Lessons from the Butterfly Woman

1. Words without action are powerless
Talk is cheap. And it really is. There are many people who use beautiful words and dazzle us with their eloquent speech. Anyone can say anything. However it is few that follow those words with action. Words are nothing unless we are willing to follow through on what we say. They need action and beat, this is how we create a beautiful song throughout our days. Life is a glorious and continuous weaving between what we say and what we do. So walk your talk, show the world that you stand behind the words you say, not only to others, but most importantly to yourself. This is the foundation of creating trust and belief from others and ourselves.

2. Learn to stand in your own power
Before learning to walk we must first learn to stand. Standing is about balance and strength. That is what helps us to then walk with grace and confidence. Walking along our own life path is no different. Learning to stand “on our own two feet” helps to ground us, connect us to our own power. It reminds us of and connects us to who we are, and allows us to learn balance. Then we can begin walking our path authentically and express to the world the beauty of who we are.

3. Honour Yourself
You gotta know when to love and know when to walk. Learning to love is a lifelong process and lesson. And one of the most important lessons is to discern when to love and when to leave. We are faced with the choice: do we continue to love or do we walk out the door? I myself have been faced with this scenario many times over, and each time I have learned something new. There is no guidebook or “learning to love for dummies” manual to help with this question. What I have learned through my own experiences is that it all boils down to honouring yourself. It is up to you to decide whether the situation is a positive or negative in your life. Is it in sync with who you are? Are you honouring yourself, your values and everything you believe in by staying in it.? When we learn to honour ourselves we will then naturally attract situations and people that support that. If we find ourselves in a situation in which we are not honouring ourselves it is a lesson in self love to move through it and onto something better. The most important relationship in our life is the one with ourself. William Shakespeare said it well many years ago, “to thine own self be true”.

4. Embrace life’s challenges
“What don’t make you stronger will make you fall”. We often try to avoid painful or challenging situations in our life for fear of the pain or the hardship. Yet it is from these same situations that we learn new things about ourselves and grow as a person. They force us to push past our boundaries and self created limits, thereby evolving ourselves into a stronger person and more connected with our inner self. It can be tempting to take the easy road, but many times this can be actually cause us to stagnate ourselves instead of grow. Taking the easy way out is cop out on our part. It doesn’t serve us because it allows us to stay within our comfort zone, and constantly staying in our comfort zone results in our stagnation rather than growth. And this is our biggest fall as humans on this earth.

5. Time is our wisest teacher
Because in this life I am the one that shows the only way to change is by growing old. Change is the only constant in our life. We can be rest assured that as we move through the years it will be there to accompany us and eventually become one of our greatest allies. We can incorporate change at any time into our life and as many times as we want. However change of self is something different. Change in ourselves as a person is a process, something that requires time and patience. As we move through the years we learn more and more and continually evolve, and hence we change. We are not the same person at 20, 30, 40 or 50. Thank god. As each decade passes we become wiser and develop a stronger sense of self. Native Americans understand this very well and elders are held in high esteem within their tribes. Age is a beautiful thing and lifetime teacher of wisdom, strength and sense of self.

6. Love is the source of all life
Love has given me more it seems, than riches and worries and pain and dreams. Many of us spend years chasing money and dreams. We spend endless hours worrying over things that in the grand scheme of things don’t hold much significance, or we fill our days with meaningless tasks and eventually forget what it is like to experience living fully. Yet as we look back on life, we see that our happiest moments revolved around love. Love is what nurtures us, what inspires us, what motivates us to keep going. It is to our soul what water is to the physical body, it gives us life, shapes us, elevates us to reach our potential. Without love we would wither away and die. Yet we sometimes forget this as we move through our daily lives. Other things get in the way and we procrastinate, leaving loving comments for another day. But at the end of our days when we look back those are the things we most regret. So live each day with love, for both others and yourself. And from this an abundance and happy life will be created.

UNKNOWN:

DREAMS SUCH A ROMANTIC

Starlet Williams
DREAMS: SUCH A ROMANTIC

HE DRIVES ME CRAZY WITH JUST A SMILE
THE LOVE I HAVE I WILL NEVER HIDE

HE IS UNIQUE NOT LIKE ANY OTHER
HEART AS BRIGHT AND THE SUN RAY’S
MELLOW AS THE MOON
LAWD HAVE MERCY
HOW THIS MAN
MAKES
ME
SWOON

HIS HEART SPEAKS
TO ME IN THE PUREST FORM
THAT’S HARD TO FIND
CAUSE A MAN TO CAN BE SCORNED

WITH THE DEEPEST BREATH HIS SOUL BLOSSOMS
TO AWAKEN MY OWN LIKE I’VE NEVER KNOWN
KISSES SO SWEET.. HIS TOUCH SO DEVINE
THIS MAN HAVE CAPTURED MY MIND

