30 November 2012

Trust your instinct, trust life


«Through twists and turns each drop found its way. Sometimes these watery paths ended up connected, but other times, the paths diverted, following different directions. But one thing was sure. Each raindrop fulfilled the same destination, which, was converging together, to be part of greater whole. “It’s funny how nature replicates life. “, he thought.»

                                                   By Raquel R. in Short Story number 2


« Hope is both the earliest and the most indispensable virtue inherent in the state of being alive. If life is to be sustained, hope must remain, even where confidence is wounded, trust impaired. »
                                                                                                     Erik H. Erikson


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28 November 2012

Short Story number 2


Short Story number 2:  Inspired by the song «Song of good hope» by Glen Hansard from the solo album Rhythm and Repose.


The rain was falling heavily and strong gusts of wind murmured loudly on the roof. As he stared at the window he could clearly see the falling raindrops sliding down the window glass. He moved closer and positioned his head closer to the glass. He was able to see that each drop followed its own erratic path through the watery maze. Through twists and turns each drop found its way. Sometimes these watery paths ended up connected, but other times, the paths diverted, following different directions. But one thing was sure. Each raindrop fulfilled the same destination, which, was converging together, to be part of greater whole. «It’s funny how nature replicates life. », he thought.
          He moved his eyes away from the window glass and focused his attention on the empty street below. The desolated street mirrored the state of his own live. He felt like he was now standing in a desert crossroad with no signs to point him the right direction. He, that never refused to courageously face the hardships of life, by hiding behind the golden shield of myths, beliefs or superstitions, was now giving in, to this only human need, of holding on to something that would infuse some hope in his tormented soul. Silent tears streamed down on his face and pressure built up on his chest like he was about to explode. He took a deep breath and quickly pulled himself together. After all, he was always perceived as a pillar of strength to those around him and the fear of letting them down, by showing them his fragility, tore him apart.
          A solitary car passing by on the empty street captured his attention and dragged him back to the present moment. Life was once again putting him to the test, but like many other men and women out there, he must surrender to the evidences that the burden was too great for him to bear. Maybe it was time that he swallowed his pride, reached for help and learned to trust the ones that care about him. He must not be afraid to unveil his fears and bare his soul before them, for he knows that he was not alone in the coming struggle. That thought alone relieved him from the pressure that had been building inside his chest and he recognized that physical reaction, as a sign from the universe showing him, that the path he had chosen was the right one.
            Before he left the room, he looked through the window, one more time, and realized that the rain had stopped and the sun was beginning to shine again. The hesitant sunbeams stroke his face. The warmth he instantly felt on his body soothed his wounded spirit and lit inside him the spark of hope that he badly needed. «If one looked at nature», he thought, « with the eyes of the soul, it will give us the answers we need to go on living. Unfortunately, we are all too busy paying attention to insignificant details, to understand that we are all part of a greater whole, and if we choose to embrace that fact, we will be one step closer to find ourselves and fulfill our own destiny. »
                                                                                                                                                      by Raquel R.


26 November 2012

A film - The Visitor

                                        Details: 2008, USA, Cert 15, 106 mins, Dir: Thomas McCarthy

24 November 2012

What makes you come alive?


«Only then, would we be able to take steps towards ourselves, look deep into our souls to find out what we really are and what we really want. That is where life begins.»

                                  
                                              By Raquel R. in Short Story number 1

«Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.»    
                                            Harold Whitman

                           From David Hedges Britain's Longest-serving Blacksmith on Vimeo via thekidshouldseethis.com

22 November 2012

The need to change


«In all those hopeless faces he recognized himself. And he questioned, what made those people, including himself, wander lost in the crowd, following the herd, without asking where the path is leading, and mostly, why are they walking it. »

                                               By Raquel R. in Short Story number 1

« Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.» 
                                                                                      Leo Tolstoy

20 November 2012

What is your passion?


«Maybe it was time that he summoned again the old spark, which stubbornly, time and time again, ignited in his eyes, and this time let the voice speak loudly from his heart.»
                                                                   By Raquel R. in Short Story number 1

«There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.»
                                                                                          Nelson Mandela 


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19 November 2012

Listen to your heart


«Through the course of his life, he always followed the road map with accurate precision, but once in a while, a spark lightened up in his eyes and ignited, at the back of his mind, this blunt and piercing voice that seemed to tell him that life had got to be more than he was raised to believe.»
                                               By Raquel R. in Short Story Number 1

 «Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heartache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths.»

                                                                                       Henry Miller

18 November 2012

The key to change our lives


«Like this colossal phenomenon of nature, life holds within an inherent duplicity. One side is luminous and visible; the other side is obscure and hidden. He was only experiencing the visible part of it, the one that laid above sea level. However, the biggest part of it, the most mysterious and the richest one, laid below the surface, far from the human sight, only reachable by ones imagination or will of power.»

