weak conviction

“You will never win if you never begin.” – Helen Rowland

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” – Jack London

“A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did.” – John Burroughs

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” —Walt Disney

“Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” — George Herbert

“Step by step and the thing is done.” – Charles Atlas

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“If you don’t ask, you don’t get.” – Stevie Wonder

“There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, there are no limits.” — Michael Phelps

“One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals.” — Michael Korda

“Be gentle to all and stern with yourself.” – Saint Theresa of Avila

“You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.” —Babe Ruth

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” — Ernest Hemingway

“Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.” – John F. Kennedy

“He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions.” — Louisa May Alcott

“Without discipline, there’s no life at all.” – Katharine Hepburn

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” —Friedrich Nietzsche

“Sometimes you don’t realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness.” — Susan Gale

“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” — Thomas Jefferson

“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.“ – Aldous Huxley

“Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” – Oprah Winfrey

“From my tribe I take nothing, I am the maker of my own fortune.” – Tecumseh

See Part 1 for more motivation!

If a gentleman, as they call him, feels the same degree of anger as I do and is still able to restrain himself, why, that is splendid! But a gentleman would not feel as angry as I do; no, his convictions are weak enough that he can contain them. Of that, I am sure.
— 

Nakajima Atsushi, “The Disciple” 

This reminds me of the following quote by Dazai Osamu in No Longer Human: “I have sometimes thought that I have been burdened with a pack of ten misfortunes, any one of which if borne by my neighbor would be enough to make a murderer out of him.”

Throughout the records of the Gospels, I saw how Jesus didn’t treat women any different than men, and I liked that. We weren’t too precious for words, dainty like fine china. We received no free pass or delicate worries about our ability to understand or contribute or work. Women were not too sweet or weak for the conviction of the Holy Spirit, or too manipulative and prone to jealousy, insecurity, and deception to push back the kingdom of darkness. Jesus did not patronize, and he did not condescend.
—  Sarah Bessey - Jesus Feminist
If the original shinigami characters met their current selves...


As requested by anon. :)


What if the Soul Society characters of the current arc got transported back in time and met their counterparts from the first Bleach arc? What would they make of their character development? And sorry I couldn’t do everyone ‘cause this got really long!


1. Past Hanataro and Current Hanataro

Past Hanataro: THIRD SEAT? THIRD SEAT???

Current Hanataro: C-co-third seat, but yes! We’re third seat now!

Past Hanataro: I-I HAVE A SIGN ABOVE MY DESK REMINDING ME TO SHOOT FOR SEVENTH SEAT

Current Hanataro: Yeah, we kinda shot past that one, ha ha!

Past Hanataro: YOU’RE SO AMAZING AND COOL


2. Past Hinamori and Current Hinamori

Current Hinamori: Hey, you’re going to be okay, all right?

Past Hinamori: What do you mean? 

Current Hinamori: Right now you’re all mixed up and things are going to get really really hard for a while, but in the end, you are going to be okay. Please remember that!

Past Hinamori: Of course we’ll be okay! Aizen-taicho will protect us!

Current Hinamori: …

Current Hinamori: Just remember that you’ll be okay.


3. Past Kira and Current Kira (SPOILERS FOR THIRTEEN BLADES)

Current Kira: And then we were killed and turned into an unfeeling zombie by Squad 12, carrying around the dead souls of our companions.

Past Kira: Somehow…I am not surprised.

Current Kira: Yeah.


4. Past Byakuya and Current Byakuya

Past Byakuya: We look as noble as ever.

Current Byakuya: Indeed. But we have learned many things.

Past Byakuya: Like what?

Current Byakuya: Like how to be more flexible.

Past Byakuya: …in a yoga way or…?

Current Byakuya: In a mental and moral way.

Past Byakuya: So….you allowed yourself to become weak in your convictions? That is what you are saying?

Current Byakuya: No. We finally figured out which convictions are truly important.

