Serendipity 2


Serendipity (noun) Origin: English | ser·en·dip·i·ty  Finding something good without looking for it.

Just this morning, walking in my new ‘hood I came across an art festival. Very serendipitous. A lot of amazing finds! To think i was only out for a cuppa joe!  Interesting art, good conversations all started by the serendipitous choices I have recently made.  Never made it to coffee, but found some great jewelry, art, furniture, and had some random conversations ranging from artistic stylings and color choices to Memorial Day meanings and the sacrifices people have made throughout history in a variety of different ways.  I love unexpected surprises!

“It’s a bizarre but wonderful feeling, to arrive dead center of a target you didn’t even know you were aiming for.”   ― Lois McMaster Bujold

“You be you and I’ll be me, today and today and today, and let’s trust the future to tomorrow. Let the stars keep track of us. Let us ride our own orbits and trust that they will meet. May our reunion be not a finding but a sweet collision of destinies!”
Jerry Spinelli, Love, Stargirl

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Livsnjutare


Livsnjutare (n.) – Origin: Swedish – Definition: One who loves life deeply and lives it to the extreme.

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. – Joe Lewis

I have visited this theme previously but here is a new word and so here we go again.  I will admit that I have done some pretty daring things in my life.  Some call them idiotic things and for sure, sometimes I feel that I might have bit off more than I could chew.  Some say I am lucky to be alive to even talk about living life to the extreme.

Don’t you ever get the feeling that all your life is going by and you’re not taking advantage of it? Do you realize you’ve lived nearly half the time you have to live already? ― Ernest Hemingway

The advantage of living my life to the fullest and to the extreme is that I do not have a bucket list.  I have no regrets.  I have carpe diem’d every part of my life.  I do not think I will be sitting at the end of my life wondering why I didn’t do or try the things I had always dreamed of or wanted to do.

It is not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts. – Adlai Stevenson

In exchange for this daring life.  I am still alive.  I am still trying new adventures and activities. Admittedly at a slightly slower pace and slightly less extreme – (falling hurts more now than it used to)!!

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, I used everything you gave me. – Erma Bombeck

Lives well lived: the art of living.; Living Well; MOVING FROM LIVING TO LIVING WELL; The lesson of Happy Life; 5 Differences Between a Happy Life and a Crappy Life; I Just Want To Be Happy; What is the Way to Make Life Happy; With a camera, every place is magical … even an ordinary arrow on the ground; Either a daring adventure, or nothing; A Daring Escape

cicatrix


Cicatrix:  1.  a scar.  2.  a mark resembling a scar.

How do you use cicatrix in a sentence?
It was when he reached high that I saw the scar, a deep, ragged cicatrix from above the elbow to the wrist. Sibility was very distinct in it, and its parietes were so thinned by distension that at the site of the cicatrix the skin was not thicker than a bladder.
Synonyms:  mark, maim, keloid, blemish, prepuce, deface, disfigurement, injury, emotional injury, hurt, damage, loss, flaw, imperfection, scab, scratch, gash, suture, crack …. something we all have whether you can see it or not.
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“Emotional scars run deeper than the Nile and often lie lurking behind a smile.”- Khang Kijarro Nguyen
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I wish I could say something classy and inspirational, but that just wouldn’t be our style. Pain heals, chicks dig scars, glory lasts forever. It’s been an honor sharing the field of battle with you.  ~~ Keanu Reeves as Shane Falco in The Replacements 2000
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I used to play a game called scar one-upmanship with my sailor friends.  If you see a visible scar on someone, you ask what happened.  Once they tell you what happened, you proudly boast.. “Oh yeah? Well take a look at this.” and you show them your equal or more damaged evidence of injury.  You are required to give details of what exactly happened.  You go back and forth until you run out of tales to tell.

From every wound there is a scar, and every scar tells a story. A story that says, “I survived.”  ~~Craig Scott    ________________________________________________________

Another version of this game is called, “Tell me the story of your scars.”  It is a little more empathetic and less of a competition.  However, it is a great way to really get to know someone and how they became the person they became.

