Day 26 ~ Who be They


I honestly do not have a whole lot to say today but I have committed to making it to Day 30 in a row.  So close.  Lucky for me I always have a random thought, or a multitude of random thoughts in my head that I often do not share.  Today’s first thought of the day was, “Who be they?” I’m not sure why I woke up with that thought but here it is.

So – to explain it, I would stay that it usually involves blame for your own life not working out as well as you thought it would.  Every time something goes wrong . . . it’s natural to assume that someone else is at fault or just had better luck than you did.

It’s easy to say things like, “If only they would have/would not have…” or “Why are they always trying to …”. “I can’t believe they…” Or what about, “They are so lucky!”

I will not say it’s never their fault, (whose fault?) But seriously, who be THEY?  Who are the magical they folks?  They are so lucky, they are so mean, they always get what they deserve. They always get what they want.  I try not to blame them (who?) but sometimes I can’t help it. Most of the time I don’t want to be anything other than what I’m trying to be lately (I told you I plagiarize but always give credit) But sometimes, I can’t help trying to be like them. (WHO!!! You know, THEM!!)  It never works out.  I do not have it in me to be anything but me.  It just never works out to try to match their style, their tone, their attitude. (I wish I knew who they were.)

If you know you are on the right track, if you have this inner knowledge, then nobody can turn you off… no matter what they say. ~ Barbara McClintock

I woke up this morning to Alicia Keys “Underdog” and just felt happy by the end of the song.  I read she wrote the song to inspire the overlooked and underestimated and I realized that she was talking about the theys.  I mean some of them.. in my opinion the majority of the theys are the underdogs.

I am a they.  I have always been a they and that’s ok.  Here’s to the theys.. to the yous.. to all of the ones who are the underdogs.  Who are the ones who are just trying to be what they are trying to be. Cups up and have a great day!

Alicia Keys “Underdog
Ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh
She was walking in the street, looked up and noticed
He was nameless, he was homeless
She asked him his name and told him what hers was
He gave her a story ’bout a life
With a glint in his eye and a corner of a smile
One conversation, a simple moment
The things that change us if we notice
When we look up, sometimes
They said I would never make it
But I was built to break the mold
The only dream that I’ve been chasing is my own
So I sing a song for the hustlers trading at the bus stop
Single mothers waiting on a check to come
Young teachers, student doctors
Sons on the frontline knowing they don’t get to run
This goes out to the underdog
Keep on keeping at what you love
You’ll find that someday soon enough
You will rise up, rise up,…

Gavin DeGraw  ” I Don’t Want to Be

I don’t need to be anything other
Than a prison guard’s son
I don’t need to be anything other
Than a specialist’s son
I don’t have to be anyone other
Than the birth of two souls in one
Part of where I’m going, is knowing where I’m coming from
I don’t want to be
Anything other than what I’ve been trying to be lately
All I have to do
Is think of me and I have peace of mind
I’m tired of looking ’round rooms
Wondering what I’ve got to do
Or who I’m supposed to be
I don’t want to be anything other than me
I’m surrounded by liars
Everywhere I turn
I’m surrounded by imposters
Everywhere I turn
I’m surrounded by identity crisis
Everywhere I turn
Am I the only one who noticed? I can’t be the only one who’s learned
I don’t want to be
Anything other than what I’ve been trying to be lately
All I have to do
Is think of me and I have peace of mind
I’m tired of looking ’round rooms
Wondering what I’ve got to do
Or who I’m supposed to be
I don’t want to be anything other than me
Can I have everyone’s attention please?
If you’re not like this and that, you’re gonna have to leave
I came from the mountain
The crust of creation
My whole situation-made from clay to stone
And now I’m telling everybody
I don’t want to be
Anything other than what I’ve been trying to be lately
All I have to do
Is think of me and I have peace of mind
I’m tired of looking ’round rooms
Wondering what I’ve got to do
Or who I’m supposed to be
I don’t want to be anything other than me
I don’t want to be
I don’t want to be
I don’t want to be…

Day 2 – Burn the candles; use the nice sheets; wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.


