destination success

Judith is walking briskly down the sidewalk, an abomination of a dress folded over her arm, when she sees the man about to destroy the world and the man about to save it.

People would say that Judith can see the future. She’d laugh if she heard it (to hear it, she’d have to tell them), because it’s not like that at all. She’s yet to find a future that’s come true a hundred percent no has she seen something that’s unstoppable.

They’re like threads. Hundreds and thousands of pale, fragile threads arcing out of people towards future destinations, future mistakes, future successes. Some are thicker than others but that doesn’t mean they’re more likely. Instead it means that there’ll be more people involved, a party, a get together, something like that. Maybe they’ll hire ten more people at work or maybe they’ll be going to a funeral soon.

She’s gotten so used to the spiderweb of futures she sees, she barely registers them anymore. She just walks down the street registering baby shower, shoe repair, flat tire, anniversary, trips on way to school, breaks a dish, etc.

She’s doing that today, in fact, right now in the present. She’s going dress shopping for her sister’s wedding (not the bridesmaid, she dodged that one). The colors are grey and silver and hardly any shop sells a dress like that so she’s had to go into the city.

Judith is walking briskly down the sidewalk, an abomination of a dress folded over her arm, when she sees the man about to destroy the world and the man about to save it.

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Elemental Correspondence- Fate

Originally posted by catskewl

Tertiary Element
Jeweled Court Member: Princess Rose Quartz

Alcohol - Gin
Animals - Owls,
Astrology - Virgo
Colors - Brown, Grey Black, Maroon
Crystals - Rose Quartz,Smokey Quartz
Emotions - Cautious
Flower - Flax
Fruit - Fig, Date
Herbs - Sandalwood
Keywords - Destined, Inevitable
Meme - Success Kid
Metal - Nickel
Musical Expression - Piano
Mythical Animal - Valkyrie
Paint Swatches (Sherwin Williams) - Fired Brick (Sw6335)
Physical Expression - Personal Choices,
Sense - Influence
Symbol - Bound Book, Needle and Thread

Other Fate Elements posts I’ve made:
Elements Aesthetic: Fate

*These are my personal associations for The Elements, I am not looking for critique. You are free to use this for your own stuff, you do not have to ask me if you can use it. YMMV.

The whole respawn narrative in video games is interesting because when you think about it there’s only one universe existent in which a protagonist can actually succeed against all odds. Respawning divides the dimensions of the world based on the pre-destined success of the player, but think about all the times in reality the progression of that protagonist’s narrative were to fail because of the player’s actions. It’s interesting to consider the narrative of a games journey in it’s totality rather than a straight linear path to success. We see then, as players immersed in the world of the game, the life and death stakes present surrounding our actions. 

Heavy Hearts [5]

Summary:The house is so quiet, so free of the frenetic energy usually pulsing through her family and Jon is so soft eyed, so gentle and calm and kind.

A/N: Sorry this was a while coming, i was in London for a few days. Enjoy!

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What it Feels Like

Originally posted by nct-madness

Requested: Yes

Word Count: 1,687

Characters: You(f) + NCT’s Ten (ft. EXO Baekhyun)

Genre: Angst


When my agency approached me and asked if I would be comfortable with getting fake married to another celebrity, strangely enough my first thought was not about asking my boyfriend of 3 years. 

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anonymous asked:

How did Silverwing earn the title of 'Prince'? Was it connected to a blood line? Or was it due to another reason?

Blackberry Lemonade: This is happening-! We’re going to space!

Silverwing: It is.

Mint Lemonade: Shh.

Princess Luna: Mint Lemonade, Blackberry Lemonade, Silverwing; you three ponies have been selected to start Equestria’s First Expedition to the furthest reaches of the Solar System. This Mission will try every skill you have, but I speak for all of Equestria when I say that you three are destined for success. 

Princess Luna: Silverwing, on this expedition there is a chance you three may encounter peoples and civilizations previously unknown. As my Protégé, I feel that you will be the best candidate to deal with this as it arises.

Princess Luna: By the power vested in me, I do hereby name you Prince Silverwing, Ambassador of Harmony, and all Ponykind.

