Why the Pilgrims?

On this Thanksgiving, let us discuss the Pilgrims, the people who began this tradition. Who were the Pilgrims? The Pilgrims, in fact, were religious extremists, in the sense they were willing to die for their religious beliefs, or at least suffer greatly for them. More so than your average man or woman, i.e. moderate Christians. They were outcasts in England. They were a group of about 100 people, who lived communally, a society segregated from the rest. And were thus dismissed, despised or even threatened by the English government to worship and live in and among ordinary society. This threat was enough to push the Pilgrims to immigrate to Holland.

Once there they settled into their “society within society.” They worked in the factories, and got adjusted to their new home, which was no easy task. They did not know the language, nor the culture. But what they did have was the freedom to live together and worship freely. Again, they went against the norm. They lived in Holland 10 years as a segregated group of citizens. Their project was clearly sustainable in Holland. But as is usually the case with immigration, it was the children that the parents worried about. The adults felt the next generation would be absorbed into larger society and the segregated community with its religious ideals would die out.

The Pilgrims felt they needed total detachment from encroaching society, whether it be Dutch or otherwise. This kind of freedom could only be found in a place that was thought empty: America. They arrived in Cape Cod, losing many members along the journey. But they were aided by their sailors… their colony made it, though they were plagued by illness, hunger and violent clashes with Native American tribes.

Let us conclude by asking this question: Why the Pilgrims? What made them able to become the first successful English colony of settlers in America? Let us remember others had tried but failed. At least one colony before them was lost.

The reason for their success is unique to them: practice. The Pilgrims started colonial life in England, when they separated themselves from ordinary society. They lived this way for several years. When they immigrated to Holland, they gained ten more years of practice living as a colony, under more challenging circumstances. It was this practice that gave them the confidence and intuition for success in an “empty land”. Without prior separate communal life in England and Holland, the Pilgrims would likely have never survived in America.

Within ten years a flood of settlers began to arrive in New England. The Pilgrims were soon absorbed… This time, however, they welcomed integration, for they viewed all newcomers as separatists.

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Fledgling

(Written at the turn of 2011)

I was born in 1983,
But I feel this is the beginning.

I was a baby in 1983
But I am a fledgling in 2011.

This is the beginning of my career.
And thus of my life.

Because I believe
To live is to work.

And to work
Is to live.

Now I want to work.
Now I am free to live.

Motivational Quotes 10/26/18

You ain’t a man till you make a stand. -folk

Revolutionary change comes about only from extreme pain.

You have got to commit, then you jump. –W Smith

He who is smart with the intellect alone is still half dumb; for feeling is the other half of intelligence.

Some things should be addressed, but some things aren’t worth holding on to. -Dave Meyer

How near to good is what is wild.*

Rome was not built in a day, but Rome was built every day.

Happiness must be earned.

Everyone is a genius. -David Garcia

You must get your living by loving.*

We can’t afford not to live in the present.*

 

*H D Thoreau

I Choose (poem)

What I have is what I want.
What I hope for I will probably get.
What I did not get I probably did not deserve.
Where I go I will like.

What I do is up to me.

I have seen the dark side of life,
And I could cry over it.
But I choose not to,
And maybe life is not so bad after all.

(written in 2013)

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(Albanian)

Zgjedh

Ate qe kam eshte ajo qe dua.
Ate qe shpresoj ndoshta do ta kem.
Ate qe nuk pata ndoshta nuk e meritoja.
Atje ku do shkoj do ta pelqej.
Cfare do bej varet nga mua.

Kam pare anen e erret te jetes,
dhe mund te qaj mbi kete.
Por zgjedh te mos,
Ndoshta jeta nuk eshte aq e keqe —
me ne fund.

Motivational Quotes 9/7/18

Faith is for the true believer.

It’s not just who you know; It’s who knows you.*

There’s good debt and there’s bad debt; One costs your present. The other costs your future. If you must go into debt, do it to save your future.*

You have to mean it for it to work.

Never be cheap; for money is always the least expensive price for anything.

Break the rules, not the law, but the rules -Arnold Schwartzenegger

Love and support are key to recovery.

Positivity is the antidote to fear.

*popular

Thenie Motivuese 7/6/18

(English)

Gjerat duhan kohen e tyre.

Ai qe nuk shqetesohet ne se eshte me i mire se tjetri, eshte me mire se ai qe eshte me i miri nder te dy.

Pse duhet te jesh i mire? Sepse eshte ne te miren tende.

Ne fund te jetes njeriu thote: sa gabime qe kam bere … Tani e di se c’duhej te beja.

Te degjosh dike duhet te kushtosh vemendje.

Vetem kur shikojme gabimet tona te perseritura nga nje tjeter i kuptojme sic duhet ato.

Sa shpesh na merr malli per te kaluaren?! Nje dite do te na marri malli per te sotmen. Prandaj gezoje te tashmen.

Ciltersia e femijeve eshte me e cmuar se ciltersia e te rriturve.

Faleminderit Zotit per miresine e njerezve te mire.

Merzitja nuk perfshin kur merresh me pune.

 

Motivational Quotes 7/6/18

Let things take longer.

He who has no care who is better than whom, is better off than he who is the better man of the two.

Why be good? Because it leads to a good way of life.

At the end of his life, every man says: Oh, no, I’ve lived my life all wrong! Now I know how to do it right…

Listening takes concentration.

Only when we see our misbehavior reflected in another, do we see its folly.

How often do we miss the past? In some far off future you will miss this present, so enjoy it while it’s here.

The goodness of children is better than the goodness of adults.

Thank God for the kindness of strangers.

Sadness can’t catch you while you’re moving.