Life’s Tests #wcw

Life's Tests | Memee's Musings

So, I am back to blogging and that means returning to one of my favorite blogging days, Words Crush Wednesday!

As you know Words Crush Wednesday is a little link-up game featuring our favorite quotes (or on Memee’s Musings, my favorite quotes).  Now typically I prefer to choose quotes where I know who originated it.  For example, “When one door opens…” I am sure you know a version of that saying, but do you know who is credited with saying it?  I do.  If you’re curious, here’s the link.

Anyway, I stumbled across this one the other day on my friend’s Facebook timeline and instantly loved it.  As you can see it doesn’t say who said it so I did a little digging on Google.  (I am writing in past tense because when you read this it will have already happened.  The truth is I am writing this post and researching at the same time.)  I found a lot of different memes like the one I have here with the webname of who made the meme.  Not helpful.  But I kept looking.  I thought I found one, but then when I clicked the thumbnail to see who the quote was attributed to, I discovered it was attributed to “Aunt Judy.”  I do have an Aunt Judy, but she’s really not all that computer savvy.  You’re right, of course, she could have said it and someone else could have really liked it and so they made the meme and attributed it to her, but I highly doubt it.

So I kept looking.  I found another one that looked promising.  The picture was a little odd, it  invoked in me the idea that the man in the image was in prison.  Not sure at this moment if that was the case or not but that’s beside the point.  I opened the thumbnail to see who it was attributed to.  But this quote was a bit different.  Instead of God it referred to Allah. Now I know that Allah is the name used for the Islamic concept of god.  And so I thought to myself, “Hmm, is this a bastardized version of a quote?”  So I dug a little deeper into the man being cited, Nouman Ali Khan.  I put his name into Google and discovered that it is, in my opinion, entirely possible.

Who is Nouman Ali Khan?  Well, apparently he is a German-born Pakistani who works as a professional Muslim speaker who founded and instructs at The Institute for Arabic and Qur’anic Studies. So he is well educated — and as a side note, personally, in my opinion, anyone who is a professional public speaker knows how to talk and coin great sayings.  I mean, they get paid to talk and share their ideas after all.  I won’t deny I was surprised by this development.  The quote I read and love may come from a person of a religion that does not even recognize God.  I mean, wow, that’s a bit of a shocker!

I found only one other possibility for a cited originator to this quote and he had a long name.  I opened this one up and what I found was that again instead of “God” it read “Allah” and it was attributed to:  Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan.  I tried to find out more.  I didn’t really get anywhere in discovering whether this is the same man, or his father, or someone totally unrelated.  I learned other stuff about Nouman though. Apparently he went through a long period of atheism but ultimately returned to Islam.  No biggy, I am pretty sure many people raised in religion have had times when they questioned their faith or even denied it and then sometime later have returned, or converted to new religions while others remain atheists (Honestly, I think they’re just really angry at their god, believing he has abandoned them.)  Anyway, none of that matters though because this isn’t about a Muslim man, or religion, it’s about a quote that I understand and relate to.  A quote that I loved enough to post on my blog.

If this man were not Muslim.  If he did not practice Islam I bet that all of the quotes that credit it as “Unknown” or slap their own website name upon it would respect who said it. And that makes me sad.  It makes me sad that we live in a world with so much hate for people different than ourselves.  I know much of it is fear driven.  And I know that in America so many of us are angry because of 9/11 and that anger is due to fear. Life in America has never felt as safe as it did before those planes flew into the World Trade Center towers.

My first year blogging I wrote a post entitled, Relationship: What is it and why is it so damn confusing? where I propose how different the world would be if we were less emotionally driven.

Anyway, this post got super-duper long because as it turned out the quote I chose for this week belongs in the same family of quotes as the one I opened this post with about doors opening. Turns out this quote isn’t a quote at all. But still, I’ve come this far and regardless of its nature and where it came from, I am keeping it. I love God. I have been a student and taken many tests in my time. And there have times when I have felt so alone in my struggle (though I have never abandoned God). For these three reasons this non-quote meme speaks to me. I hope you love it for what it says regardless of your position on the Muslim peoples or the Islamic religion. It has wisdom that is meant to bring comfort, patience, and understanding during times of trial regardless of which god it cites.

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#WCW on Opportunity

When things happen in our lives, bringing disappointment into our hearts we lean on our friends for support and compassion. And more likely than not we have heard or even offered this adage (or a bastardized version thereof) with the desire it will help the person find hope. I know I say it to myself to kickstart my brain into positive thinking: “When one door closes, another door opens.”

