SOAPBOX of the week: the fallacious fame game

“Blessed is he whose fame does not outshine his truth.”     – Rabindranath Tagore, Bengali polymath and poet

Like history’s icons, today’s rising starlets rush the limelight, shoving, sacrificing and scratching to bask in the pedasteled, gilded glow.  If only for the clichéd 15 minutes, they still choose golden-calf glitterati over admired greatness in anonymity.  And like starving plants, unyieldingly bent towards the sparkle, they contort themselves into heinous weeds.  Drinking themselves drunk, they kill their flowering inner beauty and poison their roots with vanity, greed and conceit.  Ironically, the hotel heiress and reality show wannabe might not be so different from the new executive, neighborhood hotshot, self-crowned gym Adonis or mid-lifer avec arm-candy!  For behind the inflated ego and pompous presence lurks the withering truth of who they really are and who they wish they were.  When fame facades one’s genuine identity, failure and fear-filled days aren’t far behind.   Folks, regardless of the stage or summoning, lies beget banishment, but truth begets blessings.  So choose wisely, when you take a bow.

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SOAPBOX of the week: Unharness your heart

“The heart has the ability to experience so much –and we don’t have much time.”     – Jack Gilbert, poet
There’s always tomorrow, right?  At least that’s what we always ignorantly say.  And we’ve allowed our analytical, compartmentalized minds to brainwash our hearts to run on the same autopilot.  Think of all those times you stopped just short of saying or doing something that would’ve delighted your heart.  Delayed gratification ain’t all it’s cracked up to be; because while you’re holding out for the “perfect one” or the “right moment”, your heart loses out on the experiences that would grow it exponentially.  Funny, how you’ll neglect your emotions for the sake of your thoughts.  Isn’t it time to find a balance?  After all, you don’t know how much time you’ve got left.  Folks, the mind is a terrible thing to waste – and so is the heart.  So relinquish the reigns and relish the results.

Copyright 2008 by Kimberlie Dykeman

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SOAPBOX of the week: Change is gonna get you

“Everything will change. The only question is growing up or decaying.” – Nikki Giovanni, poet and social activist 

Hey “fence-sitters” of the world!  Is you’re butt asleep yet?  Well, you chose to park it there and insist that it’s “comfortable” …after all, “up there” you don’t have to grow up nor face up to the tough decisions lingering below.  And things will remain exactly the way you like them: Familiar.  Un-changed.  Safe.  Well, here’s your newsflash: if you think sitting still means your little world is “frozen in time”…you’re sorely mistaken.  Literally.  Both your physics teacher and Mom were right: Change is the only constant.  And, since there’s no better time than the present, leap off the fence before you become a permanent rotting fixture!  Grow and thrive with the fabulous mix of change, and you’ll see, the view down here is grander than you ever imagined.

Copyright 2008 by Kimberlie Dykeman

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