So says Regina Brett, a 90 (but really 54 year) old woman who has recently risen to internet/FB/ fame and has gone viral.  Now admittedly, she is not the first person to spout these life lessons.  Remember, they are universal!

Just wanted to post one of my favorites.  I hope you enjoy.

“I am an artist you know … it is my right to be odd.”
― E.A. Bucchianeri

Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple. (or blue as the case may be)

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“I am not eccentric. It’s just that I am more alive than most people. I am an unpopular electric eel set in a pond of catfish.”
― Edith Sitwell

“I’d rather be a little weird than all boring.”
― Rebecca McKinsey

“In this age, the mere example of non-conformity, the mere refusal to bend the knee to custom, is itself a service. Precisely because the tyranny of opinion is such as to make eccentricity a reproach, it is desirable, in order to break through that tyranny, that people should be eccentric. Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character has abounded; and the amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage which it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric, marks the chief danger of the time.”
― John Stuart Mill

Other posts I found inspiring

The Art of Disorder; Android; Writingmylife; philosophy; scream; adventures; tongueincheek

Perspective


It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. – Henry David Thoreau

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I like to turn things upside down, to watch pictures and situations from another perspective. – Ursus Wehrli

Thrown up on the fridge, in a very random order, you can barely tell what is what or where is where…

It’s not even that big …

colors … shapes … random letters …

no politics … no rhetoric … no anger or hate …

Despite the randomness … you know what it is .. what it will become … and you almost do not want to finish it …

Even though you know that in it’s finished form it can be, and is, very beautiful … you sort of want it to remain unfinished.  Or even better.. you want to start over .. with the knowledge you have right now..

Fix what is broken .. toss in a dash more color and light and innocence.  See, we have perspective now. It would be different.. right?  Knowing what we know now.. it would be different..  right?

The only thing you sometimes have control over is perspective. You don’t have control over your situation, but you have control over how you view it.  – Chris Pine

Sky, Land, and Water


I have a limited ability to express my love of sky, land, and water.  Empty of most man made items.  Or in other cases being very limited in what we place in it or on it. It’s like closing your eyes and taking a deep breath of fresh air.

We live in a world of complicated chaos and seem to barely notice or appreciate the loudness, or quietness of nature.  Calms the mind if you can slow down enough to catch it!

Sam

“On the other hand, you have different fingers – Stephen Wright


“The hand is the visible part of the brain.”
Immanuel Kant

Hands are possibly the most amazing part of our body.  Hands are my somewhat secret obsession.  I talk with my hands, eat with them, build with them and use them for nearly every aspect of every waking part of my day.  My hands are my verbs, nouns, adjectives and exclamation points all rolled into one, or I should say two, tiny little compact parts on my body.

Hands-on projects for kids are the most engaging and our hands are our little sensors that bring information into our mind, make sense of objects for our eyes, bring things closer to our ears and our mouths.  Hands express sometimes what we are not able to verbally say.  Hands are in fact one of our most taken for granted assets.

Am I solitary in this conviction?  I don’t think so.

The human hand is a miracle of biomechanics, one of the most remarkable adaptations in the history of evolution. The hands of a concert pianist can elicit glorious sound and stir emotion; those of a surgeon can perform the most delicate operations; those of a rock climber allow him to scale a vertical mountain wall. Neurologist Frank R. Wilson makes the striking claim that it is because of the unique structure of the hand and its evolution in cooperation with the brain that Homo sapiens became the most intelligent, preeminent animal on the earth. “The Hand” by Frank R. Wilson

Such beautiful, beautiful hands!
They’re neither white nor small;
And you, I know, would scarcely think
That they are fair at all.
I’ve looked on hands whose form and hue
A sculptor’s dream might be;
Yet are those aged, wrinkled hands
More beautiful to me.

