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A Moment of Suffering

27 Sep

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Because we live in a world that seeks beauty without effort and success without hard work, we have come to misunderstand what it means to suffer.

Suffering is not something that happens to be people who are bad or deserve it. Suffering is a part of the process of living. Through our suffering we learn to accept that we are not in control…and we’re not supposed to be. That control we think we possess is an illusion and suffering will cause the mirage to fade.

In truth, suffering is what we were dong before things became uncomfortable. It didn’t feel like suffering because we have mastered the art of anesthetizing our feelings. And then one day the suffering that has been going unnoticed becomes so strong it cannot be ignored. At that moment we would like to believe that it is something that suddenly happened. Unfortunately, it had probably been happening for quite some time.

Remember the tone of the country after 9/11? People were afraid because it seemed to happen so suddenly. Then remember the shock and horror when it was discovered that the pilots were trained here in our country and had probably been plotting that event for years. It’s scary to think about; however, had we already been taking certain precautions, had we not become so narcissistic as to think we were above being struck down, it might never have happened that way. The good thing is that, despite the way it happened, what happened in the aftermath of suffering was beautiful, wanted, and needed. People helped one another. People were gentle and compassionate with one another. It was one of the most beautiful things I have seen. The country was bound together in love through our suffering. Suffering forces us to pull on the best of our humanity.

A friend of mine once prided himself on his education, his career, and the success of what he had accomplished. Then he was fired from his job. In the course of the next year he lost his home, his car, his fiance, and a good number of people he had considered friends. He took it in stride and continued to laugh and smile. One day I sat with him and I asked him if he was happy. He looked at me with a quiet sadness in his eyes and said, “I hated that job, I never could afford that house or car, and I never believed my girlfriend and I would be together forever. I wasn’t happy then. So, you can’t lose something you never had.”

Suffering humbles the spirit and forces us to look beyond all the superficial, temporary things that we use to make us “happy.” Suffering strips us down to our true selves and in our suffering we see our life for what it really is.

So the next time we find ourselves suffering, we shouldn’t waste time feeling sorry for ourselves and trying to blame someone or something for where we are. Instead we should see it for what it is: an opportunity to know the truth and respond to the truth with the best that we have.

Suffering, like so many things in life, works in contradiction to teach us life lessons. Only the heartbroken ever really understand love, only the poor ever appreciate wealth, only those that suffer ever truly understand life.

Violet Ambitions turn suffering into healing.

Hope Helps

20 Dec

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Hope allows us to see the world not as some evil place to be feared, shunned, and fought. But to see it as a place that is both beautiful and shattered.

The shattered pieces cut and wound. They make the world dangerous, even wicked at times. But we hope.

We hope that the world changes. We hope that the world becomes the place we know it can be. We hope that it’s not broken beyond repair.

Hope forces us to see that the world was never meant to be shattered. The killing, the hate, the prejudice, the distrust, the fear are all shards of a broken beautiful creation. And hope helps us to see that and see that what the world needs is healing. That is why we facethe void.That won’t be accomplished by anger, or cynicism, or indifference. It will only be accomplished by love, faith, and hope.

Hope is the breath of all Violet Ambitions.

A Darkly Glass

17 Aug

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Chaos Theory by Chrissan

Remaking the world will be no easy task. It is not simple to take walk into chaos and create from the void. But the exodus away from reality will lead every dreamer to such a place.

Disappointment has many faces: a lost job, a failed relationship, an estranged child, unrequited love, the betrayal of a friend. Disappointment can strangle the breath of hope and send us writhing to our knees. They make us ask: How did we get here? Who indicted us for our ambition? And why the hell were we sentenced to such cruel and unusual punishments? Why begin to wonder why we ever stared out on this journey.

At the risk of sounding apathetic, it must be said that these occurrences are common to living. If they are to happen, then they will happen. It is a waste of time and energy to try to avoid them. As if we are equipped to wrestle with fate. Instead we should develop a way of dealing with them should they happen. So that when we can perceive of these moments as opportunities: to be promoted, to mend, to move on, to reconcile. To change the situation through a change in perception.

Chaos should not be feared. Chaos is the opportunity to create. It is exactly what we want on the journey in pursuit of. A place of possibility. We may not have expected it to be such a dark and empty place, but that doesn’t matter. If we remain focused in the darkness, we will recognize the moment and seize it. And when we emerge from the void, it will be a void no longer because our presence in the void, our willingness to withstand the chaos, will have changed it completely. Chaos will bring us face to face.

Our Violet Ambitions will guide us through chaos.

The Darkness and The Light

13 Aug

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There is a difference between knowledge and application; a difference between conceptualizing and actualizing. The one in common for both is that it begins in the mind.

The mind is the battleground where the revolution of our society will be fought. The opposition that dreamers will face will not be external. The challenges are psychological. Doubt, fear, exhaustion, discouragement, disbelief are all obstacles that dreamers must confront. These things can change a dreamers thoughts and their will to finish the journey.

Conviction requires sacrifice. It means there will be times that we may have to turn down the sure thing for the real thing. We have to struggle against our fear that our journey is in vain, we have to overcome the doubt that we will never make it to our destination. We cannot submit to the negativity that exists in opposition to our will.

To allow our minds to settle on any thought that does not include the success of our journey and the recreation of our reality, would cause us to revert to the mental state in which we started. So that while externally we have changed and are in a different place, that place would look, feel, and taste the same as reality we left behind.

Negativity is a ravenous shadow that devours all the light that it encounters and leaves only darkness. We stagnate progress when we become defeatists. And we become defeatists not because we failed or because we didn’t get it right. It happens when we lose our will: when we allow negative thoughts to consume the hope that fuels our exodus from reality.