Past Byakuya: And we stopped wearing our scarf?

Current Byakuya: Hitsugaya started.

Past Byakuya: Oh. Say no more.


5. Past Kurotsuchi and Current Kurotsuchi

Past Kurotsuchi: Tell me nothing about my future. I would rather see it unfold myself.

Current Kurotsuchi: I know that, of course.

Past Kurotsuchi: I will say that our new head dress is amazing.

Current Kurotsuchi: Isn’t it?


6. Past Hitsuagaya and Current Hitsugaya

Past Hitsugaya: I can’t believe it….we haven’t grown AT ALL??

Current Hitsugaya: Never mind that. There is something very important I need to tell you.

Current Hitsugaya: When, in the future, you have the best chance of stabbing Aizen dead, don’t do it! It’s a trap!

Past Hitsugaya: Um….why would I want to stab Aizen? Aizen seems cool.

Current Hitsugaya: You have so much to learn.


7. Past Komamura and Current Komamura

Past Komamura: …

Past Komamura: I see. You ripped out our heart, then?

Past Komamura: Was it for the sake of Yamamoto?

Current Komamura: Mirf!

Past Komamura: Then I have no complaints.


8. Past Hisagi and Current Hisagi

Current Hisagi: We meet him.

Past Hisagi: !!!!!

Current Hisagi: I know.


9. Past Matsumoto and Current Matsumoto

Past Matsumoto: Ooooh, I love our new hair!

Current Matsumoto: Thanks! In the future, everybody gets their hair cut at the same time, for some reason.

Past Matsumoto: Huh. Hard to imagine anything in Soul Society changing.

Current Matsumoto: Lots change. And it’s not going to be easy.

Current Matsumoto: We do find out why Gin left.

Past Matsumoto: It is…bad?

Current Matsumoto: Yeah. It’s pretty bad.


10. Past Unohana and Current Unohana

Past Unohana: Your hair is down.

Past Unohana: There is blood on your face.

Past Unohana: I recognize your look.

Past Unohana: Does this mean what I imagine it to mean?

Current Unohana: It does.

Past Unohana: …

Past Unohana: Yessssssss.


11. Past Kyoraku and Current Kyoraku

Past Kyoraku: Head Captain, huh? That can’t be good.

Current Kyoraku: Yeah, things get a bit rough in the future.

Past Kyoraku: Does this mean that everybody…knows?

Current Kyoraku: Nope! Haven’t had to pull out the ol’ bankai yet!

Past Kyoraku: Just make sure Nanao-chan is out of the way when you do.

Current Kyoraku: I know.


12. Past Ukitake and Current Ukitake

Past Ukitake: O-oh dear! We don’t look so good!

Current Ukitake: I know it doesn’t look good, but actually, things change for the better, mostly!

Current Ukitake: Soul Society learns to open itself to new ideas, Kuchiki Rukia is doing tons better, and we meet some really great new friends!

Past Ukitake: Yes but you look like all our organs are gone.

Current Ukitake: It’s not all good.


13. Past Soi Fon and Current Soi Fon

Current Soi Fon: We meet Yoruichi-sama again.

Past Soi Fon: So she is dead, then?

Current Soi Fon: No, she is alive. We are on pleasant terms again.

Past Soi Fon: What??? How is that even POSSIBLE after what she -

Current Soi Fon: Also, we complimented Omaeda.

Past Soi Fon: WHAT?!?!

Current Soi Fon: This should not be as much fun as it is.


14. Past Yamamoto and Current Yamamoto

Past Yamamoto: We are missing an arm.

Current Yamamoto: Yes. It was either that or allow a super powered human to become more involved in our affairs than she already was.

Past Yamamoto: Humans? You allowed humans to be involved in shinigami affairs?? Don’t you remember the Quincy???

Current Yamamoto: …

Current Yamamoto: I have a vague memory.