NO LONGER SEARCHING THE HORIZON’S
TO TAKE FOLD ..FOR I KNOW
THE CALIBER OF A MAN
IN FRONT OF ME

TO BAD IT’S JUST A DREAM::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

A DREAM IT MAY BE BUT IT WILL NEVER DIE… NEVER KNOW WHEN YOUR TWO WORLD’S WILL COLLIDE …. DREAM HIM INTO EXISTENCE AND SOON HE WILL BE AT YOUR SIDE FOR ETERNITY

© STARLET WILLIAMS
4/19/2012
STARLET WILLIAMS

EACH ONE TEACH ONE

I was asked today by a very frustarted good friend, about our inner-city youth and how to deal with them. I responded; Love is just like a gun; it can’t help or hurt when left alone. It has to be felt to be affective; just to say you love won’t get it done, one has to be creative in how that love is delivered. I said this because I was one of the troubled youth we now spend so much time talking about at one point in my life, but my mind was challenged by GOD through the words of people that actually manipulated me a positive way until I was strong enough to see and feel where it was that they were trying to lead me. It’s not easy but EACH ONE TEACH ONE is more powerful then most realize. You will probably never convince the group at once, but you can convince one at a time until they actually become the group. -Thomas L. White III

Andy Karol

A photographer associate of mine, outstanding work.
Here is the bio and a glimpse of the site, enjoy.
I began my years as a small-town Indiana girl, building model rockets, delivering newspapers, and attending ballet class. In 2003, shortly after college graduation, I moved to Chicago to pursue a career in performance and communication. The office environment did not quite suit me, and my interest in theatre evolved into becoming a headshot photographer for the talent scene. Soon after, I found myself desiring a higher level of creative expression and turned to portraiture as an additional outlet.

Under my birth name, Saundra Karol, I built a niche of photographing family portraiture, specifically maternity. In working with so many transitioning (i.e. pregnant) bodies, I found myself intrigued by the complexity of the female form in itself and in relation to the more masculine counterpart. Gender, and what it meant to my clients as they embarked on the journey of raising children, continued to be at the forefront of my mind.

My interest in gender is a driving force in my personal life as well where I consider real life my best research. I draw upon my own interactions with family, friends, and strangers through a more androgynous appearance as inspiration and truth for the images I create, as well as the stories and experiences of those I meet willing to discuss this favored topic of mine. Photography has become my medium to help define, examine, and understand gender.

Currently, my work in gender variant photography may also be found in my most recent project, Eden: Expressions in Gender (www.edenprojectonline.com). An ongoing project, this work displays photography of gender fluid and variant subjects in nude form to showcase the natural and beautiful state of gender non-conformance.

To the extent that you entertain lies and deceit,

Starlet Williams

To the extent that you entertain lies and deceit, you are held
prisoner in a world cut off from reality. The truth you hide from
yourself, prevents you from growth and fulfillment. The truth you
hide from others, keeps you distantly apart. The truth shines a
bright light on life, so you can clearly see the way to go.
Success, achievement, happiness, joy, fellowship, and fulfillment,
thrive in the warm and nurturing light of the truth. Honesty is the
most direct path to wherever you want to go. Truth and honesty are
often difficult, yet never more difficult, in the end, than deceit.
To think otherwise, is to deceive even yourself. Hiding in the
shadows of falsehood, makes it impossible to move forward. That
the truth is moral and ethical, is no secret. Yet truth is also
practical, efficient, and effective in every worthy pursuit,
something well known by those who enjoy lasting success. Live
in the bright, empowering light. Embrace the truth. It always serves
you best.
– Ralph Marston
AND THE MORAL OF THE STORY GOES LIKE THIS
LET ALL GO AND TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE !!!!

PINNED UP IN A CAGE

Starlet Williams

PINNED UP IN A CAGE
NO WHERE TO ESCAPE
JUST ABOUT ALL I CAN TAKE

EVERYBODY PULLING ME ONE WAY OR ANOTHER
DO THIS ……DO THAT….. I NEED NEED NEED
I’M BEGINNING TO NOT BE ABLE TO SEE CLEAR

A WOMAN ALWAYS HOLDING IT DOWN FOR OTHERS
NO MATTER THE CONSEQUENCE…… BUT BET NOT
NEED A FAVOR ….THE DOOR WOULD BE CLOSED
WITH A MENTION OF A DOWN STROKE OF THE WORD

WORKING …COOKING….CLEANING…. ATM MACHINE … COUNSELOR
CONFIDANT ….PROBLEM SOLVER FOR EVERYONE BUT MY OWN
BUT SOMEWHERE I FORGOT ABOUT ME WITH SUBCONSCIOUSNESS
I KNOW … I WAS SUPPOSE TO BE TO AT THE FOREFRONT OF THIS RECKLESS TRAIN BUT METAPHORICALLY I LET MYSELF BE PLAYED

