Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Truly happy

Happiness comes from within. No one can teach you how to be it, nor can they dissuade one from sinking into self-pity. It is up to the individual to determine they will be happy.

There are plenty of challenges for those with a sunny disposition. The depressed will test you with their pessimism. The despairing will vex you with their cynicism.

Just because you are happy, it does not mean everything will work out. It does not prevent bad things from happening. It means no matter how bad it gets you will not let it get you down.

The wicked can never be truly happy. There is nothing within to be satisfied with. Their every day is spent hammering nails into what will eventually become their coffin.

Strive to make things better for yourself and others. Contentment should always be a temporary state. When one obstacle has been overcome, set your sights on the next.

Misery within cannot be indefinitely contained. Eventually, it will spill forth when you least expect it. Happiness is too good not to share, so spread it around both far and wide.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

What is best

That which is best is not based on anyone's opinion. To determine the value of an action, ask yourself will things be made better or worse for it? Then, the truth shall be revealed.

Everyone likes to imagine they are good. Even reprobates can convince themselves of the righteousness of their cause. Lies have a way of becoming beliefs.

When what you do chiefly benefits you, there is something wrong with it. If public opinion is in your favor, you should beware. They have expectations for being so agreeable.

It is best to put the concerns of others before your own. Do not decide for yourself what another person needs. If you care, these things will fall into place.

Deal with your own problems first. Those who cannot help themselves cannot help anyone else. Instead, their excess baggage will drag others down.

Strive to be a blessing to everyone you meet. If they prove unworthy, it is their failing and not yours. Kick the dust off your feet and continue the quest for fertile ground.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Right and wrong

People are obsessed with being right. Good and evil are not based on anyone's opinion. Those who really care see righteousness for what it really is: pride.

It is not enough to be correct. Others must stand corrected and bow before the superior intellect. Shining the spotlight on oneself only reveals one's imperfections.

Someone can be both right and wrong at the same time. What is said may be true, but attitude can ruin the whole thing. Remember the fingers pointing back at you.

Proclaiming one's rights is even more annoying. Good things do not come to those who whine. One can stand up for themselves without putting others down.

What good is it to know better when worse is done? You cannot help anyone by just sitting on your high horse. The fertile ground is down below.

Right and wrong are irrelevant. Do what is best and you will always do the right thing. The finger that points is in no position to be a helping hand.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

A shared illusion

Those who know more than others tend to use this as a weapon. As if the mere accumulation of information has any relevance. Knowledge is worthless without application.

To know something means you can be held accountable. Pleading ignorance of that which you know is a dicey proposition. Your only hope is that others do not find out.

Information is bought and sold. People will even kill to learn the most well-guarded secrets. In the end, the lust for knowledge is merely a play for power.

What you do not know can hurt you. So it is imperative to be as informed as possible. But always be willing to admit there are things of which you are not aware.

Knowledge is all in your head. And the power that comes from such things is merely a shared illusion. When learning is eschewed, its might is rendered impotent.

Use what you know to make things better. Do not become conceited in your own understanding. For the pride you cling to will fall prey to a single revelation.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Lust for power

Power is the ability to cause the suffering of another. It is constantly abused, and rarely used for anything of worth. Those who care have no love for such things.

People have a longing to control others. That is why peace will never last. As soon as one ceases hostilities, another seizes the opportunity to strike.

Bending someone to your will is the mark of a tyrant. There are those who break under the pressure. Still others will fight back only to become the thing they hate.

To the victor go the ashes that remain. The lust for control leaves only destruction in its wake. That which was prized becomes hollow and worthless.

In beating evil, you must conquer your own desires. What you want will always be used against you. Those who are satisfied cannot be bought at any price.

If you control a thing, you own it. The fruits of your lust become a grievous burden. You might gain the world, but it will be at the loss of your soul.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Creativity

     The desire to create is among the most sublime yearnings of man. Life is what it is, but the creative can use such humble materials to make something amazing. Those who lack imagination will produce little. But with the spark of creativity, we can fashion worlds and people them with exciting and eccentric personalities.