But did you know that is not the entire quote? In fact, the point, nay, the meaning of the quote as originally stated has been dropped. I discovered this while working on the post about this month’s poetry party and wanted to get the wording correct as I’ve heard many bastardized versions and wanted to get it right. I was surprised first by who said it. And then, of course, that there was more to it. And I like the entire quote. I like it a lot because it is powerful and true.

I am a person who rarely lives in the present. I spend a lot of time thinking about the past and a lot of time pondering about the future… which is actually quite ridiculous because we can never imagine what the future truly holds. I like the quote because it reminds me that we must remember where to focus our lives and spend our time.

#WCW on opportunity | Memee's Musings

I hope you enjoyed the relevant quote for this week’s Words Crush Wednesday. If you’d like to play along with me here are the details:

Cut/paste and follow these simple rules:

(1) Always pingback to the site you discovered #wcw on with every Words Crush Wednesday post. In this case, that’s me: memeesmusings.com!

(2) In your post, use the badge they’ve created just for you – In this case, you’d use the Panda badge (size doesn’t matter), just grab it below.

(3) Tag your post #wcw so the Words Crush Wednesday community players can find you.

(4) Optional: When you are ready, create your own badge for those you inspire to play Words Crush Wednesday. If you do not create your own badge then your inspirees MUST use the badge from the blogger who inspired you — it’s on your post — so be sure to make it easy for them to find.

 

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* To see the badge I earned, visit my very first #WCW post. And, here’s my pingback: Rebirth of Lisa

Hugs

Well it is Words Crush Wednesday once again and I spent all day crippled in my own sadness, griped by my own, self-made fears.  I received many virtual hugs today and it got me going again. But lets be real, there is nothing like the real deal.

And when you are getting a true, sincere hug. You know it. You can feel it kiss your soul.

Hugs for happiness

I have actually written about hugs before and I am sure this won’t be the last time. If you love hugs and want to read more about them, you can read my previous post by clicking on this link:  Hugs, Hugs, and More Hugs!

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I hope you enjoyed the relevant quote for this week’s Words Crush Wednesday. If you’d like to play along with me here are the details:

Cut/paste and follow these simple rules:

(1) Always pingback to the site you discovered #wcw on with every Words Crush Wednesday post. In this case, that’s me: memeesmusings.com!

(2) In your post, use the badge they’ve created just for you – In this case, you’d use the Panda badge (size doesn’t matter), just grab it below.

(3) Tag your post #wcw so the Words Crush Wednesday community players can find you.

(4) Optional: When you are ready, create your own badge for those you inspire to play Words Crush Wednesday. If you do not create your own badge then your inspirees MUST use the badge from the blogger who inspired you — it’s on your post — so be sure to make it easy for them to find.

 

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* To see the badge I earned, visit my very first #WCW post. And, here’s my pingback: Rebirth of Lisa

 

Photo with quote obtained from Wisdom Quotes & Stories. I recommend looking for wisdom and cheer among their posts!

P.S. Today is NOT National Hug Day. But being it’s an annual thing I figured I’d tag it so it’s lumped on that page. Thanks for understanding!>

It’s Not Bowie!

Aargh

I find it fascinating and honestly, a bit frustrating, annoying(?), that everyone is attributing this quote to David Bowie. He didn’t create it. He wasn’t even the first to sing it. David Bowie was only one of more than a dozen covers.

Nature Boy was first recorded in 1947 by Nat King Cole. And he didn’t write it either. The lyrics were gifted to him by a stranger. But before it could be released to the public the songwriter had to be tracked down. His name was Eden Ahbez. And in 1948 the words “The Greatest Thing You’ll Ever Learn Is Just To Love And Be Loved In Return,” were heard for the first time.

Still, David Bowie is an important part of American iconology. I am just wishing people were remembering him for his own glorious creations (for me — being more movie oriented than music oriented, it is his turn as Jareth the Goblin King in 1986’s Labyrinth film.)

Please enjoy the videos (it took a long time to gather them up for you!)

