He wished her essence to reality as thought to a lyric– a story dramatized by a unique city and poetry. Dry cry, vapor tears on her cheeks–scars. He sees a wingless angel burdened by the weight of the past. A knight in shining armor never comes to her rescue–a lost damsel. Bandits only search for the bounty of love and the spoils of courtship camouflaged under a mist of uncertainty–seduction. Her beauty brings tranquility that saves his sanity. A delightful complement but not quite the remedy– the wise are often lonely. Hours to minutes, frowns to smiles–a mild high. Intoxicating lips and a touch never forgotten– a dose of emotion. Everyone fights but only the brave love– a battle not to be won. Blessed and cursed with beauty as every mirror in her possession is broken; never reflecting the true jewel within. A jezebel growing to a queen, the wise man understands her adoration is his to steal– another bandit yet a hero. Bleached sins and loud steps betrays confidence to vulnerability–blonde vanity. Intellect and sex appeal is her arsenal; a duo crippling masculine ego. Womanly provocative yet innocently youthful; this queen shuns love to save her kingdom–victim of a Trojan horse. A proposition for Philia; confused she returns to the site of a tragedy–broken heart. Wisdom and warmth meets experience and coldness. Romance is followed closely by turbulence, it is paired with the heavens of appreciation and the hell of neglect. The cure to her heart is unsure, the elixir is only found with the courage to fall again.
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We were tasked to find our strengths via strengthfinder.com, mine is as follows.
Many years of research conducted by The Gallup Organization suggest that the most effective people are those who understand their strengths and behaviors. These people are best able to develop strategies to meet and exceed the demands of their daily lives, their careers, and their families.
A review of the knowledge and skills you have acquired can provide a basic sense of your abilities, but an awareness and understanding of your natural talents will provide true insight into the core reasons behind your consistent successes.
Your Signature Themes report presents your five most dominant themes of talent, in the rank order revealed by your responses to StrengthsFinder. Of the 34 themes measured, these are your “top five.”
Your Signature Themes are very important in maximizing the talents that lead to your successes. By focusing on your Signature Themes, separately and in combination, you can identify your talents, build them into strengths, and enjoy personal and career success through consistent, near-perfect performance.
The Strategic theme enables you to sort through the clutter and find the best route. It is not a skill that can be taught. It is a distinct way of thinking, a special perspective on the world at large. This perspective allows you to see patterns where others simply see complexity. Mindful of these patterns, you play out alternative scenarios, always asking, “What if this happened? Okay, well what if this happened?” This recurring question helps you see around the next corner. There you can evaluate accurately the potential obstacles. Guided by where you see each path leading, you start to make selections. You discard the paths that lead nowhere. You discard the paths that lead straight into resistance. You discard the paths that lead into a fog of confusion. You cull and make selections until you arrive at the chosen path—your strategy. Armed with your strategy, you strike forward. This is your Strategic theme at work: “What if?” Select. Strike.
“When can we start?” This is a recurring question in your life. You are impatient for action. You may concede that analysis has its uses or that debate and discussion can occasionally yield some valuable insights, but deep down you know that only action is real. Only action can make things happen. Only action leads to performance. Once a decision is made, you cannot not act. Others may worry that “there are still some things we don’t know,” but this doesn’t seem to slow you. If the decision has been made to go across town, you know that the fastest way to get there is to go stoplight to stoplight. You are not going to sit around waiting until all the lights have turned green. Besides, in your view, action and thinking are not opposites. In fact, guided by your Activator theme, you believe that action is the best device for learning. You make a decision, you take action, you look at the result, and you learn. This learning informs your next action and your next. How can you grow if you have nothing to react to? Well, you believe you can’t. You must put yourself out there. You must take the next step. It is the only way to keep your thinking fresh and informed. The bottom line is this: You know you will be judged not by what you say, not by what you think, but by what you get done. This does not frighten you. It pleases you.
