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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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.
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.
I’ve found that we can essentially live our lives by one of two ways: living to work, or working to live. The former entails a life of enslavement to never-ending labor, while the latter one of tirelessly slaving away to buy enough time in order to enjoy the fruits of our labor. We truly are thrust between a rock and a hard place.
Though personally, I’d rather choose neither. I said “essentially”, not “solely”. Surely, there must be a way to simply live?
It is natural to be concerned about others’ opinions, to wonder of our image in others’ eyes. But once this concern begins to govern our thoughts, our actions, our lives, we need remind ourselves to turn the concern inward. Let others’ thoughts be their own, let them think and say what they want. At the end of each day, the only person’s thoughts that we have control over is our own.
Arthur Miller, American playwright, essayist, and prominent figure in twentieth-century American theatre, was once quoted saying:
“Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.”
Now when I first came across the quote, I really didn’t get it. The “right regrets”? Continue reading “Is There Such A Thing As The “Right Regrets”?”
Ideas solve problems, become inventions, cure diseases, build cities, make discoveries, write books, sing songs. They are the foundation of our lives and make the world go ’round. Yet if always kept enclosed in the confines of our minds, if never shared, never acted upon, they will surely come with us to the graveyard as just that: an idea.
In our heads, talking down our accomplishments and refusing to give light to our talents in order to make those around us feel better about themselves seems a noble and humble act, when in reality is one of the greatest disservices to mankind we can do. Keeping our gifts hidden in the shadows does nothing to help illuminate the world.