“So long as such disharmonies continue to exist, so long as there is good reason for sullen boredom, so long as human beings allow themselves to be possessed and hag-ridden by monomaniacal vices, the cult of beauty is destined to be ineffectual. Successful in prolonging the appearance of youth, of realizing or simulating the symptoms of health, the campaign inspired by this cult remains fundamentally a failure. Its operations do not touch the deepest source of beauty – the experiencing soul. It is not by improving skin foods and point rollers, by cheapening health motors and electrical hair removers, that the human race will be made beautiful; it is not even by improving health. All men and women will be beautiful when the social arrangements give to every one of them an opportunity to live completely and harmoniously.”

When you desire the common good, the whole world desires with you. Make humanity’s desire your own and work for it. There you cannot fail,

Nisargadatta Maharaj


Brilliant. Science can never disprove the reality of God because science can never prove the reality of God. #God #life #love #reality #lovinglife #loveit #decisions #destination #Osuhor #leadership #god #success #Yourself #leadership #coaching #teaching #inspire #influence #responsibility #relevance

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"We Are Facing Certain Failure”

General Fayolle (1852-1938), whose First Army had been hurriedly transferred from further north to participate in the offensive; it was intended that they would, in the third or fourth day, be the ones to push out into open country once the breakthrough had been achieved.

April 15 1917, Rheims–The day of Nivelle’s Offensive had nearly arrived.  He had promised that French artillery would obliterate German positions on the Aisne, and that after a short battle, the French would break through on a large scale and eject the Germans from France entirely.  However, well before the offensive opened, Nivelle’s plan had run into problems.  It had been delayed repeatedly, before finally being settled for April 16.  The German withdrawal to the Hindenburg line had meant that portions of the planned attack were directed at abandoned positions, forcing a last-minute extension in other sectors; it also meant that, even if a breakthrough were achieved, it would not cut off a vast German salient.  

On April 15, the eve of the offensive, it was clear to many on the ground that it was not destined for success.  Forty percent of the attacking divisions submitted extremely pessimistic reports of their prospects: “The first German lines are intact – we are facing certain failure,” “Results of bombardment on the first position appear to be inadequate, the second position seems to be untouched.”  In areas where the bombardment of the German first line seemed to have worked, the Germans had also occasionally bombarded their own first line (in response to French trench raids), suggesting that the Germans had completely abandoned the position and had thus concentrated on defending their second line.

Even if the French captured the German second and third positions, how they would break through into the open countryside beyond was unclear.  This task was given to General Fayolle’s First Army.  E.L. Spears, a British liaison officer, would write:

But how, even if everything went as well as the most sanguine hoped, it could overtake and pass the masses of men ahead of it, none attempted to explain.  The only possible solution seemed to be that General Fayolle, who was an angel and looked like a cherub, should grow the wings that would have been so becoming to him and, followed by his command, fly over thousands of his compatriots and land in enemy country beyond.

Despite all these obstacles, the bulk of the French troops still had faith in General Nivelle and had confidence that the offensive would succeed as planned within the first 48 hours.  One of his most devoted acolytes was General Mangin, “le mangeur des hommes,” who met with Spears on the 15th.  The latter described him as:

A small, dark, fierce figure, he stood against a background of enormous Senegalese orderlies…I think of him that day as the embodiment of the soul of war; iron, unflinching resolution, confidence that knows no doubts.

Such unflinching resolution would break the French Army.

Today in 1916: Kut Airlift Begins 
Today in 1915: Allies Dismiss Evidence of Upcoming German Gas Attack

Sources include: E.L. Spears, Prelude to Victory.


New Releases

A whole slew of new releases this week. The highly anticipated “Dear Martin” finally hits shelves, Malinda Lo’s newest is out this week, as well as National Book Award finalist “I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter”. This is not a good week for my wallet.

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Crown Books for Young Readers

Justyce McAllister is a good kid. Fourth in his class and captain of the debate team at his prestigious prep-school–where he’s one of only a handful of African-American students–he’s destined for success. But none of that prevents him from being falsely accused of a crime and held in too-tight handcuffs for hours.

With eyes wide open, Justyce begins writing letters to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in an effort to process his experiences, and respond through the lens of Dr. King’s teachings. But when Justyce falls victim to the exact kind of incident he’s worked so hard to avoid–an encounter with an off-duty police officer that ends in tragedy–everything Justyce believed about “The King’s Way” is called into question.

