Fandango Provocative Question #19

“Do you believe in fate and/or predestination? If so, what or who is the source? If you do believe in predestination, is there anything anyone can do to change their predestined fate?”

I believe that we all have a role to play in this universe. It is the reason for us being born. What that is, we sometimes know and sometimes we are oblivious to it. You can call it fate or destiny. But human beings are born with free will. They have their minds equipped with reasoning capabilities and the ability to use knowledge to make decisions. Our decisions lead us to the direction we choose, good or bad. We are responsible for our actions and the choices we make. It cannot be blamed on destiny, fate or preordination.

And bonus: “If you believe God is the source, and God has already determined the future for each of us, why should people bother to pray?”

God has created us, given us the power of free will, the ability to judge what is right and what is wrong. Our course in life has not been determined and neither is the fate set in advance. When we pray we ask for a change in our current situation, and God in His infinite mercy gives us what is best for us. Sometimes we ask for things which don’t have good consequences for us in the long run, hence the adage; “Be Care full of what you wish for” So praying helps because even if our wishes are not granted it brings peace to our heart.

In response to;

Fandango Provocative Question #19

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Tale Weaver #215: Alone March 21

This week consider the concept of alone.

For each of us it will mean something different.

You can, for example, feel alone in a crowd in the same way you can on a deserted beach.

Write your response limiting your composition to 500 – 600 words or less.

Please link your post using the linking tool below.

I look forward to reading your thoughts.

Alone is not a word to be afraid of. Alone is when you commune with yourself. I like a bit of alone time everyday ( sometimes it’s a lot of alone time). I treasure this because it centers me. I put my thoughts in order. I meditate and talk to my Creator. It is when I sort out the daily issues and pesky problems in my mind. And why should I say that sorting things out in my mind helps? Because there are times when some of these problems are not real problems. We just are looking them from the wrong angle. Sometimes these issues need only to be righted up. Nothing really needs to be done but to adjust the glasses we are looking through.

If you love your own company, you have a friend for life. Since I enjoy my company, I don’t resent being alone with myself. We are born alone and we die alone. We don’t bring anything with us and neither can we carry anything from here. So though it’s great to find good people to share this journey with but try not to be dependent on them. A great time spent with family and good buddies is the best. But if left to your own devices, enjoy your own company.

Written in response to;

Tale Weaver #215; Alone

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #79

We need colors in life. We can do with the gray and blacks but life really lifts up with the colors. There should be the color of diversity in our lives. That’s why God has created us in so many colors and hues. Just like there are so many varieties of animal and plant life, all are somewhat similar and somewhat different. Like there are different colors of the mountains around us and the rivers and seas reflect different hues of blue.

When some people talk about color of skin, I always want to ask, have you seen a person whose skin has no color? We all are people of color. Some are lighter than others while some are richer in hues.

And then there are the colors of nature around us. All vibrant and amazing!

Here’s to a beautiful colorful life for everyone on this planet.

Written in response to ;

Reena’s Exploration Challenge #79

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Royal treatment

What are the symptoms you are asking

You do no exercise and rest all day long

The health is deteriorating and what is the cure

Get up and move around, don’t give royal treatment

To this body of yours, if you want to live a happy life

Good health is not easy, it needs hard work and sweat

Written in response to the following;

Your daily word prompt;

Royal

FOWC;

Symptom

RDP;

Exercise

Word of the day challenge;

Rest

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#FOWC

#RDP

Though Provoker #6 ; March 19/19

 

Rory of A Guy Called Bloke is asking;

Thought Provoker’s

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At what point in our lives do you think we think we are good enough?

Anytime in life when you attain the emotional maturity to realize that the standards you are judging yourself by are obsolete. You just need to satisfy your inner soul that you are doing the best you can in the given circumstances and you will be good enough.

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In life, what do you consider beautiful?

 

Nature, a child’s innocence, selfless love, a smile. Anything that stirs your soul towards positivity is beautiful. It lies in your eyes .

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Do you think that when we dream, we can dream within a dream? But if you don’t dream, why do you think that is?

 

Anything is possible in dreams, except what happened in “Inception” I dream but often forget about them when I wake up. The dreams that are important are those we dream when awake.

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How do you manage your stress or do you not suffer from stress?

I think everyone has stress at one time or another. It can be physical stress or mental stress. When I am physically stressed out I relax with a good book or music. When it is mental stress, I meditate. I talk to God, pray and ask for help.

