The Intent of This Blog

This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Reflections

“Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” - Napoleon Hill

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise but the companion of fools will suffer harm. - Proverbs 13:20

Influence: “the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself” - New Oxford American Dictionary

“Music is a reflection of our society.” It’s a line I hear almost every time someone defends a controversial song. For that matter, the sentiment goes into all art forms, and into life as well. “It’s a reflection of our society.” If so, then we ought to see some of the ills in our society a little better. But nothing is getting better. Not through music, or art, or poetry alone. Just because something is a reflection of something else, doesn’t make it beautiful, or right, or honorable. When we look in the mirror, we see ourselves. If we’re smiling we see a smiling person. If we’re angry we see anger. If we’ve been crying it shows. But the mirror has influence as well. A study done by the Institute of Psychiatry in London found that healthy people who gazed into a mirror for ten minutes became more distressed and anxious.* Why? Furthermore, here’s the thing about an actual mirror; it has no choice but to reflect the light that shines on it. It can’t, like Snow White’s magic mirror, reflect a desired image. But our art is largely by choice. Sure, the inner city kid who hasn’t found hope is going to make, or otherwise be drawn to art that tells of his or her plight. But often, controversial art that is supposed to reflect society doesn’t even do that. Rather it simply shows off immorality. Sex and drugs are often glorified. Demeaning other people is often made to look satisfying. When of course we know the opposite to be true. That’s why it’s so important what we see as our reflections. The medium of music and art is very powerful. God made it to be that way. It can hold sway over our emotions and even our thoughts at times. We need to be careful what we look at, because we are not society, we are individuals with choices. Our reflections aren’t bound by society’s, our reflection is full of potential. We know there is ugliness in the world. Some art reflects it, some just shows it off. There’s a difference. Let’s be careful what we put into our minds. What we see and hear has a way of making it to our heart. “Above all else,” the Bible says, “Guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” - Proverbs 4:23 So we ask ourselves, “Is this a reflection of society, or is society flowing from it?” Is this a reflection of me, or am I more than a mere reflection?

* From a report in the journal Behaviour Research and Therapy

Daily Journaling Questions:
How did I help someone in kindness today?
What did I learn today?
What am I thankful for?
Who did I love today?
What am I dreaming of?
What about today do I want to remember forever?
What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,

Jake

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