Sunday, January 31, 2010

Somewhere In Between

I've been trying to write songs for about a year to get emotions out of my head, but my songwriting abilities always fail me half-way into any song i start. Which is why I'm thankful to Lifehouse right now for my current favorite song, Somewhere in Between. It pretty much sums up every song I've ever tried to write.

It's kind of funny to me that a song they released 10 years ago has such great relevance to something going on in my life right now.

"I'm somewhere in between, what is real and just a dream."

I'm waiting for that moment to "wake up." The moment that lets you know it was just a dream. The moment that lets you know you won't have to deal with it anymore. But at the same time I'm dealing with the fact that a typical dream doesn't continuously occur during consciousness day after day. Hence, I feel like a situation going on in my reality is more suitable for a dream. I don't necessarily know that this is what Jason Wade had in mind when he wrote the song, but it's the meaning that i find applicable.

I apologize for not expounding on the subject that connects me to this song, but I decided to stay away from blogging with too much personal detail. I will, however, leave you with a hint of what it's about by quoting another Lifehouse song.

"Maybe you could not believe it, that my love for you is blind. But I couldn't make you see it, that I loved you more than you'll ever know."

Monday, January 25, 2010

Not What i Promised

This is a little bit ironic. I said i was going to post something today about my thoughts. Turns out, I'm not. What's ironic about it is I am instead going to take another look at the phrase, "actions speak louder than words." Someone wise who read the post pointed out to me that maybe I had altogether missed the point of the saying. Here's the example he gave:

Someone says, "I'm going to give $100,000 to the victims in Haiti." That seems like a pretty admirable thing, right? Well what if the person then proceeds to give no assistance and doesn't back up his statement? On the other hand, a person might say, "I will not help the Haiti victims," and then he sends $100,000 in aid to the Haitian relief efforts.

With this view, "actions speak louder than words" is a little bit more clear to me. I encourage you to read Matthew 21:28-31 for a similar situation that Jesus lays out.

The upcoming post i mentioned yesterday? Well, let's just say it's going through some reconstruction since my approach on the subject is a little different now.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Here We Go Again

Disclaimer: This post is boring.

This is a very general idea that I scrambled down thoughts on in order to set up a blog I will post tomorrow. If you want to better understand my more personal, upcoming post, this is here to serve as a platform to see where I am coming from.

Actions speak louder than words.
Words are thoughts made audible. So, essentially what that statement would mean is that actions are more important than a thought developing in the mind. I question this concept, however, for two reasons. First- Actions are always initiated by a thought, no matter whether the thought was pre-meditated or impulsive. Second- Communication, whether it be verbal or non-verbal, is an action. In fact, communication is arguably one of the most constant and universal actions that happen on a daily basis.

First- Actions are always initiated by a thought, no matter whether the thought was pre-meditated or impulsive. Think about the way you respond to major circumstances in your life. If you come home to find you've been robbed, the immediate thought would be to make sure everything is safe and then somehow to regain what was lost. Thus, the action that would ensue would usually be to check the area with a sense of caution to make sure no one is around. This thought desiring safety would usually lead to a phone call to the police at some point as well. These could be considered impulsive reactions to being robbed, but we see that there are thoughts that are driving them. Not quite as impulsively, thoughts longing for justice or replacement of property would begin to circulate. At this time, legal actions would usually be taken or you would possibly make purchases to replace whatever it was that was stolen. On a smaller scale, think about waking up in the morning. If your first thought has to do with how exhausted you are, your action would be (if you're like me) to roll over, pull the covers up, and get five or ten more minutes of sleep. On the other hand, if you immediately think about how you promised to meet a friend for coffee, you would be more likely to hop up and get ready to go. At this point it's pretty elementary that the actions you take are derived first from thoughts that take place.

Second- Communication, whether it be verbal or non-verbal, is an action. The thing I do the most is talk. I usually do this whenever i want someone to know something or if i need to know something from them. Both of these end up getting something accomplished, so it would be absurd to not consider the talking as an "action." Similarly, many non-verbal forms of communication end up getting something accomplished. Following up on the first idea, anytime you communicate you have either a previous or impulsive thought that drives you to communicate with that other person.

To wrap up this train of thought, I don't agree with the concept that actions speak louder than words. In my opinion, words are actions. On top of that, thoughts should be considered the more important issue. After all, they seem to drive everything we do.