noun, plural focuses, foci [foh-sahy, -kahy] (Show IPA)
a central point, as of attraction, attention, or activity:
The need to prevent a nuclear war became the focus of all diplomatic efforts.
verb (used with object), focused, focusing or (especially British) focussed, focussing.
to bring to a focus or into focus; cause to converge on a perceived point:
to focus the lens of a camera.
to concentrate: to focus one's thoughts;
to be or become focused:
My eyes have trouble focusing on distant objects.
to direct one's attention or efforts:
Students must focus in class.
We all have focal points and great athletes most certainly have them. That is why they are at top of their game. It is mind-boggling to me when I think about it, we humans can know so much and do so much on a conscious level, yet can live through and still not see nor be conscious of so much all at the same time. And this includes the lack of consciousness on our own thoughts and actions, behavior towards ourselves and others, especially behavior towards those who should matter most. You know what, I had a dream this morning. I was extremely curious to know- I asked my granny a very important question. I said, "Ma, Not one day in your life did you ever yell at me while growing up, not one day did you have to. You were so perfect- we were so perfect together." She went on to explaining. Only when my sister and I were toddlers would she have to gently tap our hands to keep bugs and grass out of our mouths as babies, but after that she never had to. She said she would always pray to God (each time) when dealing with children so that she would not offend them and that by offending them, she was wise enough to know that each offence would be a curse that any adult offending a child would place on themselves. I hugged her so deeply. We hugged several times and then I woke up. I woke up and realized that my granny has been resting in heaven for years. (It was so real as if she was really there resting in my bed and speaking with me.) But I don't believe that the dead can talk to us once gone because it is my believe we are now in different worlds and dead folks stay where they are. Perhaps it was the Holy Spirit speaking from the essence of her. Sometimes The Lord will work it out to get His message across.
My grandmother gave me so much happiness, a life of rich history and total belief in myself. She had integrity for me and believed in my integrity as a person and her child, all because she made a conscious decision to give me happiness - to allow her light to breath life into mine. And while doing so, she was aware of her actions and mindful of her actions. Once living, though she had discussed with my sister and not with me, if my memory serves me right, she said that the people who she lived with treated her so badly, that she didn't want to be that way with her own children. Her focus was to give me a better life and even though two generations away, Happiness is what she gave me. This rock she placed in me, This Ancient Stone was set so deep; though storms may come and go, a true ROCK can never be removed. She's left this earth now and walked into her garden of eternity, but she left a garden of truth behind for many people. She placed joy in my heart, my internal and external smile, our eternal friendship, the lasting bond of love, hope, respect, inner unbroken confidence in my person, and complete understanding in each other. You see, these here are eternal seeds passed down from a granny to me. Seeds of a fruit called happiness from her carried in me. Regardless of life's ups and down, her permanent smile gave me permanent joy that is forever embedded in my heart and stamped on my soul. Noticed I said, stamped on my soul. You don't know? It is only envelopes that carry notes and letters! If I choose to remain FOCUSED like her, Knowing that God gave her a position and that she would serve it well, then with these gifts I too will have the opportunity to pass them unto others and my very own kids in the process of my life and way after I walk through the doors of eternity.
Granny had a focus in bringing happiness to her children and all of her grand kids. Who are the people in your life that you are responsible for or closest to? And are you doing your best to make sure that your moments with them is always a day brighter today than it could have been before?
(Gorgoeus gal! it feels so good to say that. And that's how everyone should feel when giving others compliments or viewing another who you feel has a positive outlook or form. For some reason it brings me back to a time when a little one tried to compete with me...what she failed to realize was that I could have been old enough to be her momma. First step in her approach, osterize me, though we were all learning chemistry and needed the help. Her second approach, and I quickly realize that she couldn't help it. Laugh at my every move especially when someone else gave me a compliment. And then I sat in a seat and realized she' was in the seat behind me or did she go there after I was sitting, so I moved across the room and by then somehow figured out she had a chance to grow up---guess who ends up sitting behind me for the rest of the class and guess who I always hear laughing with her friend, interrupting the entire class. By then I figured, it wasn't about me and the laughter though annoying, had faded out with my focus on class. But guess what - it was all about me. They kept laughing at my every move. CALLED OUT. One day a friend of mine sat with them and saw they were laughing at me and that they were also talking about me in their group (that extended beyond the two). She says, I hope you guys know that you missed out. This girl has a lot to offer: and furthermore, she knows that you laugh at her. Sadly, the laughing girl was so focused on my person, that her laughing would interrupt the whole class as her friend joined in. What more can one say about this story. I was so into passing --uplifting myself and earnig a degree that the laughing girls got way out of my focus, while I stayed as a focus during their class time --but it would have been great to have a team to work with. Her friend who laughed with her and was much older, sadly (in this situattion) a follower who didn't even realize the reason behind the laughing girl's laughter. And my friend, she saved the day and put them both in their place by calling them out. You see, I at first told her that the girl use to laugh at me, I just didn't know that I was the reason why the laughing girl and friend continued.. And what did it do by my friend telling me? --Hey, you know the old saying, "know who your enemies are" and I also say we grow by kowing the truth.
