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 – Outside Force

Our greatest struggle when facing the upward trudge towards our goals is often not the journey itself, but the first step. What we fail to remember is that an object in motion tends to stay in motion, while an object at rest will almost certainly stay at rest indefinitely. Unless of course, an outside force were to act upon it.

So perhaps the question you must ask yourself is: What will that force be for you?

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.

 

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.

Ponderings

We tend to worry. A lot.  And while some of it’s legitimate, justifiable concern, most is simply unnecessary stress we’re putting on ourselves. I like to break down the umbrella term that is “worry” into two categories: things we can control, and those we have no control over. If your problem falls into the first one, then yeah, you can worry, but try not to worry too much; it’s far more beneficial to take action to solve the problem then to wish it away. And it if falls into the second one, then why worry? If you have no control over it, then you might as well learn to live with it.
You can’t stop the rain from falling, but you can avoid getting wet.

Your Story

Few things are set in stone in this life, but one of them is the past. It’s something we can’t wish away, something we can’t change, no matter how badly we want to. There’s perhaps nothing more final than the past. Where our words can’t be unsaid, and our actions can’t be undone.

But there is something we do have control of, and it’s a little different for everyone. Where our words are just thoughts, our actions just dreams. A story you can write however you like, one where you decide how it ends.

The future.

You’ve already written some of the chapters in your book. Some were great, and they’re ones you should be proud of. Others, not so much, and that’s ok. You’ve made a few typos here and there, but haven’t we all? You can’t erase them and you can’t rip up the pages and throw them away, so you might as well learn from them and move on. Because you’ve got a lot more writing to do.

Who knows what will fill the pages of the rest of your book? Stories of amazing adventures, of new discoveries, brave leaps of faith into the unknown. There will be heartbreak and tragedy, no doubt, but these things are what makes a story interesting. You might know exactly what you want to write, or you might not have a clue. But you already have the pen in your hand. Now you just need to write.

And you can start right now.

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” – Toni Morrison

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The Young Buffalo

One day, on the plains of Africa, a young buffalo named Walter approached his dad and asked him if there was anything that he should be afraid of. “Only lions, my son,” his dad responded. “Oh yes, I’ve heard about lions,” said Walter. “If I ever see one, I’ll turn and run as fast as I can.”

“No, that’s the worst thing you can do,” said the large male.

“Why?” asked Walter. “They’re scary and will try to catch me.”

The father smiled and explained, “Walter, if you run away, the lions will chase you and they will catch you. And when they do, they’ll jump on your unprotected back and bring you down.”

“So what should I do?” asked Walter.

“If you ever see a lion,” answered his dad, “stand your ground to show him you’re not afraid. If he doesn’t go away, show him your sharp horns and stomp the ground with your hooves. If that doesn’t work, move slowly towards him. And if that doesn’t work, charge him and hit him with everything you’ve got!”

“That’s crazy!” exclaimed Walter. “I’ll be too scared to do that. What if he attacks back?”

“Look around Walter,” replied his father. “What do you see?”

Walter looked around at the rest of his herd. There were about 200 massive beasts, all armed with sharp horns and huge shoulders.

“If you’re ever afraid,” said the father, “know that we’re here. If you panic and run from your fears, we can’t save you. But if you charge towards them, we’ll be right behind you.”

The young buffalo breathed deeply and nodded. “Thanks dad. I think I understand now.”

We’ve all got lions in our lives. We also have a choice in how we deal with them. We can avoid them, and run from them if ever confronted. Or, we can charge them, and hit them with everything we’ve got. Let them know that you’re not afraid.

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