We don’t make the exodus from reality to escape reality itself. We leave to remake it. Reality is a state of mind and, if we are not careful, we will recreate the same reality anywhere we are. Guard your mind dreamers. Listen to your heart. Feed your spirit. The journey is not easy. If it was everyone would make it. But we are special. Not because you’re more than those around you, but because we have defied all opposition and that has made us greater than we had once allowed ourselves to be.

We must never lose faith in our Violet Ambitions.

Vanity of Vanities

23 Jul

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King Solomon by Svetoslav Roerich

Vanity: a word we so often connote with beauty and physical appearance. The word is so much more than that. Its description broader and more fitting in describing the society we have created. We live lives of vanity in a vain existence.

Vanity isn’t about beauty specifically. It’s about a lack of value and use: worthlessness. And we are obsessed with it. Reality tv, tabloids, gossip, people’s private relationships and sex lives, game shows, empty comedy, silver screen re-makes, wealth, fame, and celebrity. We refuse to acknowledge that these things are not bad, but they are vain and devoid of substantive meaning.

That’s just it isn’t it? That is the real problem with vanity? It has no meaning; it doesn’t fulfill us. We search our whole lives to find something meaningful. To find something that makes the struggle worth it. Something that justifies the tears we’ve been forced to shed, the smiles that have been snatched from our faces, the trust we covet, the love we’ve abandoned, our hearts we’ve had to piece together time and time again, the hope we’ve held dangling sometimes by threads. We want something that is worth all that we’ve sacrificed; all that we’ve risked losing.

It’s our dreams. Our dreams are priceless. They’re the hope that things can get better. They’re the ambition to be great and perform acts of greatness. Dreams are where fantasy and reality meet. They make life worth living and they are worth dying in the pursuit of. Everything else…is, well, vanity.

Where there are violet ambitions, vanity wilts away.

When You Wish Upon A Star

12 Jul

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The old wood carver moves slowly through his lonely wood shop full of many beautiful things that he’d made with his hand. He chipped and cut and carved away at his most recent project. He was creating a life-size marionette: a boy. He took much time in making each life-like detail, but when he finished it was still not a living boy.

We’ve all been like the wood carver. We have struggled and tried; we have fought and battled; we have cried and pleaded, but nothing has changed. Our lives are still not exactly what we want them to be. Oh, it’s life-like; but, it just ain’t life. It’s almost there. If we stand far enough away: it looks like it. If we squeeze our eyes shut and think real hard: it maybe feels like it. The truth waits for our acceptance, though. It just isn’t really what we are pretending it is.

The old wood carver begins to change. Something inside him begins to turn and become restless. Something burns in his gut. His nostrils flare. His teeth clench. His heels dig into the floor. There is determination is his eyes and hope in his heart. His will won’t break. His marionette comes to life.

I have never encountered anything more powerful than the human will. Nations have been built by it, countries are ruled by it, lives are saved by it, and progress depends on it. The human will is a catalyst for evolution. If we are ever going to be all that we should be, we will have to set our wills upon it.

The universe responds to our determination. When we endeavor to create, we use our wills to bring into being that which did exist. All around us is evidence of the strength of our wills and our ability to create. None of the great advancements of our time have been created over night; they took time and determination. Determination is the will’s way of saying, “Yes, the hell, I will!” when everything and everyone else says it can’t be done.

The wooden boy looks out the window where there are kids playing outside. He frowns. He is alive but not real. His will hardens and sets out on the journey to make himself real. The journey leads to a number of failures, but the wooden boy will not give up. Somewhere along his journey he becomes a real boy.

In The Time of Dreamers, people will begin to exercise the power of their wills until their becomes a creating force. That force will grow so strong that it will overtake reality and what was an intangible thought will come into existence. That is how dreams come true.

It wasn’t the magic of the star that made Pinnochio real. It was the will of the wishing and the determination not to lose hope. So maybe we all could stand to wish upon a star sometime. After all, aren’t we all Gepettos and Pinocchios longing for some impossibility to become our reality?

Don’t we all have Violet Ambitions?

In the Time of Dreamers

2 Jan

The world, as we know it, is coming to an end. It is time to change: to let go of what once worked, but no longer does. Maybe some of those things that we have been taught are antiquated philosophies with little relevance for the present and are irrelevant in the days to come. Maybe it is time to realize that the life we seek does not exist in the way we have always done things…otherwise we’d already have it. Maybe we have to walk out into the unknown to find the world we have been seeking.

For many years we have scoffed at dreamers and believers with blind faith. We have mocked their beliefs, we have shook our heads at their lofty affirmations, and we have allowed our cynicism to prevail. We have been delending upon what we already know and what has already been proven, trying to twist and shape it into what we had hoped it would be. That is a perversion of the truth. And I submit to you that the real solution to any problem will not be found in a facade. It is time to accept our losses, admit our failures, and let go of the certainty of our own misery- which has gained us nothing- to pursue the uncertain possibility of achieving everything.

Now is the time of the dreamers. Everyone’s dream will not be the same and it does not have to be. It is not about the dream as much as it is about the dreaming. When we are brave enough to dream out loud, we declare that something inside of us is stronger and greater than the world. When we are brave enough to dream out loud, we realize that everything that has ever been created was a thought that was driven into creation by the will of some dreamer who dared to see the world not as it is, but as it could be; a dreamer with a fool’s hope to believe that what could only be seen by them could become tangible reality.

So dream on dreamers. Let the dream killers and nay sayers mock you, let them judge you, let them crucify you. Your shame and suffering will be well worth it. Remember that it is the fear and ignorance of their limited perceptions that keep them from understanding that which you have already discovered: the future is but a dream and only those who believe in the power of dreams shall inherit the future.

Dreamers have Violet Ambitions.

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