I have been thinking a lot lately about vast influence that each of us have. The things we say and do stick with people and either create or destroy in their lives. There are so many events and relationships that I look back on and cringe at how I spoke or acted and long with every fiber of my being to undo them. I am thankful that I serve a God whose mercy is big enough for even me and that one day all wrongs will be made right. But until then, here is to all that I have wronged. Please do not blame the Lord. "Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check." - James 3:1-2
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"Weaving spiders come not here," a line from A Midsummer Night's Dream, is inscribed outside the Bohemian Club in San Francisco. A reminder to club members that outside matters and business concerns were to remain just that- outside. Literature permeates into life through art- as well as being an art form itself.
Momento Mori "remember that you will die" so Carpe diem, i call this Arsmoriendi, the art of dying. In meditations Marcus Aurelius wrote "You could leave life right now let that determine what you do and say and think." That was a personal reminder to continue living a life of virtue NOW, and to carpe diem, seize the moment. This is the only depressing if you miss the point. This is a timeless reminder to create real perspective and urgency to treat our time as a gift and not wasted on the trivial in vain. Death doesn't make life pointless but instead purposeful, and fortunately we don't have to nearly died to tap into this, A simple reminder can bring us closer to living the life we want. Thank you to @yours_truly_k_b for helping me rember why i got this tattoo. Thanks for always looking out for me even tho i can be an ass sometime,I love you!
This miniature coffin from the 1870's was likely the final resting place for a member of the Knight's Templar. The symbol of the skull and crossed bones, an image widely recognized throughout history, signified the ritual of rebirth, and served as a sobering reminder that "everything that lives must die."
Tunga moln idag.
Kyliga vindar som drar in med det sköra, det som skaver något och smakar vemod.
Och som samtidigt är vackert och sant.
Som kvinnan jag mötte med en spade i hand bland det som fanns kvar av årets odlingar.
"Jag känner att jag tar avsked av mitt eget liv..."
De är kloka, de stilla i landet.
Och kan det där med ars moriendi.