– Your choices define who you are.
In The Works of Love (1847) Kierkegaard (1813–1855) says: “Love builds up by presupposing that love is fundamentally present.” Suppose you meet another person and choose to speak and behave from a place of love. In this case, you strengthen the other person because love begets growth. Basing your behavior on loving motives builds up others as well as yourself. When that becomes your approach to the world, you will naturally act lovingly toward other people and yourself.
“To tear down is the opposite of building up,” says Kierkegaard.
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One of my professors once said: “You can read fiction as philosophy, and philosophy as fiction.”
Each of my mornings typically begins with an outdoor walk and reading fiction or philosophy. As a child of nature, with my philosophical heart and creative academic mind, I have always been drawn to Kierkegaard’s existential philosophy and its current day applications through new media.
I want to tell you a story about how other great writers have molded me into the writer I am today. Three famous Danish authors: Hans Christian Andersen (1805–1875), Søren Kierkegaard (1813–1855), and Karen Blixen (1885–1862), have been my long-time coaches, inspiration, partners in crime, and unequivocal role models.
Like any other child around the world, I have known H.C. Andersen’s fairytales ever since I was a little girl. However, he is more than just a famous storyteller to me. …
The question is not how love will change you, but the distance it will take you. “Teardrop on a Butterfly Wing” is a unique story about Emily, who finds herself trapped in an unhealthy relationship with her first love Adam. While he plays hot and cold, Emily sees through the beautiful disaster of the relationship.
F*ck Adam. F*ck his friends. F*ck all his lies. F*ck all his promises, and f*ck him for saying that he had loved her.
Emily loved Adam because he stood out from the crowd. He was insanely handsome, a musician, cute, and devilishly charming. Sometimes Adam…
“Wow, Lily, I never thought you were that kind of girl,” says my stepsister Julie. “What do you mean?” I ask. I am in the kitchen cleaning up after my sister’s birthday dinner. She has invited her friends, me and out of duty, also our stepsister Julie. She is family, no matter how we try our best to ignore it. We live in a small town where everybody knows each other and Julie would have found out about the party, anyway. Julie shows me a picture on her phone. It’s me skinny dipping, and it seems the image has been…
Sometimes love is about not getting what you want, but what you need. Paige and Zach are facing the reality of life. He got a scholarship, and she received a rejection letter in her mailbox. They realize setting each other free isn’t such a bad thing. Paige is creative, imaginative, and strong, and taking this next step on her own might be scary, but Zach is always just a text or a call away. In her heart, she knows he’ll always find his way back.
Paige feels like she is holding onto Zach with an invisible string. If she let…
Standing against the fence, I cheer as Zach scores again. I love watching him play, but so do the preppy cheerleaders with their Colgate smiles. I’ve never understood the appeal of becoming a cheerleader. Why dance to get attention when you can play on the field? Or be in a musical? Or paint a mural? Something with a purpose!
Lindsey walks swiftly towards me. She is by far the best dancer on the cheer squad.
She’s also the most scheming snake in the entire school.
“Hey Paige, have you heard the amazing news?”
“Zach and I got a…
You are the editor-in-chief of your life, but that freedom requires you to be accountable for your own life and the choices you make.
In The Works of Love (1847), Kierkegaard (1813–1855) says: “Love builds up by presupposing that love is fundamentally present.”
When you meet another person from a place of love, you strengthen the other person because love begets growth. Basing your behavior on loving motives builds up others as well as yourself. When that becomes your approach to the world, you will naturally act lovingly toward other people and yourself.
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I am a writer who finds inspiration for my books, articles, and fiction about ethics, love, life choices and identity in Kierkegaard’s existential philosophy.