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Are there things or maybe just one thing you wish to achieve before you die?

 

I don’t have a list of things I want to accomplish before I kick the bucket. Each day is a plus. I try to look forward to living each day the best I can. Help my family and friends and those around me to my fullest capability. Die happy, weighing far less than what I weigh now, that is one thing I do want to achieve!

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Some experience many things during their lifetimes, but do you think there is something that everyone should experience at least once?

 

Love in its purest and most selfless form.

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Are you afraid to be different? To stand out from the crowd, to push away your peers if needs be and say “I am ME!”

 

I was when I was growing up. Now I am just me. The truth that you can’t please all the people all the time is my motivation. I don’t try to please anyone. Just be myself.

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Which do you think is easier ‘to hate or to love?’

 

Both are different sides of the same coin. For me, it’s neither. I don’t experience very strong emotions. Like and dislike are more my cup of tea. Though if you talk about food, I do have very strong preferences!

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These are really very thought provoking questions. If you are interested, head over to Rory’s blog and answer these.

 

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Reputation

 

 

It lay in tatters, besmirched and tarnished

A few words thrown carelessly, without thought

Was all it took to blot what was spotless before

The words are now traveling with the winds

Scattered like pollen dust, everywhere

That is all it takes nowadays, to spoil and blacken

The character and reputation of a person

It doesn’t matter if they are guilty or not

Just spread the rumors and you have done the harm

Now even if you beautify, and adorn the same

Put flowers, ribbons and tassels to make it look pretty

The harm that has been done, can seldom be undone

People are good at remembering the faults and flaws

It would take another lifetime to build it again.

 

Written in response to the following;

Your daily word prompt;

Besmirch

FOWC;

Blot

RDP;

Tassel

 

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#FOWC

#RDP

Are you a what if person?

The time is midnight, you get up to get a glass of water. After having some, you place the water jug on the table and are just going back to bed, when a thought strikes your mind. What if there was an earthquake and the jug fell to the floor as it’s too near the edge. You go back and put it near the center of the table. That person is me! The what if person.

I have this tendency to imagine scenarios, that may never happen. But they still cross my mind. If I am going to lock up the home, I would be thinking what if the key is not in my bag? There are innumerable occasions when fearing the worst or something nearly impossible or improbable has given me a pause.

It may be due to an overactive imagination or a fear of something bad happening in my subconscious. I don’t know if there are more people like me, of am I an anomaly!

Do you have any thoughts like this? I feel that there are many undercurrents in our subconscious that worry our mind with probable and improbable scenarios. These might have roots in our past events or experiences. Or with something that might have happened to someone close to us. It gets to a point where it can turn into a obsession and we should watch out for that and try to prevent that from happening.

Please share your thoughts and feedback in your comments

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Fandango Provocative Question #18

So, my question this week is about whether or not you think it’s possible to separate the art from the artist.

“When you learn about highly regarded artists being accused of inappropriate sexual behavior, especially with minors, can you separate the artists from their art, or would you refuse to listen to, watch, or read the artists’ works?”

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

And most important, have fun.

My response;

I have read responses of a few bloggers to this question and like majority of them, I agree that it is very difficult to admire a person for their art is you despise them for their moral failings and character.

We cannot separate the art from the artist, specially if we are living in the same time era as them. There have been incidents of well known writers, poets and painters who have had reprehensible habits, in the past era. There was a general sort of feeling that the artist is permitted some sort of license to behave as they wanted without accountability because of their temperaments. So some of the great artists of the past have chequered past but they are forgiven because they lived in the past and are dead now. Nobody can question them or put them on trial for their indiscretions.

Having put this out in the open, we still have to come to grips with this dilemma of what to do with respect to the art created by these people who are being accused of improper behavior and sexual conduct.

As a personal preference, I would not want to associate my self with any of the art produced by these people.

Written in response to;

Fandango Provocative Question #18

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Hope

Like a day old paper, rumpled and crumpled

Don’t let the abandoned hope leave your soul forlorn

Always beware of the imp of negativity

Which seeks to surround your soul in the dark

Look up, look up

Looking up always lifts the spirits and fills

Our hearts with hope, joy and jubilation

Put us back into harmony with the universe

Written in response to the following;

RDP;

Hope

FOWC;

Beware

Your daily word prompt;

Rumple

Word of the day challenge;

Harmony