Opposites: The Power of the Ancient World vs. Modern Day (Weekly Photo Challenge)

The Historic City of Ayutthaya, Thailand

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The power of the ancient world is astounding.  In our modern society, we tend to believe that we have progressed so far – that we are so advanced.  We forget the grandeur of what came before us, centuries and centuries ago.

A bit of a history lesson:

This is a photo I took while visiting the historic city of Ayutthaya, Thailand, the counry’s capital prior to Bangkok.  The city dates back to the 1300’s and over the centuries, it became one the largest and most prominent cities in the world.  The city was extremely technologically advanced with systematic roads, canals, water management, and so forth, which was unique in all the world.  It was also a major center for global trade. It culturally and economically connected the East and West, what seemed to be two opposite worlds.

The architecture of the ancient city consisted of impressive, intricate palaces and temples.  “Art, literature, and learning flourished.”  Buildings were ornately decorated, which included art that mixed traditional styles with modern (at the time) culture.  Opposites coming together to create unique beauty.

However, in the 1700’s, the city was burned down by the Burmese army.  Literally, the city was left in ruins.  Those ruins remain to this day and Ayutthaya is now a UNESCO Word Heritage site.

(Information found through http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/576)

Opposites – ancient society vs. modern society

We must never forget the influence of the past.  It has shaped our modern society, even though we may not always recognize it.  Touring the ruins of Ayutthaya, we can envision the beauty and power of the ancient world.  We must respect and honor it.  We must never forget its invaluable lessons.  So, is our modern society truly “opposite” from the ancient world?  No, nor should these two worlds ever be considered opposites.

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Daily Prompt – The Companion I Never Asked For & Never Wanted

“I don’t want to belong to any club that would accept me as one of its members.”  Groucho Marx

In April 2014, I gained a companion I never asked for and certainly never wanted.  I did not want to be a member of this companion’s club.  Yet, I had no choice.  This club accepted me despite all of my fear and loathing for it.  Unfortunately, this companion was brain cancer and I gained a permanent membership to the Big “C” Club.

My cancer companion will remain a constant part of my life, even if I remain “cancer free.”  I have a name for my companion – Chester, Chester the Brain Molester.  For ease, I’ll just call him Chester.

I did hate Chester.  He changed my life forever.  He turned my world upside down.  He infected me.  He took away so much, not just from me, but from everyone who loves and cares for me.  I will never be the same person I was before Chester came around.

Yet, Chester will always be my companion, whether I like it or not.  So, I’ll just have to live with him.  I’ll have to accept him.

Hating Chester truely a waste of my time and valuable energy.  Resentment and anger towards him will only hurt me.  I will just have to bury Chester deep down inside, filling my life with love and inner peace.

So, yes.  I am forever a member of the Big “C’ Club.  I’ll never know why that Club chose me as one of its thousands upon thousands of members.  I’ll never know why Chester needed yet another companion.  Yet, I am at peace with it now.  My strength, my resilience, the love that surrounds me will forever and always be so much more powerful than Chester.

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Daily Promt – “Keep Your Heart As Open As The Sky”

How difficult, sometimes terrifying, is it to open up your true self to another?  To put yourself out there in the most deeply raw way…

Will they truly understand you?

Will they judge you?

Will they flee or start to disconnect because they just simply cannot handle what you’ve exposed?

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Or, will they accept you in all of your beauty and flaws?

Will they see that power within you and the strength that shines through?

Will they admire your unwavering loyalty?

Will they see that your sensitivity is not a weakness, but a gift?

Will they recognize how deeply you can and will love with every inch of your heart?

Will they fully embrace all that makes you “you.”?

Be your true self.  Always open your heart, your mind, your soul.  You are beautiful, so let that beauty shine through.  Those that embrace every ounce of your being will stay with you forever, whether it be physically, emotionally, spiritually… Yet, if someone cannot accept that, they weren’t meant to remain in your life.  They were simply there, for that fleeting moment in time, to remind you to always “keep your heart as open as the sky.”

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“Turn Your Wounds Into Wings” – Daily Prompt “Struggle”

How do you define “struggle”?  It means so much, to so many, in so many different ways.

My struggle is not yours, no matter how similar they may seem.  Yet, we can share in those struggles.  We can empathize in our fear, our hurt, our will to survive.  We can unite in our strength and our perseverance in the face of that fear and hurt.  We can find unbreakable bonds with those struggling along side us.  Most importantly, we can find our own inner power, a power we never thought possible or ever recognized.  We find strength.

So, take that struggle.  Face it.  Whatever that struggle  may be.  Conquer it.  “Turn Your Wounds Into Wings.”  (quote by Emily Joy Rosen)

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