Dictionary.com's Word of the Day is...
Daunt - to frighten; overcome with fear. To discourage; lessen the courage of.
Daunting is when one has to to live up to standards that other people set because they are so excited that you got the job. They are so excited that they share the same skin color that they want you to be the best person you can be so that they feel right stating you are the best in history. Daunting is when you state what is needed and people twist it into something magical, something you didn't intend for it to be, something that's so enormous that you no longer have the ability to make things happen the way you envisioned them to. Daunting is setting up a team that starts to fall apart before the day you're suppose to initiate them to work. Daunting is being Barak Obama.
On this day in 1954...
Elvis Presley pays $4 to a Memphis studio and records his 1st two songs, "Casual Love" and "I'll Never Stand in Your Way."
Talk about a great investment. The only sad thing is if tacked on to that was the stipulation you had to become a drug addict, a drunk, get fat and die ugly; would he still have accepted?
The Five Quotes for the Day...
Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things. >- Robert Louis Stevenson
Some people devote so much time to their jobs that they create an imbalance in their life. They want to succeed so much that it's at the cost of something. If they have a family it's at the cost of family time. If they are dating someone it's at the cost of spending time with that person. If they don't have a family or they are not dating, then it's at the cost of their personal life. Being successful is not a bad thing, it shows initiative. Having that kind of drive is a good thing, as long as it's used wisely. Devoting so much time to one thing while ignoring other aspects of life can cause one to miss out on so much and then years later have regret. Be careful how hard you work, you could end up with nothing to show for it.
We think caged birds sing, when indeed they cry. - John Webster
Holding someone captive or holding captive an idea could be detrimental to both. It may seem that the person is enjoying the protective grasp you hold on them and it may be that they are in a state of disillusionment of what they are actually missing out on. Holding people captive emotionally, even, can be a bad thing for them and for the person doing it. Having such control over someone can be unhealthy for both the captive and the captivator.
As for ideas they need to flourish and sometimes they need to be released to other minds so they can improve upon them. If the idea is so important that it can save lives it's best to give it to the many so that they can hash it out and save those that would be saved by said idea.
Bigotry tries to keep truth safe in the hand with a grip that kills it. - Rabindranath Tagore
It's a tough thing when you meet someone that just doesn't like you because of what you believe, who you look like or just because you don't look just like them. To have them know what is truely factual and keeping it away from themselves in a place where they silence it is kind of scary. They are so determined to dislike someone they will go to great lengths to ignore what they know just to continue.
If you do come across such an animal it is best to not indulge them in their thoughts, because that will only engourge them and if one ignores what they are they'll shrink back into nothing and give more breathing room to those of use that are worthy to live.
A key element of the biographer's art is knowing what to leave out. - Peter France
A biography can't have element in it. No need to bog down the reader with every detail. The biographer just needs to tell, in detail, the information that people want to know about and quickly state what is not really known; so as to not do any overwriting. Such writing will turnpeople off to the story. People liked those with flaws but everyone doesn't need to know ever stip.
Biographers get the gist of someone and that gist is what people read about. If the biographer is good the gist will tell a true tale of someone who is either dead or a long way off from being great.
What the ocean invades in one place it loses in another. - Napoleon
Massive forces move to conquer this land and that. But the land they did conquer slowly loses the strength that was holding it. Invading armies could see that mistake and attack and have an easy battle. Just like the ocean when it pulls in on a land it's receding in another. It's an interesting statement from an interesting man. I would say so.
Random Thought Corner...
I created a phrase called Life-Mines. People have them. The people that are riddled with them are those that are the 'other' person. Such as a man cheating with a woman. That woman has life-mines that the man just didn't know about and they will explode once he leaves who he was with for this person. Maybe it's a good idea to leave. But it's never a good idea to cheat. If you are a person that is in such a position you should think about it because the one you are cheating with could have life-mines that might harm you. Once the excitement wears off that is when they start poping up and hurting you.
And to end on an even more random note:
There are things in this world that you cannot change and there are things in this world you can. The game plan is to perceive the things you can't alter with a positive outlook that's contagious and then with the things you can change do so selflessly and the world will turn with human greatness you pass on; more so than because it was made to do that.