I liked the follower and without knowing that my friend confronted her, told her on the last day of school how I had been extremely sick and came out of the hospital, only to jump right into class and that me being in class was a complete miracle ride! How amazing and a gift of God to jump right back into chemistry class of all things!!!! I told her how I was riding on great fear cause this class determined wether or not I earned a degree! Then I had wished her well and thanked her for her kindness from when she assisted at the beginning of class. Now-- all this was said without knowing that I was a continued focus of laughter, I even texted her after we got the results of our final to let her know that I earned my degree. Yes folks, my whole existance was defined by that one class! It was only after this last text when my friend had told me about her confrontation with the two laughing ladies. Otherwise, I was (oblivious) For the second laugh lady, I hope her consciousness eats at her and offers her growth. Well, I hope the confrontation offers both ladies some well needed spiritual growth.
Sometimes words are so important, like the words of my friend in defending me. If we can't use our words nor our vocals to lift others up, we should just try our best to not put them down or simply zip it up. If we feel a need to tear down another, then we need to take some serious time out to have that much needed conversation with ourself. What's so sad about the young lady who laughed at me, it was always easy for me to give her a compliments. She had lovely hair and a precious smile. The sad thing is if the presence of another presents to her insecurity that is coupled with negative actions, she will never see her own beauty nor her own worth. She will eat at her own beauty because beauty runs deep.
True beauty can not be found on the surface. It doesn't matter how much you do your hair or act kindly to just some people. My friends, true beauty is much bigger than that. It is beneath the dermal, it surpasses skin deep. You see, their crew ended up working with each other and didn't venture out to include me. They had both lab and lecture, while I only had lecture; therefore, I actually could have assisted with any challenging problem in their lecture class since I took the class before and had obtained an A. When I first realized that I was ostercised, I felt a little bad and it was odd, but I eventually understood the seed/s of the situation and the fact that they had two classes together. However, I had too much work to do to keep it as a focus. My focus was on the goal of graduating and that indeed I did! One month fighting for my life as I knew it--the next taking a challenging class that totally determenined my future--So I was walking on a tight rope while dealing with every anxious bone in my body, But guess what? This summer I earned that degree! It was a science degree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And so their laughter became my joy. ;-)
I don't know if I have ever mentioned, this blog is not about positive thinking. This blog is about the truth. Positive thinking can only get you just so far. Even happiness in of itself can only get you just so far.
What does happiness have to do with the heart one might ask; those who are considered to be truly happy are those who are often considered to or simply do have rich hearts. In-fact, everything extends from the heart. Number one remedy: True joy is keeping your eyes on the maker and not the circumstance. And in this is learning to be good to yourself and to other people. Because cradle your heart all you want, but if you don't live a life of uplifting others--then sorry my friends, a selfish existance can only get you so far. So now let's get back to you....
Yes, our hearts have to be treated like babies, we have to love our hearts enough to be conscious about what we are putting in there, how we are nurturing it and how we can proactivly allow it to be protected when we are going through hurt. Imagine for a minute your heart in your hand, cradling it like a baby, singing to it...perhaps with a gentle hum or some nursery rhymes. When the sun comes up or if there is too much wind, you put a cozy blanket over it to protect baby heart; sounds sweet, right? Then picture two, imagine if you were dragging this same image of a heart all around town, it's being stepped on, the texture of it is being corroded or scraped by the gravel on the ground----Can we say OUCH! Now I just wanna put that lil baby heart back in my arms and be like " hush lil baby, don't you say a word...Momma's gonna get you a brand new sword!" (the sword of the word!)
