Archive for October, 2011

Memory and Forgiveness

“Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future.” – Lewis B. Smedes

We’ve all heard of the saying “forgive and forget”. If someone hurts us in some way we are told to put the past behind us – that holding onto unhappy memories prevents us from moving forward, prevents us from living our lives free of bitterness and sorrow. If we hold onto such memories and don’t “forgive and forget” this can lead to a living a life focused on revenge. If we can’t forgive and forget, we can’t move on.

But perhaps a different way to look at it is to “forgive and remember”. If we want to make a fresh start, a clean slate and put our past behind us, we need to not only forgive, but also remember – as Lewis Smedes says: “forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember” and gives us “hope for our future.”

Finding peace within ourselves and making peace with others is all related to forgiving and remembering. Forgetting is not necessary; although once you forgive you will probably find you no longer need to remember.

Why Does Stainless Steel Make Good Jewellery?

What looks like silver but is even stronger, harder to scratch and doesn’t tarnish?

Stainless steel of course! It’s not just for body piercing and dog tags. It is a versatile and durable metal that is the next generation in stylish jewellery pieces.

Even better, as it doesn’t contain nickel, it is nonallergenic, will not colour your skin and can be worn by just about anyone.

Stainless steel is becoming more popular as a metal for funky as well as elegant jewellery pieces that will last a lifetime of normal wear. No need to save it for a special occasion as this almost indestructible metal can be worn every day and requires minimal cleaning and maintenance, unlike other materials that are coated and require regular polishing.

Due to its durability and strength, it is perfect for designs and finishes you wouldn’t consider on other metals that are just not strong enough, like engraving for example. And as pieces are usually carved from a larger piece into the desired design, you are limited only by your imagination and the creativity of the craftsman.

Last but not least, stainless steel is a less expensive option than gold or other more traditional metals used for jewellery. You can afford to have multiple pieces and experiment with different styles with less pressure on your bank balance.

Who would have thought a material traditionally used for kitchen sinks and surgical instruments could look so good?