“If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

We are all the same person trying to shake hands with our self.
Wavy Gravy

“I love a hand that meets my own with a grasp that causes some sensation.”
Samuel Osgood

“Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.”
Carl Jung

Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way.
Swami Vivekananda

I’m not even sure if this is really sign language.. but I like the expressiveness

Alison Skeat, a 44 year old single mum, living on an East London council estate, dreamt up The Dirty Hands Project in March 2008. She wanted to grow organic fruit and vegetables for her and her four year old daughter. However, with no food growing skills, she wondered how on earth this would fit in with full time work…

The human hand has 27 bones, 14 of which are the phalanges (proximal, medial, and distal) of the fingers. The metacarpal is the bone that connects the fingers and the wrist. Each human hand has 5 metacarpals.

His hand glides down my arm, folds over my hand. His fingers lace with mine, palms kissing. I can feel the fast thud of his heart through this single touch. Sophie Jordan

Her Hands

© Maggie Pittman
Her hands held me gently from the day I took my first breath.
Her hands helped to guide me as I took my first step.
Her hands held me close when the tears would start to fall.
Her hands were quick to show me that she would take care of it all.

Her hands were there to brush my hair, or straighten a wayward bow.
Her hands were often there to comfort the hurts that didn’t always show.
Her hands helped hold the stars in place, and encouraged me to reach.
Her hands would clap and cheer and praise when I captured them at length.

Her hands would also push me, though not down or in harms way.
Her hands would punctuate the words, just do what I say.
Her hands sometimes had to discipline, to help bend this young tree.
Her hands would shape and mold me into all she knew I could be.

Her hands are now twisting with age and years of work,
Her hand now needs my gentle touch to rub away the hurt.
Her hands are more beautiful than anything can be.
Her hands are the reason I am me.

“The mind has exactly the same power as the hands; not merely to grasp the world, but to change it.”
Colin Wilson

Songs about Hands

  • Clapping Song (Clap Pat Clap Slap), The – Shirley Ellis (1965)
  • Come Take My Hand – Slim Whitman (1970)
  • Daddy’s Hands – Holly Dunn (1986)
  • Hand in My Pocket – Alanis Morissette (1995)
  • Hand to Hold on to – John Mellencamp (1982)
  • Hands – Jewel (1998)
  • Hands Across the Table – Fats Domino (1962)
  • Hands Can Say a Lot – Johnny Bush (1978)
  • Hands Clean – Alanis Morissette (2002)
  • He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands – Raffi (1982)
  • Hands of a Working Man – Ty Herndon (1999)
  • Hard and Calloused Hands – Slim Dusty (1992)
  • Healing Hands – Sonny Isaacs and Dolly Parton (2000)
  • I Wanna Hold Your Hand – The Boston Pops Orchestra (1971)
  • I Want to Hold Your Hand – The Beatles (1964)
  • I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water – Stonewall Jackson (1965)
  • Mama’s Hand – The Lynn Morris Band (1996)
  • Man’s Hands, A – Victor Lundberg (1967)
  • My Mother’s Beautiful Hands – Bradley Kincaid (1933)
  • On the Other Hand – Randy Travis (1986)
  • Put Your Hand in Mine – Tracy Byrd (2000)
  • Put Your Hand in the Hand – The Lewis Family (1971)
  • Shake a Hand – The Four Lovers (1957)
  • Let’s Shake Hands and Come Out Lovin’ – Kenny O’Dell (1978)
  • Shake Hands and Come Out Crying – The Newbeats (1966)
  • Shake Hands and Come Out Dancing – Dennis Edwards (1984)
  • Shake Hands with a Loser – Don Winters (1961)
  • Touch of Her Hand, The – Don McLean (1989)
  • Touch of Your Hand, The – Gordon Jenkins (1952)
  • Touch the Hand – Conway Twitty (1975)
  • Wait Til I Get My Hands on You – Wynn Stewart (1985)