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Freedom

Themes | Posted by admin June 9th, 2013

What would you do if you had the freedom to do what you wanted? Would you obtain any career that you wanted? Would you train for a particular sport without the constraint of time? Would you simply travel the world? Freedom is what we all seek, in one form or another. I seek to have the freedom of one day achieving my life goals: to have a steady career, to start a family, to live the life I have dreamed about for all of my life. Would that I have the power to grasp such magnificent sword… to obtain that which is at the tip of my fingers, yet long out of reach? It is in faith of the self where our goals spurn the fire that propels us towards achievement.

Nevaline Scarcliff is no exception. Her goal is to be out of the Amazonian Army, with her life, no matter how long it takes.

Nevaline’s friend Yesnina asks her to escape the army with her. After some mental deliberation, Nevaline gives Yesnina her answer:

“My life’s purpose now is to achieve independence, which means achieving freedom from the Amazonian military. To achieve freedom from the military, soldiers must serve out their complete engagement. In the Amazonian Code of Law, a soldier who leaves the army early is declared a fugitive. If apprehended, that soldier would spend years in Acalor Prison and then be executed by public mutilation. This means we must uphold our obligation here.”

She turned to Yesnina. “Nae, independence holds more value to me than death.” —Satchel & Sword I: The Search for the Saluka Stone.

How are you working towards your freedom?

 

The Future

Themes | Posted by admin June 2nd, 2013

Taking a vacation, buying a new car, having a child, going on an adventure… This list goes on indefinitely. For everyone, future goals are unique. Short term goals are many in number, and carry as many victories. But long-term goals are the deepest oceans requiring suits of strength to protect the brave from the pressure. These goals are attainable. At times we all feel that life has forgotten us. But we would not be here if it was not important. We are here to attain our goals, no matter how far-reaching, no matter how unlikely success may seem. Set your goals so that they spotlight and enrich who you are. The most important thing is to work hard.

Nevaline finds many difficult challenges in her life, right from the outset. One such difficulty strikes her like an anvil on the head.

“Such with self-pity shares a fool’s bed!” she exclaimed. “My yet beating heart must press on in honor of my mother, father, and Master Sjhong.” —Satchel & Sword I: The Search for the Saluka Stone.

What keeps you going in achieving your long-term goals?

Determination

Themes | Posted by admin May 26th, 2013

To be determined is to carry the will to change circumstances, for the better, or for the worse. Determination pushes us to work harder towards achieving our goals, step by step. Determination is difficult to grasp, it can slide through your fingers like honey. But we must not give up hope. It is also in our struggles that we find answers to solve the problems that might plague us down the road. It is through our determination that we finally achieve our goals and achieve the potential of who we can truly become. Becoming a better person, contributes to the fulfillment of a better society. Do not let the honey fall from your fingers. Catch it in your jar and hold on to it, for the end shall be sweet.

Nevaline learns that she will be Advanced, or graduated, prematurely from the United Warriors Training Camp with all of her other squad-mates.  She is confronted with a chance to escape the training camp. She refuses. She is determined to achieve her goals lawfully, for the penalty of running away is death.

“My life’s purpose now is to achieve independence, which means achieving freedom from the Amazonian military.” –Nevaline, Satchel & Sword I: The Search for the Saluka Stone.

Describe ways we can maintain our determination during a difficult time.

Love

Themes | Posted by admin May 19th, 2013

Love is the greatest gift in life. It is important in our lives. Love comes in many different ways. Parents or guardians offer love to their children, helping them to grow and prosper in life. Friends offer love by listening to their friend’s troubles. Significant others give his/her love by also offering an ear to their significant other’s troubles and sharing in the excitements of life. Love from a significant other is certainly a lot harder to come by. Many are looking for a relationship, many are starting a relationship, many are in one already, and others are nearing the end of one. With every relationship in our past, we grow stronger and wiser. We learn about how either we lost ourselves in that relationship, how the circumstances were just not right, or simply that the two people were just not compatible. But we must have hope that we will find that person that is right for us. Instead of a quote from Satchel & Sword, I have included a poem of mine.

 

For heart slashed, bleeding

yet wise, passionately leading

ignore slash’s pain and feel

path’s end draws near

closure in comfort, love in concert

wounds of torment healed.

 

How has love changed your life?

Mother’s Day

Themes | Posted by admin May 12th, 2013

Today is Mother’s Day, a time to celebrate the women who have  taught us the most and enriched our lives. We celebrate those who are still here, and those who have departed. Their lives are cherished on earth and beyond. They say that it is the most difficult job in the world. Saying this, we must remember them and give them respect and honor, as they have given to us, their children. I love my mother and she has given me many tools to tackle life’s problems. What she has taught me could never be learned in school. She defended me when I needed it and is one of my biggest fans (my dad is the second!).

