I'm in a different frame of mind today. So please forgive the departure from my usual posting style. Every once in a while I feel to need to reflect and regenerate.
Each day we are subjected to unkind behavior and cynicism. Some of us (I find myself in this category) are in protracted battles against adversity. Working hard just to survive, let alone succeed. Feeling rapidly used up, just trying to keep up. Most days I cope by leaning on my sense of humor, and by attempting to share it with you lucky devils!
We can't let negative people, events or situations make us permanently bitter and cynical. We can fight back, and not allow our personalities to conform. Pay them back in kind, THEY win; rise above it, and WE do.
Waiting for better circumstances to be happy and be the people that we'd like to be? Why do we allow external conditions to shape our personas in the first place? Dumb. What are we, plankton?
I heard a great Bruce Willis quote in a movie last Sunday: "It's time to cowboy the f*ck up!". In other words, get tough. I like that. I know it seems out of place in this post, but then again it really isn't. Don't get "mean" tough, get "rise above it" tough.
Those of you who are somewhat familiar with my writing already know my thoughts on organized religion in general. We should never allow ourselves to be spiritually manipulated by others, nor beholden to any form of dogma for simple sake of tradition. Personal enlightenment is an individual journey for most of the way.
However there have been, are, and shall be exceptional role models, independent of their religious affiliations.
Mother Theresa was an INCREDIBLE person. If ever there was the embodiment of the Supreme Being's essence here on Earth, it was this wonderful human being.
I get goosebumps reading the majority of her quotes. She just resonates. So don't be surprised if I make these types of posts a semi-regular event.
This is one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy it.
People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you. Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight. Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. Give the world the best you've got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
Sorry if this post wasn't your cup of tea. I needed to write this one for me. Thanks.