Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Love's Orchestration

This is a part of a essay I wrote about love....what do you think?

Love’s Orchestration

Love is like music. Your love is your own to give to whom you choose, your most prized possession, a part of you bestowed upon another. Music is the gift of its master bequeathed upon its listener, the heart of its writer penned upon parchment, voiced through the sound of an instrument. Love manifests itself in many different ways through many different types of people as music manifests itself through many different instruments with many different types of sounds. You can hear the flighty trill of the flute in the love of the little girls kiss on her father’s cheek, the deep warm bowing of the cello in the a grandfathers loving words to his grandchild, the clarinets boisterous voice in a mothers loving care of her children, and the beautiful voice of the violin, its notes soaring through the heavens, as the love of a bride and groom on their wedding day. Love provokes emotion in even the most distant, cold soul. The bitter old man who shows no feelings until the day the stubborn, persistent care of a friend breaks through the barrier of his heart. From the rousing anthem to the mournful refrain music also evokes feelings and emotions. Most importantly you are the conductor of your own symphony of love and the way you choose to guide the instrumentation of that love will ultimately affect the dynamics and level of harmony in your life. Music is just ink on a page and love is just love until they are played and poured out bringing forth power and beauty to those around them.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Human Species

Here is another essay I recently wrote. I have been enjoying my composition class at school and thought I would share another one of my assignments.

Human Species

Mankind as a whole is made up of many different groups of people including the wise and educated, the ignorant and self-centered, and the many that fall in between. These different groups or characteristics are expounded upon and defined by the authors of the books Ethics of the Fathers, Analects, and ABC of Reading. The authors of these works classify into several groups what they perceive to be the different characters found among men. While all of the authors classified society into different characteristic groups they all used different types of people therefore coming to slightly different conclusions. Ethics of the Fathers in V:18 speaks of those who are in the presence of sages or wise men and how they retain the words spoken by them. These are classified as “the sponge, the funnel, the strainer, and the sieve.” V:15 defines groups of students according to their speed of learning and their tendency to quickly forget by using four basic categories including those who are “quick to learn and quick to forget…slow to learn slow to forget…quick to learn and slow to forget…(and)slow to learn quick to forget.” Characters of men are classified in V:13 from the selfish to the giver, from the one that says “what is yours is mine, and what is mine is mine,” to the one who says “what is mine is yours, and what is yours is yours.” Analects speaks of the gaining of wisdom by categorizing people into groups of those whose are born wise, those who are wise because of education, those who are wise by pure toil and effort, and lastly those who though toil painfully never reach the brink of wisdom. Lastly, Ezra Pound in his book ABC of Reading classes people into groups of inventors, masters, diluters, and the starters of crazes. Each of the five sayings provides a group in which you as a human can fit yourself into.

Every day we come in contact with people, whether it is a family member, the girl at the coffee shop, a coworker, gas station attendant, or just a passerby, we immediately classify them into groups in our sub consciousness not even realizing what we are doing. Each of us has a different method in which we classify, for some it may be by attire determining if he or she is wealthy or homeless by observing a suit and briefcase versus raggedy clothes and a shopping cart. If I were to classify the students who I am around at Monroe Community College my classification would go something like this. “There are four types of students: those who listen and learn attentively and study seriously, those whose only goal is to pass a class not really caring to be the best that they can be and putting little amount of effort into assignments, and finally there is the student that really does not care if they pass or fail, they put the least amount of effort into assignments and attendance while often laying the blame on the teacher for their own failure.”

We can all fit ourselves into one of the categories defined by these sayings. Perhaps we do not find ourselves among the selfish but at the same time we’re not amongst the most unselfish either. While we might not categorize ourselves as wise we definitely don’t perceive ourselves to be fools. Often we find ourselves in the middle of the road which begs the question, is this where we want to be? Do we always want to be mediocre or rather should we be always striving for something better? We don’t realize what we could be until we realize what we are.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Faith versus kitten heals

Ok, so I know I never write on here..... I am currently taking a composition class at school and thought I'd post some of my essays on here for you to see....
This weeks essay was supposed to be about something you can see versus something you can't and the conclusion about the two so here goes.....

The Seen Versus the Unseen
Faith, in its earliest recorded definition is described as the “substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” While the recipients of ones faith may drastically differ, there is no denying the fact that we all posses it. To some it’s a reverent belief in God, a trust, a hope in his word, a unfailing commitment to serve him for life. For others it may be the confidence in a spouse or parent to provide, to nurture, to protect them from any seen or unseen danger or happenstance that might enter their lives. A child often possesses the simplest, yet greatest amount of faith. In their eyes nothing is impossible for the one who holds their faith and trust. Whether it be the action of service to God, the ability to believe in a loved one, the trust in a government to protect, the force that pushes you to jump out the window of a burning building into the arms of a firefighter, or the simplicity of a child’s trust, faith remains in the possession of every human being. Though unseen, it may possibly be the greatest thing you own.

On the other hand there are shoes. From Gucci and Prada to Chuck Taylors and Converse, a shoe is often the definition of ones taste and style. To some a shoe is for comfort and practical use while to others they are a trendy accessory. The assortment of shoes are endless, athletic sneakers, hiking boots, fluffy slippers, spiky heals, dressy sandals, flip flops, the list goes on and on. Shoes not only serve a practical purpose of protecting your feet but also can lend some insight as to the one wearing them. For instance, a men's Italian leather shoe may speak of class and sophistication while a dirty pair of work boots may speak of hard work and commitment. A girl in kitten heals probably enjoys fashion while a pair of plain flats are most likely worn by one who isn’t as worried about appearance.

Shoes and faith are two very different things on two very different spectrums, the seen and the unseen, but the line between the two can become a little blurry if looked at in certain ways. Faith which is unseen can become visible when it becomes the action of trust or belief in a seen thing. Shoes, a visible, seen object can give unseen insight about the person wearing them. The once blurry line becomes quite clear though when the shoes grow old and out of style and are tossed away only to be replaced a short time later. Faith is evidence of something that can never be replaced and never grows old. While the seen may sometimes become the unseen and the unseen the seen, at the end of the day what matters the most are not the things we see but the things we have the faith to believe in.

Monday, January 18, 2010

A few quotes.....

I thought these quotes were funny and very true....

“Those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, usually do”

“No doubt exists that all women are crazy; it's only a question of degree.”

“All of us are crazy in one way or another.”

“Some people never go crazy, What truly horrible lives they must live” (this one is my favorite)

“Part of being sane, is being a little bit crazy.”

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
-- Melody Beattie

I thought this quote was fitting in light of what happened in Haiti this week. We never really understand how to be grateful or even what gratefulness is until we are faced with tragedy and chaos. Seeing what is going on on the other side of the world today in Haiti makes me so grateful and thankful for what I have and what God has blessed me with. I hope that we who are safe and warm living in comfort today will have learned a lesson about thankfulness and contentment, I know I have. May we keep them all in our prayers including the rescue crews and the military that are on their way to help.