Monthly Archives: January 2014

Growing Old Is Mandatory, Growing Up Is Optional

“I was wise enough to never grow up while fooling most people into believing I had.” – Margaret Mead

Margaret has such an eloquent and beautiful way of capturing my belief that growing up is far overrated. In growing up, there seems to me to be much more lost than there is gained, especially considering the things that make life magical, special, and amazing. Continue reading

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Imagine The Potential You, Staring Back At You

“All we are not stares back at what we are.” – Wystan Hugh Auden

In reading these words, I begin to question where I am going in life, and where I want to be. Is the me I see in the future the me I hope to be, or do I see more unfulfilled potential that lies within, challenging me to let it out? I feel that Wystan, here, is trying to motivate each of us to look at ourselves in a different light, to see our potential and not just the person that we are now. Likewise, this same idea holds true when we look at the potential of others in life. Continue reading

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Desire

“May we never let the things we can’t have or don’t have or shouldn’t have spoil our enjoyment of the things we do have and can have. As we value our happiness, let us not forget it. One of the greatest lessons in life is learning to be happy without the things we cannot or should not have.” – Richard L. Evans

It’s kind of funny how childish we can be sometimes when it comes to our possessions. There are times when I want something so much that I think about it constantly until I get it, even though the number of things that I do have far outnumber the number of things that I want. I say childish because it’s so common to see children completely focused on getting something new for themselves, and we definitely do act that way ourselves. Continue reading

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Develop Your Skill

“It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.” – Robert Charles Benchley

This is a man who does not take himself too seriously–who is able to look at what he does with a sense of humor, and to make a statement that seems to be ridiculous, but is really a humorous and healthy perspective. I would guess that it was this sense of humor and willingness to make fun of himself that allowed him to become a famous writer, and that talent itself became a secondary requirement in his chosen profession. Continue reading

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Let Your Interest Be As Wide As Possible

“The secret to happiness is this: Let your interest be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.”  – Bertrand Russell

I used to dislike The Simpsons. I had never seen an entire episode of the show, but I had heard and seen enough to be sure that I didn’t like it. Then I watched a couple of episodes all the way through, and I was amazed at just how funny and clever the show actually was. I was also amazed at just how closed-minded and limited I had been to reject a show that I had never seen. I’ve done this with other things, too, including movies, music, people, authors, websites–you name it. I’ve later been proven wrong in my judgment and willingness to reject something due to first impressions. Continue reading

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You Have The Power To Be Happy And To Know Peace

“When we recognize that nothing has to go right for us to be happy, that people do not have to behave for us to love them, our walk home can be surprisingly simple. We have enormous power not to manipulate the world, but to be happy and to know peace.” – Hugh Prather

It’s rather comforting to realize that we “have the power” to be happy and to know peace. Knowing this takes away the power of outside forces to “make” us happy, or to cause us to be happy or not. My life is in my hands, just as your life is in yours, and once we accept the fact that life and other people generally will not act in the ways we expect, we can stop letting our unfulfilled expectations cause us to be unhappy, or take away the peace we feel inside. Continue reading

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Discover Your Exciting Possibilities

“Today’s world needs change, alteration, renewal, and corrections of errors. It needs new ideas, new approaches, methods, plans, procedures, and new ways of doing things. Maybe you should think of going — literally or symbolically — to a circus today, where you’ll see stunts you never dreamed possible. The novelty and originality there may stimulate what you need more of in this life. Have the daring to take a flight for the idea you believe in!” – Wilferd A. Peterson

So much of what we do in our lives, we do by rote. We choose much of what we do because it’s “tradition” or because it seems safe and risk-free, or simply because that’s the way we’ve always done things. This way of approaching our lives is fine if we live in a cage and have no options, but for free people who are trying to forge their individual ways through life, it’s no way to live. Continue reading

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