Quick thought. I’m going to start using the Goodreads daily quote and other blogs to do some writing each day. I feel it’s healthy to be consistent and thought-provoking. It’s all about awareness, right?
The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.
Anyway, Gibbon makes a hopefully clear distinction here. The people that survive are the ones that can face the problems of life right in the face and say, “Yep. I see you. But you know what? I’m gonna change for the better and not let you keep me down. Whether I have to go around you or through you, I will.”
Maybe that angry attitude isn’t the best to approach a problem, but it shows persistence and strength. I really think it’s all about how we respond to our problems. The size of a person is determined by the size of a problem that tries to keep him or her down, but ultimately fails in the long run. We all have problems; some of us just see first world ones as the biggest and forget its relation to the big picture.
See what is in front of you, relate it to the big picture, and respond effectively. Adjust your sails and keep moving forward, or life will definitely dive you around.
2. Life is a circle.
Everything you do, everything you say, every choice you make, comes back around.
If you want to be rich, be generous. If you want to make friends, be friendly. If you want to be understood by others, take the time to truly understand them. If you want to be heard, listen.
If you want to live an interesting life, be interested the happenings around you. If you wish to truly learn and master a skill, study what you can and then teachsomeone else what you know.
If you long for peace, act in peace and harmony. If you want the world to change, start with the one in the mirror.
What you give is eventually what you get. Whatever it is you hope to achieve in this life, give it, nurture it, be it, and you will enjoy a lifetime filled with it many times over.
Let’s surround our minds around boredom.
The continuation of a monotonous and repetitive day gets most people. The force of mediocrity and going on autopilot. Meaningful situations can become so minuscule and unnoticeable that we begin to dread daily routines and focus on the struggle with it instead of the benefits. Confucius wants all of us to find a job we love so we never work a day in our life. The key isn’t the right job; it’s the right attitude. Unfortunately, we do work. We need to make money. It doesn’t come by itself (Oh, if only it did). Our search for meaning and productivity in our work is a challenging journey. The big question is: are work and fun really separate? I think work and fun can be one to some degree. Boredom is good and bad. Work is good and bad. Fun is good and bad. You need some moderation.
Here we go again with seeing the large scope. There will be days when work seems impossible and when work is a piece of cake. Depending on your mindset, boredom can be good, bad, or BOTH. If you don’t wake up in the morning with goals and the determination to do things and grow, you will be bored. Simple as that. Too much human thinking. If you wake up and just be busy all the time, it’s too much human doing. Activity does not always equal productivity. Doing what is right does. Balancing it achieves being a HUMAN BEING. You BE. You think and do together. As they say, bored people are boring. Okay, not in a fixed mindset and permanent way.
There is healthy boredom and obsessive levels of boredom. The challenge is fighting boredom with all your willpower, with meaningful activity and self-directed growth. Stop at nothing to start something. Just go for it.
Rage against the tepidness of the mundane with every fiber in your being that makes you…well…YOU. Wake up with determination, end the day with satisfaction.
Alright? Now make a bucket list and create yourself! : )