Love: Color Blind & Ageless?

Love in Color iiI confess, I don’t know what the protocol is so I just snatched these images from FB… all credits to the designer, whoever you are.

I saw this just now and snatched it as they put into words a thought that has been whirling around my mind lately. Having had relationships of all sorts with men across the age spectrum and geographic hemisphere, within Christendom and without, I have come to one conclusion, ‘age is no guarantee of right actions, attitudes nor perspectives’!

Love in Color

Neither is color, race nor ethnicity!

When panning for gold, the only thing that really matters is, ‘Is there a nugget of gold left in the pan?’ It is then up to each of us to determine what size nugget is worth our life-time commitment.

So to panning I go…

Sparks!

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Black, But Lovely

Having recently moved house, I had the great privilege of spending time with the ‘Founder and CEO’ of the Welcoming Committee of the local Restaurant Quarter – read, neighbour noticing my recent arrival asking my out on a ‘let me show you around the area’ date. I humored him and surprisingly he was good company and a perfect gentleman throughout. No, this is not a blow-by-blow of the night’s happenings – that would be in bad taste, wouldn’t it? Rather this is a report of a most distressing piece of information or ‘fact’ as he calls it.

Acknowledging that ‘John’* was good company and seemed open to serious conversation, I took the opportunity to ask the following question that I know has been on the mind of many a single, black female for …well, 19when…

English: Black and white icon of a question mark.

‘In your opinion, what is it about black women that makes white women the preferred choice to so many black men?’

 

The Answer?

 

It was his – single, black, 33 yrs old, self-employed, father of 1 – opinion that

 

  • Black women are untrustworthy, in that they will ‘be with’ a man purely for what they can get – the money, the stuff – even though in their heart they know they ‘don’t love him’ and all while cheating on him. He reasons that a white woman would not do that. Why, you ask? Because the mere fact that she is with him indicates that she actually wants to be with the black man, so it’s not about the possibility of accumulating stuff!
  • White women end up in relationships with black men because they love their ‘blackness’. That is the primary attraction. The black woman however does not appreciate – in my own words…the magnificence of their man’s blackness – the man and therefore takes him for granted and or treat him badly …and cheats on him with another black man who had more ‘stuff’! He hastens to add that he knows that black men also cheat and that they cannot even trust themselves but still, ‘if the woman doesn’t want them she should just leave them and not play games.
  • In an argument, black women will throw ‘anything’ she gets her hands on, she can break every plate in the kitchen just because she’s upset however a white woman would not do that sort of thing!

 

Suffice to say after having had a good night so far I suddenly felt, not only sad to the brink of tears but sick to the stomach that any black man would categorize the vast majority of black women in this way. After all, I am a black woman – and happily so, but he was not by any stretch of the imagination describing me so obviously I asked if he was joking!

 

It went downhill from there as he clarified for me that these are the ‘facts’ of how black women behave and that of all his black male friends with black girls, none of the girls are any good!!!!! Immediately I remembered a statement I heard some time ago suggesting that our magnificent black men are attracted to, will happily love and absolutely pursue sleeping with the magnificent black girl but would often prefer the white girl for marriage and family.

 

…and something got stuck in my throat. I still hasn’t moved.

Marry Me For Money!

A comprehensive review of literature and surveys on the consequences of marriage for African Americans – for the sake of argument let’s just say people of African descent – have summised that marriage promotes the economic, social, familial, and psychological well-being of both men and women.

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2010 OHNY: Tom Otterness Studio – Marriage of Money and Real Estate (Photo credit: wallyg)

Over the next few posts therefore, I think it only prudent and fair that I take this opportunity to make my case. This is purely academic!

In this post I will therefore present to you my economic skills, or as I like to call it, my wealth-creating powers. Marrying me will bring the following results:

  • Increased earnings,
  • higher levels of occupational prestige than our unmarried peers,
  • protection from economic trouble as we will be significantly less likely to suffer from material hardship such as insufficient funds to pay bills and
  • increased chances of owning a home.

I believe so strongly in over-delivery, going beyond duty and in wealth-creation that I go further to ensure that marrying me will also result in:

  • us earning 13-18% more than our never-married peers and
  • you, if you partner with me – or any other woman of African descent, will be 30% less likely to fall into poverty.

…and of course, if we become parents our wealth-creating powers will go into overdrive!

Please be aware however that in spite of my wealth-creating party favors, I am still subject to economic downturns, recessions, stock market crashes, acts of terrorism, acts of God, death and dis-ease like and any and all situations and conditions which are out of my hands. I am however resilient, determined and able to adapt!

So from an economic standpoint, this is what I bring to the party and I would now like to present to you my social and familial prowess… next post!

