A Whole New World!

About a week ago I arranged to meet with a friend at an establishment. It never frequented the particular venue before and I had no idea where I was headed. I drove ten minutes outside the city where I reside (thanks to my gps) in order to arrive at my destination. Upon my arrival I found myself in unfamiliar land. I’m sure I experienced similar thoughts to that of Christopher Columbus after he navigated the Santa Maria across the Atlantic Ocean to the new world. I found myself in the Korean version of Chinatown in New York City. The signs on all the building were written in Korean manuscript. The city was bustling with activity similar to that of a hive filled with honeybees. The area was filled from end to end with people and I stuck out like a sore thumb (due to the fact that I am 6’5 and towered over everyone). Needless to say I felt lost.

“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” – Henry David Thoreau

How often do we get lost and experience confusion as we hike along the trails of our lives? We’ve all experienced these moments at different points in our lives. Are you at this point in your life right now?

“I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.” – Martin Luther

Our heavenly father is always willing to come to our rescue if we simply run into his open arms.

Life makes so much more sense once we follow the direction of God’s Positioning System!

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Ungreatfull !

Gratitude is often defined as a feeling of thankfulness or appreciation, as for gifts or favors. Gratitude can often be extended or shown in a myriad of ways due to a variety of situations. In today’s society it is so easy to find oneself treading in the choppy ocean waters of ungratefulness. This practice has occurred since the beginning of time and we”ve all had firsthand experiences in which gratitude was lacking. I found myself treading in these frigid waters today.

I miraculously (purposely) attended an event today for the sole purpose of consuming the advertised complimentary slices of pizza. I made my way to the front of the line and unconsciously made my pizza slice selections (in my mind). Naturally, I coveted the two largest pizza slices in the box. However, I ended up receiving the two tiniest slices of pizza. When placed next two each other the slices resembled one malnourished pizza slice. For a few short seconds I felt slighted because I got stuck with such minuscule slices. I was ungrateful for the two slices of pizza that were given to me FREE of charge.

“Nothing more detestable does the earth produce than an ungrateful man.” – Decimus Magnus Ausonius

How often do we miss opportunities to show gratitude to those around us? How often are we ungrateful for the things we’ve been given? There are so many opportunities for us show gratitude towards the individuals we encounter daily and for the things we have.

Don’t allow your pizza of life to baked with the bitter topping of ungratefulness!

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The Best Policy

“Do not do what you would undo if caught.” –Leah Arendt

Each day we encounter opportunities or situations in which we can flex or exercise our muscles of morality. Life is full of moments in which we can either choose to do the right thing or chose to deal with the ramifications that come with doing what is wrong. A few weeks ago I found myself at a morale fork in the road. On this particular day I decided to satisfy the mammoth sized appetite festering inside of me by treating myself to the Kernel’s secret recipe of herbs and spices (Kentucky Fried Chicken for all the anti-fast food proponents out there).

I succumbed to laziness and ordered my meal via the drive thru. My order amounted to a grand total of $5. Thus, I handed the drive thru worker a crisp five dollar bill. He (as is common practice) proceeded to hand me my food. The guy then passed me the drink I purchased and to my surprise gave me a $5 dollar bill. He immediately closed the drive through window and started preparing the next order.

What would you have done? Would you give it back? Or would you keep the money based on the premise that it’s only a measly 5 dollar bill?

“The elegance of honesty needs no adornment.” –Merry Browne

Honesty is the main component that binds the threads that holds together life’s rope bridge that leads to a better quality of life!

I dare you to aerial spray your world with the disinfectant of honesty and watch the results.

I know you are wondering so I knocked on the drive through window and returned the money. Why? I returned the money because it is my humble opinion that honesty is indeed the best policy.

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Decisions, Decisions!

A week ago the right hemisphere of my brain fell under the full fledge attack of a myriad of decisions I needed to make before the fall semester began. Decisions related to the type of classes to take, the amount of classes to take, the appropriate times to take those classes and where to take those classes. Immediately following our first breath of air (after being spanked on the derriere by a doctor) we are catapulted into a life infected by a cornucopia of decisions that need to be made. We decided when to take our first steps, whether to make “dadda” or “momma” our first words, if we desire to be a law abiding citizen or a criminal, which profession to pursue, if we prefer to make a difference or be a mediocre statistic, etc. As the hour hand on life’s time clock rotates (clockwise) the decisions we make mutate in complexity and are appended with ramifications.

