Old Souls

If death is not the end, birth is not the beginning.

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Holding On To You

Much of my love for others has been unrequited. I am referring to various types of love. Love is not always a two-way street. It is up to the driver to heed the caution signs. Missing a stop sign could result in fatalities. Most of us are not deterred by the risks. We know that we may never get to where we want to be if we do not get behind the wheel. Terence Trent D’Arby’s Holding On To You (1995) is a compelling song about a search for requited love. It’s great music to listen to while driving.

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The Agony And The Ecstasy

Our emotions often get us into trouble. I do not want any of my suffering to be gratuitous. It is hard enough to deal with the mandatory amount. It is not just anger that can do us in. Compassion or love can do the same. We should not allow ourselves to be slaves to our emotions. They are subordinate to our minds. Our emotions are designed to be choices. We are held responsible for them just like our thoughts and actions. Smokey Robinson’s The Agony and the Ecstasy (1975) is about a love that carries the price of agony. We should all love wisely. We are supposed to love one another. Logic prescribes how we should accomplish this. Love and logic pave the road to salvation. Here lies ecstasy without agony.

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Points Of View

Many of us desire the person whom we are in love with to empathize with us. This is especially true when they hurt us. For some of us, it is about revenge. A lot of us just want the other person to experience what we are feeling for the sake of understanding. Experience enables us to see things for ourselves. There is no substitute for it. I want you to experience what I feel when I listen to Oh Sheila (1985) by Ready for the World. It’s a plea by a man who is tired of being hurt by the woman he loves. See if you can empathize.

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Eye Of The Tiger

I haven’t been to Disneyland in over 20 years. I have nothing against the happiest place on earth. I just lost my desire to visit theme parks after high school. My 7th grade class once took a field trip there and I came across two strange machines. One of them stretched out a penny and imprinted Disney-related words and images on it for a souvenir. Of course, you had to provide the penny and pay a fee. As a little kid, I used to throw away pennies that were on the floor when my mother made me help with the housecleaning. As a 7th grader, the idea of paying to have my money destroyed did not present a temptation. The second machine tested your willingness to endure pain. You had to place each hand on metal handles that delivered a constant electrical shock. If you could grasp the metal handles long enough, despite an increasing shock, you won this arcade game. As a 7th grader, the idea of paying for pain was quite enticing. I watched a classmate play and win. I wanted to see if I could win but fear prevented me from trying.

Three years passed before I returned to Disneyland. I was very surprised to see the exact same two machines. I still did not care about the one that destroyed pennies. However, I resolved to play the arcade game. Fear whispered in my ear but I ignored it. If my 7th grade classmate could win the game, then this should be easy for me to do three years later. I inserted my coins and grabbed those metal handles. As soon as I felt the pain, I retracted my hands as fast as I could. A lady was watching nearby and laughed at me. I felt like a wimp. It took me years to realize that I was not a wimp because I did not subject myself to that arcade game’s electrical shock. A warrior will do the right thing despite pain and even death. There was nothing significant about winning an asinine arcade game. I would probably lose again if I played it today. This does not matter. What matters is that I am willing to undergo pain and even death for the right reasons. I know that I am. I have the eye of the tiger. Survivor’s Eye Of The Tiger (1982) taught me what this means. Make sure that you know for yourself.

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Silly

Due to attraction and/or desperation, many of us find ourselves pursuing someone who we know is bad for us. We try to con ourselves into believing that this silliness is not so silly. We end up making a mistake on purpose. This is the worst kind of mistake that one can make. Mistakes should be made out of ignorance, not silliness. Silly (1981), by Deniece Williams, is the song to listen to if you feel yourself getting caught up in this silliness. Play it over and over again until you come to your senses. Make sure that you listen to it alone for proper absorption. Listening to it with the person who is bad for you would be silly.

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Parenthood

Parents are students who teach.

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Have A Dream

Try to figure out what you want to do in life at some point before you retire.

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Different

All organisms strive to survive. Human beings are the most intelligent of them all. Familiarity is key to our survival. We often gravitate to people who are similar to ourselves. It is much easier to connect with others who have things in common with ourselves. These things often include physical attributes such as skin color. People who do not have much in common with ourselves are different. Different is unfamiliar. Different is a possible threat to our survival. I was a boy when Do The Right Thing (1989) was first released in theaters. I enjoyed it but not nearly as much as when I saw it in a film class in college. I have never seen anything else like it. This film provides you with a wonderful opportunity to reexamine yourself. You may not like what you find.

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You’re Getting Warmer

No one finds peace without looking for it.

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