15. 
Past Aizen and Current Aizen

Past Aizen: …

Past Aizen: …

Past Aizen: The empty throne in the sky has a lot more bondage elements than I expected.

Current Aizen: Just stop.


16. Past Renji and Current Renji

Past Renji: Wow! I’m so cool-looking in the future!

Past Renji: Have we caught up to the captain yet?

Current Renji: Dude, we’ve learned about friendship and strength, we’ve gotten way better with our zanpakuto, and we’ve gone on so many cool adventures!

Past Renji: So we haven’t caught up to Captain Kuchiki, huh?

Current Renji: We’re friends with Rukia again.

Past Renji: I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE FUTURE


17. Past Kenpachi and Current Kenpachi

Current Kenpachi: We’re gonna get a lot stronger.

Past Kenpachi: That’s the only thing I wanted to hear!

Current Kenpachi: And we’re gonna do it by learning to listen to our zanpakuto and not always fight alone.

Past Kenpachi: That doesn’t sound like us.

Current Kenpachi: Shit changes.


18. Past Yumichika and Current Yumichika

Past Yumichika: Beautiful as ever, I see!

Past Yumichika: Is our - secret still safe?

Current Yumichika: It is!

Past Yumichika: …

Past Yumichika: Really? No dramatic reveal yet?

Current Yumichika: I tried! But I got cut down before I could reveal it!

Past Yumichika: Cut down? So we died in battle?

Current Yumichika: Nah, man. Just cut down.

Current Yumichika: It sounds like the future sucks.


19. Past Ikkaku and Current Ikkaku

Current Ikkaku: In the future everyone knows about your bankai.

Past Ikkaku: What? No way! I’m always so careful!

Current Ikkaku: Right??? But somehow it doesn’t matter!

Past Ikkaku: So…does that mean you’re being forced to be captain?

Current Ikkaku: No it turns out that nobody cares and tons of lieutenants have bankai.

Past Ikkaku: …

Past Ikkaku: That stings a little.

Current Ikkaku: Yeah.


22. Past Rukia and Current Rukia

Past Rukia: A lieutenant’s badge? You’re wearing a lieutenant’s badge?

Past Rukia: You must be from a very, very, very long time in the future.

Current Rukia: Not even two years.

Past Rukia: So, what? You’re going to a costume party, then?

Current Rukia: No, we’re really the lieutenant of Squad 13.

Past Rukia: I’m not even a seated officer! I’m a disappointment to Nii-sama, a burden on my captain, and the murderer of the only person who ever believed in me!

Current Rukia: Hey, shhhh it’s okay. Nii-sama risks his life to protect us. We get closure with Kaien. And Captain Ukitake makes us lieutenant.

Past Rukia: Okay. That sounds fake but…okay.

Current Rukia: Our future is definitely better than we’d ever imagined!

Doorways [Cullen x Trevelyan. NSFW]

She isn’t sure how she came to be in this situation, trapped against the hard wooden door, the metal fixings against her back, with the Commander pressed against her, his armour hard and cold, guarding the heated skin she wanted to touch beneath it.

His mouth on hers, frantic and demanding, tongue over lip, hot breaths and sighs exchanged, while her hands fumble for any inch of skin she can reach and his own cup her backside, his strong fingers digging into her flesh.

“Cullen,” she manages to choke out his name, in the brief moment he takes his mouth from hers. But then her thought is gone and she’s drowning in his breath and touch. How his lips move across hers, and how she can just about feel his fingers pulling at the soft material of the breeches beneath her Inquisitor robes.

She hears herself say, “we can’t.”

It’s true.