You like to think. You like mental activity. You like exercising the “muscles” of your brain, stretching them in multiple directions. This need for mental activity may be focused; for example, you may be trying to solve a problem or develop an idea or understand another person’s feelings. The exact focus will depend on your other strengths. On the other hand, this mental activity may very well lack focus. The theme of Intellection does not dictate what you are thinking about; it simply describes that you like to think. You are the kind of person who enjoys your time alone because it is your time for musing and reflection. You are introspective. In a sense you are your own best companion, as you pose yourself questions and try out answers on yourself to see how they sound. This introspection may lead you to a slight sense of discontent as you compare what you are actually doing with all the thoughts and ideas that your mind conceives. Or this introspection may tend toward more pragmatic matters such as the events of the day or a conversation that you plan to have later. Wherever it leads you, this mental hum is one of the constants of your life.
You are inquisitive. You collect things. You might collect information—words, facts, books, and quotations—or you might collect tangible objects such as butterflies, baseball cards, porcelain dolls, or sepia photographs. Whatever you collect, you collect it because it interests you. And yours is the kind of mind that finds so many things interesting. The world is exciting precisely because of its infinite variety and complexity. If you read a great deal, it is not necessarily to refine your theories but, rather, to add more information to your archives. If you like to travel, it is because each new location offers novel artifacts and facts. These can be acquired and then stored away. Why are they worth storing? At the time of storing it is often hard to say exactly when or why you might need them, but who knows when they might become useful? With all those possible uses in mind, you really don’t feel comfortable throwing anything away. So you keep acquiring and compiling and filing stuff away. It’s interesting. It keeps your mind fresh. And perhaps one day some of it will prove valuable.
Command leads you to take charge. Unlike some people, you feel no discomfort with imposing your views on others. On the contrary, once your opinion is formed, you need to share it with others. Once your goal is set, you feel restless until you have aligned others with you. You are not frightened by confrontation; rather, you know that confrontation is the first step toward resolution. Whereas others may avoid facing up to life’s unpleasantness, you feel compelled to present the facts or the truth, no matter how unpleasant it may be. You need things to be clear between people and challenge them to be clear-eyed and honest. You push them to take risks. You may even intimidate them. And while some may resent this, labeling you opinionated, they often willingly hand you the reins. People are drawn toward those who take a stance and ask them to move in a certain direction. Therefore, people will be drawn to you. You have presence. You have Command.
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It’s soon time to tell the woman I love- I hate her
I’d rather be lonely with expensive escorts or cheap hookers
It’s soon time to be choose a mentall illness.
To have an excuse to fall victim to a reckless temperament
It’s soon time to show the world philanthropy
But splurge lavishly on things I don’t need
It’s soon time to preach for change
Never comply, in fear I will lose all I’ve gained
It’s soon time to be recognized
To have the truth twisted with lies
It’s soon time to tell my story
Or just the troubles that makes mine unique
Soon time to be happy for the camera
But shed tears under my umbrella
I want to be care free and callous
It’s soon time to be famous.
“Immense power is acquired by assuring yourself in your secret reveries that you were born to control affairs.”
We live in a world where mental strength, discipline and independence dictates your success. Nothing is by chance and no one succeeds without being sharp, smart and understanding the nature of people who we live or work with. I favor psychology and often try to view circumstances and happenings from different perspectives. Understanding people will give you an edge in this world and to be naive you may become a victim who stumbled in the way of someone else’s pursuit of happiness.
In a perfect world we as human beings would interact with one another cordially and honestly at all times. In reality we must never be naive about people. Evil is left up to perspective as no one can be judged. In this dog eat dog world where men fueled with hunger riches most are urged to reach depths of deception, seduction and manipulative strategy.
I recently got exposed to the 48 laws of power and find it very intriguing as we often demonstrate some of them in our personal lives just by learning from past experiences. Some of the laws can be seem cruel or evil but that is the world we live in. To allow yourself to be a victim is not productive to any dream or aspiration. Self preservation is obviously necessary for you to reach your goals. Be wary of the minds of others it can be more dangerous than the bite of a rabid dog or even the most infectious disease.
Here are my favourites:
10. INFECTION: AVOID THE UNHAPPY AND THE UNLUCKY.
• Transgression of the Law
In the 1840’s Marie Gilbert, better known as Lola Montez, came to Paris to become a
dancer and performer. She had many husbands, and caused the ruin of many a powerful
man. Because of her ambition to be a dancer she “accidentally” ran into Alexandre
Dujarier, then the owner of France’s most popular newspaper and a drama critic himself.
