As a booklover who just loves, loves, loves reading, sometimes when I read the Bible I read it with historical eye, not just through the eye of faith. Now, the Bible is old. It's not as old as some other sacred texts like the Torah and Tippitaka, but I believe it was written thousands of years ago. So, when I read through it, sometimes I'm amazed how well I can relate to those texts.
On this modern times, we have landed men on the moon and back, we can talk to someone accross the Pacific Ocean just with a click, we can travel around the world in much less than 90 days (Jules Verne would have been proud), we can light up a whole building just by hitting a light switch. We are annoyed when the internet connection suddenly slows down just a bit. We live in an era of speed and convenience.
Still, deep down inside, human are still the same. We still have the same basic needs. We still need to eat and sleep. We still get sick and die. We still want, and need, to love and to be loved in return. We still do foolish things, delight in beautiful sides, afraid to lose what we have, wonder at the future. We still fall in love, get hurt, bounce back, and fall in love again. We still make wars, and crave for peace at the same time. Despite the bad news on TV and gloomy economic forecasts, we still laugh and be merry then cry and angry and laugh again. We still enjoy celebrating life and seasons and special occassions, from spring festival to birthdays, baby showers, weddings, Lebaran, Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving and homecoming.
Ancient men who hunted and lived in caves wore their best self-made costumes out of leather, fur with bones and ivory beads for hunting festivals and celebrations. Just the same as we do now, donning our best clothes and jewelries for parties and balls.
My grandma told me how, during the times of war, basic staples like food and clothing were very difficult to come by. Still, the ladies of the 30's were being creative and maintained their body - and their beauty - with whatever they had around them. Since fabrics were hard to buy and the prices were not affordable, they made do by whipping up new dresses out of old ones and scraps and grain sacks. Any leftover pieces of cloths they used for patches for clothing, or diapers, then finally as rags and braided to become colorful rugs. They reused buttons and bows and laces from old clothes to adorn new ones.They used homemade rice powder for their face, and washed their hair with paddy shampoo. Amazing how beauty-on-a-budget attempts still continue until today, with modern women scouring the thrift stores and using drugstore makeup products instead of name brands.
Whenever I read the Psalms, Proverbs and other Wisdom Books of the Bible, I found the same principles apply. Either today, or thousands of years ago, human still have similar basic questions:
Who am I?
Why am I here?
What am I doing here?
Where am I going?
What will the future bring me?
And just like those who wrote the texts thousands of years ago, especially in this everchanging, turbulent times, we need something constant to hold on to. Something to keep our feet on the ground. Something to keep us, well, sane. Something that despite all the banges, will always remain the same. Something we can always count on. Something that will ALWAYS be dependable no matter what.
When I was little, that something was my parents.
Then as I got older, I learned to depend on myself.
Now that I'm more mature, through many trials and errors and pains and searching, I found that something was, is God.
Same with that person who lived thousands of years ago, who wrote the following verse:
"The LORD is trustworthy in every word, and faithful in every work."
Then I guess, He is, and has been always. ^_^
The skirt I wore in this post was actually a patchwork, peasant style, summery, short tube dress. I don't feel comfortable wearing it as a tube dress, except when I go to the beach, which not very often. I could wore it as maxi dress, but I prefer shorter skirts. So, I cropped it and wore it as above-the-knee skirt. It's a casual skirt, but I managed to make more use of it even as an office wear, like in this post here.
And this bag is something else! It's a refashion project, from a rice/grain sack! Why not? Grain sack is practical and very sturdy, and it comes in brownish neutral color! The sash I made from a leftover scraps from an old batik dress that was no longer wearable. I can even wear it as a belt. Now, that what I'd call a fashionable UP-cycling! ^_^
Looks good, yes?
I love how the earrings match my bracelets.
Manicure is too high maintenance for me, but a good, simple, pedicure always gives a finished, polished effect to any look with open sandals or shoes!
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