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"Peter wanted to rouse the complacent believers who had listened to the false teachers and believed that because salvation is not based on good deeds, they could live any way they wanted. If you truly belong to the Lord, Peter wrote, your hard work will prove it. If you're not working to develop the qualities listed in 2 Peter 1:5-7, maybe you don't belong to him. If you are the Lord's-and your hard work backs up your claim to be chosen by God ("called and chosen'')-you will never be led astray by the lure of false teaching or glamorous sin."

…and say byebye to feeling bad about your looks. Are you ready to stop colluding with a culture that makes so many of us feel physically inadequate? Say goodbye to your inner critic, & take this pledge to be kinder to yourself and others.

This is a call to arms. A call to be gentle, to be forgiving, to be generous with yourself. The next time you look into the mirror, try to let go of the story line that says you're too fat or too sallow, too ashy or too old, your eyes are too small or your nose too big; just look into the mirror and see your face.

When the criticism drops away, what you will see then is just you, without judgment, and that is the first step toward transforming your experience of the world.

― Oprah Winfrey


Came across that quote in an article and found it uplifting. I'm definitely not one of those Oprah super fans who worships the ground she walks on, but the lady can give a good speech! Go girllll!
And judging by the amount of women getting plastic surgery these days, more women need to hear stuff like that. I imagine in the next few decades the number of surgically enhanced women will be the majority instead of the minority :(
Spread the confidence, Oprah.
So for the past 3 weeks I've been  trying something new. I've been hanging (dating is too formal of a term) with a guy who I felt no initial chemistry with. A guy I had originally been overlooking for quite a while now. How's it going?

*sigh* He is honestly the nicest guy I've ever met. But I just don't like him. I gave it a few weeks which was a mistake. He has developed feelings which are polar opposite of mine. Within about the 3 weeks of hanging I've received 2 poems and numerous texts expressing his serious feelings :( Whereas I have absolutely no physical attraction to him and though his personality is kind, it's too passive and feminine for me.

I have tried not to state any direct feelings which would be misleading but I've realized sometimes not saying anything is worse and is just another form of lying. I know social experiments aren't morally nice because people have feelings but I thought this would, if nothing else, be a good life lesson for us both.

I've learned it is hard to change first impressions, but it's not impossible. I thought he was unattractive and wack at first. But after giving him a chance I realized he's also thoughtful and kind. But I like what I like. And you cant force what isn't there. Unattractive, wack, kind, & thoughtful might work for some. Just not me. I don't feel like I'm shallow. I've been attracted to men who others felt weren't attractive but it was just something there for me. Didn't happen this time.

Wish it was a good way to end this but I know that ship sailed after the first outing. But isn't that what dating is for? To see if more than a friendship is possible? I do feel bad though, deep down I knew nothing more than a friendship would come from this. I already know who I'm going to end up with ♥ シ so this seems to have been just for kicks. At this point I don't know what my intentions were. Horrible, I know. *sigh* Nice going, Jaeleon >:(

Hope karma doesn't destroy me for this

Peace ♥

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"Too often we see peace as merely the absence of conflict, and we think of peacemaking as a passive role. But an effective peacemaker actively pursues peace. He or she builds good relationships, knowing that peace is a by-product of commitment. The peacemaker anticipates problems and deals with them before they occur. When conflicts arise, he or she brings them into the open and deals with them before they grow unmanageable. Making peace can be harder work than waging war, but it results not in death but in life and happiness."

:)

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Jaeleon & Nikki Brown.
NYE 2011