Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Knowing our world

People come into our lives for a reason. Sometimes it is for their sake and sometimes for ours. Each is an opportunity to make ourselves better.

Those who are good, are there for support. They encourage the discouraged and comfort the discomforted. The world is a brighter place for their presence.

The evil pose as challenges to be overcome. We learn what not to do and how not to be. Because they darken things, we must shine a light.

Most people are a combination of the two. Though they care, they will afflict you with their problems. Be a good example, by keeping your own house in order.

The world cannot be saved, but it should never be wasted. There are those whose very existence is not for their sake. They fade away once their purpose has been served.

You do not need to like someone to learn from them. Even the worst examples can teach the most valuable lessons. It is from unexpected encounters, that we come to know our world.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Proving grounds

We live for a brief moment, and then return to the dust. Life is nothing to be proud of. Instead, it must be endured.

This world is where we prove ourselves. Are we made of sterner stuff? So many merely wither on the vine.

When all is said and done, will you fail the test? Success is never guaranteed. If you are not willing to put in the work, the outcome is assured.

Self respect cannot be stolen. All deceivers will eventually be found out. Few things are worse than to be exposed as a fraud.

It is here that we decide who we will be. Everything depends on the choices we make. One must be better to deserve more.

Live like your life depends on it. Love like there is no tomorrow. Not a day is assured, so not a one should be wasted.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Houses and homes

There are a group of people you probably know better than you would like to: they are called family. Your parents raise you, and your siblings help knock off the rough edges. You may not always get along, but you will always share a bond.

Life is not so grand. A loving family can pick you up when you have fallen prey to the worst this world has to offer. No matter how far away you stray, there is something special about coming home.

If there is no love, then it is only a house: typically four walls, a ceiling and a floor. Empty hearts make empty hearths. Everything that enters through such a door dies a little bit each day.

Siblings do not always see eye to eye, and this is because there are different pairs of eyes. Regardless of any semblance, children are individuals. They will be what they will be, and any attempt to change this can only meet with dismal failure.

Good parents raise good children. The little ones learn from the example of those who are bigger. If the progeny strays, then it is the responsibility of their mother and father to set them back on the right path.

Naturally, human beings do not enter this world alone. Ideally, they do not live their lives in solitude. Family is a group of people together, facing all of life's problems and sharing all of its joys... together.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

A thankless task

Caring about people can be emotionally exhausting. Their indifference only makes it more difficult. Appreciation comes in small doses, and you must savor every bit.

It is easy to find those who do not care. Take a short walk, and you will trip over several. So, it is important to be one of the few who do.

This means doing things that are unpleasant. We must endure the inconvenience. For to do otherwise, makes us part of the problem.

Caring is a thankless task. But if done for praise, it is already invalidated. You must do it, expecting nothing in return.

Some will see and respond in kind. The evil are not worth bothering with. Leave them to the company of their apathy.

If the whole world cared, it would be a paradise. Learn a lesson from this: indifference sucks the life out of everything. Good nurtures the seeds to produce a bountiful crop.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The geyser within

Human beings are not meant to be alone. Long periods of isolation can cause serious mental difficulties. A social creature must have someone with which to socialize.

Sometimes we prefer our solitude, but this state of affairs cannot last. Once a person becomes isolated, they are like the single ember on the hearth. The fire will die, leaving ashes behind.

Many find themselves alone in a crowd. The number of people is irrelevant if there is no one to talk to. What does it matter to have water everywhere, if there is none to drink?

It does not require much time and effort to listen. You just stop talking: close your mouth and open your ears. Is also important to open your heart, or everything will go in one ear and out the other.

People desire to speak, even when they have nothing to say. The heart is a geyser which spews forth unbidden. Pay attention, and you might learn something.

Conversation goes both ways. Each person should have their say. Once the utterance is made, its worth can be decided.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Making an impression

Some people leave an indelible impression on your life. When they are gone, you cannot help but miss them. And the world is no longer as bright.

Think about how many have lived, and how few are remembered. Even less are revered. Those that are, cannot be forgotten.

Memories fade with the passing years. So, it is important to let our actions speak for us. What is done cannot be undone.

Many are famous in their own time. But the moment passes and they fall into obscurity. Eventually, even the name loses its meaning.

Those who care, tend to be remembered. Years turn simple acts of goodness into qualifications for sainthood. Though the person is gone, their spirit lives on.

We are mortal, so immortality can only come through the impact we have made. Is the world better or worse for your being here? Make it better, and you will be that much harder to forget.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Useless opinions

Tearing someone else down does not build you up. It merely shreds any sense of decency you thought you had. Those who indulge in such things stake their claim to the bottom of the barrel.

If a person disagrees with you, it does not make them the enemy. They have a different perspective, and you might be able to learn from it. At least you can see where they have been led astray.

Do not be quick to think you are right. People tend to extol their useless opinions. Be the first to question your beliefs, and you will be better prepared to defend them.

What most people think is usually wrong. Crowds have a tendency to muddle everything. Too many voices, and nothing can be heard.

Sometimes it is best to just stop talking. Silence is golden, especially when there is nothing nice to say. Listening is preferable to yelling any day.

A discussion becomes an argument when the topic gives way to the contending egos. If this continues, serious harm could be done. Better to let it go, before you speak the words you will regret.