“A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.” –Chinese Proverb

Decisions regardless of size should never be rushed or made without taking the time to properly weigh all options or consequences.

The decisions we make will determine how straight we can keep our shell (kayak) as we scull (row) during the repechage of our lives!

We will always be surrounded by decisions each day of our lives. Will you choose to make the right or wrong decisions?

“We can try to avoid making choices by doing nothing, but even that is a decision.” – Gary Collins

 

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Behind Closed Doors

A few days ago I showed up to the location of my internship with a fully revved up mindset of productivity. I woke up on the right side of the bed and my creativity was at a height that rivaled that of Mount Kilimanjaro. I made my way to the office doors and to my chagrin, the doors were locked. I knew what lied behind those doors but I had no way to get to it.

We encounter similar situations throughout our earthly existence.

“The back of one door is the face of another.” – Proverb

In life there are times when our doors of opportunity closes shut without any warning. Sometimes doors are slammed shut in our faces with the veracity of an angry, disgruntled teenager storming off to his/her room after a dramatic display of a temper tantrum. These opportunities may take the form of a job, relationships, investments, etc.

“Though one door is shut, there are thousands still open to you.” – Ruckett

A closed door simply frees up space for a new and greater opportunity to come your way. Regardless of the preventative methods you choose to employ, doors will close as you walk down your hallway of life.

“There are so many doors to be opened, and I’m not afraid to look behind them.” – Elizabeth Taylor

The life we live is determined by the doors we choose to open and close! Which doors are you preparing to walk through?
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Frog In A Tree

Last week during a conversation with a good friend (Bianca) of many years and interesting cluster of words were formed. The phrase in question was “A frog in a tree”. I remember an occasion while I went out for a leisurely stroll at night. As I approached a patch of shrubbery I was startled by the sound a movement of some kind. I paid no mind to where I was walking and came really close to steeping on a frog. I do not have a phobia of the slimy amphibian. However, I’m not going to follow Princess Tiana’s (from the Disney movie The Princess and the frog) footsteps and lock lips with Kermit the Frog’s distant cousin.

“It is no use trying to sum people up. One must follow hints, not exactly what is said, nor yet entirely what is done.” – Virginia Woolf

How often do we miss subtle clues or hints that a friend, significant other, teacher, spouse, etc. may be sending us? These clues if picked up on can assist in strengthening a relationship (Like most guys, I tend to miss the majority of these clues). These hints may be warning signs or even cries for help that can easily go unnoticed if we are too consumed with ourselves or snuggled to tightly in our cocoon of life.

We all need to make a greater effort to recognize and efficiently respond to the needs of those around us.

“People will teach you how to sell them if you’ll pay attention to the messages they send you.” – Anonymous

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Golden Achievement!

I’m sure for the last week we’ve all been bombarded by the jaw dropping spectacle of events known as the Olympic Games. If you have been living underneath a smooth, spherical rock on the Galapagos Islands its fine if you didn’t know the Olympics were taking place in London at this very moment. I’m always floored by the manner in which athletes are inspired to perform at a level which exceeds their expectations in order to win a gold medal and watch as his/her country’s flag is elevated to harmonious sounds of the respective national anthem. During this Olympics we are often treated to opportunities to watch athletes squeeze every ounce of will out of their bodies to push themselves to break and set world records. We were also given the opportunity to drink from the cup of inspiration while watching double amputee Oscar Pistorius realize his dream of competing in the Olympics against able-bodied athletes.

“The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become.” –Harold Taylor

How have you achieved? How have you making strides to become all that you can be? Are you even trying to achieve?

We have many opportunities to push ourselves to win a gold medal in achievement as we compete during our Olympic Games of life. An individual doesn’t need to be a finely oiled or sculpted athlete to achieve in the highest field of human endeavor. Achievement blossoms out of your will or desire to beat the odds and become better than you were before.

“Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny spark of possibility inside you into a flame of achievement.” –Anonymous

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Judge Me Not!

