Jael and Sisera
Oil on canvas, 117 x 95 cm
btw that isn’t gratuitous boob, Sisera just tried to rape Yael (her non-Anglicised name) and she pUT A FUCKING TENT PEG THROUGH HIS HEAD
1. Remember: Joy is not merely incidental to your spiritual quest. It is vital.
2. Nothing is as liberating as joy. It frees the mind and fills it with tranquility.
3. Losing hope is like losing your freedom, like losing yourself.
4. Finding true joy is the hardest of all spiritual tasks. If the only way to make yourself happy is by doing something silly, do it.
5. Depression does tremendous damage. Use every ploy you can think of to bring yourself to joy.
6. Today you don’t feel up. Don’t let yesterdays and tomorrows bring you down.
7. If despite a desire to be happy you feel down, draw strength from happier times. Eventually joy will return.
8. If you don’t feel happy, pretend to be. Even if you are depressed, put on a smile. Act happy. Genuine joy will follow.
9. Get into the habit of singing a tune. It will give you new life and fill you with joy.
10. Get into the habit of dancing. It will displace depression and dispel hardship.
11. Sometimes people are terribly distressed but have no one to whom they can unburden themselves. If you come along with a happy face, you cheer them and give them new life. Always wear a smile. The gift of life will then be yours to give.
12. Don’t confuse heartbreak with sadness and depression. Depression is really anger, a complaint against God for not giving you what you want. But when you have a contrite heart you are like a little child crying because its parent is far away…. Heartbreak involves the heart, while depression involves the spleen.
13. It would be very good to be brokenhearted all day, but for the average person, this can easily degenerate into depression. You should therefore set aside some time each day for heartbreak. You should isolate yourself before God with a broken heart for a given time. But the rest of the day should be joyful.
14. When you’re happy, it’s easy to set aside some time to pray with a contrite heart. But when you are depressed, secluding yourself to speak with God is very hard to do. That’s why being happy is so important that you should even force yourself to be happy, if that is what it takes.
15. Most people think of forgetfulness as a defect. I consider it a great benefit. Being able to forget frees you from the burdens of the past.
16. Avoid depression at all cost. It is the root of illness and disease.
17. Never despair! Never! It is forbidden to give up hope.
18. No matter how far you have strayed, returning to God is always possible. Agree therefore that there is absolutely no place for despair.
19. Never despair of crying out, praying and pleading with God. Keep at it until you succeed, until the nearness you long for is yours.
20. If you believe that you can damage, then believe that you can repair. If you believe that you can harm, then believe that you can heal.
21. Remember: Things can go from the very worst to the very best…in just the blink of an eye.
“God, I stand beaten and battered by the countless manifestations of my own inadequacies. Yet we must live with joy. [We must] overcome despair, seek pursue and find every inkling of goodness, every positive point within ourselves – and so discover true joy. Aid me in this quest, O God. Help me find satisfaction and a deep, abiding pleasure in all that I have, in all that I do, in all that I am.”
Louis C.K. Hates Cell Phones (por teamcoco)
"I was in my car one time and a Bruce Springsteen song comes on and it made me really sad[…]and I heard it and it gave me like a fall back-to-school depression feeling. It made me really sad. And I go, okay, I’m getting sad, I gotta get the phone, and write "hi" to, like, fifty people[…] So, anyway, I started to get that sad feeling and I was reaching for the phone, and I said, you know what? Don’t. Just be sad. Just let the sadness— stand in the way of it, and let it hit you like a truck. And I let it come and I just started to feel, oh my god, and I pulled over, and I just cried like a bitch. I cried so much. And it was beautiful. It was like this sadness is poetic, you’re lucky to live sad moments. And then I had happy feelings, ‘cause when you let yourself feel sad, your body has, like, antibodies. That’s happiness that comes rushing in to meet the sadness. So I was grateful to feel sad, and then I met it with true, profound happiness[…]And the thing is, because we don’t want that first bit of sad, we push it away with a little phone [beep], and you get a little kind of, you never feel completely sad, or completely happy. You just feel kind of satisfied with your product, and then you die. And that’s why I don’t want to get a phone for my kids."
When I was five years old I was orphaned from both my father and mother. Before his passing, my holy father told me two things:
1) Fear nothing but G-d alone.
2) Love every single person, without exception, with the all your heart and all your soul.