You and Me by Rod Smith is an inspiring article about intimacy that I read in the Sunday Times months ago. I really wanted to share his inspirational words with you.

You and Me by Rod Smith

Intimacy - You and Me by Rod Smith (image: www.jessicarpatch.com)Lay aside the commonly held connection of intimacy and sexual behaviour. See it as an essential platform for a meaningful relationship. Intimacy occurs when I let you into my head, heart and reality without fearing that you will disapprove of what you see. I let you in and my hope is that you will love and accept me. I don’t want you to rummage around, judge my thoughts or be startled. I don’t want you to rearrange the furniture or paint the walls.

We discover intimacy when you enter my world and behave as a valued, respectful guest. You are a guest, not a consultant, interior decorator or demolition expert. I want you to know me so you can treasure me, understand me and enjoy me – so don’t try to change or fix me.

Authentic intimacy (there is no other kind) is not easy. You have to know yourself really well, possess a high degree of self-acceptance and self-love. In the event that you do not love and accept yourself, the moment you enter my world the experience will be so unsettling for you that you will either take an emotional hike or you will feel like you have to be a missionary or nurse and fix whatever I show you.

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INSPIRATIONAL QUOTATIONS: Inspirational Words from the Wise

Words have the power to make us heal and grow. They also have the power to start wars and make little Susie cry in the corner. But good, inspirational quotations for the better part help to shape our world and can move us deep down in our dark, squishy centers. In this rat race of life, sometimes we need to bend down and smell the geraniums. Life is a bloody brief candle, and if we can’t think of anything to inspire us, we can always turn to the inspirational words of others.

Inspirational Quotations - Food for Thought

Inspirational Quotations for Life - Wake Up

Inspirational Quotes - Waking Up (image: jessdynarski.buzznet.com)

Inspirational Quotations - Growing Up

Inspirational Quotes - Growing Up (image: themetapicture.com)

Inspirational Quotations - Happiness

Inspirational Quotes - Happiness (image: quotespictures.com)

"When you have to make a hard decision, flip a coin. Why? Because when the coin is in the air, you suddenly know what you are hoping for" - Matthew Francis-Landau

Inspirational Quotations Travel

Inspirational Quotes - Travel (image: www.sarainlepetitvillage.com)

Inspirational Travel Quote

Inspirational Quotes - Traveling (image: www.travelingmisslazy.com)

Inspirational Quotations Compassion

Inspirational Quotes - Compassion (image: indulgy.com)

“There is something that can be found in one place. It is a great treasure which may be called the fulfillment of existence. The place where this treasure can be found is the place where one stands” – Martin Buber

Inspirational Quotations Believe in Yourself

Inspirational Quotes - Believing in Yourself (image: strongfitpersonaltraining.wordpress.com)

Inspirational Quotations Don't Judge Others

Inspirational Quotes - Don't Judge Others (image: www.motivationblog.org)

Inspirational Quotations Laugh and Let Go

Inspirational Quotes - Laugh & Let Go (image: www.thinknice.com)

"All pain and suffering that is non-physical, is all in the mind. Therefore learn to forgive and let go - and alleviate yourself of unnecessary suffering" - Buddhist Dharma

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LOVE POETRY: My poem - Dream Catch Me

I TEND to be a love-sick puppy at times. Falling for girls that are spoken for or aren't interested and having my heart minced by the ones who pretend they are - these seem to be common trends in my hopeless romantic life. But from the burning ashes of emotional hurt often comes inspiration!

I often have this recurring dream where I'm walking along a beach at sunset - hand-in-hand with the undiscovered love of my life. Sometimes I recognise the girl, but at other times it's someone that I have never seen or met before. I like to believe that I'm yet to meet the latter one.

Anyway, enough about me. Below is a poem I wrote a few months back about my recurring love dream. It's an amalgamation of my own love sick feelings and two of my favourite songs. It you are familiar with the Goo Goo Dolls and the work of Newton Faulkner, you may recognise a few lines. There is also a bit of Blaise Pascal thrown in there just to spice things up.

