Category Archives: Spirituality

Cancun Trip

if at first you don’t succeed, try something else

gently relaxing 

You may be aware that here in England we’re suffering from 28 days of very strict coronavirus lockdown, which comes to an end on December 2nd.  Except that’s not the end of it ~ when this period of miserable self-isolation ends we will be entering an indeterminate period of lockdown by tiers.  Wouldn’t you know it, the whole of the North East of England is in the strictest tier 3, which is almost as bad as the bloody terrible state we are already suffering.

Of course the whole country is in an uproar, and I do not blame anyone for complaining in the bitterest terms.  Prime Minister Boris Johnson won’t be able to get elected as a dog-catcher after this.  And as for the sanctimonious twerp of a Health Secretary Matt Hancock ~ as his name says what a wanker.

Except, I’ve found an escape clause.  There is nothing to stop me from going to an airport as long as I don’t stay overnight, and there’s nothing to stop me from boarding an aeroplane.

So, at 11:15 on Sunday December 6th I’m flying to Cancun, to stay in the utterly fantastic fabulously expensive, all inclusive, Royalton Suites Resort and Spa.  How cool is that?  Two weeks in the sun instead of two weeks of miserable lockdown in the cold, grey North of England.

Any volunteers to be a travelling companion can apply in the comments section.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

it’s tough at the top

Negative, Cynical, and Critical

it takes courage to be positive and happy when you’re hurting

sometimes we all need a little quiet contemplation

Reading back through my blog I’ve realised that so many of my posts are negative, critical of others, and quite cynical.  My only excuse is that in recent years my heart has been hurting and my head has been confused.  There is no cure for that unless one wants to change.  You can’t stop being negative until you realise that there is another way of looking at life.

Well, there is going to be no more of that.  It’s way past time that I looked on the bright side of life.

The world is a wonderful place, filled with dreamy clouds and blue skies if you have the will to search for them.  Most people are good, interesting, and kind; and if you come across the other sort, someone truly toxic, then walk away from them, and don’t look back.

Be crazy, be weird, be stupid, be creative, be whatever ~ life is to short to be anything but happy.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk,net

I’ll get by with a little help from my friend.

 

Marmaduke is always happy

 

Feminine Strength

out of the strong came forth sweetness

Unless you are English or a bible scholar you may be unfamiliar with the above quotation, which is derived from the story of Samson and the Lion and a woman from Timnah.  It’s a narrative and an allegory.  Psychologically, the interesting thing is the difference between masculine and feminine strength.

Typically, masculine strength is brute force and aggression that can be measured in foot-pounds, whereas feminine strength is far more elusive and mysterious.  In the biblical story the lion is an expression of male energy and sexual potency.  The sweet honey is an expression of female patience, sensitivity, and  complexity.  Without both the story has no point at all.  So, some strong warrior guy goes out and kills a lion ~ that happens all the time in the bible.  That story would have little point to it.

However, if you add the feminine sweetness, and throw in the woman from Timnah for good measure, then what we have is an allegory which seeks to illustrate that unbridled strength and aggression without control is both pointless and dangerous.  An out of control bulldozer isn’t anything anyone wants to have to deal with.

Many men fail to grasp that point.  A lot of guys think that what it takes to be a real man is the ability to sink copious quantities of beer and then beat down on the little guy.  Or drink copious quantities of beer, drive home from the pub, and treat his wife / girlfriend like a piece of meat.  That type of guy tends to be unsuccessful, or an alcoholic, or a workshy petty criminal ~ or all three.

More successful men realise that feminine qualities like; acceptance, diplomacy, patience, perseverance, understanding, and the ability to communicate effectively are just as important, (if not more important), than qualities such as physical courage and endurance.  Some men eschew these feminine strengths as being beneath them, or unmanly, or associated with the rainbow community.  Reality says that a hell of a lot of men just find things like diplomacy, understanding, and talking, far too difficult for them to cope with.

I had to learn the feminine strengths and skills as part of my career in International Finance ~ if I wanted to make more money than my trophy wife could spend.  More recently, I learned those feminine strengths courtesy of a self-confessed black widow.

Really strong men control their masculine qualities with the feminine qualities they are willing to learn and use.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

out of the eater, something to eat

out of the strong, something sweet

Armistice Day

they were young, they were pals, 744,000 of them died

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they shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old:

age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

at the going down of the sun and in the morning

we will remember them.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

lest we forget

Music ~ Lorena McKennitt

music can free your soul from the dungeon of your mind

Quite a few of my friends aren’t doing so well right now.  If it comes to that, neither England nor America are doing well ~ both our nations are in the doldrums and suffering deeply.  Perhaps this healing music from Lorena McKennitt can sooth all our troubled souls and hurting bodies.

Please listen peacefully, and know that someone cares deeply about you.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the ocean is mystical

I hope it will soothe your soul

Air Travel

flying anywhere is mostly sitting around and waiting

waiting at John Wayne, what a great name for an airport

Given that I have an hotel booked in Cancún it seems like a good idea that I arrange to get there.  It’s a series of flights and layovers that make up to a long journey.  Newcastle to London Heathrow, to Chicago O’Hare to Cancún International.  Even British Airways and American Airlines can’t get me there the same day I leave here.  Another hit on the credit card that gives me the most points.  And the only number I need is the booking reference NO**QB

Sadly there is no way I can get there via John Wayne.

Now all I have to work out is how not to be spending a couple of weeks alone in a fabulous resort hotel.

I am open to suggestions.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

a nice place to relax

sad sweet goodbye

you never lose someone you have truly loved

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let the rains fall

and wash away her tears

let me be strong

and take away her fears

let me be kind enough

to wish her well

now she loves another

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

walking away from everything

Random Jottings ~ Positive Affirmations

be inspired to think, act, and believe in ways that fulfill your potential

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every morning is a new chance to enjoy life

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I am not the sum of my past mistakes, nobody is perfect

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I am at peace with everything that has happened in my life

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I will neither judge myself nor the other people in my life

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we each have the power to change our lives for the better

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I am good with who I am, and proud of who I am becoming

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I can meet each new challenge with fortitude and enthusiasm

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my partner is very attracted to me; physically, spiritually, and emotionally

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

at the end of every day, I know that I will have done the best that I could

Monochrome Monday ~ Wilderness

the wilderness is a necessity for the human spirit

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

sometimes when you lose your way

you find your true self

Scenes on Sunday ~ The Sea

a calm sea never made a good sailor

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

warm and pacific

 

 

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