It’s not about the wrapper
Words are just like the wrapper around the presents.
Words convey a message, a story, but they aren’t the message or the story. It’s just the wrapper, not the whole content.
Language makes it easier for us humans to communicate, but a lot gets lost in translation.
A word is a symbol, a sound, a combination of letters, that we associate with something. We give it meaning.
The meaning we give to words is learned. Language is conditioning with words.
It’s hard to look at a tree, and NOT think about the word ‘tree’. Of course it depends on what language you speak. A tree has many different words associated with it.
Words are never the thing. They don’t even describe the thing. They are symbols, packaging. An easy way to communicate.
WE give the words meaning. And meaning is very personal.
The power of a story and using metaphors is that we go beyond the word and relate to the interpretation and what...
Today, September 21st, is the International Day of Peace.
A day dedicated to focus on Peace.
It’s great that we all have good intentions and share a common desire.
How is it working out so far?
Peace is created every day by all of us individually.
Don’t wait for peace to happen in the outer world
Create peace in your own inner world every day.
Peace to all.
November is the time when the poppy pins appear here in Canada.
When I first moved here, almost 15 years ago, I wondered why everyone was all of a sudden wearing the poppy pin. A tradition unfamiliar to me. Though the sentiment was, and is very familiar and personal to me.
My mom and dad lived in Rotterdam during the second world war. Well, they weren’t mom and dad yet, they were teenagers and had not met yet.
My mom My dad.
I was born in Rotterdam.
Rotterdam was heavily bombed...
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The only thing I feel grateful for is LOVE. Love needs all my focus right now, so I am thankful for love. ALL the love in the world.
Last night I had a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner with friends. I am thankful for my friends being there with me.
The beautiful thing about the evening was that I felt so much love. All of my friends were obviously feeling secure and safe, knowing that they are all loved. Knowing that they are accepted for who they are. No pretences, no judgements, just fun, laughter, genuine interest and compassion.
A microcosm of the world at large.
I need to see that in my world, make it all that I see. Feeling safe and secure, feeling loved and accepted. No judgements, lots of compassion and understanding.
What the world needs today is to be thankful for the love that is there. Focus on the love that is everywhere.
Seeing only hate and fear is a lie. Looking at the love and feeling free of fear is not sticking your head in the sand,...