Addressing life's' lessons and various outlooks on life.
They said: Congratulations, you have done well. How you did you do it?
He replied: I tried to tell you once but you were moving too fast. You said you were too busy to listen and you’ve heard it all before. I thought you all had it all figured out, so I spoke no more.
They said: You were moving too slowly and we didn’t want to wait. Everyone else seemed to know what to do in a faster way, so we quickly followed suit. I mean really, at your pace, it would have taken forever. We are all ears now; every way we tried led to failure.
He replied: I just took my time and stuck to my plan; I told you long ago, you should understand. I didn’t realize it was a race. I thought I had forever; I took my time with little to no haste. I’m sorry, but you impatience concealed your fate.
If a person focuses on failure, they will get just that, failure. There have been plenty of circumstances in my life to where I believed in myself and my abilities and I accomplished whatever the task was. I’m not saying that everything just happens automatically; it takes hard work, focus, and persistence. Persistence is vital to accomplishment. The human mind is extremely powerful; treasure and nourish your mind with beneficial thoughts or information. Beware of the thoughts and images you allow into your mind and imagination, what you constantly think about will manifest into reality, whether good or bad. Feed your mind with good thoughts, read positive informative books, watch positive television or educational programs.
People often use parental controls on their televisions for children, but do not think that they themselves should screen their television watching. Personally my television stays on National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel or sports. Watching sports for me is a good thing to watch, I must admit that I do not follow it to the extent of some individuals. It’s also great to see people who practice at their passion until they reach a professional level. They themselves have succeeded, becoming a professional athlete does not happen or any professional for that matter. It takes sacrifice, discipline, and persistence to accomplish what others will not dare to do. It would be wise not to immerse yourself in the drama that television is running rampant with; the mindless reality shows or useless music videos. Entertainment television is just that, entertainment! I’m not saying do not watch your favorite drama series, but do not let that be all that you watch. Don’t take it too serious and get wrapped up into these celebrities life more so than your own.
I like to compare life to a game of chess, and most people are playing checkers. Life is far too complex to just plan one move ahead, to look for one downfall or to have one strategy. Sometimes things do not happen according to plan; there are tons of variables that should be accounted for in life. Have a plan A, B, and C; do not become discouraged and defer your goal because plan A does not work. Always have a backup plan; failure is a part of success.
“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
“Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated, thus, everyone’s task is unique as his specific opportunity to implement it.”
“Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
“We cannot, after all, judge a biography by its length, by the number of pages in it; we must judge by the richness of the contents…Sometimes the ‘unfinisheds’ are among the most beautiful symphonies.”
- Viktor E. Frankl ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’
"As A Man Thinketh" by James Allen