When life pulls you in this direction or that direction, you just have to constantly turn your face back to and refocus your eyes upon the King of Kings, His rise from the grave and His promises for you. And one can only know by reflecting on what is written in the book) No shame in the game, your stare has to be practiced until it becomes direct. ((militant, yet humble in the deep of things)) You see, a vision can only keep going as deep as you allow it, and the keys are in your hands as impossible as it might seem at times.
This post just took a different turn above than expected so that means that somebody needed to hear it. Alrighty then, beneath I'll give you a few thoughts about what I wanted to discuss
My daily dose of happiness at one time had
seems to be the standard everyday
I wanted my red lipstick (flashback from then........)
...And about that red???? My herbal red lipstick in my hands ... my mind saying no, my hands saying no, the outfit saying no, but my lips were screaming RED! LOL. My outfit ended up being a cute one, though. I placed on my high waisted denim skirt. I had a tight very light gray tee to match the light denim with an warm smokey n dark gray sleeveless loose tank top above it. The tank top had tarnished silver chains and silver studs around the neckline and was tucked in at the high waist. The chains hung loosely and dangled about five inches downward and met where the skirt began. So I wore the cutest tangerine and gray head tie to match the over shirt. The wrap sat flat and was rolled into a bundle in the back of my neck. To top it off, I had the most magical earring from my jewelry line. They were singular silver chains with a perfect circular opalite stone on the base of each. Now what lipstick should I wear? Pink was the obvious and natural choice, but everday I find great pleasure in my vibrant red lips. So after getting dressed, after putting on the matted pink lipstick. After grabbing my keys and my purse, I went back in the bathroom. At first I tried to put a tint of red mixed with the pink, because I knew the red didn't match. It was so conflicting, but I then looked in the mirror and was like self, we gotta do this RED. I finally told myself, if this lipstick makes me happy and doesn't hurt, if for some reason I feel vibrant and beautiful in it, Let the dance continue. And I wore that RED and I wore it again today! And look, the outfit to my cousins ended up being all the rave!!!! I felt vibrant although unsure if matching, but Vibrant ended up speaking for itself. that day and my Herbal Red lipstick made me feel happy. As simple as that, I dound great joy in it.
And sometimes, my friend, happiness is just like that. It's just like that and not given by a magic wond. We just have to hold onto the simple things in life and look forward to them. Also, we have to remember that overt things can only sustain a person just so long.. Perhaps joy is found in the combination..;-) But regardless of how you look at it, it is the deep of things and actually the deepest of it all that will mend the heart, that will joy the joy and nourish the soul. A sould that could have otherwise been starving.
Bible verse: Psalm 30:5
".....weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."
9/1/15 original 2/17/20 reposted and edited
My wonderful little brown boy was so happy to share with his Aunty. Before getting off the phone with him, he made sure to tell me about Playground Preachers and how they rap at the playground and they talk about Jesus. Then he made sure to add before going , "Tete, they are brown just like me - just like us. !!!!!!" I could just hear how it lifted his spirit up, gave him a sense of belonging to something that was so good, to something he could be pleased with. And put it this way, his mom and I are on the exact same page; my sister does an incredible job of raising her child right with no shortcuts. He found his joy in these videos, and I would like to share. Most importantly, it gave him a sense of something much deeper. It was a sense of pride in his dark chocolate skin and of how they were positive, they looked like him, and they spoke of the King.
Find the PLAYGROUND PREACHERS on You Tube and share with your children of any race, especially the little brown boys and little brown girls. Here's a link to the video beneath that will put the Modern Day detox shock culture to shame.
I found made-up songs and kept singing them. And all day, they would never cease. Walking by myself I was still singing. Cleaning. . .Singing! I sang the songs and became happy or was I singing because I was happy. My house mom in boarding school had to stop and say to my sis, I have never seen a girl so happy. I sang songs that had no beats to others, but somehow I could hear them and even when I forgot the beats, my mind would easily find another. The sun would shine and it was a reason to sing, the moon in her regal delight would bask in the mystery of dark night and III---I would still be singing. I made a song called prayer and a prayer called song. My siblings would tease because of my so called tone deaf treats. Yes and they were my treats. Oh how at times I forget that I use to sing. Please don't ever forget to sing and Self--DO NOT FORGET YOUR SONGS.
This specific post is a throw back. When I don't have time to write, will be reposting some older post that still holds weight. ....Enjoy!
Feel life for "feeling life" effects your mental health and one's emotional well being.