This is the writer singing the song, probably some time after it became “known.”:

 

Nat King Cole recorded 1947, released 1948

 

Dick Haymes, 1948

 

Frank Sinatra, 1948

 

Sarah Vaughan, 1948

 

Peggy Lee, 1948

 

Bobby Darin, 1961

 

Grace Slick and the Great Society, 1965

 

Ella Fitzgerald, 1976

 

George Benson, 1977

 

Etta Jones, 1979

 

Natalie Cole, 1991

 

Abbey Lincoln, 1995

 

Cher, 1998

 

David Bowie & Massive Attack, 2001

 

Aaron Neville, 2003

 

Harry Connick Jr., 2003

 

Celine Dion, 2004

 

Casey Abrams (American Idol TV) 2011

 

Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett, 2014

 

And there are, in the age of YouTube, so many more! Find your favorite and support the artist. Shop at iTunes or Vevo or from personal websites. Most independant artists on YouTube do have their covers available for sale and still others are just trying to get their voice out there and will give you a copy, just give them the feedback, they’ll respond!  Next week I’ll go back to normal #WCW programing.

 

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Happy New Year!

Well, here we are just a day away from completing the first week of this new year, 2016! So far I’d say my year is working out pretty well. I really hope yours is as well.

Words Crush Wednesday is still on the menu for 2016 and with this first Wednesday of the year I give a quote by American country singer, Brad Paisley:

Brad Paisley quote

It does not matter that today is not January first. Each day is a new day and can be the beginning of a new 365-day cycle. So make the most of it and always try to create the best regardless of the circumstances surrounding you.

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I hope you enjoyed the relevant quote for this week’s Words Crush Wednesday. If you’d like to play along with me here are the details:

Cut/paste and follow these simple rules:

(1) Always pingback to the site you discovered #wcw on with every Words Crush Wednesday post. In this case, that’s me: memeesmusings.com!

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(3) Tag your post #wcw so the Words Crush Wednesday community players can find you.

(4) Optional: When you are ready, create your own badge for those you inspire to play Words Crush Wednesday. If you do not create your own badge then your inspirees MUST use the badge from the blogger who inspired you — it’s on your post — so be sure to make it easy for them to find.

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This Month on GoFundMe: Mental Health

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I do not know if you are aware but I have a link here on Memee’s Musings called This Month on GoFundMe, it is listed in the sidebar under Linky-Dinks Blogroll. Every month or so I feature a different Go Fund Me crowdfunding cause, always something or someone that I personally find worthy. Sometimes they are people I know and sometimes they are not.

This month I decided to highlight a young woman who is part of a social group that I am in. I have not yet met Lourdes yet personally though my online interactions with her have always been nothing short of sweet, kind, and respectful. I like her.

So when I learned recently that she had been hospitalized and diagnosed with a mental health disorder my heart went out to her. I carry a stigma too. It is not an easy life, living with mental illness. I stumbled upon her GoFundMe post yesterday asking for help during this transition period. She has been placed on unpaid medical leave at her job and thus her income and medical insurance are instantly gone, but still must pay her housing costs as we all do. And so she has become this month’s GoFundMe cause. Please read Lourde’s story here.

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I hope you enjoyed the relevant quote for this week’s Words Crush Wednesday. If you’d like to play along with me here are the details:

Cut/paste and follow these simple rules:

(1) Always pingback to the site you discovered #wcw on with every Words Crush Wednesday post. In this case, that’s me: memeesmusings.com!

(2) In your post, use the badge they’ve created just for you – In this case, you’d use the Panda badge (size doesn’t matter), just grab it below.

(3) Tag your post #wcw so the Words Crush Wednesday community players can find you.

(4) Optional: When you are ready, create your own badge for those you inspire to play Words Crush Wednesday. If you do not create your own badge then your inspirees MUST use the badge from the blogger who inspired you — it’s on your post — so be sure to make it easy for them to find.

If you wanna play #wcw with me, here's your badge!
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* To see the badge I earned, visit my very first #WCW post. And, here’s my pingback: Rebirth of Lisa

 

 

 

 

#WCW Racial Diversity

I am so saddened by everything happening in the world. It seems from where I sit (please excuse my blessed American standpoint) that ever since the World Trade Center bombings the entire world has gone to hell in a handbasket.

I imagine however, that that is only when we (or I) poked my head out of the sand and truly began paying attention to everything happening in the world.

Anyway, many of you know where I stand on this world crash course we seem to be upon. Despite that viewpoint, I want to say that I am extremely disappointed by every American who is allowing their fear to turn to hate.

Let the refugees in!

Treat them with dignity and respect!

Allow them a chance for life, the kind of life you were blessed to be born into.

race diversity quote

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I want this point to get across so this week I am not placing the badge. Sometimes WordPress Reader grabs the wrong image and I don’t want to risk it with this post. The message is far too important.

* To see the badge I earned, visit my very first #WCW post. And, here’s my pingback: Rebirth of Lisa