So grab a tissue or another beer and I hope my poem touches you in a platonic way.

DREAM CATCH ME

Photo: fairwayscottages.comThe warm sunset rays cast themselves upon the tame sea

Dancing on slow moving humps of blue,

They meet the shore with a gentle swish

Gobbling up footprints left behind with joyous laughter.

We have an endless soft blanket before us on which to paint our future,

The past is washed clean, and all we need to go forward is the touch of each others hands.

It is only you and me - the rest of the World doesn’t matter,

Happiness has been defined in a single day...

But alas this is not today,

Today is a recurring dream.

Here is gone.


We have become adept at convincing ourselves that we know what we want

- who we want

Blind to our own inevitable growth,

Maturity, wisdom, ambitions, desires, dreams.

Our ocean is made murky by socially constructed pettiness

Expectations, perceptions, but very real uncertainty,

Uncertainty that strangles one, causing a head-rush of confusion

A bottomless void that can’t seem to be filled.


A few beeps from an electronic device becomes a make or break moment,

Silly, really

But the will to make the dream reality overpowers.

Left alone in a painful silence

Forced to allow over-analytical thoughts free reign over a once clear state of mind,

My ocean becomes cold and muddy

Please, get me out of this frozen dirt.


The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing, they say,

We try to understand the emotional heart with our heads

The way we are conditioned to,

Futile, really.

Sometimes the head wins the battle,

I break my fingers to make a call, but that’s all it is...


Love is about giving – giving involves trust,

Love is giving someone the ability to hurt you but trusting that they won’t.


There’s a place I go when I’m alone

Do anything I want, be anyone I want to be,

But it is always you I see there and I can’t stop myself from falling.

That’s where I’m going, where are you going? Hold it close, don’t let this go,

Dream catch me – catch me when I fall

Take me to my ocean I have seen before,

Let me meet her

Show me what I know will one day find me and become my reality.


Everything’s wrong, but it’s alright...

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PRAVSWORLD: Inspiring you for a better tomorrow

We could all do with a little more inspiration in our lives. Times are tough. Most of us are feeling poor, the future is uncertain, 2012 is looming … Sometimes it just takes one inspirational line to help us gain some perspective. After all, you could get hit by a taxi at any minute. To quote Homer Simpson, “you could wake up dead tomorrow!”

There’s more to life than money and cars and blogging – like clouds, ice-cream and puppies. Inspiration comes in many forms and can be a powerful thing. Below are some inspirational pictures and words, courtesy of www.pravsworld.com,  that I hope will help you gain some perspective of your own.

Inspiration to chase your dreams:

Inspiration to chase your dreams

Chase your dreams

Inspiration to cry:

Crying

Decision-making:

Decisions

Dying

Make the most of every moment:

make the most of every moment

Be careful what you say:

What people say

Relationships:

Relationships

YOU

You

Big-ups to pravsworld.com and the peeps who took these inspirational photographs. If anyone knows who the lovely spirits are that created these, please do let me know so I can credit them!

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LOVE: 8 reasons to feel good about the world and all it's people

Feel Good Photos

If you've been feeling a little down lately, these will hopefully restore your faith in humanity and make you feel good about the world we live in.

Feel good when someone shows a bit of sillyness

Feel good when someone shows a bit of sillyness

Feel good when a father embraces his newborn

Feel good when a father embraces his newborn

Feel good when others are happily married

Feel good when others are happily married

Feel good about the adventurous lives that children live

Feel good about the adventurous lives that children live

Feel good knowing that sometimes laughter can be the best cure

Feel good knowing that sometimes laughter can be the best cure

Feel good knowing that family will be there for you no matter what

Feel good knowing that family will be there for you no matter what

Feel good knowing that every day can be a new adventure

Feel good knowing that every day can be a new adventure

Love others and feel how love makes the world go 'round

Love others and feel how love makes the world go 'round

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