June 01,2023 @ 19:23 : permalink

I recently added a light theme to this site and it should automatically switch between light and dark depending on your system settings(at night you might see the dark theme and during the day the light theme, if your computer/phone automatically switches themes like that.) Also, just made the light theme a light grey background instead of the blinding solid white. Not sure if this is where I want to stay yet.

Also, you can now see my mastodon feed from my profile page on chven.us!

&mastodon &website
 January 22,2023 @ 10:37 : permalink

“If you want to be happy, you have to let go of the part of you that wants to create melodrama. This is the part that thinks there’s a reason not to be happy. You have to transcend the personal, and as you do, you will naturally awaken to the higher aspects of your being. In the end, enjoying life’s experiences is the only rational thing to do. You’re sitting on a planet spinning around in the middle of absolutely nowhere. Go ahead, take a look at reality. You’re floating in empty space in a universe that goes on forever. If you have to be here, at least be happy and enjoy the experience. You’re going to die anyway. Things are going to happen anyway. Why shouldn’t you be happy? You gain nothing by being bothered by life’s events. It doesn’t change the world; you just suffer. There’s always going to be something that can bother you, if you let it.” ― Michael A. Singer, The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

&life &you
 January 06,2023 @ 19:08 : permalink

On Work by Kahlil Gibran

Then a ploughman said, Speak to us of Work. And he answered, saying: You work that you may keep pace with the earth and the soul of the earth. For to be idle is to become a stranger unto the seasons, and to step out of life’s procession, that marches in majesty and proud submission towards the infinite.

When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music. Which of you would be a reed, dumb and silent, when all else sings together in unison?

Always you have been told that work is a curse and labour a misfortune. But I say to you that when you work you fulfil a part of earth’s furthest dream, assigned to you when the dream was born, And in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life, And to love life through labour is to be intimate with life’s inmost secret.

But if you in your pain call birth an affliction and the support of the flesh a curse written upon your brow, then I answer that naught but the sweat of your brow shall wash away that which is written.

You have been told also that life is darkness, and in your weariness you echo what was said by the weary. And I say that life is indeed darkness save when there is urge, And all urge is blind save when there is knowledge, And all knowledge is vain save when there is work, And all work is empty save when there is love; And when you work with love you bind yourself to yourself, and to one another, and to God.

And what is it to work with love? It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart, even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth. It is to build a house with affection, even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house. It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy, even as if your beloved were to eat the fruit. It is to charge all things you fashion with a breath of your own spirit, And to know that all the blessed dead are standing about you and watching.

Often have I heard you say, as if speaking in sleep, “He who works in marble, and finds the shape of his own soul in the stone, is nobler than he who ploughs the soil. And he who seizes the rainbow to lay it on a cloth in the likeness of man, is more than he who makes the sandals for our feet.” But I say, not in sleep but in the overwakefulness of noontide, that the wind speaks not more sweetly to the giant oaks than to the least of all the blades of grass; And he alone is great who turns the voice of the wind into a song made sweeter by his own loving.

Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy. For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man’s hunger. And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distils a poison in the wine. And if you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man’s ears to the voices of the day and the voices of the night.

 January 05,2023 @ 11:00 : permalink

“Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.”— Winnie the Pooh

 January 05,2023 @ 10:58 : permalink

My server went down, so I just moved the site to a different computer.

 October 10,2022 @ 05:45 : permalink

"The major problem—one of the major problems, for there are several—one of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them.

To summarize: it is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it.

To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job." -― Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

 October 07,2022 @ 05:54 : permalink

According to this BMI Calculator I've gone from Obese Class I down to just Overweight. I'm still right on the border, so I need to keep working at it. First goal is to get down to 190 lbs, which is a BMI of 24.4. Then I'll see where I want to go from there.

&diet &goals &health
 October 07,2022 @ 05:28 : permalink

Happy Birthday Tekla! I love you! ::two_hearts::

 September 30,2022 @ 18:41 : permalink

“We must, therefore, pursue the things that make for happiness, seeing that when happiness is present, we have everything; but when it is absent, we do everything to possess it.” -― Epicurus

 September 27,2022 @ 06:10 : permalink

"I pissed on the man who called me a dog. Why was he so surprised?" -- Diogenes