Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A better way

That which does not adapt does not survive. Change can be painful, but it is necessary. If something is not working, it is foolish to continue doing it.

It is not always easy to know what you should do. Many paths seem like they should lead to your destination. And the shortest route is not always the best.

A better way will prove its superiority. You can discern by the results that your decision was a good one. If you have nothing to show, chances are you have chosen poorly.

Take care not to rush to judgment. The fruits of your labors take time to mature. And a great deal of work will be required.

If you tend the tree and it does not bear fruit, then you cut it down and burn it. Energy is far too precious to waste on wishful thinking. Toss failed notions on the pile and seek out the fresh ones.

Success is a road paved with failure. It does no good to weep for spoiled crops. Save your tears to combine with sweat and blood to make your dreams a reality.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Inspiration in action

We are assaulted constantly with the tedium of everyday existence. Life will never change, but we can change what we do with it. All it takes is imagination.

To imagine is like dreaming while one is awake. It is a creative mind's reaction against the encroachment of boredom. Worlds are born from the seed of discontent.

That which is envisioned, is merely the real world seen in a better light. A place where life is not full of incessant toil. A land where enjoyment thrives.

Why do we watch movies or read books? We are looking for something better. While escapism can be a form of self-delusion, monotony breeds misery and sucks what life we do have into the void.

So many things have become better, because we imagined they could be. And then, we set out to make our dreams a reality. We honestly recognized our limitations, and purposely worked to overcome them.

Imagination is inspiration in action. It is refusing to be shackled to convention, opening the mind to all the possibilities. We are what we are, and have what we have, because we imagined better.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hear me out

It is easy to speak, but hard to listen. Yet, by the very nature of conversation, it goes both ways. Words are just funny noises without someone to hear, understand and respond accordingly.

When someone is talking, are you listening or merely waiting to speak? We all have opinions and that is the problem: everyone has an opinion. Typical dialogue consists of two people shouting at one another in a calm tone of voice.

You can never really know a person by assuming what they will say. By listening, you can learn a great deal. That which is spoken originates much deeper.

Thus, individuals can be judged by the  words they speak. A wicked heart gives birth to wickedness. It pours out of the mouth and pollutes the air.

A caring heart will be slow to speak and quick to listen. What a good person says is worth hearing, and even heeding. Their words are not always pleasant, but they are meant for the edification of the listener.

Conversation is not about the stroking of egos. People are responsible for what they say. But only so long as what they said was honestly heard and understood.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Spiritual doorways

When you look into a mirror, what do you see? Do you recognize the person staring back at you? It is only in our reflection that we can see as we are seen.

The eyes are the windows to the soul. They can be doorways to heaven or portals to hell. It depends on what is held inside.

Smiles may conceal a wicked heart, but the eyes will tell the secret. That is why evil avoids a searching look. It fears to be seen as it really is.

Kindness may also reside within these orbs. Those who care look out for others. They foresee a fall and issue a warning.

Beauty lives behind twin curtains of flesh. The skin can be smooth and the parts well-proportioned, but if the gaze is sinister the spell is broken. To desire such is to court disaster.

Often what you see is what you get. But there are those few whose waters run deep. To look into their eyes can take awhile, because through the windows there is so much to see.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Secret pains

Life is full of surprises, and not all of them are pleasant ones. Some rip your heart right out. You can go on, but things will never be the same.

With all that our eyes behold, there is so much they cannot see. Secret pains manifest themselves in subtle ways. It takes great awareness to recognize them.

Not all wounds can be healed. Our spirits are able to absorb a lot, but there is that one blow which will take us out.  And we may never rise again.

We cannot change what has happened, but we can learn from it. When someone is crying on the inside, it is not so easy to hear. So, we must train ourselves to listen.

Indifference closes the doors of the heart. Open them, and the world is not so lonely. The worst way to suffer is all alone.

If one person cares, it makes all the difference. Their hugs are magic: they heal the hurting. With all that we face, those who face it with us are a blessing beyond measure.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Taking chances

Opportunity: some reach out to seize it, while others just let it pass by. Without it, we are doomed to the status quo. The shrewd learn to take full advantage.

Some wait to be given a chance, while others make their own. It is not easy to create possibilities. Such a feat takes a lot of ingenuity and even a bit of luck.

Yet, there are opportunities all around us. People tend most to ignore what is right in front of them.  If you keep moving, you are bound to run into something.

It will not necessarily be something big. Chances are that it will be a little thing. But faithfulness in such makes one worthy of greater.

Every day brings the hope of better. But action is required to make dreams come true. And the fruits of your labors may be long in coming.

Contentment is the death of desire. It leaves you with your lot and nothing else. Passion cannot be denied: it will succeed or perish in the trying.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The hard way

It is easy not to care: do nothing and the world will crumble. Effort is required to maintain anything of worth. Doing good does not often feel so good.

There is satisfaction in knowing you have done well. But few escape unscathed from the results of good deeds. You either do it because you care, or you do not.

Those who can will do and the rest will criticize. Never mind having nothing to show for themselves. It is easy to watch, but hard to play.

Ease and sloth are meant for each other. They both eschew the difficulties of life. And they do not like anyone pointing out their inadequacies.

Life is hard, because the world is full of people who do not care. Those who do are wearied and prone to discouragement. It would be easy to leave them all to rot.

To do so would mean becoming them, and everything would grind to a halt. Those with ice in their veins should be wary. It is harder for a heart to keep beating, than it is for it to stop.