Pity for Loss and Unfulfilled Expectations

The pleasure that is in sorrow is sweeter than the pleasure of pleasure itself. – Percy Bysshe Shelley

Today’s WordPress Daily Prompt is the word Recite and it is a daunting cue, but not impossible. The prompt invites bloggers to reason and interpret the idea of the word, “recite.”

Each WordPress Prompt is a word planned to help bloggers to think of something to write for his or her blog. This is naturally risky in that the blogger can seem foolish, but the appearance of stupidity must be risked if you want an audience. I just want to run over for you that it would be common to recite a poem, of course, and if I had to mention a poet, I would consider Shelley.

How is it that pleasure in sorrow can be sweet? How can sorrow provide any pleasure, if it is a condition of suffering? I think of these two questions when I contemplate what Shelley said.

Sorrow occurs when there is an overwhelming loss in the life of an individual.

This can devastate you. It can unravel you from within, as though you were a wool effigy mounted on the hearth or in the vestibule. It is not a state of pleasure, almost definitely not, and yet Shelley possibly felt that it was, or it could be, and I take it the poet experienced that kind of pleasure as being of the highest order.

How is it that we can be anything else than embittered by the peril of sorrow and suffering? How is it possible that we can encounter the pleasure of all things during the turmoil of the condition of sorrow?

What is there to be had from entering into a state of sorrow with the expectation that the desired outcome should be a pleasure? Why did a search for Shelley return that quote?

The pleasure that is in sorrow is sweeter than the pleasure of pleasure itself. – Percy Bysshe Shelley

The search says Shelley was an Englishman who died in 1822. Don’t tell me what I’ll find if there are depths of sorrow ahead. It’s a depressing thought, and I don’t blame you if you aren’t ready to “like” this.

You’re free to, however, to “like” this post if you see fit, and to comment and/or to “follow.” I hope you’re all right, and I know that unhappiness is challenging if you are feeling low. Unexpected avenues of pleasure become evident sometimes, and while I urge you to steer clear of sorrow, you are welcome to every drop of pleasure you can extract.

Good luck.

The Heritage of Louth United Church in St. Catharines and Maple Lawn Cemetery

We care-take a disbanded church, Louth United, formerly of the United Church, and also the cemetery which is on the church ground.  We’ve done this for about four years, and I’ve helped design a little website for the cemetery, which you can find here:

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 I frequently take photos of our church and cemetery we care-take, I thought I would include one I took October, 2014, which shows the church, and includes the sight of headstones which mark graves.  It is grim but that is where I am once a week, and I maintain the cemetery’s presence on Facebook:  

Facebook › LouthUnited

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Thank you for reading this post and if you have any interest in visiting elsewhere on the Internet, feel free.  You can also, “like,” “comment,” and/or “follow” if you would like to (I draw inspiration from prompts and challenges).

Trying To Establish a Productive Rhythm

If you’re a blogger, you may have had the experience of finding out that you’ve been away too long, when you haven’t been posting and all of a sudden you try to return to it.

 

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In the past my blog has had its origins in a few different sources, and I see the point of doing research to try to sound accurate, but the sense of whimsy I have keeps me returning to the WordPress Daily Prompts and the Weekly Photo Challenges, because they are a ready and enduring source of ideas.  I want to briefly touch on the point that yesterday was a Star Wars Day, which was fun because countless man hours were lost to the myriad of Star Wars source material and inspiration which is similarly enduring to WordPress, and definitely a lot bigger.

 

I now have 1K followers on Twitter, which I will work to preserve as that is the voice I have in this world, and I will wield it responsibly and ethically.  Lately, I’m tweeting a lot about Hulu, which I think is the up-and-comer in Internet television, which is where television audiences are going when they want television programming (the Internet).  I’m also touching on content as an idea in itself, which is what you’re probably quite familiar with, the information and material posted on the Internet with the intention to attract attention and interest in it.  Lastly, I’m making a few references to blogging and to social because I feel that represents that I have my hand in these areas, even if I am working on an amateur level.

 

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Today’s WordPress Daily Prompt is the word, “lifestyle.”  WordPress is a blogging platform which promotes inclusion, and it goes hand-in-hand with social because a ready way to share blog posts is on social, and if you have good SEO you can get traffic from around the world wide web.  I don’t do this for the traffic, but there are times here and there I get feedback from readers that makes my day.  The culture of social and blogging, hand-in-hand with other cultural activities like having an affection for Star Wars, or being part of the video game community (such as taking part in Twitch), are interrelated on many levels, and those are the levels, the levels almost of “consciousness,” really, that I have, which I don’t think are untypical of someone my age and with my background.

 

I don’t want to say too much today, except that I am beginning a new time in my life on social, which is having the 1K following on tried-and-true Twitter (which is somewhat maligned), and also being in the era not just of mobile and video but also of the return of Star Wars in a big way, which when all added up together make me feel like the loose ends of my life to date somehow correlate and make sense to me, when I am reflecting on what is happening in my awareness.  I am basically returning to recap some of what I am doing in my personal life, and if you have feedback for me, the question I think I might put to you is whether to be commenting on fellow WordPress blogs.  I am not sure whether the practice of leaving comments on WordPress blogs is a good idea or not.  To me, there isn’t enough time in the day to do everything that needs to be done, and I know that many, many people are in that boat, too, and there are numerous advisors who have counsel on what It takes to structure more activities in the course of the week.  Occasionally I offer advice, but not all the time.  Mostly I sound what’s on my mind when I take the time to blog.  If you happen to read this, and you enjoy it, feel free to, “like,” “follow,” and/or comment.  Have a nice day and all the best to you.  Thank you!  Cheers.