Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Building a future

The future is born of what we do today. No great invention can make one’s life complete. As wondrous as our technology is, it merely provides us tools with which to enrich our existence.

We have advanced so much in such a short period of time. I remember when computers were used as overpriced calculators and electronic typewriters. Games were simple and phones were used only to make calls.

It is easy to get lost in a time like this. The internet has become a substitute for human contact, bringing people together who cannot so easily meet. It is not the technology, but what we do with it, that is the problem.

As much as I love social networking, I make it a point to spend time with people in person. There is something about just sitting down with friends and talking. To break bread with the ones you love is a gift beyond measure.

We lead hectic lives, so it is important to find time to relax. Conversation is becoming a lost art form. Communication is the cornerstone of civilization, and is essential for the functioning of a healthy society.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. The past is filled with people who were not so different from us. With their hands, they built our present. With ours, we build the future.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Much to do

It is good to stay busy: you get a lot more done. Everyone has the same amount of time, but there are very few who use it wisely. Those who do, tend to be quite productive.

There are so many things I want to do. There are stories to write, and books to read. I love listening to music and making my own. I watch movies and shows, soaking it all in.

When you stay busy, boredom stays away. You have no time for it. Instead, there is a longing to stop and rest.

Breaks are necessary, and they should be included in your plans. Sometimes we just need to relax. Once refreshed, one can charge back in with a great deal of gusto.

However, sloth should be avoided at all costs. A day without accomplishment is one that is wasted. The smallest achievement will counteract this.

No one has unlimited time, for our days are numbered. If we waste our lives, we will have nothing to show. But imagine what great works can be born in the course of a lifetime. The world will wonder where to put it all…

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Facing fear

Fear reaches us on a primal level. It can turn the toughest person into a gibbering wretch. It takes courage to stare into the void, knowing that something is staring back.

Those who say they have no fear do not know fear. The precariousness of our existence is not real to them. Or they have deluded themselves into thinking that monsters do not really exist.

Truth is indeed stranger than fiction. Real vampires dress up in suits, sucking the life out of all they touch. Real zombies crave brains, because they have none of their own. Real werewolves are beasts in human form, devouring whatever is in reach.

Beyond the danger of reprobates, are the everyday fears: the loss of one’s livelihood, dread of the powerful, the knowledge that one false move could shatter your fragile dreams. The world is a serious threat to our survival. It is foolish to ignore what you cannot help but see.

Courage is not the absence of fear. It is proceeding forward in spite of it. Bravery is not stupidity. One must survive these perils by using their wits.

These things are too big to be beaten, but they can be overcome. All it takes is courage and caring. And it helps to know you are not alone. There are others waging a silent war against the night.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The little things

Our world has problems, and no one person can solve them. However, there is much we can do to make this a better place. It is easy to get caught up in the big things, and neglect the little ones.

Larger matters are beyond the scope of what an individual can do. That is why people get so wrapped up in them. Nobody expects you to succeed, so a mere concern is enough to get esteem.

You cannot make everyone happy, but one can bring cheer to some. Much is accomplished in not being part of the problem. Make the world better by being better and good things will follow.

Do not get discouraged by the indifference of others. Let them wallow in the shadows, while you shine a light in the night.  People cannot help but be drawn to its radiance.

Refuse to be dragged into the misery that is them. Weather the storms of life. Instead of sinking below, rise above.

Others will see this, and be inspired to do the same. By shining, you encourage them to shine. And that is how one little person can make a big difference. In lighting up the darkness, you chase the shadows away.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Aiming high

The one thing worth striving for is excellence. It is not something you can decide to be. Hard work will lead you towards the goal, but not necessarily to its attainment.

There are no degrees in this achievement. Something either is of that quality or it is not.  Good does not equal great, no matter what new math is used.

To excel means to go beyond. And many will see this as a threat, instead of a challenge. After all, only one can win.

Competition is healthy: it keeps everything at its best. Feelings cannot trump results. Desire is only good if it motivates you to succeed.

It is a sad fact that some fall by the wayside. Life will never be fair, and no one should expect it to. Ignoring our difficulties means never overcoming them.

Everyone struggles: some more than others. We all have obstacles in our path. Each can be passed, and one can go further to surpass until the sky is not a limit at all.  

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Last one standing

Survival is all about endurance. How much of a beating can you take and still remain standing? Sometimes life packs quite a wallop, and it takes all you have just to stay in the fight.

To adapt, just means finding a way to endure. It’s all part of the fancy footwork needed to make it through. Reality has a harder time hitting a moving target.

Living takes quite a bit of stamina. When the adversity is greatest, you will find stores of energy you were not even aware of. Use them wisely if you expect to make it to the next round.

Remember, there are no rules. Life has no qualms with hitting below the belt. Take heed, lest it drop you like a sack of potatoes.

There is one way to win: endure. The world does not care if you fall. It will move your carcass to the side and carry on as if you had never even been.

Victory means standing against the onslaught. Fight for all you are worth, putting your very last breath into the struggle. If they have to take you out to take you down, then you have won.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Destruction deconstructed

It is easy to destroy. With the proper tools, even the tallest building can be brought down.  To build however, takes time, effort, and a creative vision.

What is this fascination people have with tearing down what others have made? They have nothing to offer, but will stomp the offerings of others into the ground. Is this born of envy or are they just plain mean?

They are quick to condemn and loath to commend. Their world must be a dark place indeed. And like a black hole, they are constantly trying to suck everyone into their nothingness.

Have you noticed that the least productive have the most advice? Those that can, do; those that can’t, criticize. And when they are gone, the world keeps turning.

We live in a cold place, and it is getting colder. It is because people don’t care. And everything freezes around them.

But there are those who still build, and even better those who build up others. Be one of them: become the warmth in a world of frozen hearts. Be the light that chases the darkness away.