Reflections in a mirror

Have you ever looked into a mirror and asked yourself, who is this person in the mirror. * In the book “Dorian Gray,”Oscar Wilde shows a troubled young man looking in a mirror and he sees a distorted face of himself. Oscar Wilde first published this story in a magazine where the editor cut out many of his words because it was too imflamatory for the times.Oscar Wilde felt ,” Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experience deceptive, judgement difficult.”In expressing a general truth, principle, or astute observation he was showing how power sometimes corrupt. In the distorted  view  of himself, Dorian Gray was visualizing a terrible end because of the havoc he caused in life.

The mind plays many games. My wife reached the point in her life where she asked me  to take a mirror down in the bedroom. She would wake up in the morning and sit up in bed and see a vision of herself she did not want to recognize. Because of the medicines she was taking made her look bloated, puffy and in her terms ugly. It started her day in an unpleasant fashion. She was fighting Brain Cancer and no matter how many times I told her I only see her beauty, she only saw ugly. There was never a discussion about the mirror. I took it down immediately. The perception of oneself is the most important in people. What do you see?

A few months ago I was looking in the mirror. I was a little groggy, just awaking up from a peaceful sleep. I looked in the mirror and swore I saw my Father. I blinked twice and my Older Brother was there. I thanked God that I did not look like a Dorian Gray characticure . I hoped it was a sign that my Father and Brother were proud of me and was given me a visit. What do you think?

* excerpt taken from Wikipedia

PURA VIDA!

Mirror! Mirror!

Father
I woke up and took my morning shower
Giving me exhilarating power
Dried off and looked in the mirror
Saw my father and older brother

I saw them in my reflection
As if they wanted my attention
Giving me permission
To continue my life’s ambition

I thought how they would embrace
Costa Ricans easy pace
A change in their personal life
A way to leave the city life

I wonder if they would see
The beauty that thrills me
Willingness for adventure
Eager to start a new venture

Embrace the people and their ways
Enjoying the chance for a new life and place
Slowly their images disappear
As I smile in the mirror

Grateful for their visit
The time together was exquisite

Is there a God?

Since Moving to Costa Rica, I have found a sanctuary of peace. Where is your Sanctuary ? In busy cities many people turn to meditation. Be it a monastery,church, synagog or temple. I was raised a devout catholic and have fallen away from its precepts. Through my experience I find myself doubting my religion. How about you? I work at reading about different religious ideas and cannot find one  I wish to grasp. Because of my upbringing I do believe in a supreme being, but who or what it is I can not fathom.

The evils perpetrated by religious organizations and groups makes it difficult to believe. Jimmy Jones, priest in the Catholic church, Hitler’s reign of the hebrews, all seem to drag faith down to the devils basement. How many times have we seen Geneside in the name of a supreme being. Whether it is the crusades or today’s terrorist acts  in the name of the Koran. It shakes the foundation of your faith.

I need to pray to God. I would like to believe in the goodness of free will. What about you? Are you not tired of deception, greed and war? Freedoms being taken a way, socialism beaconing at our doorsteps. A wall to kept illegals out sounds like East and West Germany after The War to End All Wars! Yeah, right! Millionaire preachers and Billionaire Religions, hypocrisy on our doorsteps.

Sorry for my pontificating, I wish to see no wars in my life time and the sharing of goodness around the world. No starving families or persecuted countries. Is that too much to ask? A free and united world (FAUW).

Pura Vida

Is there a God

My upbringing tend to make me believe
Knowing God can be achieved
Although there is a lot of information
Showing our bible is misdirecting

Hitchens, a devote atheist
Gives ideas that are hard to resist
He likes to quote modern diseases
To critic our fathers reasons

We live on faith alone
Saying scientist are wrong
That there was no great explosion
That caused the human implosion

Those of us who believe in the here after
A supreme being with whom we can chatter
Relatives who have come and gone
Hoping for a better life we can belong

It is hard for me to believe
Was Costa Rica a gem God achieved
Or did it grow from seeds?
Do science believe when you die
You are only ashes where you lie?

I look upon Costa Rica and smile
I would like to be here for awhile
Not in a hurry to visit God
I would like to be late going to the beyond

I would like to be part of his canvas
Costa Rican beauty will last