Tag Archives: Spirituality

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

 

Happiness is Good

there are so many good reasons to be happy

I’ve been miserable, depressed and stressed for months.  All of that comes from within, but with a malevolent influence from something else.  I would rather be happy than constantly suffering the slough of despondency.  Most men are just as happy as they make up my minds to be.  I’ve made up my mind to finally walk away from the alcohol that was the source of my unhappiness, and today I am happy.

So, some happy pictures for today.

Have a very blessed Tuesday.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the rocks were all painted by school children

Survival in Lockdown

every man must face his own secret sorrows

the lonely sea and the sky

Normal life is a thing of the past for many of us.  Here in England we are in the middle of yet another lockdown.  We can’t go anywhere, meet with our friends, enjoy a meal out, or even go to the pub because they’re all shut.  In fact, the official guidelines are that we should stay at home unless going out is absolutely essential ~ such as a trip to the doctor, pharmacy, or to buy groceries.  It’s the middle of autumn here, it’s turning colder, and yet we are not even supposed to be able to buy a warm jacket or sweater.

The rules and regulations are enforced with varying degrees of enthusiasm by the police, (depending on where you live), neighbour is spying upon neighbour, and supermarkets have grown a crop of security guards to enforce the social distancing and face-mask rules.  It’s turned into a Kafkaesque version of 1984.  It’s got so that a lot of us English are spending a lot of time alone, locked up in our own homes, solitary.

Being alone for an extended period isn’t necessarily a good thing.  Few enjoy solitary confinement, because that’s what lockdown means for many, many people.  Days, weeks, and months alone with very little to do can prey upon the mind, make grown men brood and ponder their own inadequacies, make a man face his own secret sorrows and regrets.  The ghosts of the past come crowding in, snuffing out the future.

Some feel like throwing it all away, sales of alcohol have soared, and mental illnesses torture some sorry souls.  And there is very little help or relief to be found.  There is no immediate end in sight either.  In England this current lockdown is due to end on December 2nd, but nobody in the real world knows what will happen after that.  Prime Minister Boris Johnson probably doesn’t know either because Carrie Symonds hasn’t told him yet.

All a man can do is to keep on keeping on.  Find something difficult and intellectual to do.  Discover a new creative interest.  Look for an idea to get excited about.  Think about a new business venture you can do from home.  Read something challenging.  Don’t just sit there, take some action, put lots of energy and enthusiasm in it.  Most of all get outside in the fresh air, walk a few miles and let thoughts drift toward better times.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

get outside and enjoy the fresh air

that and sunshine will kill a virus

 

 

Music ~ All Your Friends

friends will fight shoulder to shoulder

This Coldplay track and accompanying video is poignant and tragic.  Perhaps an apt choice on the morning of the 102nd anniversary of the day the guns fell silent In Flanders Fields.

The Pals Battalions suffered horrifically during the Somme Offensive in 1916.

If you can find it in your heart, then please listen with two minutes of silence.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

going over the top

Scenes on Sunday ~ the Sea and the Sun

our lives are painted in colours borrowed from the sea

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

early dawn over the North Sea

 

 

Monochrome Monday ~ Zzyzx

some places are even emptier than the back of beyond

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

four and a half miles to nowhere

Random Jottings ~ Desire

always desire to learn how to love

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if you desire a dragon, remember things could get heated

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some say that desiring a dragon isn’t quite normal

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he said it was her faults that made him desire her

he was lying of course

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all that real men desire, real men will attain

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when men achieve their dreams and desires

they can still be dissatisfied

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when most men say; ‘I love you…..’

they really mean; ‘I desire you…..’

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when most men say; ‘I desire you…..’

they really mean; ‘I want to fuck you…..’

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never give up on your desires

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

he desired a virgin princess

what he got was an angry dragon

Scenes on Sunday ~ Scenic Beauty

he traveled the world
to find spectacular beauty on his own doorstep

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

she held the key to my heart

by dawn’s early light

 

 

Songs on Saturday ~ Lindisfarne

the more violent the storm, the quicker it passes

Last night I dreamed of this song from the days of my youth.  I’ve chosen it for today because meeting someone on the corner, just as it’s getting dark, is just about the only way on can get to be with a close friend.  Lockdown has a lot to answer for.

The acoustic guitar player has just about the coolest facial hair ever, if you like that kind of thing.  Reminds me of a certain muppet.

Please listen with a smile.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Lindisfarne is a magical place

one day I will take you there

Music ~ Johnny Nash

the singer and songwriter Johnny Nash has just passed away, aged 80

His song; I Can See Clearly Now was one of the first to bring a taste of Jamaican Reggae to wider audiences around the world.

This song has always called to me.

Please listen with respect.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

R.I.P Johnny Nash

1940 to 2020

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