In society today there is a virus that is spreading as fast as a juicy gossip amongst high school students during lunch period. The virus in question is the practice of undeservedly placing judgment on others. The word “judge” can be defined as forming an estimate or evaluation of; especially to form a negative opinion about.

How often do we find ourselves judging others without any possessing an ounce of incriminating evidence that could hold up in the court of law? We are often quick to judge an individual based on what we see rather than taking the time to get to know the individual for who they are. We may even judge others in a negative light for the sheer purpose of making ourselves look better via false confidence.

We all plead guilty to first degree count of judging others. I am no different. There was an occasion where I met a guy at a function I was attending. This guy (keep in mind this is no exaggeration) was covered from neck down in tattoos. He had more piercings than a van full of screaming Justin Bieber fans. His attire came straight off page 24 of the Gothic edition of GQ men’s magazine. I placed unwarranted judgment on this guy. However, I was floored by the intelligence by which he spoke. He was a man of great character and full of ambition. I learned a great lesson that day; don’t judge.

“Don’t judge men’s wealth or godliness by their Sunday appearance.” – Benjamin Franklin

We should not be quick to judge those around us. No one wants to be judged, so why do we unfairly judge others?

When you think about judging the speck of dust in an individual’s eye ensure that you have removed the large clump of dust out of yours!

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Self Critically

During one of my past interviews at Company X (I’ll keep the company name a mystery seeing as I still desire to work there someday) I was asked the questions, “What are your 3 biggest Strengths? What are your 3 biggest weaknesses?” Naturally I was taken aback. Those questions hit me with the force and velocity of a Mike Tyson right hook (prior to dining on ear lobes and adorning face tattoos) at point blank range. The answer to those questions can be interpreted a myriad of ways depending on the individual. So do you give three weaknesses and risk diminishing the brand image (yourself) that you are trying to sell to a company in order to entice them to hire you? Or do you provide one or two weakness and hope that your strengths will be strong enough to suffice? My response comprised of three strengths and two weaknesses. Company X indicated “they didn’t feel as though I wasn’t self-critical enough.”

“It’s not what you are that holds you back; it’s what you think you’re not!” – Anonymous

How often are we too critical of ourselves to the point where we begin to over analyze things we shouldn’t? We may take a picture and complain about imperfections that aren’t noticed by anyone else. How many times do we complain about our flaws or qualities we lack? Some individuals over analyze themselves to the point where they chop down their self-worth tree in a lumberjack-like fashion and plummet into a state of depression.

“He who undervalues himself is justly undervalued by others.”- William Hazlitt

Driving along the self-critical highway is a good thing as long as we don’t get disorientated via over-analyzing and lost in the State of Depression!

Disclaimer: If you are approached with the dreaded greatest strengths and weaknesses question during an interview please do not allow my experience with Company X to sway your response in any way.

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Dream Chaser

A dream according to most definitions is a series of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations occurring involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep. Dreams mainly occur in the rapid-eye movement (REM) stage of sleep when brain activity is high resembles that of being awake. Unlike most people I lack the ability to remember my dreams (I’m still holding on to the far-fetched or slightly ludicrous theory that I don’t dream when I sleep). No matter how momentous my efforts, I always seem to wake up feeling as though the dream fairy forgot to dump some of her magical dream conjuring dust on me during my slumber.

“The moment of enlightenment is when a person’s dreams of possibilities become images of probabilities.” – Vic Braden

We all possess our own dream of the portrait we desire life’s camera to capture. No dream comes into fruition simply by sitting back and waiting like a patient in the lobby of a hospital. The fact of the matter is that we must chase our dreams. Grab on to your dreams and hold on tight as if you were lying across an inner tube being pulled along the lake by a boat travelling at high speeds.

“If you want your dreams to come true, don’t over sleep.” – Yiddish Proverb

A dream is only realized through hard work, persistence and a dash of gumption. I may not experience the images, emotions or sensations that arise during the REM stages however, I have big dreams (A condition or achievement that is longed for; an aspiration).

Do you have dreams?

Are you oversleeping?

The distance between an individual and the culmination of a dream is either shortened or lengthened by the amount of effort one exerts during the chase!

 

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