Monthly Archives: October 2011

From Mediocrity to Greatness In A Single Step

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I’m never quite sure the route I’m going to take when I start writing a post on here. I am always listening to music, my muse & source of creativity. Music leaves the speakers, gets on my skin and seeps into my pores, making me a living, breathing, walking instrument of melody. What else can I do with all of that rythym & sound pulsing through my veins but put it into words. So instead of the pen & notebook (my BFFs) I touch my fingers to the computer keys (not unlike piano keys, in this instance) and let the words flow. It is exactly that strange and beautiful and it is how I come up with all of the craziness I’ve written thus far.

Taking a different route, I’d like to discuss mediocrity. First off, I want to interject my incomplete thought and say that I plan on taking some HUGE strides in the near future towards really making this blog not just a vehicle for voicing my inner frustrations with society and the economy, but a way for all john does to meet, discuss options for bettering the community (starting with their own backyard) and offering help and assistance to those who are in need of food, shelter, employment, faith & Hope, and most of all LOVE. The greatest of these IS love because without that foundation and jumping off point, we wouldn’t care to attempt these feats at all. 🙂

“There are countless ways of attaining greatness, but any road to reaching one’s maximum potential must be built on a bedrock of respect for the individual, a commitment to excellence, and a rejection of mediocrity.”  ~Buck Rodgers

Always Aspire to Greatness!

Always Aspire to Greatness!

So as I was saying before I interrupted myself (oh, the irony), Mediocrity is on the forefront. It has been on my mind of late, why some people achieve greatness and why others maintain mediocrity and wear it as a badge of honor. Are we so small minded a people that we choose to alienate ourselves from the human condition and avoid at all costs doing things to change the obvious ills of society? I’,m not saying that we all have to be Robinhood or Martin Luther King Jr. I’m not saying that we have to be Mr. Deeds and give all of our money away to those in need. But my goodness, have we not even considered doing at least one tenth of that? I have and that is why I decided to start this movement. My hope is that, if nothing else, my blog and eventually, my efforts, will open people’s eyes to the true Christian LOVE that is in the world and that there are still, in 2011, people who care about one another. That is the greatness I aspire to. A mansion, a luxury vehicle, loads of currency will not a happy heart make. But doing something beyond yourself and putting your heart into living a life of LOVE & COMPASSION, in that hope lies the sustained Peace & Contentment.

Spread LOVE

Try Spreading A Little Love Wherever You Go

So, in conclusion, I’d like to encourage everyone to aspire to greatness. Feed your soul, not your ego. Do something awesome this month to help someone else. Volunteer, Take someone a meal, go and pray with someone who is facing difficult times, give someone who is struggling financially a gift card to a shopping mart or Bless them with cash. This is just the first step to what I would like to see go global. Charity starts at home, though, so lets take  one small step of kindness and see where it leads us.

Help & Lend A Hand

Helping Hands

We Can Make A Difference - Together!

Here are some great quotes to remember when embarking on this journey with me:

“To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.”  ~Marleen Charles de Montesquieu 

“Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.” ~ Napoleon Hill 

“Do continue to believe that with your feeling and your work you are taking part in the greatest; the more strongly you cultivate in yourself this belief, the more will reality and the world go forth from it.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke 

God Bless,

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.¸.•´•☆*¨★..~Chel

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Infinite Paradise

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Paradise-Found By: David Miller

Paradise Found - Artist: David Miller

I think that every man, woman, and child starts out dreaming big. BIG Hopes, Big plans for their futures and BIG visions of happiness. Whether or not those whispers on the wind become reality or not, most of us are still on the lookout for our paradise. The rich get richer, but most do not find a wealth of love, peace or happiness. The poor often remain in poverty, but may have acquired slivers, glimpses and inklings of happiness or peace. In both scenarios and in most cases, the mark for contentment gets missed. True happiness seems unreachable… a passing fancy. Sort of like Paradise. Will we truly be happy once we have more money, more friends, more food, a better home, the newest fashions, longer or shorter hair, fairer or darker skin, are taller or shorter, thinner or larger, sweeter or meaner, tougher or softer, loved harder or stepped away from ardor???

Paradise

"Paradise is in the eyes and heart of the beholder..." ~ the beautiful john doe

I believe that in all of us there is a chance to find Paradise. My hope lies in my faith in Jesus Christ. Even believing that I will someday see the Pearly Gates & Golden Roads Up Above and hear the precious Angels singing, doesn’t stifle the fears or dry up my tears or push away the wants, the needs, the hurts, the hopes, the pains, and the dreams of a better year, day, hour, minute. We can only press on in this farce of an existence, living expectantly in this temporary home away from Heaven & helping each other along the way. Rich or poor, less or more, we can all link arms and find our way to a semblance of true humanity. In that lies our infinite Paradise…

“Paradise is like an intricately spun spiderweb. Its been there forever and if you dare to touch it, it will keep you in its grasp. You can’t really get away from it, but if you yank too hard, it will break, and the beauty and wonder of it will be lost forever…” ~ michelle dowell

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.¸.•´•☆*¨★..~the beautiful john doe

NOT Barefoot In The Park With Beautiful Works of Art

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Dear John Doe Club,

A very happy Saturday to you! It’s a beautiful day here in Frisco, TX, although we won’t be spending the day here. There is an art festival today that we have tried to attend every year. They hold the Cottonwood Art Festival twice a year, once in May and once in September. Check out this year’s line up of activities: http://www.cottonwoodartfestival.com/

The Cottonwood Art Festival is held in May & September every year.

It is absolutely free to attend and parking is free as well. The food is a bit pricey, but if you either pack a lunch and then go about an hour or so before they close, the prices of their concessions drop to about 50 cents to a dollar! So we go then. I have a strategy, you see. 😉

Peruse the artists tents to find treasures & one of a kind goodies!

"Aha, El Toro"! LOL! I LOVE this piece!

We missed the one in May because we were low on gas and on money, but today is payday for all state employees (my hubby included) and we’re going to make drive there a fun one, stopping at small inexpensive shops along the way and window wishing. 🙂

I’m extremely excited to see that one of my favorite painters is going to be there: Ping Irvin! Ping’s Work can be viewed here: http://www.craigirvin.com/ping/resume.htm Her paintings are AMAZING! I own a small print of one of her paintings ($9) and I’m so excited to meet her again and speak with her. In these times I wish I was a Heelot that could afford to purchase a painting. But I’m perfectly happy with my 5″x7″ print.

Evening Song by Ping Irvin

So our cheap fun is chosen for today and I’m excited about it! Join us there if you are in the area of Richardson, TX.

In other thoughts, I wanted to clear the air about something. I hope to goodness that you guys do not believe that I am following suit wholeheartedly with the John Doe character’s original plan of suicide on Christmas Eve. I value my life and everything about it that God has Blessed me with, so I will NOT be jumping from the roof of a very tall building. I am, however, determined to get the message of social & economic equality out there to the best of my ability. I will not stop until I am heard, and you can take that one to the bank.

The Beautiful John Doe is here…look out world.

XOXO

★☂❤ the beautiful john doe ❤☂★