"There's always a possibility that a person can get attracted to another. It's HUMAN NATURE. It's not wrong. But that's why your in a commitment, you DISCIPLINE yourself. One may get attracted to numerous prospects and its okei. As long as YOU DON'T NURSE the feeling and WON'T DO SOMETHING about it. Borderline between CHEATING and FAITHFULNESS, recognize that reality that YOU HAVE ALREADY THE PERSON that can give you more than what you can get from the CHEAP THRILLS OF ATTRACTION"
I don't want to harp on my mommy and daddy's relationship but i've seen how close they are. And their relationship made me remember always, that the most essential thing about a relationship is that one and one together always make two, and if you want to survive the relationship, you must always maintain who you are and continue to grow through change. They taught me that Mom has her life, and Dad has his life and they build bridges to each other. They taught me that in my future relationships (if ever,hehe) that i must always maintain my dignity and integrity because all relationships even if how magnificent they are, are temporary and eventually i am going to be faced again with me.
If i love someone, my goal is to want them to be all that they are and i will encourage them every inch of the way.
I don't know if some of you know the beautiful poem of Gibran about relationships. I'm going to quote a couple of sentences. It's so lovely. He says, " Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one also be alne. Even as the strings of a lute are alone, though the quiver to the same music." Isn't it nice? Go to someone and say, "I want to quiver with you." "Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping, for only the hand of LIfe can contain your hearts. Stand together and yet not too near together for the pillars of the temple, in order to hold the temple up, stand apart. The oak tree and the cypress do not grow in each other's shadow."
Differences Between Book & The Bible Here are only a few of the errors represented as fact in Dan Brown's novel, The Da Vinci Code.
The Da Vinci Code says... Jesus is a great man or prophet in the earliest historical sources but was later proclaimed divine at the Council of Nicaea.
The Bible Says... Jesus is called "God" (theos) 7 times in the New Testament. He is called "Lord" (kyrios) in the divine sense numerous times. No serious historian argues that these texts postdate the Council of Nicaea
The Da Vinci Code says... The Dead Sea Scrolls along with the Nag Hammadi documents are the earliest Christian records
History Says... The Dead Sea Scrolls are purely Jewish documents; there is nothing Christian about them. There is also no evidence any of the Nag Hammadi documents existed before the late second century A.D., with the possible exception of the Gospel of Thomas.
The Da Vinci Code says... "One particularly troubling theme kept recurring in the [Gnostic] gospels. Mary Magdalene. . . More specifically, her marriage to Jesus Christ" (p. 244).
History Says... The Gnostic Gospels, a collection of anonymous writings that blended pseudo-Christian ideas with esoteric spirituality, say nothing about Mary and Jesus being married. *
The Da Vinci Code says... "The Bible, as we know it today, was collated by the pagan Roman Emperor Constantine" (p. 231).
History Says... The Bible was not collated by Constantine, who died in 337 A.D. The Old Testament existed prior to even Jesus's day. And the New Testament, although it started coming together by the end of the first century (about 90-100 A.D.), was not formalized until about 393-397 A.D. (after Constantine's death).
The Da Vinci Code says... Leonardo's worship of the goddess and the feminine can be seen in his Mona Lisa painting. That name comes from two Egyptian deities: the god Amon and the goddess Isis, whose "ancient pictogram was once called L'ISA. The title Mona Lisa, then, is really "an anagram of the divine union of male and female (p. 121).
History Says... Leonardao Da Vinci did not even name this particular painting. None of his works, in fact, were titled by him. The Mona Lisa was catalogued by author Giorgio Vasari in his book Lives of the Artists (1550). It was he who first called it the Monna Lisa, which in English was shortened to Mona Lisa. It simply means Madame Lisa, and refers to the likely subject: Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo
The Da Vinci Code says... Sexual union between man and woman through which each became spiritually whole had been recast as a shameful act by the Church to 'reeducate' the pagan and feminine-worshipping religions.
The Bible Says... The marriage bed is treasured and honored as pure (Heb. 13:4). Sexual activities and pleasure are normal, expected, and encouraged within a marriage. Sexual union is a divine moment for a husband and a wife -- a representation of the image of God that defines us. God established boundaries around sex to protect it and maximize its joy.
Want a story to learn about love and perseverance?Read this one sent by my good friend via the internet. It's a story told by Mildred Hondorf, a former school music teacher from Des Moines, Iowa, who supplemented her income by teaching piano lessons for over 30 years. MIldred said that one of her students was robby, whose mother(a single mom) dropped him him off at Mildred's place for his first piano lesson. She would drop him off each time but never stopped by for a chat and waited for him in her old car from a distance. Robby said that it had always been his mother's dream to hear him play the piano.
Robby began with his first piano lessons, and relates Mildred, "From the beginning i thought it was a hopeless endeavor. As much as Robby tried, he lacked the sense of tone and basic rhythm needed to excel. But he dutifully reviewed his scales and some elementary pieces that require all my students to learn.
"Over the month he tried and tried while i listened and cringed and tried to encourage him. At the end of each weekly lesson he'd always say, " My Mom's going to hear me play someday." But it seemed hopeless. He just did not have any inborn quality. Then one day Robby stopped coming for his lessons.
To Mildred's surprise, Robby dropped in at her place after receiving a flyer that she was sponsoring an upcoming recital. She told him the recital was for the current pupils, but he said his mother had been sick and unable to take him to piano lessons but he was still practicing. " Miss Hondorf, I've just got to play," he insisted.
Mildred didn't know what led her to allow him to play in the recital. The night for the recital came, and the high school gymnasium was packed with parents, friends and relatives. Mildred put Robby up last in the program---" I thought that any damage he would do would come at the end of the program and i could always salvage his performance through my 'curtain closer'."
The recital went off without a hitch. Then Robby caame up on stage, his clothes wrinkled and his hair looked like he'd run an egg beater through it. Mildred thought, why didn't his mother at least make him comb his hair for this special night?
Relates Mildred:" Robby pulled out the piano bench and he began. I was surprised when he announced that he had chosen Mozart's Concert #21 in C Major. I was not prepared for what i heard next. His fingers were light on the keys, they even danced nimbly on the ivories. He went from the pianissimo to fortissimo. From allegro to virtuoso. His suspended chords that mozart demands were magnificent! Never had i heard Mozart played so well by people his age. After six and a half minutes, he ended in a grand crescendo and everyone was on their feet in wild applause.
"Overcome and in tears I ran up on stage and put my arms around robby in joy, "Ive never heard you play like that Robby! How did you do it?" Through the microphone Robby explained: " Well Miss HOndorf, remember I told you my mom was sick?Well, actually she had cancer and passed away this morning. And well, she was born deaf so tonight was the first time she ever heard me play. I wanted to make it special."
There want any dry eye in the house that evening. As the people from Social Services led Bobby from the stage to be placed into foster care, Mildred noticed that even their eyes were red and puffy. "I thought to myself how much richer my life had been for taking Robby as my pupil."
(Footnote: Robby was killed in the senseless bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in April 1995.)