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I wrote this in my journal one morning. It relates to my own goal in life which is to become a truly loving, humble and strong man. The image is a self portrait that is meant to depict my integrity in achieving my goal.

Is to feel beauty, true strength is to not be rejected by seperation from that which we feel to be beautiful. To be so connected to yourself , to truth, to God and to others that yo see through the walls, blocks and repressed memories that so hide us from love. True strength is in the energy to not be rejected by anyone or anything. True strength is to keep enjoying life and it’s activities and to get to a place where we don’t fear loss. A truly strong, secure and humble person loves to touch and be touched. A truly strong, aware and humble person has no protective walls. A truly strong person does not take on guilt from others. I must be fulfilled, humble and abundant to be truly strong and loving.I must attain an inner peace where I do not rush and pressure people, even people who are rushing and pressuring themselves. Further I must find a place where I do not feel ripped off when people or life do not give me what I want. Few in life are reliable and respectful. Many are self absorbed and fake. However, as I know with my own personality, such things are sourced from weakness and unconsciousness. I must communicate with such weakness, be it in myself or others, from a place of calm compassion rather than hurt. The more I can attain such composure the closer I will get to one day truly loving myself, others and life.

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  • David J. Vanderpool
    David J. Vande...about 5 years ago

    Well said, my friend! Excellent words to live by!

  • Del Millar
    Del Millarabout 5 years ago

    A wonderful portrait Tony.
    And I have enjoyed reading the depth and sincerity of your words.
    When God holds the strings the kite soars not ducking or diving.
    True joy; not to be so concerned about doing
    the right thing but being the right thing, and focus on substance.
    There is strength in gentleness.

    I find much to agree on in your words; eg communicating from a
    place of calm compassion. oxo

  • Very glad that you mention the word gentle. This is something that I am also so passionate about achieving. Whenever I feel hurt I lose all connection to being gentle. However remaining gentle no matter what is such a hard thing to do and something that I one day so wish to achieve.

    – Tony Ryan

  • Traceyisanozzy
    Traceyisanozzyabout 5 years ago

    Stunning portrait Tony……….the lighting is perfect and that far away look in your eyes shows how deep you are in the moment…….
    Your words are also wonderful…

  • Thanks Tracey, hope you are well.

    – Tony Ryan

  • Joseph Bailouni
    Joseph Bailouniabout 5 years ago

    Nicely Done, you look very comfortable, perfect timing. Love it

  • kimangeline
    kimangelineabout 5 years ago

    absolutely beautiful self portrait Tony. There is such strength and intensity in your face….and yet a softness too. Your words ring true…thank you for sharing them xo

  • Think I may have missed your comments. Just wanted you to know they are much valued and appreciated.

    – Tony Ryan

  • Karen Cougan
    Karen Couganabout 5 years ago

    Hi there Tony,
    Nice to see you inside and out, I love how deep you are. Its so rare to see.
    Thanks for the opportunity to learn just that bit more mate

  • Hi Karen,

    Thanks for your ongoing support of my work and myself. It is much appreciated.

    – Tony Ryan

  • en-joy
    en-joyabout 5 years ago

    Great sp! These words are very special and deep. You found a way to say great things, with great words.

  • Thanks very much for yor words of encouragement.

    – Tony Ryan

  • Lynette1
    Lynette1about 5 years ago

    The combination fo the SP and the writing are very emotive and inspiring. You have a great insight into what I think of as a persons soul. Wonderful work.

  • Thanks very much Lynette. I believe that a person’s essence is their true strength and do all I can to create from this place.

    – Tony Ryan

  • midzing
    midzingabout 5 years ago

    brilliant sp,,, and beautiful words, ,, well done Tony

  • Thanks very much.

    – Tony Ryan

  • Iain Phillips
    Iain Phillipsabout 5 years ago

    This is a beautiful image Tony, with a beautiful narrative accompanying it. Your words are inspirational and reflect many of my own aspirations. I think that the picture itself exudes a kind of restrained and powerful masculinity; a gentleness by virtue of that very restraint. And perhaps that is part of the humility you are searching for?

    Oh, and…er…my wife likes it for different reasons… lol.

  • Thanks very much for your words Iain. The narrative is something very much in my life each day. I so want to one day be perfectly humble and think I am getting close only to have something reach me and send me backwards again. So I am consistently working deep inside to reach my goal.

    – Tony Ryan

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