Read the entire Comprehensive Review of Literature on the The Consequences of Marriage for African Americans

by The Institute of American Values

Sparks!

Relationship Laws

“If you have endured broken relationships and are in the process of becoming whole, it is very important to realize that you must have boundaries in which to live by in order to maintain the wholeness that you have received.  The Relationship Laws for Ladies Who Love God are specific, detailed confessions that help capture the essence of your newfound personal wholeness and how to go about maintaining it.  These “Laws” are intended to help you discern your motives for being in particular relationship, whether or not that relationship is

Captivated by the hidden beauty of the bride...

Captivated by the hidden beauty of the bride… (Photo credit: Hafsa Nabeel)

consistent with your godly values, and most importantly, whether or not a relationship would enhance your wholeness or cause further brokenness.

1. I am rooted, grounded, fixed and founded in the Love of God, not a position, title, having “Mrs.” in front of my name, not money, my looks, being cute, being smart or being seen.

2. I respect myself enough to lay boundaries in all relationships personally and professionally.

…  Read more at Whole Magazine by Maria Breeden”  The Fulltime Girl (proper crediting for a great article)

Related Stuff
Be Captivating by Setting Boundaries This book by the fabulous John & Stasi is fascinating and well worth the investment and time to acquire, read and digest. It will re-inforce your sense of self and will help the male reader to understand the very heart of ‘every’ woman. It will definitely help women understand their own yearnings and enable successful boundary setting. Suggesting? Read the rest of the article then get Captivating.

Sparks!

Is He/She Interested?

Found this article on FB and thought I’d do a self-assessment…dissection? Anyhow, the purple bits will be my take:

  • She tells you. Eventually
  • Pay attention to body language.  If she leans into you, or if she is kind of side ways to you.  If she is leaning into you, she’s interested. Naturally attentive but not necessarily interested in you as a potential ‘beau’… If she is sideways, she is creating distance.  Purse on the table in the restaurant is putting an object between you two, thus causing space.  When dancing, if she is creating arms length space, she isn’t into you. – I’m being my ‘usual’ shy, reserved self. Yes! I said SHY. What?
  • If she is nosy and asks many questions about you, and your life, she is totally into you. – or is intentional about investing her time wisely…hence the investigation…’interest’.
  • You’re not that funny, but she laughs at everything you say.  She is totally into you. – or she is over-stimulated on caffeine (dutch courage) or genuinely doesn’t want you to feel embarrassed that the date is a bum.
  • She always has time for you.  She’s into you. – yeah, or she’s just a naturally kind, patience, longsuffering and caring person. Don’t be pessimistic…she’s into you…
  • She never leaves you hanging, or a call/text message/posting unanswered.  She answers right away.  She’s into you. until you see this message, ‘SERVICE ERROR 305:MESSAGE DELIVERY FAILED. FURTHER MESSAGES WILL BE CHARGED TO YOUR ACCOUNT.’
  • On a date, she twirls her hair, or a necklace, or plays with a button on her blouse, she is into you. – she could be bored or nervous?!
  • She has empathy for you when something goes array, or something bothers you.  She has feelings for you, and wants to show it. – or she has a pastoral anointing and is just naturally a caring, empathic person.
  • She mothers in a small way.  She wants to care for you, and so she is into you. – …sigh…maybe. Nurses care for you.
  • She goes to the restroom a lot on your date.  She is making sure she looks her best for you. – or she is limiting the amount of time she has to sit in front of you…laughing at your jokes. No, I don’t mean to be nasty, I’m being honest. Come on now, don’t leave me standing here on my own!
  • She gives you undivided attention.  No cell calls or texts when with you. – She learnt a long time ago to treat people as you would like to be treated.
  • She compliments you, encourages you, and sends appreciation your way.  She’s into you. – …kind, honest, considerate of other people’s feelings.
  • She bats her eyelashes and smiles a lot.  She’s into you. – that sounds more like it…are those false lashes getting in her eyes? No? She may be into you beau, wooohooo!
  • She seems like she doesn’t want the date to end, she will kind of be blusy when it is time to wrap it up.  She wants to spend more time with you.  She is into you. – There’s nothing interesting on tv at 8:30pm so why not? But it’s quite likely she enjoys being with you…this time round.
  • She finds ways to touch you.  A bump, touching your shirt and complimenting it, talking and touching you as she talks. – gotcha! Woohooo! If she does that to everyone, she could be…a socialTourette’.
  • She asks questions about things you like to do so she can see herself doing those things with you.  Future thinking. – Intentionally assessing how much time to invest. So we have anything in common? Is this worth pursuing?
  • Online.  There aren’t too many of your posts that she doesn’t comment on. -Assessment…curiousity…maybe enchantment.
  • Online.  She goes the extra effort and posts on your wall, or personal blog space. – you could be in for a chance.
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CatnipComic070_Colour (Photo credit: Catnip Cat by Jeff Hoyle)

No, this is not about me trying to discourage any lovely folk from believing and/or using these tips. I’m merely pointing out that people are…well, people! We are seldom ‘cookie-cutter-cute’ and seldom do we adhere to set rules of emotional conduct just because there is a statistic in the ether.