                                                   By Raquel R. in Short Story number 1 



                                                                                   

16 November 2012

«Impossible is nothing»


«Those seeds of hope, which should be nurtured and cherished, were left to die because he lacked the strength to fight against the current of thoughts, opinions and catastrophic predictions that were meant to keep him on the route outlined for his life.»     
                                                    By Raquel R. in Short Story number 1
 

                           

15 November 2012

Lose Yourself


« In order to find happiness one must be willing to abandon the easiest and safest path and be ready to take the plunge into the unknown.»
                                               by Raquel R. in Short Story number 1

«Why are we so full of restraint? Why do we not give in all directions? Is it fear of losing ourselves? Until we do lose ourselves there is no hope of finding ourselves.» 
                                                                                                Henry Miller


14 November 2012

To live vs To exist


«He saw many discouraged people, unable or unwilling to let go the ever turning wheel of their life, executing meaningless efforts and mechanical gestures, striving to fulfill their imposed mission.» 

                                               by Raquel R. in Short Story number 1
 

«To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.» 
                                                                                               Oscar wilde

13 November 2012

Short Story number 1


Short Story number 1: Inspired by the song «Star, Star» by The Frames.





He was an average man with an average life. He was brought up in an average family with average dreams. Every since he was a child, he was told how is life should be, what steps he should take and what paths he should follow. His mother and father would have all the answers regarding his future, materialized in the form of rigid guide lines, which had to be strictly followed. These were like a road map, with intricate route lines, but with no secondary roads, in which, one could get lost to most likely find unsuspicious surprises.
Through the course of his life, he always followed the road map with accurate precision, but once in a while, a spark lightened up in his eyes and ignited, at the back of his mind, this blunt and piercing voice that seemed to tell him that life had got to be more than he was raised to believe. On those occasions, a certain restlessness and uneasiness assaulted his heart. These were the times when the path chosen for him and the course of his life was questioned. But every time his doubts and fears were shared with his family, whatever seeds that were just about to germinate, were annihilated without mercy. Those seeds of hope, which should be nurtured and cherished, were left to die because he lacked the strength to fight against the current of thoughts, opinions and catastrophic predictions that were meant to keep him on the route outlined for his life.  
 Nonetheless, as he got older, those seeds of hope became more and more recurrent, and that fact made him question things and analyze the reality that surrounded him.
 He saw many discouraged people, unable or unwilling to let go the ever turning wheel of their life, executing meaningless efforts and mechanical gestures, striving to fulfill their imposed mission. In all those hopeless faces he recognized himself. And he questioned, what made those people, including himself, wander lost in the crowd, following the herd, without asking where the path is leading, and mostly, why are they walking it.  
He realized that the inner mechanisms of the mind and life itself shared a similar pattern. Like our minds, life also has underlying mysteries waiting to be unveiled. This clear assumption immediately impelled him to think about the classic image of an iceberg. Like this colossal phenomenon of nature, life holds within an inherent duplicity. One side is luminous and visible; the other side is obscure and hidden. He was only experiencing the visible part of it, the one that laid above sea level. However, the biggest part of it, the most mysterious and the richest one, laid below the surface, far from the human sight, only reachable by ones imagination or will of power.
 Maybe it was time that he summoned again the old spark, which stubbornly, time and time again, ignited in his eyes, and this time let the voice speak loudly from his heart. He now knows that these are signs from the universe, messages from the gods conspiring in favor of those who dared to listen to the big plan, which, is often beyond the obvious, beneath the surface.  
 In order to find happiness one must be willing to abandon the easiest and safest path and be ready to take the plunge into the unknown. Only then, would we be able to take steps towards ourselves, look deep into our souls to find out what we really are and what we really want. That is where life begins.
                                                                                                       by Raquel R.

12 November 2012

What you need to know


Tomorrow I will be posting the first story inspired by an amazing song. This is what you need to know before starting this journey:

Instructions for reading this Blog:
  •       Listen to the song.
  •        Read the story inspired by the song.
  •        Follow the posts after each story. They are always an echo of its message.
Below are some inspiring images that capture the universality of certain emotions which are the essence of this blog.
See you tomorrow.

11 November 2012

The opening post


I am fascinated by the nuances of the human relations and by all forms of art that capture and translate the subtleties of those manifestations.

The decision to create this blog was inspired by music, especially by the power that certain songs have, to guide us through the magic journey of understanding the universality of human emotions. While allowing myself to fully embark in that extraordinary adventure, I ended up writing fictional stories that intended to portray all the anonymous people that might have experienced or might be experiencing the mental states or situations depicted on those songs.

This blog has no other intention but to share the voyages of my imagination with all of you that believe that «what unites us as humans is far greater than what divides us».


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