Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Those who care

If someone does something for you, they are not owed anything... but they do deserve your thanks. If you help others expecting something in return, you are really just helping yourself. People do not deserve credit for doing what is in their best interest.

Those who are not thankful for what they have been given, should not be given anything. Ingratitude is a bad attitude. The entitled should be left to fend for themselves.

Things could be a lot worse, save for a select few who endure hardships for the sake of others. Their lives are an example of true courage in the face of danger. When you come back home, remember those who never will.

We have so much, yet take it for granted. These things were bought with blood, sweat and tears. If not appreciated, they can all be taken away.

Live free, or die trying. There are far too many who have chosen slavery for fear of putting forth an effort. The world is not a nice place, and is all too willing to welcome your surrender.

Be grateful for what you have, or suffer its inevitable loss. Nurture an attitude of gratitude, eschewing the selfishness that closes its eyes and stops its ears. Those who care will take a stand, and that makes all the difference.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Mirror image

When you look into a mirror, what do you see? There is much to be gained from taking an honest look. Most people have trouble just facing themselves.

The eyes are the windows to success and failure. What you find there might give you pause. To turn away is to give up the fight, and give in to that which will bring you low.

Only by facing our fears, can they be faced down. Wickedness is afraid of the light and will flee from its warmth. If it loves the dark, let it languish there.

If you can be honest, then you can see. The clouds roll away when the truth is revealed. To close one's eyes, is to accept deceit. 

We live in a world of lies, surrounded by liars. It takes honesty to shine a light and pierce the dark. Only then can we see as we are seen.

Things are not always as they appear. Sometimes they are better, but more often worse. Words can deceive, but how you live reflects the heart.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Quiet caring

Anyone can profess to care, but how many prove it? It is easy to set the mouth in motion, with nothing to back it up. It is not the talk but the walk that counts.

People will say anything, and perhaps believe it. But how few there are who demonstrate their beliefs without a single word. Their lives are there to tell the story.

Words have power, but without action they remain inert. Do something and let others do the talking. It does not need to be large and grandiose, there is much to be said for simple acts of kindness.

Those who wish to be seen show what they truly care about. When it is real, the cameras are not around. And no bill is received for services rendered.

The empty of heart desire praise. They seek validation, when only thanks is deserved. Do not strain your arm patting yourself on the back.

Good does not require an audience. What it does is because it cares. This secret love can fill the world, without anyone knowing whence it comes.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Wishes as horses

People get ideas that will change the world... and then it gets hard. Others do not recognize their brilliance, nor support their efforts. It is better to never begin, than to ever give up.

If you try to impress, you will become depressed. For it is not the idea, but what you do with it that counts. Without a vision, it is all just a dream.

Those who succeed talk less and do more. There is no obstacle which cannot be overcome. When the going gets tough, they just get tougher.

The thrill of accomplishment is in the struggle. Do not stop and do not back down. Every twist and turn must be a step closer to the goal.

There are moments when it will appear you are getting nowhere. But it is just the lay of the land. Imagine what lies beyond that hill.

A hungry heart can never be sated. It will not only dream, but put in the work. Turn wishes to horses and then you can ride.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Real horror

We enjoy horror because it is not real. The fake blood and special effects allow us to experience the intensity without anyone actually getting hurt. However, life can be more frightening than anything in the movies.

There are diseases that cause all manner of misery. Some conditions result in the loss of body parts. And you will most likely live through the ordeal.

When it comes to monsters, humanity has them in abundance. A beast does not delight in murder. However, a human being can rejoice in utter wickedness.

Pain comes in many forms. Whether by accident or intent, serious damage can be inflicted. And life becomes a living hell.

Appreciate what you have while you still have it. No one knows when their luck will run out. That which was given can so easily be taken.

To live in fear is among the most terrible of fates. We all know about what could happen, but it is pointless to dwell on it. Enjoy the unreal, and then get out and live before it is too late.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Dreaming awake

When a dream comes true, it does not look the same. Reality is not so flamboyant, but has a gravity fantasy cannot match. Do you ever wonder what will be there when you wake up?

The goal can be met without a fanfare. The satisfaction of achievement is its own reward. That is what it means to do something real.

Do not expect others to understand. They will not know why you put spent so much time, and worked so hard. It is for you to enjoy the fruits of your labors.

Those who wish to take, cannot appreciate what it took to make. They did not put in the effort, so they should not reap the benefits. Rather, they should be left to the substance of their contribution.

Though the world remains the same, something has changed. You have made better than what was. The day is brighter, and the steps lighter.

Dreams are the imaginings of the heart. This world is a canvas and the mediums varied. The full beauty will not be revealed until the work is done.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Unpleasant surprises

Life is full of unpleasant surprises. These actions are beyond our control. Still, the outcome is largely determined by our reaction.

When bad things happen, you could complain. This will do nothing to solve the matter, and causes unwanted frustration. Telling others will only result in them nodding their heads and tuning you out.

Instead, take an honest look at the situation. Determine if it can be salvaged or you should start over. When the end has been reached, begin anew.

Weigh the advantages and disadvantages before taking action. Often, it is not about what is right or wrong, but what will produce the best results. If your heart is flawed, the mind will rationalize.

Fear will be your worst adversary. Doing new things is a scary proposition. It is easier to go with what you know.

The world changes, though we wish it would not. That is why adaptation is so important. Either the current drags us under, or we learn to ride the waves.