.

Post WWII in Russia, there were citizens who risked their own personal freedom to bring western music to the people. It had been banned; only particular Russian music could be possessed and played. This is a story about more than music. It is one of freedom, and the will of the human spirit to overcome soul crushing oppression.

It’s a fascinating story, even if you’re not particularly a huge music lover. Rest assured, there is something that you love as much as they loved music, that you would fight not to lose. The story of Bone Music here:

Bone music: the Soviet bootleg records pressed on x-rays

In freer western societies, it may be hard for people to comprehend not having the simple access to music they love. That basic freedom of choice just is. And yet, is it? Right now there is heated dispute about who should decide and dictate what people can think and say. And I stand back from it and I think, why is this even in debate? Were we not born with the inalienable right to think our own thoughts and express them freely?

Food for thought for your day.

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Nonconformist | Dare to be

“We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them”, is one of my fave Albert Einstein quotes. Personally I abhor the commonly used phrase, “It’s always been done that way…” How about you?

Looking at the state of the world today, I do believe we are in desperate need of more nonconformists, people who refuse to see or do it the same old way.

Are you deep down yearning to be a nonconformist, but haven’t quite taken the plunge? A quick, easy read with tips: 7 Steps to Becoming a Nonconformist

Inspirational Quotes:

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” ~ Albert Einstein

“I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.” ~ Rita Mae Brown

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.” ~ Shannon L. Alder

“Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.” ~ The Dalai Lama

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” ~ J. Krishnamurti

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Our Dream | Heart, mind, and vision, intention creates action, people have power. | HartHaiku.com

Our Dream | For Humanity

Judging from the state the world at the moment, our vision for it has been somewhat skewed in the past. “Thought creates reality.” Either that, or we did not exercise our autonomous free will enough. Or, perhaps both are true.

The collective outcry

But wait. We are starting to witness a collective outcry in various parts of the world. “We’re not happy with how things are being run!” In France, Hong Kong, various countries in South America, people are finding their voice. Unfortunately, unhappiness has been bottled up for a long time, so some of the outcry has dissolved into violent conflict.

To be perfectly clear, I am not condoning violence. I do, however, believe in our basic human right to autonomous thought and free speech. The lesson? Better to speak sooner than later if a situation is not working for you., so it can be done peaceably and wisely. As Thoreau said:

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things..” ~ Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience

We fear change, but change can be good

Be not disheartened by the state of the world. After a point, dissatisfaction and unhappiness simply cannot be contained. Historically there are cycles, and the pendulum swings. Back and forth it goes, until we find an equilibrium.

There are times in our lives when we get what we need, not what we want. And that is where the learning and growth are to be found. Celebrate that. Because I do believe we are moving towards a much better world, if we so choose.

Inspirational Quote:

“There is a light in this world. A healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. We sometimes lose sight of this force when there is suffering, and too much pain. Then suddenly, the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways.” ~ Richard Attenborough

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Spark | Wanderlust craving, words wind and waken my mind to magic new worlds. | HartHaiku.com

Spark | Feed your mind

Words on pages shaped my life. As a child, I practically lived at the library! I voraciously fed my mind with many of the literary classics, and those great writers sparked my imagination.

The worlds that they wrote about opened my mind to many possibilities. Eventually those inspiring words contoured my adult life. It was a small leap to imagine traveling the world some day. And I have, for some 20 years now! I believe my life would have been very different without all those inspiring words my mind absorbed as a child.

Reading offers us many valuable benefits, and some you may not have considered. More about that here: 10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day. And with technology that allows us easy access to books in a nanosecond, there is bountiful and easy access to knowledge and inspiration.

There’s a great big wide world out there, and we may think we know it through the news. But knowledge we access through books is different. Books exercise our minds, honing our imaginations and critical thinking skills.

Feed your mind, light a spark, free your spirit.

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Inspirational Quotes:

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” ~ Haruki Murakami

“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” ~ Mark Twain

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” ~ George R.R. Martin

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.” ~ Oscar Wilde

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