Here’s a THOUGHT

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e·qual·i·ty – the state of being equal, especially in status, rights, and opportunities.

fem·i·nism – a movement for social justice with an emphasis on gender.

e·gal·i·tar·i·an – of, relating to, or believing in the principle that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities.

All of my apologies for being gone for so long, but a quick move into a fast-paced routine is no simple trick. Before I begin, I would like to inform you that this is a quick scope over what I (and many other people) believe feminism to be. I wish to offend no one, although I will once more stand my ground. Comments are welcome and please feel free to share with your friends and family.

Keep this question in mind in regards to the picture, “aren’t they all matches, just in different stages?”

Feminism. Okay I believe that women and men are the most precious things on the face of the earth. (Psalm 139:14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.) That’s right, WONDERFULLY made. Now, I’ve already made the argument that you’re amazing, so let’s focus on something else. Let’s pay a bit of attention to the definitions up top… I’m not gonna lie, the Google definition for feminism was not fully correct. Feminists don’t aim to making the world all about girls, that’s womanism. We don’t think men are bad, we know that there are people out there with messed up morals and we protect and speak up against them. Bad people aren’t just men, women are also included in this category . We do our best to speak up about issues such as Black Lives Matter, refugees, oppressed peoples, LGBT+, and religious problems. As a Christian doing my best to live according to Matthew 7 (“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”) I try my hardest to judge no ones heart because I was not placed on the earth to do so. I will continue to go into depth on some issues in future blogs. There will always be someone who is oppressed, try to understand their pain and then help them. Change this world with selflessness, love, and humbleness. And always remember that these values begin with family and friends. 

 

“Men are from Earth, women are from Earth. Deal with it.” ― George Calin

“A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.”
― Gloria Steinman

Colossians 3:11 “Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.”

LOVE AND PEACE

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Here’s a TINY DANCER

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val·u·a·ble  ˈvaly(əw)əb(ə)l/ -a thing that is of great worth, especially a small item of personal property.

So I’m moving…IT SUCKS! But what can I do about it? Yeah, nothing, so I’ll deal with it. This week was the beginning of two big things for me. I packed the first box in my room, which was a pretty big deal for a procrastinator like me. And also our family started showing our house. My first box packing held one of my favorite collections… My snow globes! Even though they take a backseat to my cameras and butterflies, I realized why I love them. As I took them out of the back of my armoire, I started to mentally list my favorite. The ballerina in white and the snowbound nativity scene ranked highest. The nativity is nothing spectacular for an untrained eye, except for me, it is the highest example of beauty in simplicity. The ballerina dressed in white has a similar feeling, but has a hidden secret…her music. The lovely tone that causes her graceful body to turn (because ballerinas turn, they DON’T spin) is a soothing song that nearly brought tears to my eyes. As the song played in the background, I noticed how unloved her beauty went. Stuck in a corner, I had paid no attention to her. A similar moment happened as I laid in the grass of my present garden. The reality that I wouldn’t be able to call it mine, in a quickly coming time, sank in. The beauty like none other had also gone unappreciated. 15 days before the move was when I started spending time in the garden when I had 7 whole months. What had I done?
Lesson time:
As pathetic as it might sound, all of these things broke my heart in a surreal sense. I had realized that I had let time get the best of me. I didn’t enjoy the natural beauty of my garden until time had run out. The tiny dancer had also aided in realizing how little we appreciate things. The precious snowglobe could’ve broken at any chosen moment, but I hadn’t ever given it a single glance. The little prince book resting on top of my armoire had also been forgotten, although its lessons were timeless. Time has gotten the best of us all and sometimes it’s for the best. My dear people, newsflash, YOU AREN’T INVINCIBLE. You could die this very second and that’s not to scare you, but we need to realize that time is against us and of us. We made up time, yet somehow it manages to control us in manners unimaginable. Except they aren’t THAT unimaginable, they happen to you everyday. They make you stressful, cause jammed calendars, and steal the joy of living. Don’t let stress overtake your joy. Enjoy your life, miss a few appointments, and play with your children instead of sending them to daycare. Call your friends and drive until the end of the world. Surprise your mom and make the house spotless while enjoying your favorite music. Make life worth living. Do as many good deads as possible. Look at the beauty all around you and just let the sunshine rain on you. Don’t let life make you a miserable person. Instead be so joyful that even you wonder why you’re happy. I know not every day is perfect and horrible things happen, but joy will never forsake your heart. Did I make myself clear? BE HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY
“So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” -John 16:22
“I don’t think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that remains.” -Anne Frank
“The most wasted of all days is a day without laughter.” -Nicolas Chamfort
                                                 HAPPINESS IS THE KEY TO LIFE

Here’s a CHEAP CAMERA

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cheap /CHēp/-worth more than its cost

Well that’s me and what seems to be a cheap plastic camera (plus the plastic camera filter for mac because why not). It’s not cheap, maybe its plastic, but not cheap. By appearance it’s not the most luxurious piece of equipment that I own, nonetheless it’s one of my favorites.

LESSON TIME:

I’m not going to lie… I received this camera as a Christmas present and rapidly judged it by its appearance. It didn’t seem to have much potential or aesthetic appeal. Next to some of my antiques and “more professional” cameras it seemed to lack power and buttons. Once my research was done I was astounded, this was a one of a kind lomography (creative kind of photography) camera with a story behind it. lomogrpahy.jpg

*all credit to the unknown photographer*

I guess I forgot to not judge a book by its cover. Now how many times do we do this? I had a flip phone a few years ago and I thought it was the worst phone ever (it kinda is though), and then, I got a smartphone and quickly realized that that little plastic phone that I had once owned had better signal than my so-called “smartphone.” Just like the camera, I was quick to judge the little phone. Although it seemed like a silly little mistake, it was a bit deeper than just that. Through the lens of my camera (heh) I realized that sadly this is done everyday by people around the world about subjects more important than a plastic camera.

Judging is a huge problem and can lead to bullying, arguments, and unexplained hatred. Both girls and guys are fully guilty of doing this, young and old . Now judging isn’t always bad. You need your sense of judgement to make wise choices and ultimately protect yourself. The problem is when you start to judge without any knowledge on the subject. If you’ve never tasted vinegar then how can you tell me it tastes bad? The same goes for people around us, our minds have been trained to quickly label people with simply a word.  Some of these words can be as simple as; child, adult, sister, etc. But my fellow teenagers let’s be honest, how many times do we see a person and only think “well that’s a person”? When it comes to social areas in adolescent lives we tend to criticize a bit harsher. Labels such as player, nerd, slut, stuck-up, and others are thoughtlessly thrown around. Exactly how can you tell if a guy’s a player simply by his haircut? Yeah, it’s called stereotypes. The thought that a girl wearing a short skirt is a slut, or that a person studying is a nerd, is pure stupidity (sorry, but hey I’m being honest). We have to learn to retrain our brains and mind to not label, because unless you’re a label maker you shouldn’t be labeling. Judge people once you know their character and know what type of people you want in your life. Also make sure you judge yourself from time to time because you’re not perfect either. And no the Bible never says to not judge, it says to not think of yourself as higher because of someone’s sins.

 

“Speak up and judge fairly.”- Proverbs 31:9

“How would your life be different if…You stopped making negative judgmental assumptions about people you encounter? Let today be the day…You look for the good in everyone you meet and respect their journey.” – Steve Maraboli

“We’ve spent so much time judging what other people created that we’ve created very, very little of our own.” – Chuck Palanuick

I LOVE YOU (in a not weird way)