I do not now recall how we got on this subject all those years ago, but mother shared this advice early one morning, while we were driving home from one of my gigs. She confided, “In order to be interesting you must first be interested in others”. I chewed this over for a few days and decided to give it a try. I began applying her theory and saw that it produced results and gave me a relaxed entrance into conversations. I found that it was a win-win formula for any person to try.
Should you find you want to truly connect at the next meeting, dinner party, convention, or the grocery store, it’s time to build those people skills. The simplest way to do this is to figure out what they’re interested in, by asking leading questions. Ask ones that require more than a yes or no response. Word…
A few weeks ago I went to see the movie Les Miserables, young Cosette the little girl who dreams of a better life sings a song “Castle On A Cloud”
There is a castle on a cloud,
I like to go there in my sleep,
Aren’t any floors for me to sweep,
Not in my castle on a cloud.
There is a room that’s full of toys,
There are a hundred boys and girls,
Nobody shouts or talks too loud,
Not in my castle on a cloud.
There is a lady all in white,
Holds me and sings a lullaby,
She’s nice to see and she’s soft to touch,
She says “Cosette, I love you very much.”
I know a place where no one’s lost,
I know a place where no one cries,
Crying at all is not allowed,
Not in my castle on a cloud.
I later thought how most of us as a child must have at one time or another dreamed about living in a castle or playing in one or even getting married in one.
I personally dreamed about playing inside one usually finding some unknown secret passageway no one ever knew existed. Yet, it was I who had found it and it of course lead to an under ground tunnel, to an unknown entrance that opened up to an entire new world of wonders.
What kind of wonders you might ask?
For some reason in my dreams there was always a grand white stallion horse with wings I could ride and fly with. A few unicorns and a few huge very loving Snow Leopards that could communicate with me.
Today there are wonderful Castles all over the world and even today if I could, I would love to go and play in each and every one of them and explore each and every crack and turn any stone and brick to see if there are any secret passageways that would lead me to new and exciting adventure. It would be fun indeed.
Castles I’d love to explore today.
1. On the South Coast of Cornwall (St. Michael’s Mount) in England.
That’s St. Michaels as in the great heavenly Archangel worrier.
He was known for strength and victory over dragons is an expression of the struggle of the newly-arrived Christian faith against native paganism in this area.
Take a closer look and tell me why there couldn’t be any secret passageways here?
There simply has to be!
2. The Edinburgh Castle
Most of these buildings date back to the 16th century. St Margaret’s Chapel is the oldest and dates back to the 12th century.
Now tell me if there wouldn’t be any hidden room at this place?
3. The Spis Castle, and one of the biggest in Central Europe.
Also dates back to the 12th century but the area was inhabited at least 7000 years.
If this place looks a bit familiar it’s because it was used as a location for films, such as Dragonheart (1996), Phoenix, Kull the Conqueror (1997), The Lion in Winter (2003), The Last Legion (2006).
4. The Alcázar of Segovia (literally, Segovia Castle) is a stone fortification,
located in the old city of Segovia, Spain. Rising out on a rocky crag above the confluence of the rivers Eresma and Clamores near the Guadarrama mountains, it is one of the most distinctive castle-palaces in Spain by virtue of its shape – like the bow of a ship.
The Alcázar was originally built as a fortress but has served as a royal palace, a state prison, a Royal Artillery College and a military academy since then.
5. The Bodiam Castle a 14th-century near Robertsbridge in England.
It was built in 1385 by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, a former knight of Edward III, with the permission of Richard II, ostensibly to defend the area against French invasion during the Hundred Years’ War. AMAZING>>>>>no?
Standing at a colossal 35 feet, the towers of Bodiam Castle, provide a 360 degree view of the surrounding grounds, allowing for superior optical advantages.
6. Lets not forget The Magic Castle of Sleeping Beauty
These are just a few but a good start to begin an adventure.
Is it behaving honorably? Morally? Or perhaps it’s avoiding temptations? Other ideas that might come to mind may be:
– Helping others who are in need regardless of how busy your own life is.
