The Gift Of Individuality

After such a heated/controversial election cycle in the US, I feel now’s as good a time as ever to remember to embrace the beauty of individuality. You’re a free agent, and nobody should hold dominion over your mind. Not an institution (secular or religious), not your family, not your friends, not your spouse/significant other, not a philosophy, not your co-workers, not a country, not your past, nothing! There’s not a thing in existence that should hold that much power over any individual.

There are plenty of people out there who’d love to do your thinking for you, and then make you believe that you’re doing the decision making, when it’s really them all along. We’re all influenced by someone or something to some extent, and there’s nothing wrong with that! But we mustn’t be slaves to any individual or way of thinking.

Having said all of this, that doesn’t mean anyone is absolved from criticism. No one’s above reproach, no one! Any words or opinions that are racist, homophobic, sexist, hateful, spiteful, ignorant, or downright cruel, absolutely deserve all the criticism and contention they attract. That’s not having an opinion, that’s just being a jerk. Such dreck has no place in this world, and certainly doesn’t deserve any protection or admiration.

This world is a harsh, cruel, and depressing place, yet one gift we’ve been given is that of individuality. It’s not always easy to stand up for what you believe in, or simply be “you” whatever that might be for each individual. Yet, it’s a truly beautiful thing when it’s embraced in a positive fashion. How different would this world be without those who were willing to stick their necks out for the greater good? Or who were simply being their authentic selves? Life’s too short to be someone else, so may we all embrace this gift in our own unique, and enriching ways!

*And yes, there is a poem related to this topic. Haha! 😀 First new one in awhile!! 🙂 I’ll post it in due time!


Bad News

I really didn’t want my first post in almost a year to be a sad one, but fate can be quite cruel unfortunately. I found out that my Uncle Junior died in a tragic accident at his work this past Tuesday. And, yeah, it’s hitting me hard. It just came out of nowhere, and the sad part is that it almost certainly could have been prevented. It wasn’t his fault, he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was just doing his job, and just like that, he’s gone now.

I don’t claim I was the closest to him, but I knew him pretty well. He was a really nice guy, who went the extra mile for his family. He was never stuck up, and was easy to approach and talk to. He’s really going to be missed.

He leaves behind a long-time girlfriend, and three adult kids, and a slew of grandchildren. I feel so terrible for all of them. He was only 55, and had plenty of life left in him. Keep them all in your thoughts, prayers, or whatever you’re willing to offer. I really do appreciate it. And do the same for me, and my whole family as well.

It’s just so sad, and we’re all so stunned. Wish us all the best, and thank you for taking the time to read all of this. Take care everyone, and show those you care about how much you love them. Not out of fear of losing them, but enjoying them while you have them. Nothing is guaranteed, so make the most of the time you are given. All the best to all of you guys!

There Once Was A Girl

This is for my beautiful friend Andrea that I met on Tumblr. It’s been a joy talking to you for almost two years now, and I’m glad to have been able to be there for you when you’ve needed it. You’re an amazing person, and I’m sure your future is very bright. I hope you’ll find love, happiness, and all that you seek after. Happy 18th, and may you enjoy this poem that I wrote for you.

There Once Was A Girl

By J.E.

There once was a girl
In a land far away
Who grew ever fairer each passing day

The onlookers marveled at her supreme beauty
Many would mumble “Oh what a cutie!”
Lest we forget, she was not one dimensional
A trailblazer, in ways quite unconventional

Her mind was a canvas
Of colors quite diverse
She wouldn’t be confined
By even the laws of the universe

If everyone said go right
Surely she would go left
For a free spirit she is
And of her freedom
She would not be bereft

Creator of worlds
Ever the amazing artist
With the tools of her craft
She is ever the smartest

Kindhearted and graceful
Yet also quite shy
In regards to her fashion sense
She’s super fly

Friend of all kittens
Lover of cats
If she was a soda
She’d never go flat

Now there’s much more that could be said
And more tales that could be told
But of your brilliance
All the pages in the world
Couldn’t possibly hold

You’re a gem
You’re a star
In life you’ll surely go far

And if you’re ever feeling blue
May these words ever ring true
That as a whole you’re resplendent
And your value is transcendent

There’s no one else
Quite like you
Happy Birthday
And now I bid you, adieu

A Shattered Mirror Made Whole

A Shattered Mirror Made Whole

By J.E.

