The Romantic Now

The knight rides his white steed over impossibly green hills. He rides toward the hard stone of the castle’s protection, but mostly, he rides to see his love. He needs to make sure she is safe before the battle. His horse senses his need; his hooves seem to fly over the soft ground.

Aaahhh….the romance of the past. As I think of scenes such as this, it is all glory and grandeur and amazingness. In reality, the knight was probably cold, exhausted, and underfed. His body hurt from the hard days on horseback. The castle would be very cold and dark when he arrived. But his love…..that is the same as in my daydreams.

Love has the ability to transcend conditions, circumstance, history.

People of the past had no idea that their reality would be romanticized in the future. They just knew they were living and doing the best they could.

Challenge to myself? To live today as if it were a movie. Glory, grandeur, drama, love. Because life does have all of that. If I will just open up my eyes to see it.

Our home is our castle, now. The romantic now.

The saying, “Write your story well” comes to mind. So true. Let your character soar today.

Blessings, Lisa

Images: Donegal Castle, Ireland. 2015 Ed Lyons

C.S. Lewis

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“Imagine yourself as a living house.  God comes in to rebuild that house.  You thought you were going to be remade into a decent little cottage, but He is building a palace.”

“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes,  but when you look back, everything is different…”

“He loved us not because we were lovable, but because He is love.”

“Courage, dear heart.”

Wise words from a wonderful writer to start my mind and heart this morning.  Have a blessed day, Lisa

Round and Round

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Date formed: 1474 A.D., Donegal Castle Keep Stairs

Feet trod: Countless

Battles Waged: Unknown

Imaginations Kindled: As many as are willing

Dream a little today; it always makes my day better.  🙂  Slainte, Lisa

*For those interested in more history of the Donegal Castle, check this out:

540 Year Old Trip Stairs

The Trip Stairs

This amazing spiral stairway, built of stone, was designed to give the O’Donnell Chieftain a few strategic advantages during combat . . .

  1. The steps are uneven and vary in height, to trip the unsuspecting assailant – hence their name!
  2. The steps are narrow, so potential invaders would have to ascend in single file, making it easier to overpower them.
  3. The stairway turns clockwise going up.  That gave the right-handedO’Donnells more leeway while sword-fighting defensively downwards.  It also forced any potential invader to either sword-fight with his left hand, or awkwardly maneuver his sword around the stairwell’s solid central axis.

Found on http://www.ourdonegal.com/donegal-castle.html