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.  ~~Khalil Gibran

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It is also a way to create an even playing field. Yes, slightly morbid, but it takes all of the secrets and shames that have been hidden and lays them bare on a table.  It shows that, despite your scars, or my own, we are equal.  We have all fallen at some point in our lives.  We have all been cracked, shattered, broken, devastated and/or destroyed.
Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it’s breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through for you…. ~~~ Nat King Cole
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If everyone did not have them, why are there so many artists with scars as part of their title or songs written about scars?
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So many scarred stories represented in movies? Below was beautifully represented by another blog:
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Tony Montana: It’s inevitable that a character nicknamed  ‘Scarface’ will make this list. tonyTony is blasé about his scar, laughing it off, attributing it to his youth but never getting specific. It’s obviously a reminder of the past he left behind, and it’s a focal point to his enemies, something that makes him look scary and intimidating, perhaps warning them that he’s capable of violence. But in true Tony spirit, he addresses his scar only thusly: “You should see the other kid; you can’t recognize him.” I bet that’s true.
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The Joker: I suppose there are probably dozens of back stories as to how The Joker got his scars, but I love how Chris Nolan approaches them in The Dark Knight. The Joker himself tells several vastly different tales involving their provenance, which reveals nothing about their true nature, but tonnes about his sanity. The way he accents the scars with makeup makes us think he’s proud of them. He wants them to be noticed. Perhaps he wants us to believe they’re self-inflicted. Perhaps they are.
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20110713_scars-1-harrypotter.nocrop.w375.h670Harry Potter: Harry got his distinctive lightning-bolt scar in a failed murder attempt, when Lord Voldemort put a killing curse on him (his mother’s sacrifice saved him from death, but he would bear the mark of the attack). The scar is legendary among the magic set, and it tingles whenever the Dark Lord is near. It wasn’t just a warning system, but a link to what Voldemort was thinking and feeling – actually a small piece of his soul, yearning to escape. Which is pretty crazy.
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Edward Scissorhands: Edward’s face (and not just his face) is covered with fine scars, 350191
the obvious result of learning the hard way how to live with scissors for hands. They aren’t terrible to look at, and actually give him a sympathetic look, reminding us of his hardships. Since the movie skewers conformity, Edward’s scars are just another thing that set him apart.
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Marv: Sin City’s Marv is supposed to be too “ugly” to attract the opposite sex, which is why his relationship with Nancy is so pure and good, and highly cherished by him.
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Scar: In Lion King, Mustafa’s brother is marked for evil by eye-skimming scar that leaves him disfigured. The movie doesn’t tell us how he got it, but we do know he’s defined by it, bearing its nickname.
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Gill: Gill has terrible scarring to his face and fins after an escape attempt left him badly wounded by dental tools. Voiced by Willem Dafoe, Finding Nemo’s Gill seems dark and brooding because of his scars, but we come to understand that they’re a symbol of his fight for freedom, and what the fish are willing to risk in order to be free.
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Inigo Montoya: “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” A mysterious man with 6 fingers attacked Inigo’s father, and presumably Inigo’s scar is from that same fight. His greatest wish is to avenge his father’s death, and he spends much of The Princess Bride pursuing the man who left so many scars in his wake.
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Darth Vader: Vader’s scars represent his turn from annoying emo brat to pure evil. As main-qimg-b22185b5f56500fa08f9e8b3a426e005-c.jpgthe ghost of Obi-Wan tells Luke: “When your father clawed his way out of that fiery pool, the change had been burned into him forever – he was Darth Vader, without a trace of Anakin Skywalker. Irredeemably dark. Scarred.”

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“I don’t want to die without any scars.” ~~Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

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wacky


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“I don’t understand your specific brand of crazy, but I do commend your devotion to it. -Truth to his ex”  ~~ Lani Lynn Vale

wacky – adj – “crazy, eccentric,” 1935, variant of whacky (n.) “fool,” late 1800s British slang, probably ultimately from whack “a blow, stroke,” from the notion of being whacked on the head one too many times.  Funny or amusing in a slightly odd or peculiar way.

“Sometimes it’s the crazy people that bring out the best in us”
~~ Aishabella Sheikh

wack (n.)  “crazy person,” 1938, back-formation from wacky. Adjective in slang sense of “worthless, stupid,” is attested from late 1990s.  Phrases Synonymous with wacky  *  out to lunch.

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“My insane mind wants to create a world,
where craziness is treated normal.”
― Luffina Lourduraj

bonkers, zany, cracked, absurd, batty, dotty, screwy, preposterous, harebrained, quirky, bananas, cockeyed, softheaded, loopy, crazy, demented, foolish, peculiar, offbeat, etc

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Funny or amusing in a slightly odd or peculiar way
Displaying a lack of sensibleness or judgment
Not having a sound state of mind
Causing laughter and providing entertainment
“I know you. Inside and out, Sara.
I know you, and I’ve accepted it all.
Every bit of the crazy.
And I love you anyway remember?” 
~~ Emme Rollins
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I once had an anonymous evaluation completed on me and it went something like this.  “I don’t understand why someone “like Sami” who seems to love her job, loves to laugh and have fun, and works very hard, is not respected by any of her colleagues.”
I never set out to be weird. It was always the other people who called me weird. ~~Frank Zappa
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At first I was a bit taken aback.  As anyone would be. What me?  Not respected?  I mean I sort of got it, but also wondered why my hard work was not very noticed. I tried changing my clothes, my attitude, my hair, my mind, my presentation, my everything about me that made me… well, me.
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Over time, I have come to realize that no matter how much I change, I will always be essentially me.  I have long realized that this fact is something that will not please a lot of people or get me promoted.  I will never rise to the top of the pile.  I was sad for a minute.  I was frustrated for two minutes.  It took me several decades to understand this issue.
“Your importance can’t be measured by the normal things
that many others
achieved in their lives diplomas, job money… but by
the things they cannot ,
all the impossible dreams and hard getting goals which
often called the crazy thoughts can create the true meaning of
importance insanity always lead to miracles.”
~~ Marwa Zaghdoud