My addition to this would be to listen carefully to both the spoken words and the silences. I believe it is unwise to try to fit people into boxes because we then set ourselves up for disappointment. We all know what roses look like but if we were to assume that ALL roses look-alike in their detail and smell alike, we would miss countless varieties of roses on the assumption that ‘we know that one already’.

It is my opinion therefore that you add wisdom, prayer and a pound or two of common sense when trying to assess an individual and even so, it is time alone that will reveal the truth. As much as we all wish God in His infinite wisdom would take ‘counsel’ and hand us a manual for guaranteed success in these matters, the bottom line is we can never really know the heart of anyone. Not by statistics, assessment nor even the things they say.

That’s why it is so important to enter in with both eyes wide open, a heart submitted to God’s wisdom, a willingness to wait, check and double-check and even then employ the wisdom of a multitude of good counsel. You would be amazed how skilled some are at deception until you are almost in too deep.

Selah!

Find or Be Found

According to the website Single Season there are quite a few places I can expect to find or be found so I figure what the heck, let’s have a good look. So here is the list, does it get you thinking? Oh by the way, the purple inserts are mine…

  1. Airport Lounge – I’m not a frequent flyer yet so unless I get a job at the an Airport that’s out.
  2. Art gallery uhm… enhance my appreciation of art or fine some sort of art I can honestly gush over.
  3. Barbershop (take a young brother/nephew) – aah…uhm…
  4. Birthday parties –
  5. Book club – uhm…Do men read…much? Honestly, I don’t know. If so, what kinds of books would be enjoyable or informative for both genders? Really. Business…technical books? Books about sports? Fishing? Cars? Boys Toys? Ok…I’m naive.
  6. Bookstore – Been to Floyd’s, London numerous times. A few Dads and Grand Dads…!? Don’t do married men nor …well. Doesn’t seem promising, especially since Amazon and Kindle. Bad Amazon!!!
  7. Business events/networking uhm, Ok…sharpen my networking skills.
  8. Careers fair – ?
  9. Charitable service – Currently spend waaay, too much time in Church meetings, committees, community planning meetings and the male:female ratio is the same…oh with lots of married and/or Older men…with a capital Oh!
  10. Christenings – sigh…
  11. Church – Home congregation has a ratio problem and Church Trawling ‘me no likey-likey’. I want to be where I’m suppose to be, doing what I’m suppose to be doing at the time I’m suppose to be doing it and just be found! After all, God knows where I live!!! This idea is great for men though…calling all men!
  12. Church conferences/events (at other churches too) – I work too hard…I knew it! I’m always the busy bee among all the other busy bees getting the job done and darn it, I always forget to (a) check for the r
    Search Privacy

    Search Privacy (Photo credit: mushon)

    ing (b) smile more (c) work with one eye open! Note to self – Multi-task!

