Ponderings – Pleasing Everyone

There can be no more futile of an activity to engage oneself in than the fruitless attempt of pleasing everyone. By now it should be abundantly clear that such a goal is a dispiriting and empty one, one which will only ever leave you empty-handed and disappointed. Far better to stay true to yourself at the risk of upsetting a few than to fall in line and watch your tongue as merely another face in the crowd.  


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Let Me Tell You Something About Misfortune

If there’s one thing I’ve learned so far in life, it’s this: everyone’s got it all wrong. Continue reading “Let Me Tell You Something About Misfortune”

Ponderings – Life’s a Marathon

Do you ever think about how often we ever stop and think? I swear, sometimes it feels like my brain’s sprinting towards a finish line that it’ll never reach. When did everything become so stressful, when did our schedules suddenly fill up and leave us with no time for the things we actually enjoy? 

We’re busy, I get it. But remember, like any journey, life’s a marathon, not a sprint. You wouldn’t want to sprint ahead the first minute then burn yourself out, right? So just like in a marathon, it’s OK to slow down, take a break. 

I’ll drive my point home with this: the best time to make time for yourself is when you have none. 


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Ponderings – “You Can’t”

To anyone with a goal or a dream, with a clear vision of what they want their life to look like in the future, I’ve got a piece of advice for you that I only recently learned myself: tell someone. Tell your mom, your dad, your siblings, your friends. Tell the whole world.

Then, listen to what they have to say. Your dream’s a big one (of course it is- whoever dreamt small?) so you’ll most likely be met with some opposition. Some naysayers. People will walk right up to you and tell you to your face that you can’t do it.

And to those people I can only give a smile. For every time I’m told that I can’t do something, it reassures me that I can. Every discouragement thrown my way is only used as fuel for the fire within me that cannot be contained.

Quote Quandary – You’re Wrong And I’m Right. Right?

“I have no friends or enemies; only teachers.” – Ancient Proverb

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Ashore

If you were to take a spyglass and look out across the ocean as you set sail on your great voyage, you would no doubt see darkened skies ahead, casting an ominous shadow over choppy, swirling waters, all looming in the distance, threatening to throw you off course, threatening to capsize you. And they very well may; the wind may blow at your sails from all different directions, a rogue wave may suddenly approach and throw you overboard. 

But do not despair. Though your vessel may float on the water’s surface in pieces around you, you can still grab hold of a part of the wreckage and paddle yourself to shore. And if that is stripped from you, you can always swim. As long as there is land in sight, you can always find a way to make it ashore. 

Unless you can’t swim. In that case, I hope you’re a fast learner. 

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Ponderings – Humility

We’re invincible, untouchable, on top of the world, until something or someone comes along to take us down from our pedestal, remind us that we’re not so invincible after all. Thus, we gain an appreciation of the fact that there are situations that will challenge us, people who will best us. That we’re not as perfect as we thought we were.

Such are often the necessary building blocks of humility.

Ponderings – Stones

I feel that oftentimes, before we criticize someone, we must first take care to check that we have no mistakes that need correcting, that we are flawless. Once we do so, we will all drop the stones we were about to throw, and perhaps, attempt to understand the accused instead.

And realize that we were never deserving of the stones in the first place.

 

Blogger Recognition Award

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Ponderings

We spend so much of our time worrying and obsessing over being heard and leaving a mark on the world. Why not instead focus on living on our own terms, creating the life we envisioned, and not caring whether or not we’re talked about for years after we’re gone?

Coincidentally, that’s exactly how those before us left their marks.