power of patience

Good things are coming :))

“Anything that annoys you is for teaching you patience.
Anyone who abandons you is for
teaching you how to stand up
on your own two feet.
Anything that angers you is for teaching you forgiveness and compassion.
Anything that has power over you is for teaching you how to take your power back.
Anything you hate is for
teaching you unconditional love.
Anything you fear is for
teaching you courage to
overcome your fear.
Anything you can’t control is for teaching you how to let go and trust the Universe” - Jackson Kiddard

From the team that brought you the first Camp Undersoul event, Camp Wintersoul is continuing the Undertale AU for all the Human SOULs to enjoy, play, and take part in cheeky camp activities!

 For 10 days, all children with a Human SOUL will be called to the SOUL ISLAND, led by the power of their Patience, Bravery, Integrity, Perseverance, Kindness, Determination, and Virtues not yet discovered. The ISLAND, in its own right, is a floating phenomenon superseding the laws of life and death, of reality and void itself. 

 No matter the circumstance, no matter if the child is alive, deceased long ago, trapped in an alternate existence – no matter what, so long as the child has a human SOUL, and is 18 or under, they will be called. And… what will they find at the Island? 


 The chance to be free and connect with other Human SOULS scattered across time and space – through winter camp activities! Hosted by the unusual inhabitants of the SOUL ISLAND, an alternate breed of bald Temmies referred to as “Sky Temmies”, all campers will have the chance to participate in snowball fights, sledding, ice skating, bonfires, dancing, sparring, paintball, mysteries, and so, so much more! 

 Each human SOUL, divided by COLOR, forms part of that COLOR’S faction inside the camp. Each faction has its own customized cabin with the stuff that the kids from that COLOR like! There they may gather to do stuff like chat, play games, take naps, have pillow fights, and more! Just don’t sneak out past curfew! 

 Unspecified SOULS that wish to join can stay at the MASTER CABIN DORMITORY! 

 Applications opening soon! Check the official Camp Wintersoul Tumblr for updates. 

Like or reblog THIS POST if you’d like your human SOULS to JOIN!

Your mods are: Solar, Nero, Seis, Sims, Cam, Amatsu, Ren, Wander, and Joe.

But, please direct all comments, questions, and concerns to the official Wintersoul blog!

This is your daily sign to keep going. To trust yourself and believe that good things are indeed coming. Never give up one yourself. 

Then Sudhana spoke these verses:

Here is the compassionate, pure-minded Maitreya,
Radiant with love, striving for the good of the world;
At the stage of coronation (the tenth bhumi), heir of the buddhas,
He dwells in contemplation in the enlightened realm.

This is the realm of great knowledge
Of the illustrious offspring of buddhas, secure in liberation;
This is the abode of those unrivaled ones
Who traverse the realm of reality without attachment.

This is the abode of those risen from the power of discipline, generosity, patience, and vigor,
Who have reached perfection of the power of mystic knowledge by meditations,
Who are firm in wisdom, skillful means, resolve, and power,
Who have reached the goal of the Great Vehicle.

This is the abode of those of unobstructed intellect and broad mind,
Enjoying the realm of space, free from dependence,
Penetrating all times, free from obstruction,
Clearly perceiving all being and becoming.

Those who understand the principle of nonorigination of all things,
Realize the nature of things as of the essence of space;
They do not rest on anything, like a bird in the sky—
This is the abode of those who are perfect in knowledge.

Those who, knowing the nature of passion, hatred, and delusion
As unreal, evolving from thoughts,
Go to dispassion, free from conception—
This is their abode, who have realized peace and tranquility.

Investigating the doors of liberation, the truths, their meanings,
The path, the aggregates, the senses, beings, and relativity,
Those who do not become attached to quiescence,
Who have wisdom and skill-in-means—this is their abode.

Avatamsaka Sutra - 1457

Note on the image: Maitreya, the next Buddha.

Military mondays: Battle of Cannae 216 BC

as suggested by @historyfilia

The battle of cannae. Quite possibly romes worst defeat. Certainly romes most humilating defeat. To this day the battle of Cannae stands out as an example of arrogance, intelligence and bloodshed. It is a tale of greed and grace. Of the power of patience and the genius of romes nemesis. Hannibal barca. 

The year is 216 BC. The punic wars are in full swing. Rome has suffered two crushing defeats on its home turf. At lake trasemine and trebia, carthage had outsmarted rome and destroyed its legions. In this time of crisis the romans turned to dictatorship. Dictatorship Only lasted six months and was an office designed to protect rome in times of crisis without the slow senate. 

Rome elected Fabius Maximus to the office. Roman culture was very honourable and based on military glory. Instead of Meeting hannibal in the field, Fabius planned to overstrech his supply lines, capture his scouts and not give him the battle hannibal wanted. This enraged senators who accused fabius of cowardice, not realising an all out brawl would lead to defeat seen at lake trasemine and trebia, and the fall of Rome The senate sent master of horse Marcus Minicius, to act as co dictator, weakening the authority of Fabius. Minicius promptly met hannibal in all out battle, he was defeated and fabius sent his army in to save Minicius backside, only because fabius thought it a crime to witness so many romans die for nothing. Minicius fell back into 2nd in command. 

After Fabius gave up dictatorship. Gaius Varro and Lucius Paullus were elected consul, running on a platform of forgetting the cowardly fabian strategy and crushing hannibal with the might of rome. Rallying two armies at the strength of 80,000 infantry and 6,500 cavalry, they marched to hannibals camp at cannae, where he had 40,000 infantry and 10,000 cavalry. 

They met on the plains of cannae. Paullus argued with varro on the first day. Arguing they should move to the hill to gain the high ground. Varro was desperate for victory and believed if they gave hannibal time, he would escape. Varro began the attack the next day, on august 2nd. 

Hannibal arranged his army in a foward crescent, Placing his weakest troops in the middle, spreading them thin, he deliberatey told his center to give ground. While telling his wings to stay strong. Varro planned to smash through the center and use superior numbers to trap hannibals troops. Varro and Paullus each commanded from the flank, with the cavalry, a STUPID mistake, the generals where too busy playing soldier rather than actually commanding from the center, secondly varro told 10,000 men to guard the camp, cocky and STUPID there was no third line to guard the roman rear. 

 The roman plan of attack worked and the legions carved through hannibals center, Hannibals infantry retreated according to plan and his flanks held the line. Meanwhile Hannibals elite Gaulic cavalry overwhelmed the roman cavalry. The cavalry on the left barley engaged the romans, until the cavalry from the right crossed the field and made it 4-1 on the roman cavalry. Sending them fleeing. They then turned and slammed into the unguarded roman rear. At that point the carthaginian infantry pivoted and charged inward. 

It was a disaster, the carthaginian troops slaughtered the roman legions. They couldn’t even swing their swords over their head for lack of space. Men buried their heads in the dirt and tried to suffocate themselves rather than being slowly crushed, They slaughtered romans until sunset. Of the 86,000 romans at the battles start, 3,000 escaped, the 10,000 at the camp were taken prisoner. At the end of the battle, the carthaginians collected the rings of the roman nobles and dumped them on the floor of the carthaginian senate. Of those rings were Marcus minicius who had been humbled by hannibal the previous year, and poor consul Paullus who had advised against attack, who when wounded at the battle, refused a horse to make his escape and said 

“suffer me to breath my last among my slaughtered soldiers”

Among those rings, varro’s was absent, for he had no such worries about fleeing the battlefield.

If you have any ideas for what I should post for next military monday, it can be anything, a battle, a leader, an idea, a concept or tactic, a military unit or formation. Do not hesitate to send in your suggestions, either by message or comment.