February 28, 2010

The Latest from I Take Off The Mask!

The Latest from I Take Off The Mask!


Why Do We Have To Wait?

Posted: 27 Feb 2010 04:57 PM PST

Waiting…waiting

Sometimes the hardest part of an undertaking is not the planning,
nor the work you perform.

The hardest part of an undertaking
is when you have already done everything you ought to do-
you have plowed the fields,
you have planted the seeds,
you have watered them,
and now all you have to do is to wait for your crops to grow.

Seems easy?
Nah!
It’s the hardest part ever!

Many of us would feel uneasy doing so, waiting.
We fear that it might rain so much
and our crops would be flooded,
we fear that someone else may steal them
and reap what they have not planted.

We fear so many things
that we fail to use the time given us
into something more beneficial.

Why do we have to wait at all?

We were given time to wait
so that we can rest,
and so that we can enjoy the vision of a bountiful harvest
and feel the excitement of reaping the fruits of our labor!

We wait not to be miserable.
We wait to be healed,
to be refilled of our energies spent in working,
to be whole again
so that when the right time comes,
we can be ready to receive
the blessings that were meant to be ours!


February 26, 2010

The Latest from I Take Off The Mask!

The Latest from I Take Off The Mask!


Loving Yourself A Bit More

Posted: 25 Feb 2010 04:05 PM PST

Here is a special edition of this blog’s best posts on loving yourself more! ;-)

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LOVING YOURSELF THROUGH GOD’S EYES

In God's eyes, there is no judgment, there is only acceptance. In God's eyes, there is no pain too hard to bear nor weaknesses too weak to be overcome by His insurmountable strength.

God can embrace us wholeheartedly, opening us up yet sustaining us and healing us at the same time. God sees all our potentials. God sees our light when all that we can see are our shadows.

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NEVER LET YOURSELF DOWN

Never let yourself down. Take heart, for no matter how awful the accusations against you are, you are still a child of God.

This is the time when your love for yourself will be tested. Whether you will believe what others say about you, or whether you will stand your ground because you know yourself best.

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DIET AND LOVING YOURSELF

Today I've noticed how our diets are greatly related to our relationship with ourselves.

For instance, imagine for a moment being in charge of the food of your loved ones. Will you be happy if your loved ones almost starve themselves to death and deprive themselves of food that they enjoy? On the other hand, would you rather that they overeat and eat foods that will make them obese and kill them later on due to high blood pressure or diabetes? Of course not!

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SHOULD I FEEL GUILTY LOVING MYSELF?

It's only the second day of my challenge to love myself more and I'm already feeling a bit guilty.

I've made quite a few purchases, expenses spent to pamper myself. In the evening, I've also continued applying a moisturizing lotion to my face. I wasn't used to doing that before.

Now back to the "guilty" part. I wonder if we also feel guilty when we are being pampered or showered with gifts from our loved ones. Should we feel guilty?

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SEPARATING OUR MISTAKES FROM OUR SELF-IMAGE

When we make blunders, we feel we're failures. When we have broken relationships, we feel we are broken too and worthless.

However, if we truly desire to improve our relationship with ourselves, we must learn to practice acknowledging our errors without eroding our overall belief in our worth.

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WHAT DO I LOVE ABOUT ME?

During this time of reflection, I've learned that I not only lacked love for myself. I've learned a shocking truth – that I've hated myself all these years. That was the reason I've found it easier to love other people. Because they were not as unlovable as me. But if I were to start out as a person apart from my current self, how do I become a friend to this person? What are the things I would appreciate in her? What do I love about me?