Although still legally married to an Englishman with whom she eloped at 19, Lola kept her
status secret from all her husbands. Dujarier was shot dead defending her honor at a
duel against another drama critic. Lola went on to have several husbands, even causing
King Ludwig of Bavaria to abdicate. She left another man who later fell into a deep
depression, became a drunkard, and eventually died at a relatively young age. The man
who published her autobiography went bankrupt.
Wisdom in a nutshell:
• In the game of power, the people you associate with are critical.
• An infector can be recognized by the misfortune they draw on themselves, their
turbulent past, a long line of broken relationships, unstable careers, the very
intensity of their emotions, and the force of their character.
• Gravitate towards prosperous, cheerful, and gregarious people.
• Never associate with those who share your defects.
13. WHEN ASKING FOR HELP, APPEAL TO PEOPLE’S SELF-INTEREST,
NEVER TO THEIR MERCY OR GRATITUDE.
• Observance of the Law
Genghis Khan was known for his greed and self-interest. When he conquered China,
instead of slaughtering all the citizens, his adviser Yelu Ch’u-Ts’ai persuaded him to reap
the benefits of their new territory by taxing its people. It was Ts’ai who also convinced
Khan to spare the inhabitants of Kaifeng, where China’s finest craftsmen and engineers
had fled. Ts’ai’s reasoning was Khan could use these people for his own benefit.
Most people are very pragmatic, and when negotiating, do not bring up the need for
gratitude for what you have done for others in the past. These appeals will be ignored.
Pragmatic people look towards the future, so it is best to emphasize how they will benefit
from an alliance with you.
Wisdom in a nutshell:
• Understand the other person’s motivation.
• See things their way and offer suggestions that will advance their cause.
• For others who want to feel superior and do not want to appear selfish, appeal to
their need to display their charity in the public eye
20. DO NOT COMMIT TO ANYONE.
• Observance of the Law
Queen Elizabeth I managed to avoid the trap of marriage and war, by dangling the
possibility of marriage to all who courted her. She forged alliances with the countries
these suitors came from, all for the benefit of England. By keeping her independence
above all, Elizabeth protected her power and made herself an object of worship.
28. ENTER ACTION WITH BOLDNESS.
30. MAKE YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS SEEM EFFORTLESS.
Observance of the Law:
Sen no Rikyu was an important tea master and adviser on aesthetic and political matters
to the Emperor Hideyoshi. He despised hosts who looked like they were trying to hard.
Cha-no-yu, or the Japanese tea ceremony, is an art form, from the preparation to the
serving; the whole process must look natural and easy. Accidental grace and beauty
were Rikyu’s specialty. On the night before the Emperor was to visit him for a tea
ceremony, he artfully laid cushions in the snow on each stepping-stone to his house. In
the morning, he removed the cushions revealing the pattern of the stepping-stones like a
perfect mold within the snow. This was just one of Rikyu’s clever aesthetic tricks which
impressed the Emperor, never calling attention to the work gone into it, but implying a
polite gesture in itself.
Wisdom in a nutshell:
• What imitates nature by appearing effortless and natural approximates nature’s power. Never show your work until it is finished. When people see the effort and time it takes to make it, and if they witness a work-in-progress, the magic of the finished piece is spoiled.
34. BE ROYAL IN YOUR OWN FASHION: ACT LIKE A KING TO BE
TREATED LIKE ONE.
• How you carry yourself reflects what you think of yourself. Exude confidence and the feeling you were destined for greatness.
46. NEVER APPEAR TOO PERFECT.
Wisdom in a nutshell:
• Never underestimate the power of envy. Occasionally reveal a weakness, defect,
or anxiety, or find new friends. It is the people in your own circle of peers who will
be the first to envy your success.
• Envy is often a problem for people who have great natural talent. You may think
you are charming people with your natural talent when in fact they are coming to
hate you for it.
• To deflect envy, employ a display of weakness, or a harmless vice.
• Envy is disguised sometimes as excessive praise, or slander and criticism. Win
your revenge by ignoring the envious.
• Reversal: Display the utmost disdain for those who envy you. Instead of hiding
your perfection, make it obvious. Make every triumph an opportunity to make the
http://home.earthlink.net/~denmartin/flp.html – The full list here.
Credited to Robert Greene
“Knowledge is power.”