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Wednesday, 31 July 2013
reasons to keep on going
its the week before presentations. four in a row. (excluding weekends) its gonna be a hell of a week. but at this point in time, i can't give up. -------
1. Nothing beautiful ever came
from an easy life. Nothing truly incredible ever came from times of ease and
contentment. We’d never enjoy the daytime if we didn’t have the night.
2. We naturally want to reach for
more. Until we literally reach nirvana, we’re designed to be striving for
better, and it’s not always the worst thing.
3. With that said, it’s also
extremely important to realize the beauty in the art of being. Allowing yourself
to embrace the journey, but to rest at whatever step you’re at and enjoy it, as
you’ll never be back there again.
4. Real transformations and
miracles are always preceded by pain and suffering. Lost things are always just
making room for others to be found.
5. If there’s one thing we know
about existence, it’s that nothing remains for too long, not even our sorrows.
6. You are a constant unfolding
of the thoroughly known and predictable and completely unexpected. You will
always be surprised by the latter, and it’s usually a platform for incredible
change. Give yourself a chance to experience it.
7. As a rule of thumb, you are
always more loved than you think you are. Unfortunately, it’s usually at
feeling most unloved that we realize this.
8. The pointless days will add up
to something, in the end. Your time is not wasted because you’re not seeing
immediate results. Anything worth having is worth waiting for.
9. There’s nothing that isn’t
worthwhile if it’s something that brings you happiness. Don’t worry about your
greater contributions to society all the time or what it says of you that you
are doing this thing or not doing that thing. Let your own happiness be enough
10. One of the biggest problems
we have is that we think we always know. We think we know what we’re bound to
experience in the next hour, day, week… but we do not. There are incredible
feats lurking around your corners, if only you walk up and look around.
11. The only thing that is
withholding you from your own happiness is you. If you want change, change. If
you want new, create newness. Identifying dissatisfaction is important. Acting
on it is crucial.
12. Your life is meant to be
survived. Nowhere were you ever told or taught that you would live in a
majestic land of beauty and happiness every day. If you’re still surviving (and
flourishing, even!) you’re doing all you’re meant to.
13. Don’t let your ego’s desires
infiltrate your true nature. Learn to disassociate, and you will find
contentment right now.
14. “Okay” and “just enough” is,
more often than not, perfectly fine. We are the only ones who torture ourselves
15. It’s never the circumstances
that drive us to madness, it’s always our opinions of them.
16. People have this thing where
they create a person they want the world to know. It’s a defense mechanism: it
won’t hurt if someone attacks what is not truly them. But really, when you
realize that an attack on who you are doesn’t change it or take anything from
you (other than your own state of mind) you learn to stop devoting your energy
to masking, and to see the joy in the vulnerability of just being.
17. Often you’ll put forth your
best effort and you’ll fail. Sometimes you’ll have to try a thousand times
before you succeed. Once in a while, you’ll have wonderful things fall upon
you. All that will matter, though, is how well you accepted it, tried harder,
and enjoyed what you were given. Always.
18. When you turn off the
narrative in your mind that defines who you are and why you’re here, you’ll
usually find that you’re more okay with where you are than not.
19. “There are better things
ahead than any we leave behind.”
20. You do not always know what’s
best for yourself. In fact, I like to think that we very rarely do. Let
yourself be redirected, it always brings you somewhere better than you had
planned to go.
21. The truth is that there is
nothing (and nobody) stopping you from doing that one thing. You are the one
creating narratives on what should and shouldn’t be, and what people will
define you as if you do it. But think of what they’ll define you as if you
22. It’s always better to be
someone who tried and failed as opposed to someone who was too weak to even do
23. You will always regret what
you didn’t do, but rarely what you did.
24. There is something greater
that is guiding your life. You can believe that or not, but everybody finds
eventually that there are just too many coincidences to chalk it all up to
happenstance. Learn to trust this, and watch it create for you more rapidly.
25. If you’re genuinely unhappy,
there’s only one thing you have to do to change everything: think differently.
26. With many things in life, you
just have to teach yourself to be happy for what it gives you as opposed to
what it doesn’t. For example: a job gives you a steady income, even if it
doesn’t allow you to do something you “love” everyday. But the ends outweigh
27. There are always happy things
around, you just have to let yourself see them.
28. Above all else, learn to not
only have faith in what you know was meant to be, but also that it will come to
you in due time. We withhold ourselves from these things because we spend too
much time in a mental limbo of whether or not it will come, when at the end of
the day, we really do know it will.
29. Few things are to be taken at
face value in life. There are greater meanings, misunderstandings, masked
emotions and opinions behind nearly everyone and everything. This isn’t to make
you paranoid, it’s to open your eyes to the fact that boredom is the result of
30. There is a time for
everything, including stillness and sadness. You will never be able to skip
parts of the story you’re writing, so give to them whatever you have, whether
it’s sadness and heartache or happiness and joy. Nobody wants to read a book
where the main character is in a sustained state of happiness for their entire
lifes. As such, that’s not how you should want to live.