Today I shall give you a quote from Cairine’s mother:

“Cairine calmly raised her palm.

‘My mother imparted to me these words: Time holds perfect synchronicity, despite anyone’s objections.’ ”

–Satchel & Sword I: The Search for the Saluka Stone.

How has your mother enriched your life?

Studying

Themes | Posted by admin May 5th, 2013

Studying is a part of life. Even when school ends, our studying continues throughout life. We study the scenes we see and the information we gain from television. We scrutinize the information we receive from radio shows, podcasts, and music. If we pass by a house that catches our interest, we study its architecture, its color, its decorations. With things that we have studied before, like a movie that we have already watched, or a book we have already read, we happen to catch new details that we might have missed before. I liked school because I got to learn new things every day. Studying for exams was of course the grunt work, but it was one of the best feelings in the world once I received a good grade for working hard at studying. The most fun I had in school was in college. I definitely learned a lot those 4 years, both in academics and in general. Nevaline had to study a lot in the United Warriors Training Camp. But that environment is not the best at facilitating motivation to study.

“Master’s [Sjhong] teachings are worth more upon the battlefield than the memorization of weed classifications.” –Nevaline in Satchel & Sword I: The Search for the Saluka Stone.

What do you find fascinating? What is or was your favorite subject or class in school? What do you continue to learn about?

Enjoyment during a Trying Time

Themes | Posted by admin April 28th, 2013

To escape the confines of a trying time in our lives we do various things in order to find enjoyment, even when enjoyment is lacking. Whether we are trying to better our lives or coping with tragic events, we should find time for ourselves to enjoy life with the people we love and find dear to our hearts. In a place where life lacks purpose, we must refocus our minds and stay upon path. In my life, I have certainly needed to focus on maintaining my purpose well in hand, even when I feel I have no control over it. I continue working and will continue to work the rest of my life. Nevaline finds enjoyment in her training amidst the taunts of her jealous squad-mates in the training camp.

“Despite not liking how the others treated her during the exercises, she enjoyed doing them because they gave her a welcome pause to reminisce over the many sayings of her beloved Mythics teacher, Master Sjhong: ‘As discarded fruit rots upon the ground, so must the arrogant bear their hopeless hearts unto the Supreme Goddess Adamathia and be sent straightaway to rot in Socripham.’ –Satchel & Sword I: The Search for the Saluka Stone.

How do you find enjoyment during a trying time in life?

Helpful words

Themes | Posted by admin April 21st, 2013

A couple of weeks ago our topic was hurtful words and how they can destroy or empower. This week we shall take what we can from helpful words, words we seldom hear. In the silence of the self, many seek sage advice from others. Helpful words like that often comfort the wearied heart and mind, if but only for a moment. When we receive such advice, do not let it fade into the depressive thoughts of your  present  circumstance. Lift hope high above the monotony and concern. I know this is difficult sometimes but we must stay strong and find solace in our attempt to better ourselves. Nevaline sought advice many times from her teacher Master Sjhong.

“The world is large and replete with worthwhile adventures. You shall discover what you seek, even that which unfortunately you do not. Have faith in yourself.” Master Sjhong. –Satchel & Sword I. The Search for the Saluka Stone.

What advice have you received and taken with you throughout life?

Searching

Themes | Posted by admin April 14th, 2013

To seek something of value is one of the most important things we can do in life. It is our job to keep looking for what we can hold dear in our hearts, whether it be to own a home, to find our kindred spirit, or to find the career that is right for us. We must seek until we find it. We cannot give up. Giving up is much too easy for some. For others it is the ultimate failure. In my life, I have been very career-oriented and have tried many different careers but none fit my abilities and/or interests fully. Writing has fulfilled a life-long search for me. For Nevaline, in this first book she finds out that she is the one who must seek and find the Saluka Stone.

“Fear lodged within her chest. ‘And where is this stone located?’ ” –Satchel & Sword I.: The Search for the Saluka Stone.

What are the things you seek? Have you found any of them?

 

Hurtful Words

Themes | Posted by admin April 7th, 2013

By now, all have claimed the acrid voice of one whom so callously attacks another with demeaning words or insults. Many choose to defend themselves. Others look away, afraid to face the attacker. Others choose to walk away, to not lower themselves to their level of immaturity. They certainly hurt in the beginning, but time heals most mental wounds.  Many times, if not all times, we get caught off guard when someone, for their own reasons, desires to hurt another. This world is tough and we must deal with these circumstances as best we can. We must remember that these people have insecurities of their own and feel that the person they want to hurt is better than them in some way. That may be true, or it may not be true. Integrity is key.

My father imparted helpful words when dealing with such people: ‘coping with others is like caring for a sword, day after day it must see diligent sharpening and persistent polishing.’ ” –Satchel & Sword I. The Search for the Saluka Stone.

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