Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Photo taken at Karura Forest, Nairobi

There's a page on Facebook called berlin-artparasites, a branch of the online magazine, Art Parasites, that's wildly popular because of the numerous poignant posts they put up. The page is a curation of quotes and artwork paired together, which they describe as compelling artwork that alters the way we live, love, work, play, think and feel. Maybe that's what makes it a little more reaching, the art, because the quotes are not necessarily always new. Many of them are deeply retrospective and truthful messages that touch many people in many different ways. Scores of people connect with them because the posts strike deep and inspire a lot of self inquiry, as well as healing. I usually catch a glimpse of them on my timeline when a mutual friend shares a post here and there and usually nod in agreement.

Today, however, I felt a shift. You know how they say when you have an intention, write it down, say it out loud and then let it manifest, well, my sharing this post is sort of like that. I also believe it must be shared as these are all words we need to hear at whatever stage of our lives we are in. Some of them are not necessarily relevant in my life at this time, but I'm sure at least one of them will resonate with at least one of you at this time.

Here you go. 

by Shannon L. Alder

1. The moment you realize that the person you cared for has nothing intellectually or spiritually to offer you, but a headache.

2. The moment you realize God had greater plans for you that don’t involve crying at night or sad Pinterest quotes.

3. The moment you stop comparing yourself to others because it undermines your worth, education and your parent’s wisdom.

4. The moment you live your dreams, not because of what it will prove or get you, but because that is all you want to do. People’s opinions don’t matter.

5. The moment you realize that no one is your enemy, except yourself.

6. The moment you realize that you can have everything you want in life. However, it takes timing, the right heart, the right actions, the right passion and a willingness to risk it all. If it is not yours, it is because you really didn’t want it, need it or God prevented it.

7. The moment you realize the ghost of your ancestors stood between you and the person you loved. They really don't want you mucking up the family line with someone that acts anything less than honorable.

8. The moment you realize that happiness was never about getting a person. They are only a helpmate towards achieving your life mission.

9. The moment you believe that love is not about losing or winning. It is just a few moments in time, followed by an eternity of situations to grow from.

10. The moment you realize that you were always the right person. Only ignorant people walk away from greatness. 

Stay uplifted.


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