  13. Church ministry team – Didn’t I just say their was a ratio issue… aha! I’ll join CVM and try to get my congregation to volunteer as party hosts for the Pentecost Festival. #1 is no good for me…but I just started following them on twitter…Oh the sacrifices I make for my virtual journey buddies. And #2, local missions, Church networking and way more important is the potential to reach men…at least for the next generation…uhm, maybe.
  14. Coffee shop – How many Hot Chocolates would I have to daintily sip on before you Sir, walk across and ask if you may join me?
  15. Comedy club – not really feeling the feasibility of this one…while I’m rolling on the floor, holding my belly, gasping for air and mopping up my tears…but it could work.
  16. Commute to work – Same journey everyday at about the same time. Beloved Nana and her hubby making their daily trip for a stint of shopping or to pick up their pension; Mums with their small, medium or large ‘bundles of joy’, students and lots of guys with their trousers below their bums…!>@%&~)#? I think I need to move, don’t you? Oh, and there’s that one-legged guy with his dog. But hey now…don’t be picky!
  17. Engagement parties – Note to Self: Find new friends who are getting engaged ‘soonest’.
  18. Evening classes (i.e. photography, cooking, accounting, dance) – Accounting, done! Prospects, none!
  19. Finance seminars – uhm, promising. But would a guy try to pick up a girl while admittedly needing to attend a finance seminar…possibly under the cover of darkness? Just kidding. Sounds workable.
  20. Gospel concerts – I feel like ‘Country Mouse’ now. How many Gospel Concerts do I really need to go to in one lifetime? Besides, who goes to these things with ‘scope him out, catch his eye, somehow get him to ask for my number’ as their primary agenda or does it require a skilled ‘Halle-may-I-have-your-number-please-lujah’? Gain new skills!
  21. Hairdressers (take a young sister/niece) – Possibly a fab idea for non-UK residents but us UK-ites are ‘blessed’ with a predominantly female:male ratio in Hairdressing. So unless…ahem…
  22. Health food store – So here’s my shopping list: psyllium husk, vitamin a-z?, 1 born-again tall, dark & handsome, rye bread, tea tree oil, an engagement ring and soy milk. How’s that?
  23. Library – shhhh! No talking.
  24. Gyms – Ok…I’m gonna join the gym. It’s my New Year’s Resolution for 2014. Promise.
  25. Supermarket – ‘Would you pass me that ‘Home Alone’ dvd from the top rack please? So, do you come here often?’ Yes, we sell dvds in our supermarkets, don’t you?
  26. Local town meeting – oooh…not one more meeting…groan.
  27. Lunch breaks (get away from the office) – Note to Self: Cancel Desk-date.
  28. Museum –  Been…done…t-shirt…families…grands a plenty.
  29. Online dating sites – I’ve only seen one that says ‘Christian’ that actually seem to have ‘real’ Christian men on it. Maybe it’s just me. Check out Christian Connections.
  30. Opera – Les Miserable! I believe you should never begin something you don’t want in your life…longterm!
  31. Professional Dating service – Isn’t this just available to Asians and/or Muslims? Scratching head… Research!
  32. School reunion – oooooh…3 steps forward, 15 back?
  33. Sports (i.e. Tennis or Golf club) – Fab for sports fanatics. Note to Self: Love Sports! It’s good for you.
  34. Sports events (i.e. baseball, football) – ….uhm Les Miserable!!! If I love him then I…’ll try reeeally hard to love his sports. Until then, no thanks.
  35. Support groups – ‘…sniffle, sob, sob…’. What kind o f support group lends itself to dating? Ponder! AA…Stop Smoking…Drug Rehab…Grieve Counselling…oy!
  36. Technology event – I don’t know my jpeg from my Drupal so this could work. Calling all Teachers! (Males Please…did I say Christian?)
  37. Theatre – This is a really long list. Something here should work.
  38. Volunteer work – Since I’m doing a lot of these things I should be hitched already, no?
  39. Walking/Public transportation (instead of driving) – tick
  40. Walks in the park – families…couples…dog-loving (read ‘kissy-kissy-dog-loving’) walkers… Find new park!
  41. Weddings – Find new friends who are getting married…or Gate Crash!
  42. Wine tasting evening – Develop an appreciation for alcohol.
  43. Word of Mouth – The boys don’t talk…they already have an abundance of choices. The girls? We all have the same problem. Mum, Grand, Dad…oy! The stress is already too great.

I truly hope you feel encouraged by this list. You now have 43 more chances of finding…or being found.

As for me, I’m getting some books and moving to Mars!
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Vacancy: Apply Within!

Vacancy

Vacancy (Photo credit: EricMagnuson)

“Have you ever been for a job interview? When you went to try and find a job, did you walk in there arrogant and proud thinking, “Well, I’m really going to grill these people to make sure that they give me the right kind of benefits that I want”?

 “Did you walk in there with a full list of questions that you wanted to ask your prospective employer, and you were planning to hit him, one after the other, until he bowed to you and said, “Okay I will give you what you want!”? Single No More pg. 19

So according to Les, when there is a ‘vacancy’ in your life for a spouse, this is not the way to do it!

You need to ask the following questions but certainly  not in an ‘interrogative-floodlights shining in their eyes-potential spouse mentally tied to a chair-hooked up to a live wire with questions flying at ever-increasing speed’ sort of way. For some peculiar reason potential spouses just don’t seem to like this approach very much. Go figure!

Please check out the following questions to see whether they fell from your lips in your last ‘first encounter’.

  1. So… what’s your profession? or
  2. What qualifications do you have?
  3. Where do you work?
  4. Do you enjoy your job?
  5. Where do you see yourself in 3-5 years…in 5-10 years?
  6. How do you feel about children…pets…discipling children…?
  7. Who do you think should discipline ‘our’ children?
  8. Do you prefer city life or living in the country?
  9. How do you feel about adoption?
  10. Do you agree that a woman’s place is in the home?
  11. Do you think a man should foot all the household bills?
  12. How do you feel about a woman being the higher earner in a marriage?

Well…after that I can’t think of anything to say. Can you?

DivineSparks

Oh…oh, How much do you earn?