Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Green Light

The Green Light....

We're all chasing it.... In one form or another.

You see the "Green Light" is different for each and every one of us. The question is; What is your "Green Light"? & do you see yourself reaching it and obtaining it? 

Maybe it's finding your; soul-mate, one true love, or the perfect job, your passion,  "calling" in life, your meaning, your truth, your purpose.  Regardless, it is something you seek with all desires of your heart. I Hope you see now how it is different for everyone around you, since we are all unique in our own way. Your heart desires many things in your lifetime, but one thing may stand out above the rest.

Just as Jay Gatsby stood at the end of his pier every night for all those years, reaching out towards the Green Light..... For His one true love.... 

"Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us.
It eluded us then, but that's no matter---
Tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther....
And one fine morning---"
 ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Green Light.... 

If you haven't figured it out by now, F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" may have had a influence in the naming of this blog AND also it's continued passion to spread LOVE & HOPE to all of YOU! I actually read "The Great Gatsby" almost a year ago and was confused that it didn't quite turn out as I thought it would. I didn't quite understand what it all meant, but it took me reading a second time and more looking/diagnosing it over thoroughly, to understand what Fitzgerald was trying to get across in this "great american classic" as it is labeled by so many.  

The "Green Light" represents Jay Gatsby's hopes and dreams for the future. Therefore, to Gatsby, the light is symbolic of his "dream" which is Daisy. You can see in the beginning of the book, Gatsby is guided by the light through the darkness to lead him to his goal. It hit me hard, Jay was seeking his "Green Light" (his everlasting love) for Daisy, although she was married. He wanted to be as closest to her as possible without possibly disrupting her life. He had gone to war; 
traveled the world, been so many places,  but at the end of the day he stood at the end of his dock leading all back to Daisy. Which is what he most wanted in life. Standing at the end of his deck, [across the bay from Daisy & Tom's house] he would reach out at night, he had come so close, yet was so far away....

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.  ~ Henry Stanley Haskins

The Green Light in You.... 
So what do you seek and desire with all your heart? You see the thing is... it doesn't matter how old your are, whether you're 20 yrs old or 60 yrs old your heart still desires something or many things. It desires something more than anything else in this world. Only YOU know what it is....  The question will you seek it out or let it stay out of reach as Jay Gatsby almost did for so long...? 

We are all chasing something, just as Gatsby chased the Green Light. We all have different purposes in life; different meanings, different loves, different fantasies, the question is; Have you created a life for yourself where you're free to experience them? 

Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out.  ~ Art Linkletter

You Can Receive/Obtain It! 
Just as Gatsby believed in the Green Light. I believe in The Green Light also. No matter what the Green Light is to you specifically, it is out there for each of you. To seek, to desire, to chase after, to explore, to love, to welcome, to embrace, to dream, to discover, to hope and to learn from. You might not (achieve/acquire) or receive it all today or tomorrow for that matter. But remember if you put your heart and mind to it and give it your all [100%] then you may some day reach your "Green Light". 
Who is to tell you you cannot?

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart. ~ Kongzi

And who is to tell you that you only have one "Green Light"?  I believe it is a series of "Green Lights" throughout our lifetime, so put your heart into it and obtain everything you seek. Promise yourself to live your life as a revolution and not just a process of evolution. ~ Anthony J. D'Angelo

"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past"   ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald 

Many of you may know, that F. Scott Fitzgerald ended his book with the quote/line above, but I think he forgot the most important part, So, I'll finish it myself.... 

"Even so, we shall press on against the waves, over each swell, continuing the motion, until one day, one moment, we finally open up and give it everything we got, and then we see..." ~ Ross 

Chase This Light.... 

Monday, March 11, 2013

Glasses of Water [Life In The Present]

Scared of losing all the time
He wrote it in a letter
He was a friend of mine
He heard you could see your future
Inside a glass of water
The ripples and the lines
And he asked
"Will I see heaven in mine?"

The past week, I've been having my struggles, with both worries of the future & pondering of the past. 

But as you know it, God was also trying to teach me something and gave me some signs along the way. The thing is it took me awhile to finally see them all come together and make sense. Do you also have times in your life that you get caught up worrying about the future or the past is on your mind constantly, reflecting on different events or things once said or done? 

Look For The Signs
One sign was earlier this week, one of my favorite Coldplay songs "Glass of Water" came on my ipod on the way home from work, and this song completely relates to this post, check it out! Another sign was the bible verse of Philippians 3:13-14. A thought came into to my mind out of nowhere to read through some of Philippians yesterday, so I was scanning though and found Philippians 3:13. As I started to read it, I knew exactly what God was trying to tell me. 

No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,  I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.  

How Full or Empty is My Glass? 
This is one question we should never ask, because it's something we'll never know. God has a plan for each of us, but we must be living in the "present" to be living out this plan and do our part. 
Son don't ask
Neither half full or empty
Is the glass
Cling to the mast 
Spend your whole life living in the past
 Going nowhere fast

Set Your Own Direction In The Present
Slow down, look around, open up, & live in the present making your own experiences. These "Signs" are all around you, for He is trying to tell you something. If you don't slow down and open up sometimes, then you'll miss out for sure. So don't get caught up in the media, news, earthly possessions, but take some time each day to not only speak to God but most importantly LISTEN to Him. (for more check out: Gatsby Life post - Breathe)  

Action & Living [Not Your Worries] in The Present Determine Your Future. 
God won't answer all your questions at once, and I know you may have never ending list of questions. So we can't look at this life as just a "Glass of water" because it will never be "crystal clear" to us. Don't let your water stand still by living in the past or constantly rippled of future worries. Instead live in the present, forget your worries of the future and days of the past. The decisions you make today to start living more in the present will ripple positively throughout your life and give you more peace in life. 

The Dalai Lama was asked what surprised him the most; 
He said: "Man, because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. 
Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. 
And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; 
the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; 
he lives as if he is never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived."

Live In The Present
So I encourage you to start living in the "Present" this is your life here on earth and remember tomorrow is not guaranteed, but Today IS . Yes, I know it is smart to plan financially for the future and remember those loving memories, but at the same time remember that LIFE is HAPPENING Now, no longer in the past and not yet in the future, but right now in your life! So open up your heart, listen and look for the signs, take chances, reach out, and be active in the present!  

Oh and what are we drinking when we're done?
just Glasses of water
- Ross
(Glass of Water lyrics by Coldplay