Time flies...

"Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
~ Andre Gide

“Losing emotion
Finding devotion
Should I dress in white and search the sea
As I always wished to be - one with the waves
Ocean Soul”

Golden days are so far away
There’s a black rain up above
Out on the wind you hear her call
She’s under your skin and you drift away

She spreads her wings when she’s gonna fly, the crow…
If you make her sing when she’s coming she will let you know…

Her frozen hand takes your breath away
As she leads your soul through the dark
You know that she came to break your heart
But oh when she moves you fall in love again

~ HURTS - The Crow

As two kids who always spent 
Their time and played with toy guns in their hands 
There you stood in front of me 
They taught me that you’re my enemy 

And when our eyes have met 
We both set sails to death 
With guns of grown up men 
I fear it might be my last breath 

Eye to eye 
Our aim is blinded by the sun 
Seeking higher ground 
To a safe haven I now run 

The night had fell on no man’s land 
This flute was heard from out there in the dark 
I knew the words and joined in song 
This nightly truce a miracle of hope 

We raise our hands and walk 
Upright to move towards each other 
No guns, no death between 
The enemies now turned to brothers 

Together on this barren earth 
I tell him of my son 
No pawns or deadly toys 
The morning comes, and we are done 

We head to base and end the truce 
That lasted through this war of liars 
A vision of a better life 
Where music drowns the toy gun’s fire 

Next night I see a shadow and 
We both shoot in the name of god 
As we fell down our eyes have met 
Our friendship ends now in this turmoil of blood.
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#nowplaying Orphaned Land ~ Let the Truce Be Known

In case we forgot how that monster looks like :)

Love means letting go of expectations.


Sure, we all want people to behave the way we want them to. We want them to be more affectionate. Or more outgoing. Or smarter. Or more ambitious. All of these things are expectations. Expectations are just your requirements for “acceptability” of loving someone. But true love has no expectations. It simply loves “as is.”


Love doesn’t play the victim role or blame others.


Love doesn’t think others are “out to get them.” Love doesn’t think their loved ones are wrong. Love works together. It takes responsibility. It forgives and allows other people’s actions to be their journey. Love doesn’t take things personally.


Love includes letting go.


Love doesn’t equal possession. Just as the saying goes, “If you love something, set it free. If it comes back, it’s yours. If it doesn’t, then it never was.” There is truth to that. Love allows people their freedom. It doesn’t hold tightly and crush their wings in attempt to keep them. True love doesn’t want to possess. It is willing to set you free if you want to be.


Love doesn’t require you to continue a relationship.


You may love someone very much. But you may not be compatible with them. Or they may drive you crazy with their continued disregard for your feelings. You can still love them, but that doesn’t mean you have to be with them. Love doesn’t mean that you have to stay, and stay, and stay.  You can leave the relationship and love them anyway.


Love has no room for jealousy.


Like possession, jealousy doesn’t equal love. We think that if we’re not jealous of our loved ones that it means that we don’t love them. True love has confidence in the quality of the relationship. It knows that the other person is happy and content coming back to you, and only you.


Love is the absence of fear.


You can put all emotions on a continuum. On one end, you have love. Then appreciation. After that, it’s joy, happiness, contentment, and satisfaction. On the opposite end of the continuum of love is fear. Other fear-based emotions include, hatred, insecurity, jealousy, or greed.


Love is not needing and wanting.


One of the things we try to teach kids is that there is a clear difference between a want and a need. Needing someone is a feeling based in fear. You fear that you can’t live without them, so you need them. And remember, fear is the opposite of love. Wanting someone in your life gives them the freedom to leave, but still shows them you love them.


Love is an action, not just a feeling.


Humans tend to be addicted to intense emotion – especially when it feels good. So when we’re in love, we want to feel that way forever. But guess what? That higher than “Cloud 9” feeling goes away after a while. That doesn’t mean you don’t love the other person anymore, it just means that it’s not new anymore. So that’s where the action needs to kick in. Show the person you love them. Don’t just assume they know.


Love is unconditional.


The word ‘unconditional’ means that there are no expectations or limitations set. To love unconditionally is a difficult thing, and most humans aren’t good at that. But true love really does love without trying to change the other person.


Love means putting other people’s needs equal to – or before – your own.


While people may be inherently selfish for survival purposes, this does not serve us well in relationships. If you don’t put other people’s needs at least equal to your own, they will grow resentful. Real love truly, genuinely cares about other people’s happiness and will go to great lengths to make people feel valued.


Love is the highest vibration emotion that there is.


Science has proven that emotions like love and fear have very different vibrations. They can actually measure them. Love vibrates very fast, whereas fear-based emotions (think jealousy, possessiveness, hatred, greed, etc.) vibrate very slowly. When you love completely and unconditionally, there is no fear involved. The vibrations of love make you feel good at all times.


Love is focusing on quality, not quantity.


Love focuses on the quality of your relationship, not its longevity. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “It’s better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all?” Just because your relationship lasts a long time doesn’t mean that you have true love. Real love can be very brief. Therefore, quality and quantity of love are not the same things.


Love requires attention.


Love doesn’t ignore. It doesn’t look the other way. It wants to be present and be together. When people are in love, sometimes they think that they don’t have to “do any more work.” But real love actually enjoys giving attention to another person. It feels good, and doesn’t see giving attention to another person as a chore.


Love understands and accepts differences.


Let’s face it. We’re all different. Even identical twins aren’t exactly the same. They have different experiences and outlooks about the world. Real love doesn’t make other people wrong for being different. When people truly love another person, they accept their differences.


Love varies in how it is expressed and accepted.


What makes us “feel loved” varies. In the book The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman, he explains the different ways people give and receive love: (1) Words (2) Acts of Service, (3) Giving Gifts, (4) Spending Time Together, and (5) Touch. It’s important to discover other people’s love language so you can understand each other and give love in a way that the other person recognizes it.


Love makes you feel good, not bad.


Many people confuse being in a relationship with love. Just because you’re in a relationship doesn’t mean there is true love present. If there is jealousy, possessiveness, constant fighting, abuse (verbal, emotional, or physical), that is not love. Refer back to #6. Those are fear-based emotions and actions.


Love has empathy.


Empathy is the ability to put yourself into another person’s shoes and see a situation from his/her point of view. Love has deep empathy. “When you hurt, I hurt.” People who truly love one another don’t want to hurt them. They want them to feel good. They care about their feelings and try everything they can to make them feel valued and worthy.


Remember, love is happiness, appreciation, and feeling good. Anything other than that is not love. If we all loved one another as ourselves, the world would be a better place!

(source: Lifehack.org)