artandcetera

artandcetera:

Bence Bakonyi, Dignity

Me? I cannot escape from the fact that I struggle with myself, 
how I own my body and my soul at the same time. 
It has always been a difficult question for me: do I know him? Who is he anyway?
It’s so alluring, sometimes as if the will of the body would want to swallow me,
leaving my thoughts behind, but then comes the soul to pull me back.
It’s an eternal battle and a game. Like the gravitational pull of a black hole, 
when it touches you, something new is born, as if I’m not me anymore,
somewhere else, in an unknown place.

yesdarlingido
I like to compare God’s love to the sunrise. That sun shows up every morning, no matter how bad you’ve been the night before. It shines without judgment. It never withholds. It warms the sinners, the saints, the druggies, the cheerleaders—the saved and the heathens alike. You can hide from the sun, but it won’t take that personally. It’ll never, ever punish you for hiding. You can stay in the dark for years or decades, and when you finally step outside, it’ll be there. It was there the whole time, shining and shining. It’ll still be there, steady and bright as ever, just waiting for you to notice, to come out, to be warmed. All those years, I thought of God and light and the sun as judgmental, but they weren’t. The sunrise was my daily invitation from God to come back to life.
Glennon Doyle Melton, Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed, p. 19 (via yesdarlingido)
wordsnquotes
aware [a-wa-reh]

(noun) An untranslatable Japanese word, meaning an awareness and appreciation of the ephemeral beauty of the world. The seasons change, the cherry blossom gently falls, the crops are planted, grow, and die. Aware is that poignant sensation one has of time passing, of the inevitable cycle of life and death. From the noun comes the idiom mono-no-aware. Roughly translated as “enjoying the sadness of life,” it’s that bittersweet, vaguely poetic feeling you get around dusk, on a long train journey, looking out at the driving rain…a few autumn leaves clinging to your coat.

  • Moore, Christopher J.. In Other Words: A Language Lover’s Guide to the Most Intriguing Words Around the World. 

(via wordsnquotes)

introspectivepoet
npr:

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen who was attacked by Taliban militants for promoting education for girls, will share the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian campaigner against exploitation of children.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee says on Nobelprize.org:

"Showing great personal courage, Kailash Satyarthi, maintaining Gandhi’s tradition, has headed various forms of protests and demonstrations, all peaceful, focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain. He has also contributed to the development of important international conventions on children’s rights.
"Despite her youth, Malala Yousafzai has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education, and has shown by example that children and young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situations. This she has done under the most dangerous circumstances. Through her heroic struggle she has become a leading spokesperson for girls’ rights to education."

Pakistani Teen Malala Yousafzai Shares Nobel Peace Prize
Related: Last year, NPR host Michel Martin talked with Malala and her father about their hope for Pakistan’s future.
Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

I AM SO PROUD OF MALALA. SOOOOO PROUD. THIS MADE MY DAY!

npr:

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen who was attacked by Taliban militants for promoting education for girls, will share the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian campaigner against exploitation of children.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee says on Nobelprize.org:

"Showing great personal courage, Kailash Satyarthi, maintaining Gandhi’s tradition, has headed various forms of protests and demonstrations, all peaceful, focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain. He has also contributed to the development of important international conventions on children’s rights.

"Despite her youth, Malala Yousafzai has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education, and has shown by example that children and young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situations. This she has done under the most dangerous circumstances. Through her heroic struggle she has become a leading spokesperson for girls’ rights to education."

Pakistani Teen Malala Yousafzai Shares Nobel Peace Prize

Related: Last year, NPR host Michel Martin talked with Malala and her father about their hope for Pakistan’s future.

Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

I AM SO PROUD OF MALALA. SOOOOO PROUD. THIS MADE MY DAY!

tblaberge

God, there is so much sadness in this world. So much sorrow and hopelessness, the world has lost a light and we are all free falling. Like the silence of a song that is suddenly shut off, we sit in stillness and confusion. Lord, we need You, we need You to let us know that You are here. I wish I could heal the hurt, bring comfort to the wounded, and wipe away the tears of those who have lost. I am weak, I am not able to do this, and yet You never asked me to.

Take it, Lord, take it and bring only what You can bring; Yourself. Sweep through this place, let us know that we are not alone in the shadow lands, that Your hand is guiding those before us and those behind us. That we are not left to walk this path in total abandonment, because only one person did that, and now You know the path better than anyone. Let us learn to dance in the rain, to rejoice in the pain, and to realize that our journey is not weighed down in misery, but it is accompanied by grace. Lift our weary feet, reset our torn souls, and bring to us that love that binds all wounds.

You will wipe away all tears one day, but for now You lead us in our fear, and You let us know that we are with You through it all, even in the chaos of life, You are always there. Pick us up, Father, let us hear only the beat of Your heart, because I am tired of hearing the moans of my shattered soul; You are faithful, even in the pain, and You are present, even in the silence.

T.B. LaBerge // Wipe Away The Tears Soon. (via tblaberge)
notebookings
notebookings:

4:00 PM
(you never sleep regularly anymore.)
ANNA PAN

SELF-PORTRAIT OF ANN HUANG ON TEN NIGHT SHIFTS. I woke up at seven tonight. Seven. My life is no longer dealt in light and I have lost track of the days, unless I refer to my calculator watch. A singular electronic accessory that sits on my right wrist and does not disappoint on arithmetic, logic and reality. It currently works better than my brain and it’s running on its eighth year of battery life.

notebookings:

4:00 PM

(you never sleep regularly anymore.)

ANNA PAN

SELF-PORTRAIT OF ANN HUANG ON TEN NIGHT SHIFTS. I woke up at seven tonight. Seven. My life is no longer dealt in light and I have lost track of the days, unless I refer to my calculator watch. A singular electronic accessory that sits on my right wrist and does not disappoint on arithmetic, logic and reality. It currently works better than my brain and it’s running on its eighth year of battery life.