Tuesday, October 18, 2016

From the ashes

What do you do when your whole world has been pulled out from under you? Everything you worked for has gone up in smoke. Yet, life still stirs among the ashes.

These things do not determine who we are. Instead, we make them what they are. In the absence of a human heart, the entire world is a lot of wasted space.

But there is life after loss, and every diversion is an opportunity. The game is only over when you stop playing. Otherwise, there is still a chance to win.

The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. But life is full of twists and turns. For the obstacles we face are real and difficult to overcome.

Patience and perseverance are like waves continually beating against the shore. Solid stone will eventually give way. And what impedes will do so no longer.

Like the fiery mythological bird, we can rise again. Our strength has increased and we are wiser for the experience. We go on, leaving the shackles behind.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Full of surprises

People are full of surprises, though not always the pleasant kind. Just when you think they cannot stoop lower, they do. And things are worse for it.

Others will show an unexpected level of caring. They will look out for someone, even when no one is looking. And that is when you know it is real.

We should hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. Those who care will shine no matter the circumstance. It is the wicked who demand to be trusted.

There is a lot of evil in this world, but just a little good keeps it all in check. Because evil is merely nothing where something should be. Good has substance.

The rain falls on everyone. It can be a refreshing shower, or a depressing downpour. Attitude is the difference between a sunny day and a miserable outing.

Those who make a difference are not even aware of it. They are just being who they really are. And that is the most pleasant surprise there is.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Moment of truth

There are times when you must do something, but do not know what. Lives could hang in the balance. It is better to be wrong, than to do nothing.

To be afraid is to be human. The world is a great big dangerous place. If we wait until we know everything, all we care about will be lost.

For every action, there is someone to question it. The world is perishing due to neglect. Yet, there are plenty who criticize from the safety of the sidelines.

It is not easy to be the one who steps into the fray. You are sure to take a few beatings along the way. But to turn and run is to forsake what is most dear.

We cannot prepare for every eventuality. Instead, we must be ready to do what is required. Have a plan of action, and adapt to the unexpected.

No one knows what they will do until the moment is upon them. Only then do you find out who you truly are. Some will rise to the challenge, while others fall in despair.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Breaking the chains

People are often slaves to their desires. When what you want has you, there is a problem. Things will not improve, so long as we grovel before these idols.

You can become addicted to anything. The only way to free yourself is to break the chains entirely. Being consumed reduces a person to a pile of ashes.

Human beings must overcome their vices. Or else they will be overcome by them. What seems perfectly harmless may conceal a deadly sting.

What we want is not the issue. We should be concerned that we want it more than we should. Think of what lengths one would go to get what they desire.

And when the goal is attained, there is no satisfaction. Because the fruit of lust does not fill the heart. Instead, you wind up with less than you had.

Our spirits can guide our wills to do good. But only when we have a purity of purpose. The tail does not wag the dog: we are responsible for what we become.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Thoughts roam free

Imaginative people are easily inspired. This world is not so dark they cannot see the light in it. There are always frontiers just waiting to be explored.

Opening our eyes reveals a world of possibilities. It is up to us to make the most of them. Otherwise, they will be left to lie like dreams unfulfilled.

Inspiration inevitably leads to action. Such energies cannot remain bottled up inside. Whenever you least expect, that is when they will spring forth.

Using such power requires an understanding of just where it should go. Chaos is not a good game plan. In the end, it leads to destruction.

If channeled properly, inspiration can give birth to great things. It has enhanced our lives immensely. Things improve when you imagine better.

Evil cannot reign while thoughts roam free. Beware of those who would stifle creativity. This a direct assault on the heart, and all else will follow.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Fear itself

Being frightened can be fun. By recognizing our mortality we come to appreciate what it means to be alive. We breathe a sigh of relief having survived an imaginary fate.

Real fear cannot be so easily enjoyed. If someone truly means you harm, it becomes a matter of life and death. No one is guaranteed to walk away, nor even to crawl.

We are threatened by forces, both natural and otherwise.  Sometimes, all you can do is hope to survive. But no one is assured to live another day.

Fear can break us down if we let it. We cannot stop being afraid, but we can face that which gives us pause. Once confronted, it tends to cower away.

If the fear will not leave, it must be beaten. Reign in your rogue anxieties, for they only represent what could be. Ultimately, we have a hand in how things turn out.

Fear itself is among our most dangerous of foes. Those who give in have given themselves up to it. Darkness can only win if we extinguish the light.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

A fruitless pursuit

If a person gets everything they want, they will not be satisfied. The gaining of possessions cannot make one moment better. Such things are only good for taking up space.

That which we have is not ours to hold. When we leave the world, we can take none of it with us. To live one's life in a fruitless pursuit is to have wasted every day.

There is nothing wrong with enjoying what you have. But never let it gain possession of you. It is shameful for that which lacks life to consume those who live.

When recreation requires too much effort, it becomes work. Relaxation fades, and frustration sets in. The moment of rest becomes nothing more than a fantasy.

What is the purpose of stressing ourselves out in the vain hope of respite? Let that which is outside take care of itself. It is you who are in need of a break.

Live while the breath of life is in you. Leave all the trappings to ensnare the fools. That which can be left behind, was but a hindrance all along.