"I never meant to cause you any sorrow, I never meant to cause you any pain, I only wanted to one time to see you laughing, I only wanted to see you, Laughing in the purple rain" Prince Rogers Nelson Over the years I have many people I have loved come and go. Some have passed on to the great beyond. But these people are not gone they are alive in my memory. Thoughts turn today of my friend Maria.
"All is quiet on New Year's Day, A world in white gets underway, I want to be with you, Be with you, night and day, Nothing changes on New Year's Day" Dave Evans / Larry Mullen / Adam Clayton / Paul Hewson New Year's Day is a time that should fill everybody with hope. It is a time of a new beginning. It is a time to refocus and concentrate on what is important in life.
"You probably don't want to hear advice from someone else, But I wouldn't be telling you if I hadn't been there myself, It's alright, It's alright, Sometimes that's all it takes, We're only human, We're supposed to make mistakes" Billy Joel We all are human beings and recognizing that fact and its implications might be the most important thing that we as a society need to learn.
"It don't make no difference, Escape one last time, It's easier to believe in this sweet madness, Oh, this glorious sadness, That brings me to my knees" Sarah Mclachlan How does one gauge success and failure? In the United States, it seems that the amount of money in the bank is the standard that the majority use. But we came into this world with nothing and we will leave with nothing, so I utterly reject that standard.
"Hello, I saw you, I know you, I knew you, I think I can remember your name, name, Hello, I'm sorry, I lost myself, I think I thought you were someone else" Bill Berry / Peter Buck / Michael Mills / Michael Stipe Today I was in the library and I found myself joining, of all things a writing group. In this social situation, I had to recall the most important thing.
“Only when the last tree has been cut down, the last fish been caught, and the last stream poisoned, will we realize we cannot eat money.” Cree prophecy. The psychiatric hospitals, the jails, and the streets may be full of the mentally ill but the seats of power are full of the insane.
"The best things in life are free, But you can keep them for the birds and bees, Now give me money, That's what I want, That's what I want, yeah, That's what I want" Janie Bradford / Berry Gordy Jr. Greed is, of course, illogical to the core. But that doesn't mean that we can't break it down and perfectly understand everything about a greedy person.
"Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it." God The greatest objection to Christianity is perhaps Christians themselves. Which is rather ironic because I am fairly confident that Christ feels the same way.