Things to Do When You’re Daring – A list

 

“What I am in search of is not so much the gratification of a curiosity or a passion for worldly life, but something far less conditional. I do not wish to go out into the world with an insurance policy in my pocket guaranteeing my return in the event of a disappointment, like some cautious traveller who would be content with a brief glimpse of the world. On the contrary, I desire that there should be hazards, difficulties and dangers to face; I am hungry for reality, for tasks and deeds, and also for privation and suffering.”
— Hermann Hesse

 

Things to do when you’re daring (getting out of the comfort zone):

  • Live in a strange city or country for a time. Extra points if the language spoken there is not your own or one you know
  • Take any viewpoint that you have held on to whether it is moral, political or religious and try presenting yourself as believing the opposite even to yourself. This will help change your mindset.
  • Spend time with the elderly if you are young or with teenagers if you are getting up there in years.
  • Dress in a totally different style then you’re use to and go out. Notice how people react to you. How do you feel different?
  • Explore your sexuality
  • Camp out in the woods for a week. Especially if you have never done it before.
  • Think of the last three people who hurt you badly. Make an active attempt to see where they were coming from.
  • Think of the worse thing you have ever done in your life and forgive yourself.
  • Adopt a different culture or social class for a week
  • Tell someone you love how you feel about them. There are very few times when we’re more open and vulnerable than that.
  • Remember that life is a banquet with lots to offer and most people only eat from one small area. Try to do one thing every day that you have never done before.

Blessings, G

 

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Night Owl in between DaysNight Owl in Between Days by G A Rosenberg

 

DenizenDenizen by G A Rosenberg

Knowing What’s Important

 

“And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, This is important! And this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this! And each day, it’s up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, No. This is what’s important.”
— Iain Thomas

 

Most days my distractions have distractions. People either message or call or show up wanting me to make their priorities my own. I like to be helpful and to feel included so way too often I say yes or take the time and my own projects fall by the wayside. Not that I can blame others for all of this. The world calls to me and I long to partake of it. Things grab my interest and I follow their siren call. This can be a new website or a new area of endeavour or sometimes just pretty pictures and Face Book statuses. Sometimes in trying to cover as many directions with my awareness as possible I find myself not accomplishing anythng. Yet my heart will always be in far off fields or friends in low and hi places and pictures of natures or sunsets or of beautiful guys and girls or anyone of a number of other things. Still I can learn to say no to the world. As long as in doing so I don’t end up saying no to myself.
Blessings, G

 

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RisingUpRising Up by G A Rosenberg

 

Golden DarknessGolden Darkness by G A Rosenberg

 

Toad KingToad King by G A Rosenberg

 

Doubts Consigned to the Flames (Redux)

 

Playing away doubts
as the fire burns around me
Confidence Lingers.

 

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Doubts Consigned to the Flame (redux)Doubts Consigned to the Flame by G A Rosenberg

 

Transformation

 

“The most important thing to remember is this: To be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become.”
— W.E.B. Du Bois

 

Transformation continues to fascinate me. On the one hand we all have infinite potential with infinite possibility to change and grow. On the other hand most transformations are surface. We can change our appearance, our lifestyle and our beliefs but all of those are masks that cover up who we are at our inner core. The best changes of course are the ones that bring us closer to that inner core, our true being. Yet how can we know what will do that unless we are willing to experiment and explore and allow ourselves to see which things may resonate the most.
So I resolve to learn and try everything possible. I will indulge in life’s banquet and partake of any outlook or activity that speaks to me and never refrain from trying something I never have before. We each owe it to ourselves to live a life of becoming until our time is done.
Blessings, G

 

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In a Shadowed LandIn a Shadowed Land by G A Rosenberg

 

VanitasVanitas by G A Rosenberg

 

The Heart of Another

 

“The heart of another is indeed a dark forest, and, however much I let my imagination work over these fragments of [their] life, I find it hard to imagine…what was going on in [their] mind.”
— Richard Aldington

 

I listen to the voices in my head
and try to create their beings
from the echoes.
From a story about his past in the war
I try to grasp at his favourite colour
or how he unwinds at the end of the day.
From her tale of lost love
I try to picture her smile
or what she wears to bed.
Each one comes to me in turn
and asks me to create their being
from hints and tales
yet how can I express their being
when I barely know yours
whom I sleep with nightly?
I can only make guesses
and so sketch their beings
on brightly coloured backgrounds
and hope that is enough.
— G A Rosenberg

 

Blessings, G

 

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CrossroadsCrossroads by G A Rosenberg

 

HauresHaures (#64 in Goetia Series) by G A Rosenberg

 

Not Defined By Machinery (Redux) by G A Rosenberg

 

Caught in the machine
yet defined only by self
I alone get to choose

 

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Not Defined by Machinery (redux)Not Defined by Machinery by G A Rosenberg

 

Memory or Dream

 

“Memory and dream are intermixed in this mad universe.”
— Jack Kerouac

 

I remember
a time when we walked in the moonlight
and talked to the trees and drank in
each other’s eyes
I remember
a mystical connection that none could sever
I remember nights of nothing but love
and mornings when the loving would continue
No, wait that was all a dream.
I dreamed
of bitterness and suspicion
of fights that started for no reason at all
and frustration underlined each word
I dreamed
that each word led to further misunderstanding
and kids used as weapons
in an endless tug of war.
No wait, those are memories
Yet tonight I dreamed of your visit
and the wish to be together again
We talked the way I wished once we could
and our souls connected.
I remember waking next to you
and I reach out with a smile
— G A Rosenberg

 

Blessings, G

 

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Mountain EntranceMountain Entrance by G A Rosenberg

 

Totemic ApeTotemic Ape (Ape of Thoth) by G A Rosenberg

 

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