The world is filled with pain
Broken and shattered dreams all around

Your life was another sad story
Lacking drive and absent of glory
Never were quite the first choice
Just a brilliant mind lacking a voice

And as I saw you passing by
I begged to wonder why
How others could ignore your cries for help

I want to melt away all these tears
And for you to enjoy the coming years
I want you to smile every day
And let the past drift further away

It’s time to embrace the new dawn
And scamper freely like the new born fawn
Won’t you come away with me
And let’s be free

Let it surround you
May everything be reborn once again

Your smile could make the stars weep
Its worth is priceless, never cheap
The tree deprived of her leaves
Is bountiful once again, who could ever believe it

And those who used to pass you by
Constantly wonder how
What was once dead
Could be so alive again

The future will be fraught with peril
But our love will be ever the sweet carol
That will pull us through the darkest times
And make ever sweeter the sweetest rhymes

Our love eternal
Our love ever true
The beauty of what was broken
Now even better than new

A Shattered Mirror Made Whole: A Prelude To The Poem

Love is a powerful thing, and an emotion that can spur the noblest of actions that a person can possibly pursue. It doesn’t just have to be romantic either. There’s the love of a parent who only wants the best for their child. The faithful friend who’s always there in one’s time of need. Or the love of one’s country that spurs someone to try to bring about change for the better. Love in all of its forms is an amazing thing.

This poem is about a romantic type of love, but not in the lovey dovey sense. It’s about loving a person who’s been down on their luck. They’ve been taken advantage of, stomped on by the world, and are devoid of all hope. Outwardly they might seem like a mess, but all it takes is one person to see the true beauty that lies within. And with that, a beautiful transformation can take place over time. One that can shock the world!

I definitely put some of myself in this poem. Though that’s true of any poem (haha) but this one probably more than most. This is the kind of love that I’d want to give someone. To be everything everyone else was not, and even more. That even if you felt like the lowliest of the low, I could make you feel like the highest of the high. And that no matter how bad anyone else in the past made you feel, that I could make you see just how amazing you really are. It’s a lofty ideal and I’m as far away from perfect as possible, but that’s what I’d strive for. I think that’s what I try to do for those people that matter the most to me. Whether friends or family, I just want people to know that they matter.

Considering how much I’ve rambled on, I’ll just post the poem in a separate entry. Thanks for reading my thoughts on this matter! 🙂

Best Labor Day Ever & More New Posts to Come!

I probably had my best Labor Day ever. Usually I just stay at home and chill, but I got to go out with my parents and siblings this time. First we went to BJ’s for some eats, and then went to the movie’s to see Ant-Man. I didn’t have any expectations (good or bad) for it, but I absolutely loved it.

It had a lot of heart, and plenty of good humor that added a lot to the film. Another thing I enjoyed about it was how different Ant-Man was compared to other superhero movies when it came to his abilities. His ability to shrink down to such a small size,  go back to normal instantaneously, and control ants was very amusing as well as unique compared to other more well know heroes.

If you’re on the fence about seeing it, I’d say give it a shot. You might be surprised, and I highly recommend watching the movie. I definitely hope to see more of Ant-Man in the future whether in cameos in other MCU movies, and in hopefully sequels to the first film.

And after all of that, my dad took us all to Braum’s for some sweet treats to enjoy on the way back home. I got this caramel brownie sundae, and it was totally awesome. If you’re ever in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, or Missouri and want some ice cream they’re totally worth checking out. They also sell burgers, and plenty of other things as well.

So, it was a wonderful labor day, and I’m very thankful to be able to enjoy a great time with my family. But that’s not all! Including this post, I’m going to be making more entries this week. I plan to share one photo, since I haven’t done that in awhile. I got this great one I uploaded to Flickr last week that I took awhile back. I like it a lot!

There’s also two poems I plan to share. One was a poem I started a good while back, and was finally able to finish! The second I wrote for a really close Tumblr friend, who’s birthday is this coming Friday.

So, there’s more coming soon to my blog to look forward to! I hope my wonderful followers will enjoy that, and you’ll be hearing more from me soon. Wishing you a good night and day wherever you might be my dear friends!

Happy Is The Tree

I’ve been working on more poems lately, but as often is the case nowadays have failed to finish the first two I started on. Thankfully last night I was inspired again, and was able to finish this one.

Life brings its twist and turns that can rattle us to the core. Yet I think those that are able to adapt, and can take what life gives them are often the most successful. I hope you dear reader will enjoy it!

Happy Is The Tree

By J.E.

Happy is the tree
That sways effortlessly
As the wind pushes it where it will
It has no worries
It has no fears
From here to there
Or everywhere
It goes as the wind commands it
If it bends
It bends
It never struggles
Or tries too hard to comprehend
It doesn’t come up with theories
Or deep philosophies
It embraces a simple childlike trust
Not clever sophistries
It may not understand every here, how, or why
But happy is the tree
That embraces life as it comes
And kisses fear goodbye

Cleansing Of The Soul: TOTD 6/24

A good deed without expecting anything in return cleanses the palate of the soul. It feels so good when you know you’re trying to do something positive for someone else with no ugly underlying motives soiling the act. Such an act is positively refreshing, and is almost revolutionary nowadays. It’s amazing to think about what this world would be like if we all were naturally inclined to seek the good of others all the time. No one would be in need of anything, and we’d all be happy in return. Such a world is a fantasy, but we can all take the initiative to bring more positivity to a world that can use all the light it can handle.