BUT TO KIND HEARTED TO COMPREHEND ….
TIRED AND MENTALLY STRAINED
FROM BEING USED OVER AND OVER AGAIN….
IT’S LOOK LIKE ITS TIME FOR A BETTER PLAN

TIME TO CLOSE MY EYES TO VISUALIZE
ALL THAT NEEDS TO BE AND GET BACK TO BEING ME
BEFORE…. I’M KNOCKED OFF MY FEET

IT’S COMING IT’S COMING I SEE IT
CLEARLY …NOW WHAT HAS TO BE DONE
THE WATERFALLS MUST COME
SO I CAN GET MY REST ON AND ON AND ON

CASCADING ….. ROARING… WITH RAINBOWS SPARKLING
FROM THE SUN .. SHE’S GOING TO BREAK DOWN THESE
BARRIERS TO TAKE ME TO MY OASIS

I KNOW MANY MAY THINK ITS SELFLESS AHHHHHHHHHH BUT
WHO CARES …. TIME FOR THE MIST OF THE WATERFALLS TO COME
TO PURIFY ME BACK TO THE WOMAN WHO KNOWS WHAT SHE
DESERVES …THEY HAD ME BENT FOR A MINUTE
THEY REALLY DID

SO EXCUSE ME WHILE I LET THE GREY CLOUDS
THAT CIRCLE ME… BE RINSED AWAY AND LET MY
MIND…BODY…SOUL….OF LIBERATION COME BACK TO ME
IN THE STRONGEST WAY

STARLET WILLIAMS
©3/12

Sisterhood

SISTERHOOD
by Starlet Williams on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 4:03pm ·

SISTERHOOD:

SISTERHOOD….WEATHER BY BLOOD….FRIENDSHIP OR BY SISTER’S IN SPIRIT…..IT IS A FULFILLING BOND TO EXPERIENCE….

WE ARE SISTERS FROM A FANTASTIC MOLD … RADIANT…. VIBRANT…..BOLD ….BEAUTIFUL……WE SPARKLE LIKE THE RED BIRD THAT SITS ON HER PERCH ….WE ARE QUEENS OF THIS EARTH…..

SISTERHOOD COMES IN ALL FOLDS … WE ARE BUILDING AN ARMOR OF …TRUST… HOPES…DREAMS GROWING TOGETHER WITH THE DEPTHS WITHIN TO HAVE EACH OTHERS BACK…..

WERE THERE FOR EACH OTHER IN TIMES OF NEED TO GIVE….. A HUG…. A SHOULDER TO LEAN OR JUST AN EAR…….BUT WILL PUT EACH OTHER IN CHECK IF NEED BE…….. LETTING THEM KNOW WHEN THEIR WRONG……

WE ARE BLOOD….FRIENDSHIP ….SISTER’S IN SPIRIT’S ….WE ARE LOVE ….RESPECT…….WARMTH…. PEACE ….UNDERSTANDING TO SEE EACH OTHER THROUGH…… JOY …. LOVE…. PAIN…..

WE ARE WOMEN……. WE ARE HERE TO SHOW WE CARE ….WE ENCIRCLE ONE ANOTHER IN THIS SISTERHOOD WE SHARE……

© 2/2003
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She Wonders

SHE WONDERS
by Starlet Williams on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 1:42pm ·

SHE STARES AT THE MAJESTIC MOON GOT HER HEAD ON STRAIGHT BUT CAN’T HELP BUT WONDER…WHY SHE FEELS SO ALONE

CAN’T CATCH HOLD TO WHY SHE HAS NO MAN OF HER OWN SEEMS THEY JUST LOOK RIGHT THROUGH THE GIFT SHE IS STRONG NEVER APOLOGETIC FOR WANTING MORE THAN JUST A SCORE

WISHING ONE DAY HER KING…. WILL ONE DAY BE HERE AND PUT HER AT EASE AS HE PLEASE CONTROLLING HOW SHE FEELS BUT THE LONELINESS STILLED WELLS WITHIN NOT WANTING TO DROWN IN THESE LONELY SKIES IN THESE LONELY NIGHTS

PRAYING FOR HER KING TO ARRIVE ….THE COMPANION TO BE BY HER SIDE FOR LIFE BUT ONLY FAKE INTENTIONS HAS CROSSED HER LONELY EYE’S HOPE THIS BE A MIRROR TO HER PASS……….GAZE…..GAZE AT THE INDIGO BLUE IS ALL SHE CAN DO….. UNTIL LONELINESS COMES TO REST AS SHE CRY’S TO THE HEAVENS ABOVE

SHOUTING LONELY….LONELY……AS CAN BE………………. BRING HIM TO MY SIGHT SO THERE WILL BE NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS.

(SDW)© 3/2012
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