     Destruction requires very little in the way of skill, and certainly nothing in the way of inspiration. Brute beasts can make a mess. Such behavior is usually in the form of a fit. Desire was unfulfilled, and frustration led to devastation. Others must suffer for the inconvenience of one.

     To create, you must pour heart and soul into your endeavors.  A single idea ignites a creative blaze. Suddenly, you are swept up in the desire to see this thing to its fruition. The more you make, the more care will be put in every single facet of the work. Those who imagine are always trying to envision better.

     Reality creeps into every fantasy. It is best to make that which is realistic without the dullness of the mundane. We all know what it is like to live in this world. It takes no creativity to copy it. Instead, you take that which is real and smooth off the rough edges. Add interest, and it becomes interesting.

     To create a real world, you must fill it with real people. They should be beyond the ordinary, without being outrageous. Put them in real situations and watch them adapt and overcome. Such work is believable, and becomes compelling. You can understand and feel for what the characters are going through.

     There comes a point when they are no longer creations. They live and breathe on the page. You know their names and see through their eyes. Some of them will be friends and others enemies. The emotional roller coaster starts and you willingly go along for the ride.

     It is not necessary to create an entire world. Sometimes, just a picture will do. Drawing takes the real and makes it something more. A painting adds color to the mix, and inspiration brings the work to life. Sculpture gives dimension, lifting the image from the page.

     Even words can used in different ways. Poetry targets the best words, so that what is produced is brief and meaningful. Prose takes words on a journey, painting a picture in the mind's eye. Songs put words to sound, inspiring feelings.

     The sounds can be music of themselves. We can feel an array of emotions through the arrangement of notes into chords and the movement thereof. The beating of the drum provides rhythm to the melody. Other instruments provide the harmony, which moves the piece to its resolution.

     No matter the medium, a modicum of inspiration is required. The spark within is what starts the whole thing. It can be an idea or the attempt to capture a feel. Its essence is energy, and it fuels all that is to come.

     Dreams can become reality. The greatest inventions of our time came from the desire for better. Someone took that desire and ran with it, giving us a world of possibilities.

     Reality must be recognized to be overcome. We cannot hope to achieve greatness without facing the trials. Those who are easily discouraged need not make the attempt. Stay where it is safe and warm. Those who create will be assailed by those who seek to destroy.

     The purpose of fantasy is to inspire us to do better in the here and now. To do so, we must be better. Or else our creations will be stained by our failings. For that is the danger in making a world: it will reflect its creator.

     There is a responsibility inherent in creation. If you lie, it will be found out. And your deceit will become public record. If people like your work, they will begin to scrutinize it, and the flaws inherent in its construction will be revealed.

     Creativity is born of love. Every child should have a parent who loves them. That which is made should have a loving craftsman, as well. Otherwise, there is no spark to light the fire. Everything becomes cold, and hearts grow numb.

     An idea is a little thing. Of itself, it is inconsequential. But if you feed it, things begin to happen. Your heart will determine the results, whether for good or ill. With the destructive, all is brought to ruin. Those who build fill the land with their creations.

      Physically, we are born of dirt and water. Imagination touches the spirit, imparting the desire to fashion worlds. Nourish your creativity and it will bring forth fruit. Pour all of your energies into whatever you do. It is fuel for the fire that death might not quench.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A better life

Life only gets better if you do something about it. By itself it is a miserable affair, full of sadness and disappointment. We must face this if we ever hope to overcome it.

People live and die and the world moves on as if they had never been. Only those who make a name for themselves are remembered. Whether for good or ill, they live on.

It is not enough to exist. You must overcome mere existence to have any form of longevity. Otherwise, entropy will bring all your achievements to naught.

The world does not care, so it is incumbent upon us to do so. Life will go on until death intervenes. It is what we do with the time we have that will make all the difference.

By being better, we can lift ourselves from the mediocrity of subsistence. We can encourage others to realize their potential. Nothing we imagine is truly out of reach.

Live like tomorrow will never come. None of us are guaranteed to see another sunrise. But by caring we can start a fire, which will continue to burn long after we are gone.