courage to resist

a town that pushes against the storm

i opened the door to the freezer and just stood there
staring in at all of the food until it began to thaw
and with the cold air billowing out into a warm room
i thought about calling out into an empty house
to ask if you wanted to do something easy for dinner

if i’ve learned anything it’s that you
don’t always need the courage to move forward
just the resistance to turn back
and the composure to remain still
even when the air is cold

i want to stand like a monolith at the center of
a town that pushes against the storm
or anything that distracts me from the fact
that there’s still food in my freezer
that belongs to you

but i don’t think i want it to change
i want it to continue to exist as
the preservation of an era
the remnants of a life
that we used to live
anything to remind me
that it happened
and that it was good

2016 took so much from the world
i’m sorry that we too
got swept away in its tide

Motivational Sentence Starters

Send a sentence below based on a real-life quote. Adjust pronouns if necessary.

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”
“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”
“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
“Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.”
“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
“The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.”
“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”
“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”
“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not the absence of fear.”
“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”
"The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”
“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”
“What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?”
“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.”
“You never regret being kind." 
"Can you decide that your happiness can come from someone else’s success?”
“Do what you have always done and you’ll get what you have always got.”
“Happiness is where we find it, but very rarely where we seek it.”
“To be content means that you realize you contain what you seek.”
“Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time…serenity, that nothing is.”
“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.”
“Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others." 
"Don’t tell people how to do things; tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.”
“Victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan.”
“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things." 
"Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.”
“Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.”
“Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another." 
"Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off." 
"A leader is a dealer in hope." 
"I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself." 
"You get in life what you have the courage to ask for." 
"If you really want the key to success, start by doing the opposite of what everyone else is doing." 
"The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.”
“Leadership is an action, not a position." 
"Surround yourself with great people; delegate authority; get out of the way." 
"Show me the man you honor and I will know what kind of man you are." 
"A man always has two reasons for doing anything: a good reason and the real reason.”
“If you spend your life trying to be good at everything, you will never be great at anything.“ 
"Don’t blow off another’s candle for it won’t make yours shine brighter.”
“Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.”
“People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.“ 
"A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.”
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.“
“Silent gratitude isn’t very much to anyone.”
“The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.”
“You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do." 
"Do it or not. There is no try." 
"Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy.”
“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”
The best revenge is massive success.“
"The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

Resistances and Dalliances

Chapter 1: Stormy Skies

“You did what?” Evfra demanded, leaning fists onto his table as he loomed over it towards Ryder. Aya’s peaceful, bright sky seemed entirely out of place behind that dark expression, just a hair’s breath away from throttling her, she was sure. He had sent everyone out reluctantly at her request, but seeing his face she wasn’t sure if it had been prudent after all. Private matter or no, she wanted witnesses around her suddenly with him in that mood.

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Runes and Their Elements

I have a feeling it’s always going to be elements with me. Thankfully this one is a bit shorter than my post on stones and crystals and their elements.


Fire:

  • Fehu
  • Thurisaz
  • Kenaz
  • Naudiz
  • Eihwaz
  • Dagaz

Water:

  • Wunjō 
  • Hagalaz
  • Isa
  • Eihwaz
  • Pertho
  • Laguz
  • Ingwaz


Air:

  • Ansuz
  • Raidō
  • Gebō
  • Eihwaz
  • Algiz
  • Sōwilō
  • Teiwaz
  • Mannaz
  • Dagaz
  • Wyrd

Earth:

  • Fehu
  • Uruz
  • Jēra
  • Eihwaz
  • Berkanan
  • Ehwaz
  • Ingwaz
  • Othala

And as an added bonus~!

Simple Rune Meanings:

Fehu: money, wealth, social success, personal power, prosperity

Uruz: endurance, manifestation, energy, courage, healing, forgiveness

Thurisaz: resistance, directed force, will, male sexuality, temptation

Ansuz: God, breath

Raidō: journey, moving, change

Kenaz: knowledge

Gebō: gift, exchange, sacrifice, generosity, contracts, reciprocation, compensation

Wunjō: joy, hope, perfection, happiness, comfort, harmony, prosperity, well-being, optimism, cooperation

Hagalaz: crisis, change

Naudiz: hardship, constraint, need

Isa: stillness, delay, resistance, frustration, standstill

Jēra: harvest, compensation, success, security

Eihwaz: kundalini, life-force, endurance, strength, life purpose, motivation, psychological drive, preparation 

  • Kundalini: latent female energy believed to lie coiled at the base of the spine.

