Tuesday, January 24, 2023

The Phoenix rising out of the ashes

Today I want to talk about rising above discouragement and how that relates to the Phoenix rising out of the ashes. I've been struggling a bit lately just like everyone else. I've been stressing about the cost of housing, inflation, interest rates. It gets a bit overwhelming so it does. Ya just feel like you're working your a*s of and you're not getting anywhere. Ya just keep spinning your tires. There's nothing on TV I like. I kept trying to find something on Netflix but there was nothing there. Except for Derry Girls. I think that's hilarious. It reminds me about what it was like back in the day.

I brought down my daughter's old flat screen TV and hooked it up to an old DVD player so I could play some CDs. I really like Five Times August's album Silent War. However, all the crazy sh*t going on gets to be a bit too much. Red pill, blue pill how about no pill. I dusted off some old music CDs and found a three pack I used to listen to called Stay Calm and Carry On.

Now I know everyone makes fun of that stupid saying and have turned it into a million different memes but last night when I put it on I found it very soothing. I thought about the song Carry on my Wayward son and the remix those two young girls made of it. It spoke to me. They say the Irish have heart but the Brits have grit. When the going gets tough they're all Mary Poppins best foot forward. Every community has good and bad. Now I'm not condoning everything the IRA did nor am I condoning all the invasions England have been involved with. I will say that Hong Kong was better off under British rule than Communism yet I do support self determination.

So I'm listening to this music pondering the solemnities of eternity so to speak and I look up at two prints I have on the wall. One is of a dragon the other is of a Phoenix. They're copies of the ones Clay Roueche painted in prison. I'm thinking about how often our plans in life can go to sh*t but then in the end our life can transform into that Phoenix rising out of the ashes. That's kind of why suicide freaks me out so much. If you give up, you'll never know what the future held for you. Tomorrow could have been a better day. Everything can change in a New York minute. If you give up now you will miss that. It always gets darkest before the dawn. Don't give up just because it gets dark out. Behind the dark clouds the sun is still shining.

Then I remembered that the Phoenix was also the symbol for the Provisional IRA. This blog post is not about supporting the Provisional IRA. This post is about understanding how the idea of the Phoenix rising from the ashes can inspire us to rise above life's challenges when things don't work out they way we had planned. In the movie Finding You there was a drunk who was a talented musician. He helped mentor a young girl in teaching her to express her passion through music. She was dealing with some grief and he said Life rarely turns out the way we had hoped. You need to learn to play the sorrow as well as the joy. They go hand in hand like day and night.

She started to play the violin with passion after that. The movie Finding You was really about Finding Yourself because both characters went through some soul searching and self discovery. We all have different ways of coping with loss and disappointment. Some turn to addictions yet that's the road to self destruction and self harm. It doesn't solve anything. When we wake up the same problems are still there only worse. We need to learn how to process our loss so we can move on and become the people we were meant to become. Tomorrow will be a better day.

What I find disturbing is a recent True North report that claims Canada leads the world in organ harvesting from Medically Assisted Suicide. It's one thing to make Medically Assisted Suicide available to those with a terminal illness who are in a lot of pain. It's quite another thing to promote Medically Assisted Suicide to everyone under the sun for anything. We saw the report about how a soldier asking for help with PTSD was offered Medically Assisted Suicide. That is an abomination with an agenda. Killing yourself isn't just a matter of giving up. It's a matter of giving in to Bill Gates and the World Economic Forum. They want Depopulation just like Chairman Mao.


  1. This is the kind of question The Elders sit around the fire and discuss....and they all come up with a different answer, yet all of which have some validity. Here's mine.

    Be in love with someone. Someone you find beautiful, someone you want to protect, someone who makes you want to be better than you presently are. Someone who you don't want to disappoint. Someone you'd do almost anything for. Such a person in your life can provide inspiration when you have little of it, or at least less than you need. We will do things for people we love that we won't for ourselves.

    1. Yes but you can't find happiness or peace of mind in someone else. You can only find that within yourself. Once you find that within yourself you will be in a better position to share that with someone else in a healthy relationship.

    2. Didn't mean it to be an "answer whole", you correctly point out the other half of that whole. Both are needed. 50-50, Yin/Yang, etc.. One can indeed find happiness, or purpose, in a cause, or in dedication. I'm just saying, that can be a person.

    3. Indeed, I appreciate your input. As you say, this is the kind of question the elders can discuss for hours and each come up with a different answer. That's because each person has a different answer. The gym used to have a slogan that asked what's your why? Meaning what's your reason for going to the gym. Everyone needs a why. Likewise, everyone needs a purpose in life.

      You are absolutely right in that a healthy relationship can provide that missing balance that makes a person complete. My concern is when many people jump from one relationship to another and claim they just can't find someone to make them happy. They're frantically searching for someone else to make them happy and put the burden of that task on the other person. In that case, I think they need to find happiness within themselves before demanding someone else make them happy.

  2. Bill Gates now admitting on video the CV Vaxxes are essentially ineffective .....


    ..... let the Bill Gates lawsuits commence.

    1. That guy is such a complete whack job. We really need to stop listening to him.

  3. People like Bill Gates are Psychopathic Narcissistic Pigs.
    All the money in the world, yet he needs more.
    And just all that money isn't good enough, no this POS wants to tell us what to think, eat and how we live.
    When a populace becomes to passive or fixated on materialism it allows monsters like this to thrive.
    Get involved, even a little aggressive and let's rid the world of these deranged individuals.

  4. Canadian Govt. putting out tender for Digital Health Credential Technology - Including Vaccine Passports ... Tyranny is here Folks ....


    ..... this, even after defacto US Health Czar Bill Gates says the CV Vaccines are ineffective


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