Red Dawn

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On Wednesday morning a large part of Australia woke to a very red dawn. A huge dust storm brought huge amounts of copper-red dust across town and country alike.

It was a very biblical site. That may seem a strange thing to say on a pagan site, but this red dawn had many people thinking the end of the world was here. And with the consuming red glow and the sun a fluorescent bright blue it really was life inspiring.

What if that red dawn had sparked the end of the world? Would it have been carried out as it is stated in the Christian bible or would there be another turn of events? And what you do about it?

The coming of the end of the world has been prophesied since the dawn of man. The most recent date is infamously 2012 when the Myan calendar ceases. It will be interesting to see what will happen to say the least because the date has a lot of people quoting the date. If this date were correct, then we only have a few years left. It begs the question….what will you do with your time?

But many religions, and therefore peoples perspectives of the end of the world vary greatly. The Ancient Egyptians and the Indigenous Australians believe that time is cyclical and not linear. So how can there possibly be an end of the world?

If the end of the world did have a specific date, would we as humans be better off knowing of it’s existance because, quite frankly there isn’t a damn thing we could do about it. So what would be the point? The point as I see it would be very interesting. If we all had the same finite amount of time to live would we begin to see each other as different parts of the same whole and start to accept one another and our life on this planet?

Would peace reign?

Could we finally embrace our differences and see our similarities?

Would you live your dreams and love all while you have the chance?

Cheers

Connie

Eccentric Children

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We live in an age when everything is rushed, scheduled, moderated, recorded and competitive. Especially where children are concerned. If our children dont have the latest and greatest then we are judged as not providing the best for our kids. Children are scheduled into group activities from a very early age, and while this is excellent for their development and social skills, there is a thing as going to far and over analysing our children’s every move.

I recently read an article on eccentric children, and it suited my sweet little man, who is now four, to a tee. The article stated that most of the eccentric children who went to see this person usually were tested for disorders such as ADD, ADHD, Asbergers ect, as some of the symptoms can be mimicked and it is vitally important to make sure your child has the best diagnosis possible.

But what do you do when the answer is, your child is in the eccentric category? By eccentric, they mean not as socially aware as most children, sometimes prefer to be alone, happy in their own little world. Eccentric children are also classed as highly intelligent and have a great imagination.

So what could possibly be wrong with being eccentric? Personally, I quite like eccentricity, it adds character. But in todays world, especially children’s it is hard to be different. Perhaps the eccentricity they speak of has always been about, they are just “diagnosing” it now.

But I think there are times when we over analyze our children and their life. I was recently told that my little boy seemed “pessimistic”. He is four, how can he be pessimistic? It is just in his nature to be more serious, but trust me, he can be happy and rambunctious as the next kid when he wants.

We definitely have to make sure our children are given the best possible start in life, including any specialities are found and dealt with early on. And perhaps we need to slow down on the over analyzing of our children quite so much. After all, eccentric children may be the starlight children whom the world is depending on.

If your child has their idiosyncracies, then encourage them and smile, and love them all the more. I’m an eccentric adult, so what’s wrong with an eccentric child?

Coming out….in every sense of the word.

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When you read the words, “coming out” it usually refers to someone coming out to the world as gay or lesbian. But I am talking about coming out in every sense of the word.

The reason why coming out for gay’s can be hard is because it is opening up a very private and integral part of themselves to vulnerability. What happens if a loved one doesn’t take the news well? What about the still fairly prevalent bigotry engraved in society?

This sense of vulnerability, fear, excitement and expectation can also happen when we “come out” about other things that are very personal to us but may still hold either social or personal taboos.

Take for example the life of a writer. You wouldn’t think that an author would have to come out of the closet about such a wonderous creative skill such as writing. But there are some that do and some that prefer to remain in the closet for numerous reasons.

If you write erotica, sexually explicit, GBLT or even romance there maybe a stigma attached. How do you break it to your ultra-conservative mother that you write about the intimate relationship between a man and his lover? What happens if you are ostracised at your work place because in your spare time you write those “porn books”?

It may not seem like a big deal to some, but to others it is a decision that weighs heavily on their minds. Is it better to tell people what you write and risk their disapproval and sometimes outright hostility or do you stay in the writers closet?

The same thing can apply to any faucet of life. Take religion as another example of a subject that holds great passion and division. Being raised a strict Catholic and then converting to Paganism may set your heart free, but do you set yourself free and tell all and sunder about your new found passion? Do you openly worship or do you take the simple pleasure of being a solitary Pagan? And what happens if someone comes out to you with a secret that pushes your moral or religious boundaries?

It’s even possible to come out of the emotional closet. Bottling up resentment and emotion causes stress and anxiety, but it is sometimes a lot easier than coming out of the emotional closet and letting someone know how you feel. You may hate confrontation, dont want to loose the person as a friend. There are numerous reasons.

There is a lot to be said for coming out of the closet in any aspect you care to mention. There is freedom to be who you truly are and to be free. There is a sense of peace and accomplishment. There is pride that you stood up for who you are and what you stand for.

But there is also a lot to be said for staying in that comfortable closet. You are in a comfort zone, safe and warm. You dont risk any relationships with others whom you know will not accept your “secret”. Sometimes it’s just a lot easier to live with.

I’m not sure which is better, it all depends on your circumstances. Only you know what is right for you. Either in or out of the closet, always be true to yourself and live with your moral compass in mind. And no matter if other people know your “secret” or not, it is always a part of you so cherish it.

Cheers

Connie