Hope. Hold On, Pain Ends, is an acronym on hope, but what exactly is it? Hope is the belief that things will improve over time, that no matter how bad thing may seem, it WILL get better. Where it comes from is the heart. The heart has an amazing ability to make things seem better, even when our mind says that it logically possible, the heart always sees the ability for change and growth. When hope is broken or lost all that needs to be done is restore the heart. Doing something that makes your heart happy, doing a passion such as cooking or drawing or even being with loved ones can restore some hope. Things that threaten hope of thing that threaten to take away our passions, our one way to restore it. Things in my life that make me happy are my family and friends, passions, and shows that I watch. One of the biggest things that has given me hope is one of my friends. Ever since she came into my life it got a lot better, having struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts it was hard. I had very little hope because my heart wouldn’t see the joy in my life, I wouldn’t even be able to do my passions because my mind was so clouded. But then I met one of my friends, she is like my little sister. She brought me out of the mindset, and now she is extremely precious to me. She is one of my main hopes in my school life.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
The story of Omelas reminds me of the Yin and Yang. The fact the child is suffering while everyone is happy is sort of like the balance. If the child where to then gain happiness, then the people would lose theirs and become unhappy in turn. It is alo trying into the thought of All for One or One For All. Good things for a single person while the rest suffer, or one suffering while the others enjoy the good things.
If this were to translate to the modern world I believe the people of Omelas would be the Powers of the world (Russia, USA, China, Uk, France, etc..) While the child could be those the Powers rule over. While the powers (People of Omelas) thrive and love life, the underlings (child) suffer. The ones who walk away are the ones who seek to change the lives of the others (child). The people who create organizations to help the others who are suffering, the people who see through all the smiles and laughs. The ones who seek change are the ones who walk away.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
What is happiness? Happiness is described to be ¨Feeling or showing pleasure or contentment¨. So, if happiness is pleasure or contentment, what does it take to gain those things to then obtain happiness? It´s different for everyone, some find happiness in family, friends, or significant others: while some would say its food, weather, or certain activities they enjoy partaking in.
For me it´s a mix of all of the above, granted they can and will do just the opposite if something goes wrong with them. For an example, a time I experienced happiness is when my mom arranged a family potluck, and I knew nothing about it till we had to prep. It was fun because almost all my mom's side of the family came, and they are extremely rowdy. We all ate food, and talked and played games. While I was playing Card Against Humanity with my brothers, my aunts, uncle, and his girlfriend were playing Speak Out. As we had the beautiful yet awful game going my aunts were showing their teeth like predator, and everyone was laughing. It felt nice to see everyone laughing and having fun considering all the problem that occurred before that. Happiness is also the food we had, we had lots! It was cooked well too, and everyone enjoyed it.
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Grit, thought to be the main motivation for succeeding in life. Angela Lee Duckworth is a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania, she states grit as ¨passion and perseverance for very long-term goals.
The whole thing was well thought out, and astounding. Granderson hit home in his explanation of his life experiences, and how he makes the whole situation relatable yet comical.
My life as a reader isn't as extensive as most, but the books I have read, I can say, are well worth the time to read.My reading took off fairly late, in my earlier years of school I despised reading. I could never find myself enjoying it because all of the books I got weren't my cup of tea. It reminded that way until 6th grade, when my teacher was making references toward a book I had never read, it was titled Because Of Winn-Dixie. I went to the library and asked if they had it, they did and I started to read it. This started my little reading marathon. I read all of Kate DiCamillo's works that the school library had to offer. It included ¨Because of Winn-Dixie¨, ¨The Tale Of Despereaux¨, ¨The Magic Elephant¨, ¨The Tiger Rising¨, and my personal favorite ¨The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane¨. Each book had a pinch of adventure with a amazing moral message at the end, I don't remember each message for the books, sadly, but I do have the ending Coda for ¨The Tale Of Despereaux¨ (Spoiler Warning) ¨Do you remember when Despereaux was in the dungeon, cupped in Gregory the jailer´s hand, whispering a story in the old man´s ear? I would like it very much if you thought of me as a mouse telling you a story, this story, with the whole if my heart, whispering it in your ear in order to save myself from the darkness, too. ´Stories are light,´ Gregory the jailer told Despereaux. Reader, I hope you have found some light here.¨ This story was my second favorite but was nearly tied with Edward´s story. But after I read these I went on another hiatus, leaving book behind until high school. Between this I did read every now and again but not anything I would read again. In sophomore year, I was required to have book to read I honestly wasn't all that ecstatic because I knew DiCamillo's books are for younger kids and she probably wouldn't be on high school shelves after a little grazing of the books on display I went to ask the librarian for help, and we found something. One of the best books in my opinion, it is at the top of my list for recommendations, this book is ¨Jackaby¨ by William Ritter. The story follows Abigail Rook and her adventures after meeting Private Investigator R.F. Jackaby. This Jackaby isn't the typical investigator, he deals with supernatural cases, in which is an astounding topic to go into. The book is wonderfully written creating clear images in the reader's mind and delivering some well executed dry humor. This book honestly has changed my perspective on reading and now I have more wiggle room in the terms of genres I enjoy. This book will have you laughing, have you in suspense, and cheering on a certain couple, or at least that´s what I experienced during this astounding book. Currently I am reading the second on in the apparent trilogy. It is even more captivating than the first so I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for either a good thriller, or laugh.