....And so I wore that red lipstick and had been wearing it since except for today when gold was all I wrote, but I did wear those moonlight opalite earrings along with the red lipstick....I love the fact that the lipstick fits me smoothly, but as important - that its organic lipstick. And from reading, you can probably see my joy and tell that it obviously was my first organic lip crush. After a while I just started being so aware of all the stuff companies put in the usual lip products. I can't pretend, my make-up cabinet isn't a hundred percent clean yet, but it gives me great joy to know that nature is sealing these lips and not some man made time bomb filled with unnecessary chemicals which usually goes tic-tick till they find the bomb like any other processed goods. ...smhmmm.
Remember how we talked about caring for your heart. Your heart is indeed like your child. You wanna make sure you are feeding it with the right stuff. I say indulge in simple pleasures. Get use to that type of life style and that type of intuned perspective. This earth was made by the Most High as a gift to you and a gift for you, yet some of us just walk right past it and forget to connect because we become so wired up in all of these modern days realities that we have going on. But it's good to remember, all is give and take. Yes-- we as people forget; however, it's the going back to it that always truly counts. And then it's the staying there that matters. Let me give you some examples: When you walk on grass, don't just walk on grass. Take a second to wonder at the Lord's natural wonder. :-) And depending on the day, take your shoes off and walk gently or perhaps swiftly to feel the texture of the grass under your feet. And then remember, the vitamin D in the sun - isn't it nice sometimes to just bask in it, to indulge in the sun's warmth before it becomes overbearing? And we rush so much sometimes, it's like we are having a competition with the wind. Rather, Stop.. walk at a sane pace, stand still, and for a minute even close your eyes to feel that breeze and to hear what the secrets of life are telling you. I mean, if you're rushing, you will most often forget to be nurtured by what is so natural yet easily overlooked. I mean, in that moment life is going to come alive and you are going to become "More Alive". Scratch that, You will come ALIVE. When you start to listen, you'll start hearing sounds that have always been there, but never noticed; somehow, your heart and your insides will have been craving for and they will surely know that they and you needed this moment. You will be hearing peace and feeling oneness within yourself and a connection to all that once upon a time seemed overt. You see, it had been a secret to you before, that you have always been so naturally insync with life and this grand old-new world, but the only way you found out was simply to seek out the secret... that all of this, however grand was made for you and is of you and to be enjoyed by the moments of your life... if even for a minute on a busy day. Yes, it's all very much a part of you. About that wind, when you listen you can hear it sing to the trees and make music like a violin. You can see the violets waltzing and see the sun set to an ensemble. You can hear the rustle of the leaves at the break of Autumn dancing their last dance, in their last chance- upon the stage of victory where age and decay must give way. The victory came vibrant with the rustic coloring of autumn....falling gently on the grass, to this bed of death ..to give life to the next layers of life. And the shows on this stage must continue till the next and till the next throughout every new season. Wow! There's just so much to hear. But guess what, you can't hear it unless you take that moment to be still and listen. And guess what, there's just so much to feel, but it can't be felt until you attempt to feel it, that's when each moment becomes sweeter and more vivid than one can ever imagine. And that is when we become so very much alive! And I tell you, I love the moon, cause when you pay attention to her, it's like way above the sky where our "imagination once created stories from the brilliant stars", she sings and whispers to us the closing of the night in her awesome lullaby. She cradles you; oh the tenderness of a gentle mom. And then - then I understand how full life is and can sleep in peace with her right outside my window sill and a wise owl right by. May We carry these treasures in the treasure chest of our hearts.
Fill yours. Fuel your heart with life, and be at peace.
Be intuned with what?
Be intuned with life.
Feed your heart with simple pleasures,
knowing that they are actually magnificent treasures
...never overlooking it all......
Welcome to We Make the Static! And here's a bit about your blogger. Mardea is a self entitled Modern griot or at least one in the making. She is also a social thinker and her belief system is Messianic/Christian. She lives by a conservative moral code and knows that the greatest gift given by God to us is Love. Love came through His son, the Christ. Therefore, these inspirationals are meant to not only uplift the the I , meaning not just you, but to do a wholesome work in uplifting the "we". That is creating harmony with you and others. but most important, to bring Harmony between you and the Creator through His Christ because He gave his son to you not only as a gift, but as the Keys to salvation. So --enjoy and if you find the readings inspiring, feel free to share. Also feel free to leave comments as feedback is always encouraging!