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Now at 55, I realize how much time I wasted trying to be what I was never going to be able to be.  How much energy it took to try to change what I personally consider to be the best part of me.
“The pig was always there staring at me, as I took off my clothes, I wondered if he could be turned on by me. We live in such a crazy world, where people find themselves in the wrong body and they seek permanent change, I wonder if one day a pig woke up and realised he is in the wrong body. I think I was going crazy, I had a lot of thoughts and no one to talk to.”
~~ Lunga Noélia Izata 
Essentially, I am awkward, upbeat, zany, madcap, offbeat, outlandish, and absurd.  I have made friends, family, and strangers laugh.  Yes, I get a lot of eye rolls as well.  I drive my bosses crazy and many folks think I am just plain nuts.  I am no longer trying to deny or cover this up.  The advantage of being older and wiser, is you can melt down all that garbage and understand that us crazies are often healthier and more clear-headed than the “normal” ones.  Further, the normals are often just as crazy if not more so.  We are likely just more aware of it and able to go with the flow.
“Do you know what’s cheaper than therapy? Admitting you’re batshit crazy and running with it.”  ~~ Dan Pearce
“You look like a crazy person,” Adri said.
“You look boring and average,” Lily replied.”
~~ Jodi Lynn Anderson
“We must thank to the crazy people
because by looking
at their achievements
or the failures, we can decide whether we have to
inject some craziness
to our own lives or not!”
~~Mehmet Murat ildan
Al final puede que la sociedad entera no sea más que una especie de congregación de lunáticos, formado por miles de chalados cada uno”
~~ Natsume Sōseki

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Gubbins


Gubbins.  Sometimes referred to as a collection of things. Objects, bits and pieces, scraps that has little or no value and is also referring to a gadget or device. It can also refer to odds and ends or rubbish.

1 dialectal, British : fish parings or refuse broadly : any bits and pieces : scraps. 2 British : gadgets, gadgetry the gubbins for changing a tire all the navigational gubbins— J. L. Rhys. 3 British : a foolish or futile person : simpleton you silly gubbins.

related words for gubbins, like: doohickey, gizmo, widget, thingamabob, thingummy, whatchamacallit, whatsis, Glicksohn, crud, Woodring and doodad, paraphernalia.

Comes from an old French word for a bite of food or a piece of something. Crossing over into English was translated as “gob” things associated with the mouth.

Collection of reflections or gubbins I lubbins

I’m a mirror. If you’re cool with me, I’m cool with you, and the exchange starts. What you see is what you reflect. If you don’t like what you see, then you’ve done something. If I’m standoffish, that’s because you are. Jay-Z

A shadow of a reflection of an image of an illusion.  ~~ Chuck Palahniuk

There is just something about having things.. any things .. pretty things.. bits and pieces and scraps of things.. things to hold on to.. things to roll about in your hands.. things that will inevitably make you forget or remember.. just things… preferably pretty things.. 

Man is a luxury-loving animal. Take away play, fancies, and luxuries, and you will turn man into a dull, sluggish creature, barely energetic enough to obtain a bare subsistence. A society becomes stagnant when its people are too rational or too serious to be tempted by baubles.  ~~ Eric Hoffer

Random things of no value to anyone … except maybe me

“As a historical novelist, there is very little I like more than spending time sorting through boxes of old letters, diaries, maps, trinkets, and baubles.”  ― Sara Sheridan

Even a collection of movement or expression.

“All that is important is this one moment in movement. Make the moment important, vital, and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused.”  ― Martha Graham

“She writes things with her movements that I for the life of me could never write with a pen.”  ― Christopher Poindexter

cOLlECTiOnS of WOrDs

“Words bounce. Words, if you let them, will do what they want to do and what they have to do.”  ~~ Anne Carson

“Words are free. It’s how you use them that may cost you.”  ~~ KushandWizdom

“Raise your word, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” ~~ Rumi

“Words: So innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.”  ~~Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Throughout human history, our greatest leaders and thinkers have used the power of words to transform our emotions, to enlist us in their causes, and to shape the course of destiny. Words can not only create emotions, they create actions. And from our actions flow the results of our lives.”  ~~ Tony Robbins

“I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.”
~~ Markus Zusak

“We live and breathe words. …. It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them. Reading your words, what you wrote, how you were lonely sometimes and afraid, but always brave; the way you saw the world, its colors and textures and sounds, I felt–I felt the way you thought, hoped, felt, dreamt. I felt I was dreaming and thinking and feeling with you. I dreamed what you dreamed, wanted what you wanted–and then I realized that truly I just wanted you.” ~~  Cassandra Clare

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