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February 25, 2010

Poets.org: Poetry Month Poster, Lucille Clifton, Poems for Pockets & More

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New National Poetry Month Poster: Request by March 1
Poem in Your Pocket Day: April 29
In Memoriam: A Tribute to Lucille Clifton
Poem on the Range: Submission Reminder
A Room and a Half: Joseph Brodsky on the Big Screen
Poetry & The Creative Mind: Tickets on Sale Now
Local Knowledge: Call for Map Suggestions and April Events


New National Poetry Month Poster
Request by March 1

The Academy of American Poets has revealed the National Poetry Month poster for 2010 by award-winning illustrator and graphic designer Marian Bantjes, who recently created several campaigns for Saks Fifth Avenue. Bantjes's intricate design features kaleidoscopic figures turning beneath a star-filled sky—a scene inspired by the poetry of Wallace Stevens. Lines from the poem "Final Soliloquy of the Interior Paramour" curve across the poster: "We make a dwelling in the evening air, / In which being there together is enough."

Download and print a copy of the poster now or request one for your school, bookstore, library, or community center. March 1st is the deadline to request a free copy of this year's poster and receive it in time for April.

On the web at: www.poets.org/poster


Poem in Your Pocket Day: April 29

Start choosing which poems you plan to carry and give on Poem in Your Pocket Day, April 29. Just click, print, fold, and share from a selection of forty ready-made pocket-sized poems, including new selections from T. S. Eliot, Claude McKay, Marianne Moore, H. D., Carl Sandburg, Gertrude Stein, W. B. Yeats, and others. You can also select poems by poet, title, or by browsing topics.

On the web at: www.poets.org/pocketpoems


In Memoriam: A Tribute to Lucille Clifton

"Lucille's laugh is like her spirit—large and full, warm and open. And her poems, for all their surface compactness, burst at the seams with this generous spirit," writes Rita Dove, one of three Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets celebrating the life and work of acclaimed poet Lucille Clifton, who passed earlier this month. Read the rest of Dove's essay exploring her relationship to Clifton and her poetry, along with a new, dedicatory poem by Sharon Olds, a remembrance by Gerald Stern, as we! ll as newly added poems and audio recordings.

On the web at: www.poets.org/lclif


Poem on the Range: Submission Reminder

(Idaho & Hawaii, we're talking to you...) The Poem on the Range mapping project is kicking up dust. In just one week Poets.org readers like you have been mapping poetry from New Hampshire to Montana and beyond. Want to show the world great poetry from your place? Submit a short video of you reading an iconic poem on location, or send a photo with a short note on what the poem, place, or poet means to you.

Entries received by April 21, 2010 will be considered for a special National Poetry Month feature on Poets.org and entered to receive a generous batch of poetry books and more. Submission guidelines and sample entries are available on Poets.org.

On the web at: www.poets.org/ontherange


A Room and a Half: Joseph Brodsky on the Big Screen

"I was a normal Soviet boy," Joseph Brodsky said, "I could have become a man of the system. But something turned me upside down." Andrey Khrzhanovsky's feature debut, A Room and a Half, is a bio-pic that follows the Russian poet from childhood through exile, to a fictional voyage back to St. Petersburg in the last years of his life. Browse poems by Brodsky and find out more about his life and how it translates to the big screen.

On the web at: www.poets.org/brodskyfilm


Poetry & The Creative Mind: Tickets on Sale Now

Now in its 8th year, Poetry & The Creative Mind is a spectacular evening featuring leading artists, actors, musicians, dancers, writers, scholars, and public figures reading favorite poems. This extraordinary event is not to be missed by anyone who loves poetry. Special guest readers for 2010 include Meryl Streep, Alan Cumming, Jhumpa Lahiri, Gabriel Byrne, Frank Bidart & others to be announced.

On the web at: www.poets.org/gala


Local Knowledge: Call for Map Suggestions and April Events

Tens of thousands of poetry readers browse the National Poetry Map each April to find local readings, submission opportunities, literary journals, writing programs, bookstores, and poetry organizations. Help keep this free resource as rich and comprehensive as possible: send updates and suggestions concerning your state's page to map@poets.org and submit event information for inclusion on our national events calendar.

On the web at: www.poets.org/map & www.poets.org/submitevents


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