Archive for May 18th, 2013

It is the polite outsider who attracts my attention.  For me at least, possibly as part of my oddness, it is the sensibility of the Blogger or writer which piques my interest rather than their age or sex.  It is the resonance I get from their responses or circumstances.  It is a feeling that, yes out there, beyond the scope of normal conversation or interaction, lives a being who is almost my double or ambassador in a different set of circumstances, on a continent I am unlikely to visit.  The feeling is strangely re-assuring.  It’s almost, if only for a moment, like being less odd.
From:  http://countingducks.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/parallel-worlds/
Let me hope that you who caught my words, and held them briefly in your thoughts, find the peace to quench your doubts and walk with me towards your chosen path.
From: http://countingducks.wordpress.com/about/
Beauty, I believe, is a proportionate derivative of suffering.  That is to say, that the potential for beauty is born within suffering, and if cultivated in a particular manner, its subject can thereby become beautiful.  Or, to put it differently, true beauty is the struggle to transcend the human condition.  It is the place in between suffering and the attainment of perfection in its entirety.  It is complicated, but I find, well worth the effort in trying to define.
From:  http://thecultivationofbeauty.wordpress.com/
I forget though, where beauty actually lies.  I forget that perfection lies in the struggle of the human spirit to achieve what is merely believed in our minds to be perfection.  The struggle is what is perfect, what is beautiful.  Not the end.  It’s the journey.  It’s the choices.  It’s what defines us.  It’s the pursuit of character that makes us beautiful beings.
From:  http://thecultivationofbeauty.wordpress.com/2013/05/12/the-pursuit-of-character/
[Today’s post are two quotes from two sites (four in all).  I must admit to a certain amount of laziness in my pursuit of other blogs.  Someone finds my blog and “likes” it, or comments on a posting, and I go see who they are.  Occasionally, by extension, someone will have “liked” a couple of posts on a blog I’m looking at and I’ll go see what they’re up to.  VERY serendipity, I know, but that is my nature.
Anyway, above are the two quotes from the two sites which recently “liked” one of my postings.  The first two are from “countingducks” (http://countingducks.wordpress.com/ ).  The second two quotes are from “thecultivationofbeauty” (http://thecultivationofbeauty.wordpress.com/).  As always, if you enjoy the quotes, go visit the original sites!    —    KMAB]
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I’m a writer because I write, because being a writer is what defines me, defines who I am and who I was and who I will be.  And trust me, I wrote for all the reasons you can imagine.  I wrote because I had to get those words out of my head, I wrote for fun, I wrote because I wanted to impress people, because I wanted to make them cry or laugh.  I wrote because I wanted to leave something behind, because I wanted a really long Wikipedia article about me.  I wrote for fame and glory, I wrote for money.  I wrote because I was heartbroken, I wrote because I knew no one was going to write my stories for me.  I wrote because I was starving.  I wrote because I was alone.
I wrote for the entire world, and I wrote for just one person.
I wrote because I knew my stories would never come true, and I wrote because I hoped they would.
And you know what I learned in all my years of writing?
All that matters are the words you write.  Nothing else.  When you do your thing, it doesn’t matter (and it shouldn’t) what others are going to think about it.  When you write, you should stop worrying about whether or not people are going to like your story, whether or not someone’s going to read it, whether or not they’ll care.  You should stop worrying whether or not you have something to say or you just want to say something, because you do have something to say.  And it’s not about saying something that no one else ever thought of saying, but about saying it in your voice.  And that’s something we all have.
Writing is all about finding the courage to write.  And courage is all about realizing that some things are more important than fear.
    —    Cristian Mihai
[The above quote is from the site:  http://cristianmihai.net/
The specific posting is:  http://cristianmihai.net/2013/01/29/never-give-up-on-your-dreams/
I can only add that sometimes courage is also about sharing a little bit of it (courage) with others.
Thanks, Cristian!    —    KMAB]

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