By believing passionately in that which does not exist, we create it. That which is non-existent has not been sufficiently desired.” — Nikos Kazantzakis
belief is thoughts fuel
the source of all yet to be,
clouded by doubters
It’s true. Everything in existence was first a thought, someone’s idea. A person first feels a spark. They begin to think about it as they travel through their day and then it enters their dreams. The dream is shared with others. Those others may or may not have their own spark ignited, for it must come from within each person’s own heart and mind– passionate belief cannot be preached or legislated into a person. One must be intrinsically motivated to such fascination, commitment, and innovation. Interest is one thing. Joining a movement is another entirely. It comes from the inside out, referred to often as ‘putting your money where your mouth is’, likely costing you time, money, or both, and risking judgement by others.
He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions.” — Louisa May Alcott
Of course strong beliefs and passionate thinking cannot change people towards your will. You can have the relationship you seek, it just mightn’t be with the specific person you had in mind. You can have the work environment you want, but it might be at a different place, working with different people. A recent experience reminded me of this fact. There was a relationship I desired for years, but, despite several successful starts, this friendship always had a bitter ending due to lack of honesty and trust.
One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.” — Michelle Obama
Trail blazers and ground breakers are not afraid of failing and trying again, knowing their sustained efforts are what it takes to reach a goal. They face opposition but drive on, admit weaknesses and flaws in themselves and their plan, but keep attention on their strengths and abilities. They surround themselves with supporters of their dream, particularly those whose strengths balance out their own weaknesses. If there aren’t enough supporters, the dream may be abandoned. If there are, momentum builds. Often timing is everything.
A campaign whose time has come here in Ireland is the Civil Marriage Equality Referendum. On May 22nd Irish voters have an opportunity to vote Yes in support of marriage equality, same rules and laws for one and all. Or they may choose to vote No and keep the unfair situation that now exists in which some people have more rights or better opportunities than other people– civil partnership does not offer full constitutional equality.
Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never — in nothing, great or small, large or petty — never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.” — Winston Churchill
My hope is that Ireland will vote to join the other sixteen countries who thus far have approved same-sex marriage. The argument against a Yes vote that Bishop of Raphoe Philip Boyce presents: “Equality and human rights should be given to everyone, but it should be done without sacrificing the institution of marriage and the family.” My dad always said he could power his motor boat with all the but, but, but, but, buts used to make justifications and excuses for bad choices. I haven’t thought about that in some time and it always made me smile, even if I was being scolded– he just sounded fun saying it. Now, of course, I see the truth behind his humour.
As much support as it appears the Yes vote has, it will only happen if we all get out and vote. It’s everyone’s responsibility to see this through to the end–afterall, that is where equality begins. PLEASE REGISTER AND VOTE MAY 22.
When I saw Ronovan’s Haiku words for this week,’ source & thought’, my mind instantly jumped to the opening quote by Nikos Kazantzakis. Add to that Jamie’s photo word of the week, ‘sky’ and, well, it wasn’t meant to be a post of philosophical espousing. That’s just how these things roll sometimes.
Our middle child, Séan Proinsias, is turning eight tomorrow and his first communion is on Sunday. Needless to say, we are heading into a busy weekend. I will catch up with everyone early in the week. Until then, take care. Melissa Xx