“Conveniently religious, on Easter Sunday and on Christmas, the television went from being a babysitter to a mistress, technology made it easy for us to stay in touch while keeping a distance, ‘til we just stayed distant and never touched, now all we do is text too much.”—Sage Francis, “The Best of Times” (via purpleheartsaint)
God:"This is GOD. I heard your prayers. So I thought we'll chat."
Me:"I do pray. Just makes me feel good. I'm actually busy now. I'm in the midst of something."
God:"What are you busy at?"
Me:"Don't know. But I can't find free time. Life has become hectic. It's rush hour all the time."
God:"Sure. Activity gets you busy. But productivity gets you results. Activity consumes time. Productivity frees it."
Me:"I understand. But I still can't figure out. By the way, I was not expecting YOU to buzz me."
God:"Well, I wanted to resolve your fight for time, by giving you some clarity. In this 21st century era, I wanted to reach you through the medium you are comfortable with."
Me:"Tell me, why has life become complicated now?"
God:"Stop analyzing life. Just live it. Analysis is what makes it complicated."
Me:"Why are we then constantly unhappy?"
God:"Your today is the tomorrow that you worried about yesterday. You are worrying because you are analyzing. Worrying has become your habit. That's why you are not happy."
Me:"But how can we not worry when there is so much uncertainty?"
God:"Uncertainty is inevitable, but worrying is optional."
Me:"But then, there is so much pain due to uncertainty..."
God:"Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional."
Me:"If suffering is optional, why do good people always suffer?"
God:"Diamond cannot be polished without friction. Gold cannot be purified without fire. Good people go through trials, but don't suffer. With that experience their lives become better, not bitter."
Me:"You mean to say such experience is useful?"
God:"Yes. Experience is a hard teacher. She gives the test first and the lessons afterwards."
Me:"But still, why should we go through such tests? Why can't we be free from problems?"
God:"Problems are Purposeful Roadblocks Offering Beneficial Lessons (to) Enhance Mental Strength. Inner strength comes from struggle and endurance, not when you are free from problems."
Me:"Frankly, in the midst of so many problems, we don't know where we are heading..."
God:"If you look outside you will not know where you are heading. Look measure as decided by you. Knowing the road ahead is more satisfying than knowing you rode ahead. You work with the compass. Let others work with the clock."
Me:"In tough times, how do you stay motivated?"
God:"Always look at how far you have come rather than how far you have to go. Always count your blessing, not what you are missing."
Me:"What surprises you about people?"
God:"When they suffer they ask, 'Why me?' When they prosper, they never ask 'Why me?' Everyone wishes to have truth on his or her side, but few want to be on the side of the truth."
Me:"Sometimes I ask, who am I? Why am I here? I can't get the answer."
God:"Seek not to find who you are, but to determine who you want to be. Stop looking for a purpose as to why you are here. Create it. Life is not a process of discovery but a process of creation."
Me:"How can I get the best out of life?"
God:"Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear."
Me:"One last question. Sometimes I feel my prayers are not answered."
God:"There are no unanswered prayers. At times, the answer is NO."
Me:"Thank you for this wonderful chat. I am so happy to start the New Day with a new sense of inspiration."
God:"Well. Keep the faith and drop the fear. Don't believe your doubts and doubt your beliefs. Life is a mystery to solve, not a problem to resolve. Trust me. Life is wonderful if you know how to live."
My perfect date night: I pick you up. In my Kia Sorrento. You get in. There’s candles in the car. You go, ‘…Is that dangerous?’ and I go, ‘Yes—but I like danger.’
We go to your favorite restaurant, and we have a fantastic meal. We come outside and we see my car’s on fire. You go, ‘Aziz, your car’s on fire. Aren’t you upset?’ I pull out a bag of marshmallows and I go, ‘No. I knew this was gonna happen.’
“There are those that I meet at a bar or a club. The kind I’m attracted to for those few moments and it’s likely that I’ll meet them again the next night out. But I ultimately know that there is nothing beyond the fun times we spent on the dance floor. Every now and then you’ll run through my mind, and I can’t seem to get rid of your words, even if I can only remember 5 of them. But like I said, we have no connection outside of those nights, because for that time being, all I’m really looking for is someone to make me move.
Then there are those I meet in some random place, at some random time…the kind that you least expect. There is something in their words, and the vibe they give that pull me in. The one’s I’d be willing to invest some time in because there’s more substance, more opportunity, more of a connection…than the kind I would meet at a bar. The type that make you want to know more, so you try and look them up on-line to see what they’re all about. What are their likes, their dislikes, where did they come from, and where are they going next? Whenever I’ve come across this type, I want to hop in the car with them and ride with no destination. We can turn off the distraction of the radio and I’ll find myself bouncing my ideas and opinions off their words because they’ve sparked something in me that needs to be released. And other moments I just listen carefully at the message they’re trying to convey as they inspire, share, and reflect.
Sometimes, I’ve even come across those who I just want to lay in bed with, wrap myself in the sound of their voice, and pretend that nothing else in the world matters. This folks, is the difference between music I’ll dance to in a bar….and the music I could fall in love with.”—smooth while raw: flings and lovers. (via hidekiat)