– Making good decisions that will affect you, your loved ones, or those around you.
– Teaching our children ethically sound choices so that they may pass it down to their own kids.
– Standing up for what you believe in and taking action when necessary.
– Or maybe you’ve expanded this a bit further to doing the right thing for your own body, mind, and soul.
When it comes down to it chances are you already know what the right thing is. Though sometimes we fail to do them because it’s much easier to put them aside for a little while or use that ole favorite line of ours “tomorrow” because “tomorrow” is always easier. Unfortunately tomorrow may come at a price if we don’t make the time to do what we really should do for ourselves or even others.
So why wait? Plan on doing something right for others and ourselves, only this time let’s schedule it and actually do it!
No matter what those four little words mean to you, it’s important to do the right thing by you and by others.
Please join us at BloggersUnite.org and join our “Do The Right Thing” event on March 15th, 2013.
2. Write a post about what you’re planning to do on your blog by March 15th, 2013.
3. Submit your article to BloggersUnite.org so we can all read and talk about it.
*Make sure you add one of our action badges that are on the site so others can see you’re a part of this event.
4. Then on March 15th, 2013 write about how it went or maybe do a video on how it affected you or others for us to share it.
Be as creative as you want, as there are no rules when it comes to doing the right thing.
You see, it’s really pretty easy, and if there’s something we need more of in this world it’s “LOVE”. (As the Beatles song says). Isn’t doing more of the right thing for others or even ourselves a little part of spreading the LOVE around?
Sure it is and we’re all worth it!
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE
“There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done. Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung. Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game It’s easy”. ~Lennon/McCartney
Oh wait, so what am I doing on that day?
I’ve decided to use the day to feed the homeless.
I’ll be to making 100 lunch bags, and passing them out that day. And I’m going to make my kids help out as well.
237,900 miles away from us we gaze upon him so clearly.
Our Solar system has many of them but this one is the only “body” that likes to scope us.
The second brightest entity next to the SON, which makes him cold, dry and soon will become nonentity.
Forages off the power by reflecting off “The Mighty SON” who’s brilliance shines all around us.
With shadows of doubt passing and dancing around our lives
it’s almost predictable seeing his phases of things he makes happen during our stages of life.
An interesting fact you’ll always see the same side of him even though he’s whirling and swirling continuing around us.
This other presence comes from pleasance with disguises to trick and lick each and everyone of us .
He’s dark even though he shines bright at night.
A trick he’s kept since the beginning of our history in time.
Craters as assumed do not make the shadows you see?
His pits are deep but not hollow used for storing more then the Sandman.
Man has given him different names throughout the ages of time.
They can’t seem to keep him straight. He needs a new name each time he alternates as he does change sizes and shapes.
Before our time and the widespread use of writing, there was fighting just to keep better track of him.
Possibly maybe if two appear in a single month, the second one is called “Blue” as it’s deeply feared. But that’s not half as bad as the blood/Red Moon for those who are still wondering what to believe in?
Better think twice and make no mistake it shrinks in size.
It’s why the woman steps on its head and keeps it slam dunked under her feet.
How can something so plain and simple be so misunderstood? She said I didn’t care? What the hell was she thinking? Again he took her side? Why are my words being made to seem so dehumanize? In fact I swear I didn’t say much at all? Yet was over-ruled to seem nasty, offensive and cruel? Got lectured on how she’s had it so rough? I’m so tough?
Get real you fool! She’s got you wrapped underneath her pitiful stool. She’ll step on you as soon as she’s in need of getting high. Why? Oh why? Do you choose to wear those scales on your eyes? Lies I tell you lies and I am tired of feeling wicked in your eyes. She better get smart she better wise up. She thinking there’s trouble? She’s got no clue!
IT’S A TERRIBLE INJUSTICE when you love someone so much! Don’t let it happen to you. Love and giving only breaks you in two. Kisses and slaps you at the same time. Be dehumanizing and look like a fool, its better then being accused of what’s not true.!!!