This week let us discuss the meaning of this saying a bit. People are afraid of adventure. Hey, I’ll be the first to admit that I am afraid of adventure! It’s “dangerous” as the saying says. Did you know that danger is in fact a part of life? In fact danger is necessary, because it produces excitement and humans run on excitement and emotional stimulation. That is our fuel. Cars run on gasoline. Humans run on happiness. But to become happy you must sacrifice safety. The safest lifestyle you can imagine is staying at home in your living room. But that is lethal!
When we grow accustomed to something we feel safe. We know what will happen, when it will happen, and how it will happen. It becomes predictable and eliminates worry. But by the same token, it does not stimulate our minds with happiness. Thus the quote is true, in theory, if you do not break out of your routine, you could possibly die, or more likely you will fall into depression.
Don’t get me wrong. It is difficult to throw yourself out there, in the space of the unknown and unfamiliar. And you are afraid. “Will I make it?” and “Will something go wrong?” and “I don’t know if I can do it.” These will be some of the thoughts going through your head. You will be uncertain. You will be full of doubt. But remember you are doing the right thing. Adventure is what you need. Go out there and be fearless!
A life of comfort will make you weak
Risk is exciting
Love makes a man selfless
There is no peace in love
Resist the temptation to seek popularity
Don’t think, don’t ruminate
Laziness is a vice
If you plan for happiness you will drive it away
Use means survival, so do something useful.
If we sit back, and assume the future will be good because “destiny is in control” we couldn’t be more wrong. It is up to us to make the future good.
A bad friend is worse than a bad enemy.
The easy way out is the easiest way to take.
It is hard to be good. It is easy to be bad.
Ask, what is really important in life?
Lead an active life
Act the way you want to feel
Teens and young readers, check out this cool collection of short stories i have written. Available for kindle. Hope everybody likes it. Jorgo: Funny Stories for Kids
I recently bought a self help book: Better than Before: Mastering the Habits of our Everyday Life by Gretchen Rubin. In this book Gretchen talks about habits; good and bad. She gives methods for breaking a bad habit. For example, one chapter is called: You manage what you monitor. This chapter stresses the importance of monitoring your bad habits. You can monitor them quantitatively. Once you monitor a habit, you can manage it.
One bad habit I have is washing my hands too thoroughly and too often. This leads to dry skin, especially during the cold winter months. So I decided to “do something about it.” I posted a note on my bathroom mirror: “COUNT to 10.” This means I only get 10 seconds to wash up. Another reminder I wrote is, “No unnecessary washes,” and of course “Moisturize.” Has this method help me break or manage my bad habit? No, not yet. But this is because I don’t have the willpower to follow my own rules! However I am following the “Counting to 10” rule rather well. If I could just follow my two other rules, I could manage or break this habit.
For those of you who may have a habit you want to manage or break, I have two notes:
1. if you want to break a habit, you must remember a habit. (Use a note. Post it in front of you, where the habit happens.)
2. Resisting a bad habit is hard. (When the going gets tough, do not give up. Follow the rules you set for yourself with willpower, but remember to give yourself a break too)