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Sunday, June 04, 2006

Life according to Mary Alice Young 2

As promised, here's another batch of meaningful quotes from the Season 2 of Desperate Housewives. Hope you pick up more lessons here! =)

"Control – it’s extraordinary the tactics people employ to obtain it. Some rely on deception while others engage in outright trickery. Then there are those who resort to extortion. Why do we fight so hard for control? Because we know that to lose it, is to put our fate in the hands of others. And what could be more dangerous?"

"Everyone enjoys a game of make-believe every now and then. Of course the ways in which we play can vary greatly. Sometimes, we tell ourselves work won’t interfere with our family life. Sometimes we imagine that certain relationships are more than what they really are. Occasionally, we put on a show, as if to convince ourselves our secrets aren’t really all that terrible. Yes, the game of make-believe is a simple one. You start by lying to yourself. And if you can get others to believe those lies, you win."

"The world is filled with good fathers. How do we recognize them? They are the ones who are missed so terribly that everything falls apart in their absence. They're the ones who love us long before we’ve even arrived. They're the ones who come looking for us when we can't find our way home. Yes, the world is filled with good fathers. And the best are those who make the women in their lives feel like good mothers."

"Everyone in this world needs someone they can depend upon. Be it a faithful companion, a trusted confidante, loyal friend, determined advocates or a loving family. But occasionally in life, the people we thought would always be there for us leave. And if that happens, it’s amazing the lengths we go to, to get them back."

"Cameras are simple tools to capture images that tell us more about ourselves than we realize. They remind us of the long journey we’ve taken, the loved ones who traveled alongside with us, those we lost along the way and those waiting for us on the road ahead. Yes, cameras are designed to capture images, but in truth, they can capture so much more. They can uncover hidden longing of people who should no longer care. They can reveal the most extraordinary secrets of the most ordinary people. Most amazing of all, cameras can quietly but clearly reveal to us our dreams – dreams we didn’t even know we had."

"In a world filled with darkness, we all need some kind of light – whether it’s a great flame that shows us how to win back what we have lost, or a powerful beacon intended to scare away potential monsters, or a few glowing bulbs that reveal to us the hidden truth of our past. We all need something to help us get through the night, even if it’s just the tiniest glimmer of hope."

"Good guys wear white and bad guys wear black. This is how children distinguish between good and evil. But they soon learn that the bad guys don’t always look so bad. In fact, sometimes, they even seem downright friendly. That is, until you know them a little bit better. It is not always easy to distinguish the good guys from the bad guys. Sinners can surprise you and the same is true for saints. Why do we define people as simply bad or simply evil? Because no one wants to admit that compassion and cruelty can live side by side in one heart, and that anyone is capable of anything."

"The stories are as old as time itself. The prodigal son who returns to the father that forgives him. The jealous wife who tricks the husband who trusts her. The desperate mother who risks everything for the child who needs her. And the faithless husband who hurts the wife who loves him deeply. Why do we listen to these stories again and again? Because these are the stories of family. And once we look past the fighting, the pain and the resentment, we occasionally want to remind ourselves there is absolutely nothing more important."

"The act itself never varies, but each kiss carries with it a meaning all its own. It can convey a husband’s eternal devotion or a wife’s enormous regret. It can symbolize a mother’s growing concern or a lover’s growing passion. But whatever its meaning, each kiss, reflects a basic human need – a need to connect to another human being. This desire is so strong it’s always amazing when some people don’t understand."

"Illnesses can take on many forms. Those of the body are easy to treat. Much more difficult are the hidden maladies that are festering our hearts, increasing addiction that consume our souls, and the diseases we deny which affect our judgment. To survive, we find that special someone who can heal us. But we can never predict who will have the cure for what ails us or when they’ll show up."

"Everyone understands the nature of war. We also understand that victory depends on the cards that we’ve been dealt. Some, when faced with a bloody battle, simply give in. But for some, surrender is unacceptable. Even though they know it will be a fight to the death."

"The world is filled with unlikely friendships. How do they begin? With one person desperately in need, and another willing to lend a helping hand. When such kindness is offered, we can finally see the worth of those we have previously written off. And before we know it, a bond is formed, regardless of whether others can understand it. Yes, unlikely friendships start up everyday, no one understands this more than the lonely. In fact, it’s what they always count on."

"Now and then, we all need a little help. So we ask for small favors. But it’s always best to be wary of those who are eager to come to our rescue because even the smallest of favors carries a price tag. Yes, everyone has an agenda, no matter what they tell us. And in those rare instances when there is no ulterior motive, we’re so taken aback that we may fail to recognize the truth – that a loving friends has just done us an enormous favor."

"Temptation comes to all of us. Whether or not we succumb depends on our ability to recognize its disguise. Sometimes it arrives in the form of an old flame flickering back to life, a new friend who could end up being so much more or a young child who awakens feelings we didn’t know we had. And so, we give in to temptation, all the while knowing that come morning, we’ll have to suffer the consequences."

"We’ve all done something in our lives we’re ashamed of. Some of us have fallen for the wrong person, some have let go of the right one. There are those who have humiliated their parents, and those who failed their children. Yes, we’ve all made mistakes that diminish us and those we love. But there is redemption if we learn from those mistakes and grow."

"There is a prayer intended to give strength to people faced with circumstances they don’t want to accept. Its power come from its insight into human nature – because so many of us rage against the hand that life dealt us, because so many of us are cowardly and afraid to stand up for what is right, because so many of us give in to despair when faced with an impossible choice. “Lord, grant me the serenity to accept what I cannot change, the courage to change what I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."

"When the truth is ugly, people keep it hidden because if revealed, they know the damage it’ll do. So they conceal it within sturdy walls, place it behind closed doors or they obscure it with clever disguises. But the truth, no matter how ugly, always emerges. Someone you care about always ends up getting hurt. And someone else will revel in their pain – that’s ugliest truth of all."

"If I could, would I tell them what lies ahead? Would I warn them of the sorrow and betrayal that lie in store? No. From where I stand, I can see enough of the road to understand how it must be traveled. The trick is to keep moving forward, to let go of the fear and the regret that slow us down and keep us from enjoying the journey that will be over too soon. Yes, there will be unexpected bends in the road, shocking surprises that we didn’t see coming. But that’s really the point, don’t you think?"

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