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There’s a space between what’s said and what’s heard… (another poem)

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There’s a gap between the writer and the reader
The listener and the speaker
The giver and the receiver

There’s a space between the meaning and the words
What’s said and what’s heard
What’s alleged and occurred

Understood and what’s meant
received and what’s sent
The action vs. the intent

Communication can lead to frustration
It’s hard to feel good when you’re misunderstood
Hate that darn, gaping gap
‘tween what’s real and abstract

So what’s the solution?
What can be done?
Should we try or surrender?
Can this battle be won?
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It’s a tough transition; an imperfect, uncertain change
To try and speak the same language, be on the same page
But that’s why we’re here, right? That’s part of the test.
Sounds cheesy, I know, but just do your best!

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Telemarketers

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are children of God, too!

If you don’t believe in/care about God, then telemarketers are people too.

Children of God/people can be annoying and inappropriate.

Children of God/people deserve some level of kindness, respect and decency.

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It’s likely that they don’t like their job

JUST as much as you don’t like them calling you!

Just sayin.

More to come on this idea.

Much more.

*Haven’t quite decided yet how I feel about portraying Renaissance artistic nudity in this blog.  Ms. Wilkinson’s thoughts are still evolving concerning this matter.

But BACK TO MY ORIGINAL TOPIC (bookending)

To choose one scripture (because there are certainly plenty!) to embody my thoughts on the subject of telemarketers, allow me to borrow from the words of the Savior:

“Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren,

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you have done it unto me.”

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~Matthew 25:40

Now good luck disagreeing with THAT!

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PS.  I am very aware that there are telemarketers who harass, are annoying, and overstep personal/ professional boundaries.  I know that fact all too well.  Like I said: More to come. 

Stay.  Tuned.

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If I had to sum up my life in one single song, it would be this one:

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Take all of your wasted honor.

Every little past frustration.

Take all of your so-called problems.

Better put ’em in quotations.

SAY WHAT YOU NEED TO SAY!

I am crying as I type this.  I value writing, expression, speech, literacy, validation, and communication more than any physical object that I have ever owned or will ever own.  LITERALLY!  It is most certainly a sacred gift.  Even my beloved lip gloss doesn’t come close to the joy of freedom of speech.

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Read more here about how writing is a Christ-figure for Katherine…

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Slavery need not only be literal.

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Nor does slavery* of any kind need be permanent.

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     “Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ,

we can proclaim our emancipation from the slavery of trials and sin,

and thus (re)gain the freedom that is rightfully ours.”

~Katherine Wilkinson

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Read more here about how I became emancipated from a kind of slavery

through an expression found in a John Mayer song.

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¡Enseñando (teaching)!

1.  What things have you enslaved (figuratively or literally)?

2.  What ideas, resources, people, awesome blog(s) can be a Christ-figure and help emancipate you (figuratively or literally)?

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*Slavery of any and all connotations (but particularly institutionalized racial slavery) is something that makes my heart heavy with pain.  Please know that I never intend to be flippant or insensitive concerning these issues (read more here about how racism is absolutely 100% NOT compatible with true Christianity).

Also, I in no way mean to compare myself to Abraham Lincoln or to the Savior.  And still I am expecting a thunderbolt of blasphemy…

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“Why would we want to glamorize or capitalize anything that reeks of sexual violence AT ALL?!”

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“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem”

~Luke 13:34

As you can probably guess, I had an internal struggle of whether or not I wanted to include a picture of this “book.”  But the juxtaposition is powerful enough that I feel it is justified.

Men, women, and children all over the world experience sexual/ emotional/ physical abuse.  And now one of the best selling books in America (and soon to be film) tries to make this stuff look hot?!  I think I just threw up a little bit…

Read more here about my VERY strong feelings concerning “50 shades of disgusting/filth/trash.”

And as is always the case, if you believe what I’m saying, don’t be afraid to PASS THIS ALONG!

Really Awesome Readers!

What does the stuff you read say about you?

For good and for bad?

and since you are what you read,

KathBath knows that you are at least somewhat awesome!

(since you’re reading my blog!)

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Attempting to “prove” that the LDS Church is true…

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rarely works.

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But still know your stuff!

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And still stand up for it (the Church).

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“Though argument does not create conviction, lack of it destroys belief.”

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~CS Lewis

Here is an interesting talk that is somewhat (though not directly)

related to this idea.

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Overall, when it comes to nitpicking and even (quasi) arguing about religion,

just try to remember that it’s about Christ.

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And that if someone isn’t interested,

IT.  IS.  OKAY.

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Remember that the most important convert in your life is YOU.

The most important testimony to maintain is your own.

Capiche?

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While we ought to maintain the purity of the image of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we need not feel anxiety about “enemies” (real or perceived).  Furthermore, we should seek to avoid being overly defensive while simultaneously exercising conviction in our own faith.

-Katherine Anne Wilkinson

If/ (Because) the Church is true, it will win. 

Go write your own blog!

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The trial and error of marketing your new blog…

I have never taken a marketing/business/graphics/photography class in my life (true story!), but I’m finding out that I know more than I thought.  “You don’t know it all, but you know enough” is an idea that has been used by a prominent Mormon leader to describe sharing the gospel.  However, I have also applied it to this blog.  I am conscious of not wanting to annoy, spam, or resort to publicity stunts, but also am anxious to get my work out there (!) and wish to utilize social media to do so.  And maybe I’ll never earn another cent, but this blog is still valuable, it’s still bringing me great opportunities and friendships, and is still very special.

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I admit, I’ve made a few Facebook blunders with marketing.  Again, I have a good head on my shoulders and haven’t sinned so badly that I would need to go confess to my WordPress Bishop (see what I did there?), but I have had 2-3 people (whom I know and who’s opinion I respect) tell me that I was a little too liberal in posting my blog on people’s walls.  To those people, I’m sorry.  But I gather that you aren’t angry with me, and that you understand.  Also, I thank you for your input.  The Lord chasteneth those whom he loveth (I just compared you to God, so you better keep reading my blog!).

Artists of every medium, level, and experience know the frustration of not having people read/listen to/watch/appreciate their work.  So the fact that my story (or at least parts of it) has been seen and read all over the world is pretty remarkable!  Thanks again, readers.  However, I still know that my blog will never be as valuable to another person as it is to me.  And that’s alright.  But if I can express a commonly felt truth, expose an insecurity that may help someone else find confidence, clarify questions about God and religion, or just make you smile, that makes me happy.

So I have learned a TON already, but am excited to keep on learning more!

Come so far, but got so far to go!

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