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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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 – “Winds of Change”

What seems to happen so often (to me at least) is that whenever a change is suddenly desired- a change in health, relationships, perspective- everything feels… different. Like there’s an aura of ambition and drive, of revolution and invigoration which uplifts us and consequently the world around us. “The Winds of Change” as I like to call it (yes, I’m aware that I’m not the first to coin the phrase).

These winds are great, a welcome sign that change is in the air. But sometimes they blow a little too hard. Ok, I get it. I asked for change, now you’re giving it to me. But not at a hundred miles an hour from every different direction! Change is supposed to be a gradual process, not a sudden, raging tornado! One step at a time please.  


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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.

Ponderings – Climbing

One thing I’ve always found challenging is maintaining my motivation. Motivation is great for getting us started, but eventually it wears off, and so does our enthusiasm with it. Continue reading “Ponderings – Climbing”

Ponderings – Sailing In A Circle

Look, I’m all for being passionate, for working hard, being ambitious. But I’m also a big believer in having a plan. Having a dream is one thing. Knowing exactly what you want, and how you’re going to get it- that is how success is attained. 

You can have as much wind behind your sails as you want, but if you don’t bring a compass, you’ll be sailing in a circle on open waters your whole life with no land in sight. 

Ponderings – Touch Of Humility

It’s one thing to be confident- to be poised and self-assured in everything you do. It’s another thing to be overconfident- to be smug and cocky. One will send you down the path to success, to honest, fulfilling relationships, to a life you’ve envisioned; the other down a path to disappointment, to flaky, hollow relationships, to a life of everlasting dissatisfaction.

Be confident, but try adding a touch of humility to your confidence. You’ll have a recipe for success.

 

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 – Sliver Of Sanity

Why do we tirelessly pursue that which we have a passion for? Because we have to. In a world of so much disorder, so much confusion, they are often the only things that make sense of it all. They provide us with a sliver of sanity in an insane world. A moment of calm amidst a raging storm. 

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.