Love and a little light

The emotion of Love brings out, and develops, the artistic and the the aesthetic nature of man. It leaves its impress upon one’s very soul, even after the fire has ben subdued by time and circumstances.

Memories of Love never pass. They linger, guide, and influence long after the source of the stimulation has faded. There is nothing new in this. Every person, who has been moved by Genuine Love, knows that it leaves enduring traces upon the human heart. The effect of Love endures, because love is spiritual in nature. The man who cannot be stimulated to great heights of achievement by Love, is hopeless – he is dead, though he may seem to live.

Even the memories of Love are sufficient to lift one to a higher plane of creative effort. The major force of Love may spend itself and pass away, life a fire which has burnt itself out, but it leaves behind indelible marks as evidence that it passed that way. Its departure often prepares the human heart for a still greater Love.

Let’s go back into our yesterday, and bathe our minds in the beautiful memories of past Love. It will soften the influence of the present worries and annoyances. It will give us a source of escape from the unpleasant realities of life, and maybe – who knows – our minds will yield to us, during this temporary retreat into the world of fantasy, ideas, or plans which may change our lives for good, forever.

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If you believe yourself unfortunate, because you have “loved and lost”, perish the thought. One has loved truly, can never lose entirely. Love is whimsical and temperamental. Its nature is ephemeral, and transitory. It comes when it pleases, and goes away without warning. Accept and enjoy it when it remains, but spend no time worrying about its departure. Worry will never bring it back.

Dismiss, also, the thought that Love never comes but once. Love may come and go, times without number, but there are no two Love experiences which affect one in just the same way. There may be, and there usually is, one Love experience which leaves a deeper imprint on the heart than all the others; but all Love experiences are beneficial, except to the person who becomes resentful and cynical when Love makes its departure. No experience, which touches the human heart with a spiritual force, can possibly be harmful, except through ignorance, and jealousy.

– Napoleon Hill

One scientific future of the world

The problem is real: The incremental increase of CO2 concentration in the atmosphere has led to global warming and climate change. Why? Because “CO2 causes warming, it’s basic physic that has been known for more than a century, it’s pretty straightforward – If you put more CO2 and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere it will get warmer, there’s no way around”, said Professor Eric Wolff, University of Cambridge.

Why should we care?

Global warming and human induced climate change are dangerous threats to human existence. Scientists and researchers, for instance Colin et al. (2015), have been arguing that the current Syria civil war and refugee crisis are results of a historic drought caused by climate change and global warming in the region. The draught was identified as the main cause to the shocking mass migration to Syrian urban areas, which resulted in resources constraints, unemployment, crimes and civil conflicts. What happens in Syria today demonstrates a possible dark future of humanity if climate change and global warming are unstoppable.

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However, since 1988, CO2 concentration in the atmosphere has been continuously higher than the upper safety limit, which is 350 parts per million (ppm) and has increased by more than 2% every year (Hansen et al., 2010). According to CO2NOW (2014), 91% percent of humanity’s CO2 in 2010 came from fossil fuels burning and cement production; the rest came from land use change and deforestation. To breakdown further, 2013 CO2 emissions were constituted by coal (43%), oil (33%), gas (18%), cement (5.5%) and gas flaring (0.6%).

Good news: There are solutions. For instance, one of the critical solutions to reduce CO2 concentration in the atmosphere is to replace all current fossil fuels based vehicles with the next generation of transportation that is powered by renewable energy. The systematic solution should be a completed product-service cycle, in which includes: sustainable ­­­energy generation, energy storage (battery), electrical automotive design and manufacturing, infrastructure, recycle. Sustainable energy generation such as wind and solar, and energy storage on a larger scale can also serve as alternatives to traditional energy solutions – coal, natural gas, nuclear, hydro. “No incremental CO2, that’s the future we need to have”, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla (2015) addressed in the debut event of Tesla power-wall, the battery pack that stores energy generated by solar panels.

– Skye 

Midnight in our minds

Deep down in my mind lies some secrets, some sentiments I cannot describe. Those sacred and private feelings are all about you & I; and about the beautiful stories of our lives.

Our hearts speak the eternal language of devotion and undying loyalty. No one can touch this land in our minds. I would not travel to this place with anyone else but you. We are friends, partners; and this is the story of our love:

You show me your love by fulfilling your promises. Your actions speak for the truth. Your expressions speak for your true feelings. You define your love to me by your respect for yourself and myself.

At the furthest corners of our minds lies the private world of two little kids. We talk about things that no one else can hear. We forgive each other, and sometimes we start again from scratch. We always stay strong together. We do not undermine our relationship by talking behind one’s back and we do not betray the confidence of the other.

Time has taught us many things, good and bad, about both of us. I’m very grateful for this relationship. At midnight in our minds, we are always together. Our love is not something that we feel just for a moment. We will not replace the other with something else. We will not chase one happiness after another. I believe in our love.

Our love has no time limit; it is not just to be shared today or tomorrow. Eternity is the only language of our hearts; and you could be anyone that shows me your true colors without any label, be my trusted friend!

I love you too!

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– Skye 

“Because the house always wins. Play long enough, you never change the stakes, the house takes you. Unless, when that perfect hand comes along, you bet big, and then you take the house.”

– Danny Ocean

Lighthouse

London, November 3, 2015

Skye, by any other name would sound like Odyssey.

However, I have just realized my first love for a place was dedicated to Saigon. There wasn’t a thing in Saigon that offended me. Even though I was pretty much alone, it was two magical years.

A dusk cityscape of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam from the Air 360 sky bar.

I would never know if I loved (or didn’t love) something if, for a moment in time, there wasn’t any distance.

My feet couldn’t always get me to where my treasured memories stayed, my heart could. My own heart has never failed to be my lighthouse.

I don’t always follow my heart, but I let it speak – that’s the shortest way I know to my every dream land.

– Skye 

Britain, my Great Britain! – Chapter 4: Let me play you a song?

“Train departs in 2 minutes”

As I was running, I quickly dropped a few coins into the hat of the street violinist. I have always admired artists and hard-workers.

“Sorry old man, I don’t really have time for you today.” – I told him when he smiled at me.

The day passed by swiftly; once I had visited a few landmarks and acknowledged that they would always be there, they somewhat lost their values.

It was dark when I came back. The old man was still there. I smiled at him then went on with my grocery shopping.

“Sorry again old man, shops are closing soon!” – I whispered.

Later on when I was waiting for my bus, the old man came:

“The car-park will close in 15 minutes. Let me play you a song?”

“Do you know Mozart Sonata 36?”

“Of course my dear.”

Everyone at the bus stop gave the old man a round of applause when the song ended. He bowed in his tailored suit.

– Skye 

Britain, my Great Britain! – Chapter 3: I really liked this building

My night walk led me to the St. Paul’s Cathedral.

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I really liked this building so I enjoyed it. I really didn’t like some other buildings but I respected them!

– Skye 

“Happiness is not to be achieved at the command of emotional whims… Happiness is possible only to a rational man, the man who desires nothing but rational goals, seeks nothing but rational values and finds his joy in nothing but rational actions.”

– Ayn Rand