We assume everything is forever. But in fact quite the opposite is true. Everything is but for a short period of time.
Where you begin makes a big difference where you end up. (Gretchen Rubin)
Short cuts yield short term benefits
Wisdom is a hard won possession. (Plato)
Acceptance into the group means survival.
The brain is not the seat of the mind; the face is!
You have to keep growing.
Destiny is poetic; sometimes cruel, sometimes victorious.
Your fate has your personality.
We measure “smarts” by books and discoveries. Einstein was smart because he was good at science. So was Newton. The mathematical genius of these men was unrivaled. But I actually think there’s a whole another type of genius: nonverbal communication.
Certainly the brain is working harder when it is allowed to just be and see, than when it is made to compute. What’s 2 times 2? Who cares! That does not get my mind going. Perhaps this is why I am no mathematician and never really was. My point is that there is more than one aspect to the mind; more than the computational intellect.
There is the emotional mind, which is what we use to perceive reality. And it is at its best when it is just allowed to be and see. You can’t really bring the soul out by force, when you tell it to or when you want it to. One becomes a good observer by simply observing. Observe your reality. Observe those around you. And you will see that when you look at people, their skin changes. It literally contains the workings of their mind.
The face is a mirror to the workings of the mind. When you focus in on someone, they will have more focus. Their mind will come to their face. Emotions are communicable. What you feel is felt by others around you.
Newton and Einstein may have been the world’s best “calculators”, but were they the best “nonverbal communicators”? No, everyone can be a good nonverbal communicator. All one needs to do is to let his emotions show. Sometimes, we don’t, we won’t, because we’re shy or don’t trust others! But at other times, we can become “emotionally outgoing” whether with someone on the bus, at a café or walking down the street. In that case, we have made a friend, even if it is a friend we never said one word to, or even made direct eye contact with.
Spirit always takes precedent over matter. It is better. Of course. But the world we live in is fundamentally characterized by matter. This state of existence is physical and material. Our goal, though we live in the world of matter, is to infuse our brains and bodies with spirit, which we also call liveliness and happiness. Yet many times we cannot be happy, and we find ourselves just going through the motions of life without spirit, ghostlike or even in a depression.
The realm of spirit, also known popularly as the afterlife, on the other hand, is the opposite of the world of matter. It is fundamentally spiritual, and is not of matter. It is pure spirit. Thus it is impossible to feel very little happiness or nothing at all in the world of spirit. In fact, in the afterlife one is much more alive than here in the physical world, because that life is wholly spiritual.
If you’re not enjoying yourself you’re not doing it right.
Work will keep your mind of your worries.
Lose in the beginning; win in the end.
Always accept an outstretched hand.
Refuse to believe that your life will have a sad ending.
Be passionate about what you do, and you will be saved.
There is no ‘magic cure’ to your problems, so don’t try to reinvent the wheel.
Look for happiness in common things.
If you are not going forwards, you are going backwards.
Encourage love -Julianne Hough
We keep each other going.
Plan your funeral and you are sure to die tomorrow. Plan your life and you may well live to 100.
Something’s got to be at steak!
You got to be hungry!
Live with some urgency
Thank God for music, my savior! -Pitbull
A stumble may prevent a fall, or a stumble may begin a fall. (Gretchen Rubin)
If God wants to see how hard life is, let him become a man!
He who comes back from the abyss is stronger for it, and in the end will win.
Never give up
Music is the best medicine
The edge makes you better. You don’t want to be too relaxed. Harness it! (toastmasters podcast)
It takes a lot of energy to hate. Love is easier
Beware of drift (a decision by not deciding) -Gretchen Rubin
A place chosen by forefit always leads to defeat
Life was hard in the past. Life is hard today. Life will always be hard in the future.
Don’t focus on what you don’t have. Focus on what you do have.
The above quote was suggested to me by Pitbull, whose music and lyrics have traits of motivation. Let us talk a little bit about that quote. There is an undeniable truth in it. Nobody knows what it takes to get to the top, because nobody sees the guts; they only see the glory.
The guts are ugly! Nobody wants to see them. Nobody wants to see the journey travelled from the bottom of the mountain to the top. And that is the journey that the aspiring artist/musician/writer must travel alone. This is the time when nobody is buying your stuff, and nobody is showing up to your concerts. That’s guts. To show up, when nobody else is, when you’re the only one who cares about your work; when there’s no inspiration from the audience. Because there is no audience! That’s when it takes courage to put one foot forward in front of the other, and trudge forth, and climb your way to the top of your mountain.
When we watch awards shows we only see the glory. We see recognition for success. And we think “Hey I wanna be on stage! I wanna be recognized for being a great success.” But that’s the tip of the ice berg. 99% of the ice berg is beneath the ocean; it’s all effort, largely unrecognized, used to propel that 1% of achievement into the stage of recognition.
The audience just wants to see the polished and finished product, the shining star. They don’t want to see how the star was made. They don’t want know how the star was made. But the artist knows how he was made, what he put himself through, often what life put him through, against his will, on his way to the top of his career. But then again, it’s the work itself that keeps you going; recognition for living your dream is a nice bonus.
They don’t know what it takes to get to… Until you triumph!