As Justyce struggles to process through his grief and the way he’s being negatively portrayed in the media, he’s faced with the biggest challenge of all: in a world full of odds that are obviously stacked against him, who is he going to be?

A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo

Dutton Books for Young Readers

The line between best friend and something more is a line always crossed in the dark.

Jess Wong is Angie Redmond’s best friend. And that’s the most important thing, even if Angie can’t see how Jess truly feels. Being the girl no one quite notices is OK with Jess anyway. While nobody notices her, she’s free to watch everyone else. But when Angie begins to fall for Margot Adams, a girl from the nearby boarding school, Jess can see it coming a mile away. Suddenly her powers of observation are more curse than gift.

As Angie drags Jess further into Margot’s circle, Jess discovers more than her friend’s growing crush. Secrets and cruelty lie just beneath the carefree surface of this world of wealth and privilege, and when they come out, Jess knows Angie won’t be able to handle the consequences.

When the inevitable darkness finally descends, Angie will need her best friend.

“It doesn’t even matter that she probably doesn’t understand how much she means to me. It’s purer this way. She can take whatever she wants from me, whenever she wants it, because I’m her best friend.”

A Line in the Dark is a story of love, loyalty, and murder.

I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
Knopf Books for Young Readers

Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents’ house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family.

But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga’s role.

Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible way Julia has failed.

But it’s not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought. With the help of her best friend Lorena, and her first kiss, first love, first everything boyfriend Connor, Julia is determined to find out. Was Olga really what she seemed? Or was there more to her sister’s story? And either way, how can Julia even attempt to live up to a seemingly impossible ideal?

Like Water by Rebecca Podos
Balzer + Bray

A gorgeously written and deeply felt literary young adult novel of identity, millennial anxiety, and first love, from the widely acclaimed author of The Mystery of Hollow Places

In Savannah Espinoza’s small New Mexico hometown, kids either flee after graduation or they’re trapped there forever. Vanni never planned to get stuck—but that was before her father was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, leaving her and her mother to care for him. Now, she doesn’t have much of a plan at all: living at home, working as a performing mermaid at a second-rate water park, distracting herself with one boy after another.

That changes the day she meets Leigh. Disillusioned with small-town life and looking for something greater, Leigh is not a “nice girl.” She is unlike anyone Vanni has met, and a friend when Vanni desperately needs one. Soon enough, Leigh is much more than a friend. But caring about another person stirs up the moat Vanni has carefully constructed around herself, and threatens to bring to the surface the questions she’s held under for so long.

With her signature stunning writing, Rebecca Podos, author of The Mystery of Hollow Places, has crafted a story of first love and of the complex ways in which the deepest parts of us are hidden, even from ourselves.

The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

One teenager in a skirt.
One teenager with a lighter.
One moment that changes both of their lives forever.

If it weren’t for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight.

Just because you think the path that’s right for you might be lonelier, longer or less destined for traditional success than paths taken by others, don’t be afraid to take it. If you choose your means well you will end up in the right place.
—  Beau Biden

the boy is a preacher,
an angel,
a critic.

he is strong-shouldered,
not hard-headed,
he is a supportive protector.

he is a runner,
a good-doer,
a lover.

the boy is a bright-eyed achiever,
a heavenly success,
destined and dreamed, as a star.

his ambition is not to be confused,
with recklessness,
he is the clouds,
keeper of lilting logic.

—  virgo king; l.m.
advice from the signs
  • Aries: "Do it, especially if everybody else is too scared to do it."
  • Taurus: "Things that are worth the long run are never rushed."
  • Gemini: "Communication is key."
  • Cancer: "Feelings is just as important as logic. Do you think we'd still be alive if we just used logic?"
  • Leo: "Give as much as possible because what you give is what you get."
  • Virgo: "There wouldn't be a big picture without all the little details."
  • Libra: "Give and take. Nothing goes well if there's just taking."
  • Scorpio: "Observing does a lot more than you think."
  • Sagittarius: "I would rather die for my recklessness than having a bunch of regrets and doubts in my head."
  • Capricorn: "Dedication always has a set destination - success."
  • Aquarius: "Nobody ever got successful alone."
  • Pisces: "Dreams are the beautiful paintings in our mind that keep us alive in a cruel reality. Keep dreaming."