Sunday, 23 May 2010

The Importance of You

Have you ever considered how important you are?

To some this may seem like a daft question, they know how important they are, what they achieve and the difference they make.
To others this may seem like a daft question, but for different reasons.
Those people are thinking "me? important? Hardly. I don't feel important. I don't seem to make a difference and I rarely achieve anything".
I know what it feels like to be the second kind of person, I was one of them for a long time, and I know they are wrong.

Think for a moment about all the things that had to happen for you to be here.
I'm not just talking about the physical act of conception, I'm talking about the magic that needed to happen over a huge period of time (from the beginning of everything to that moment), the events that had to happen, the chance meetings, the acts of fate and destiny that had to conspire to bring that moment of conception to pass.
That alone makes YOU important.#
Now you need to consider that from the moment of conception how many opportunities has life had to end your existence? How many close shaves have their been? How many times have you stepped back onto the curb and narrowly avoided being knocked down? How many seemingly meaningless decisions have resulted in you avoiding potentially fatal events?
I bet that some of you reading this may not even be able to recall the numerous times that you've come close, if you are not inclined to look back on your life in an analytical way (and lets be honest we're all pretty busy and it's not in everyones nature to do so) then why you be able to. Being able to recall them is not the point.
What is important is that you realise that you have been close to being taken through the Veil to the other-side permanently but for reasons of fate have not been. This makes YOU important.

Everyone, and I mean everyone (whether they want to acknowledge it or not) is here because they are important. Not everyone can be a Hero, or Heroine, of great renown but we are all Heroes and Heroines (delete as appropriate) in our own ways.

This means that we are all important.
We might not always feel it, but it is always true none the less.

To someone (or probably to many) or somethings you are important.
You are also important to the magic of the universe to which you belong, as you are part of it, an essential part of it and therefore you are important.

So next time you feel insignificant remember that you are important, very important. It may not always be enough to make you smile but it will always be enough to raise your spirits and ease you fears.


Wednesday, 19 May 2010

An abject lesson in cycles

It's easy to talk about life going in cycles when you're "up", when things are going right and the sun seems to always be shining.
Recently my life has been more down than up. But it has taught me a hard, yet needed lesson about the cycle of things.........

Sometimes life get's hard. Sometimes you can see it coming and brace yourself for it, other times it seems to come out of nowhere, either which way it happens and there is nothing you can do to avoid it.
And why would you want to?
Ok, fair enough, you'd want to avoid it because no-one really wants to go through pain and suffering (physical or mental) and certainly no-one wants to see their loved ones going through the same.
What I mean is, when you consider that life actually teaches us more about ourselves and the cycle of life during these times, after each of these times you know things will get better. And before they do you will find new reserves of strength and stamina ( both physical and mental) that will serve you well for the future.
Now when you in the mire and you're so far down you don't seem to be able to see the sun it can be hard to believe it (and I know, at times I can be such a sceptic about these things I'm almost ashamed of but it is true.

Just as sure as day follows night, the good will follow the bad.

Of course this also means that night follows day and that nothing ever lasts forever.

The trick is to enjoy every moment despite the knowledge that it is finite. Sounds hard doesn't it? Well, to be honest, I found it hard but it is possible. :)

Now I could end this article hoping that you'd believe the above without an example of the cycle of which I speak, but that wouldn't be fair would it?

So the example........

After three months of family troubles, with my job hanging in the balance and things being generally smeggy, thanks to a twist of fate and twitter I have been handed an opportunity to do something I have always wanted to do but never thought I'd get chance to do.
Thanks to Lily Oak I am on the list of writers at Hedge-Witchery Books and will be contributing to Incantation e-zine.
The list of writers at Hedge-Witchery Books is truly fantastic and to be amongst them is an honour.

Good times are ahead.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Common sense breaks out in the US?!?!?!?!

Having read this I think that common sense might actually be breaking out in parts of the US.
Rather than just issue a statement condemning the new immigration laws passed in Arizona, Los Angeles City Council has officially boycotted Arizona.
This is great news.
The rules that Arizona have passed are a really hark back to fascist Europe. For crying out loud how on earth can any civilised group of people pass a law that encourages people to discriminate against others purely on how they look?!?!?!?!?!

I have to admit to have been holding back about writing about this but it is doing my tree in and it needs to be said.
The human race should be encouraging each other to see past our physical differences, regardless of what they may be - skin colour, inherited genetic features, disabilities, hair colour or any of the others that you can name - and to find the things that we have in common.
Our history shows that when people are encouraged by authority to view one particular group as negative it doesn't take long for incidents of hate and discrimination to rise and, if 'nurtured' by the powers that be, escalate to genocide.
There's a percentage of the human race that, when given the opportunity to legitimise there lust for violence, will take our their inner hate on those of which ever group they are allowed to target. The Jews found this out during World War 2 , the people of the Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia found it out and so have countless of groups of people throughout history.
The law that has been passed in Arizona and the people who passed it are one of two things (or maybe both):
i) ignorant of the history of the human race and the consequences of their actions.
ii) fueled by hate and distrust and guilty of racism.

I know that there are people all over the world that believe that group A are better human beings that group B but it is appalling that a country that carries out acts of war in the name of fairness and freedom would allow one of it's member states to pass a law that goes against those things so blatantly.

We, as intelligent, reasonably fair human beings (for after all we all have our likes and dislikes, our loves and our hates) should challenge this kind of covert fascist law making wherever it raises it's head.
And if you doubt you should then read this by Pastor Martin Niemoller (I first read it on the sleeve of Sepultura's "Refuse/Resist" single) and tell me that it pays to turn a blind eye because it's easy.