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Ace Attorney Rap Battle

Edgeworth:  yOU BETTER STEP UP WRIGHT AND IMPROVE ON YOUR DICTION BY THE TIME THIS BATTLES OVER I’LL HAVE WON A CONVICTION, YOU’RE WEAK AND PATHETIC AND YOU’LL REGRET IT, SON NOW STEP OUT THE COURTROOM CAUSE I’VE ALREADY WON
YOUR RHYMES ARE WEAK WRIGHT, GET OUTTA SIGHT, I’M SURPRISED YOU EVEN KNOW YOUR LEFT FROM YOUR RIGHT, YOUR DAY FROM NIGHT, MY CASE IS AIRTIGHT AND I DON’T THINK YOU STAND A CHANCE TONIGHT

Phoenix: W-WELL, LET ME TELL YOU, EDGEWORTH, SIR, THAT NOT ALL OF US ARE FANCY WITH OUR WORDS, BUT I CAN TAKE YOU AND MAKE YOU LOSE IF I CHOOSE I’VE GOT THE EVIDENCE TO PROVE IT SO MOVE IT ALONG START SINGING YOUR SWAN SONG I’LL TAKE YOU DOWN AND RUN THE TOWN AND BLUFF MY WAY TO A LAWYERS CROWN

Edgeworth: I’LL WIPE MY CRAVAT ON YOUR WEAK REPLIES, THIS IS NOT THE TIME OR PLACE FOR LIES, I’M THE ONE WHO’LL COME OUT AS KING OF THE COURT
NOW ALLOW ME TO PROVE IT WITH AN AUTOPSY REPORT

Wright: M-Mia!

Mia: THE NAMES MIA AND I’M HERE TO REPRESENT, TEAR YOU DOWN IN THE COURT CAUSE I’M HEAVEN-SENT GOT MY SISTER AND MY COUSIN HERE TO CHANNEL ME, GET OUT YOUR BOOKS BOYS I’M MAKING HISTORY.
YOU BESTED ME ONCE WHEN I WAS ALIVE BUT NOW I’M BACK AND YOU CAN JUST WATCH AND TRY, I’LL MAKE YOU CRY, BUST OUT MY RHYMES, THIS IS GONNA BE THE FASTEST WIN OF ALL TIME
 I’LL TAKE YOUR REPORT AND I’LL FIND CONTRADICTIONS SO DON’T BE SO SURE THAT YOU’VE EARNED A CONVICTION, OUR CLIENTS INNOCENT, AND I BELIEVE IT, SO YOU CAN TAKE THAT REPORT AND EAT IT

Happiness? I Do: Chapter 20

TITLE OF STORY: Happiness? I Do.

CHAPTER NUMBER/TITLE/ONE SHOT: Chapter 20

AUTHOR: winterheart17

WHICH TOM/CHARACTER: AU Married Actor Tom

STORY GENRE: Romance, Drama, Erotica

STORY SUMMARY: Everyone knows the making of a happy ending.  It starts with ‘hello’ and it ends with ‘I do’.  Or does it? What happens in between?  What happens after?  When Tom and Wednesday said ‘I do’, they believed it was their happy ending.  But 3 years down the road, everything has fallen apart.  That’s when they learn that ‘I do’ encompasses a lot of things, that marriage is hard work and just because two people love each other, it doesn’t necessarily mean they can make it till the end.  Now both of them have to ask themselves if it is worth it to hold on or is it time to let go?

STORY RATING: M

STORY WARNINGS/TRIGGERS/AUTHORS NOTES: I guess this chapter answers the question of what Wednesday will do next! And the following chapter will address Tom’s reaction (hehe) I don’t think this chapter is particularly emotional but we do see some of that Wednesday spunk.
FEEDBACK: I would like to thank all of you for the amount of generous love and support this story has been generating but as always, I am nervous with this chapter, so feedback would be amazing! Thank you for reading and for being so utterly lovely! <3

Prologue   Chapter 1   Chapter 2   Chapter 3   Chapter 4   Chapter 5   Chapter 6 Chapter 7   Chapter 8   Chapter 9   Chapter 10   Chapter 11   Chapter 12   Chapter 13  Chapter 14   Chapter 15   Chapter 16   Chapter 17   Chapter 18   Chapter 19  

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