Pertho: luck, fate, gambling, good omens, risks

Algiz: protection, higher self, shelter, safety

Sōwilō: success, wholeness, completion, victory, positive change

Teiwaz: justice, sacrifice, leadership, loyalty, dedication, authority

Berkanan: birth, sanctuary, motherhood, beginnings, growth, prosperity, productivity, creation

Ehwaz: trust, loyalty, friendship, marriage, partnership, teamwork, cooperation, strategy, progress

Mannaz: the self, identity, awareness, humankind, tolerance, morality, social interdependence

Laguz: unconscious, collective memory, imagination, fantasy, psychic energy, dreams, reflection, fear, illusion

Ingwaz: seed, germination, personal development, inner growth, cocoon, stored energy, male sexuality

Dagaz: awakening, dawn, clarity, breakthrough

Othala: homeland, inheritance, household, possessions, group prosperity, stability

Post-run vegging. I did ~1.75 miles + back and biceps for the first day of Navy-Air Force Half training. Starting a bit early but technically I’m 10K training first and then starting the half plan in June, but it all builds on each other! Really hoping for a great race. I’d love to break 2 hours but I doubt I’ll hit it after this much time off of real distance training.

ALSO check out this book I’m high-key obsessed with (is that a thing?) if you like learning about nuclear weapons, science, history, the military, morality and/or ridiculous stories about successfully breaking into a nuclear facility in Tennessee. All true. https://www.amazon.com/Almighty-Courage-Resistance-Existential-Nuclear/dp/0399173757
Tackling sexual assault

Ahh people in my sexual assault law class. They just don’t really get it because they’ve never actually experienced it.

You have to start socializing boys to respect and view women as human at a young age. But with porn being so rampant, how do you do this? This girl in my class said that was a “flowery” idea. So then what do we do with today’s generations? Toss them all in jail? Do anti-rape posters really help?

Men who rape know it’s wrong - they just don’t care. They don’t respect women and I don’t believe you can really change them. I can’t see my perp being “rehabilitated” into thinking women deserve respect. Maybe the only way they won’t rape is if they know they could get in trouble for it and if women were actually believed when they reported it. For a rapist it’s worth the risk - they feel entitled to sex and women’s bodies and don’t think they will actually face the consequences.

But there is a grey area- of women being coerced or pressured until they say yes…girls who say yes because they don’t feel like they can put their foot down and say no. What about those girls? I think that goes to socialization. We are socialized into being accommodating from the time we are children. Men are taught to go get what they want and not take no for the answer. There is a power imbalance - we feel pressured to give in to assertive men. I believe we need to be empowered with the tools to say NO to hookups we don’t actually want. Then, if he still rapes us- we still did what we could and it will never be our fault. Then it’s a crime.

I wish I had been raised to be more assertive. These are tools women need. This is not a “flowery” idea. I’ve had many guys throughout my uni years pressuring me into hooking up and sometimes I didn’t have the courage to keep resisting. I didn’t feel the confidence to assert myself and leave. I didn’t want to feel that I “misled” the guy after we had been flirting for a long time. Of course that wouldn’t be considered rape under the law, right? So, what then??

Poster Boy [Chapter 1] - Poe Dameron x Reader

A/N: Inspired by that page in the Star Wars Propaganda book 👀 ( http://moghedien.tumblr.com/post/153996510369/ ). Also a bit by the Rouge One VR thing on Playstation. Also I didn’t mean for this to be multichapter story but?? It just sorta happened?? Whoops.


 I remember how I stood in line with the numerous other recruits, dressed in the iconic orange coveralls, hands folded behind our backs. Finally, I had gathered the courage to join the Resistance, to fight, to fly. General Organa herself had looked each of us up and down, silently judging us, seeing for the first time what we could be capable of. Since then we’d come far. We’d long since completed training and began to make a name for ourselves at the main base.

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All happiness comes from awareness. The more we are conscious, the deeper the joy. Acceptance of pain, non-resistance, courage and endurance - these open deep and perennial sources of real happiness, true bliss.
—  Nisargadatta Maharaj