“A man is whole only when he takes into account his shadow.”
– Djuna Barnes
This quote, at first seems like some sort of abstract poetry. Maybe it is. But it does hold some amount of truth. Your shadow is not you, but it is caused by you. By extension, it is part of you. But to me, this quote is not really about your actual shadow.
“The first rule of magic is simple. Don’t waste your time waving your hands and hoping when a rock or a club will do.”
— McCloctnik the Lucid
While this quote is really about magic, I would classify it as some sort of advice as well. To me, this quote says that most people try to do things one way because it seems easier or faster. But If we really think about what we want done, and consider multiple options, we may see that there is another, more effective way of handling the situation.
What the author of the quote is saying is that magic should not be used just to be used. Why should you use magic to do something that you could have done yourself. Or, don’t waste your time using magic, when it would be much more effective to just use something else.
An example. if you want to get a raise at work, don’t sit around, praying for it, or sacrificing your children to the god of work affairs, just work harder, come up with a good idea for the company, or find a productive way to show your loyalty and dedication to your company.
I guess what I’m really saying here is: consider your options, and choose the one that makes the most sense.
I haven’t posted in a while and I decided now is a good time. In case you didn’t notice, I’m not doing a theme for October. Anyway, here is a quote.
“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”
~George S. Patton
I like this quote because if everyone had the same beliefs then the world would be pretty boring. If you think about it, it would be kind of like communism; everyone would have the same beliefs and everyone would have the same style and everyone would have the same decorations in their houses and I can go on but I won’t. This quote is pretty self explanatory. Actually, my computer is about to die and I want to get this posted now. I’ll probably post again soon! Oh! And don’t forget that commenting thing!
“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
– Mark Twain
I’m not sure why this quote was categorized as business, but I liked it. Being on the side of the minority, in any situation, can put you in a tough spot. No one chooses to be an outcast. On the other hand, being a part of a majority is by far the easiest way to go. You won’t get judged as often, and you have more people to back up you opinion. Therefore, when you take the easy path, you have to question whether you are there because that is what you truly believe, or because it was just easier. Don’t be afraid to take the path less traveled, you never know who you will meet along the way. If you’ve ever seen the movie Big Fish, that’s a perfect example of what I’m trying to explain. Not to mention Tim Burton did a fabulous job on it.
Anywho, if you ever find yourself siding with the majority, ask yourself if that’s really what you believe. Sometimes, it will be. But you have to be able to see it from other points of view. If you can’t see what the other side is saying, then how do you really know that your way is whats right?
Let’s be honest, I’ve said this before. Grudges are pointless. So is revenge. Cliché alert! An eye for an eye leaves the world blind. We’ve all heard this before. A very famous quote that has been way over used.
Back on topic. When you hold grudges, you hold anger. That will stress you out more than anything else. I’m sure we all know why stress is bad.
Okay, I keep getting distracted by this giant moth that just appeared in my room. It’s flying in circles and looks ridiculous. I can’t tell which is more entertaining: Watching the moth fly around like a crazy lunatic, or watching my cat try to catch it. Oh, she caught it. She’s eating it. Yum. Aw, she dropped it. It’s still jumping around on the ground. I guess she just got its wing. Gross. She followed it into the hall. Bye bye!
Okay, back to forgiveness. Is it really worth it to hate someone for anything? Even if they did something horrible. As long as you hold that hatred for them, you will be constantly stressing yourself out. The best thing you can do, for yourself, like a gift you give yourself, is to forgive them for whatever they did. It’s not worth it.
Oh my gosh. My cat is adorable. Ew! She’s chewing it! Gross! She’s licking her lips. That’s just disgusting. Guess who doesn’t want any kitty kisses tonight? Me!
Forgiveness! I forgive my cat for killing and eating that moth. And I hope that moths family, if it had one, will forgive my cat for killing and eating their loved one. See! I’m not mad at my cat! And look how happy I am now! Okay, you can’t see me but take my word for it.
So, I’ve decided to start a new series since I seem to have run out of ideas after I finished the A to Z Challenge. I’m also running low on ideas for Appreciate the Little Things. And of course, the Weekly Photo Challenge is only one post a week. Now that I’m done linking you to every other post, I’ll continue with this one. This should be pretty self-explanatory, but I’ll help you out. I’m going to post a quote, then explain what it means to me. I’ll try to have a variety of topics, but feel free to suggest some quotes or topics. Comment if you must. Okay, I’m done begging for attention. Here’s the first quote.
“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” ~John Dewey
This quote goes along with the belief that one never actually stops learning. Even though you aren’t in school, or taking classes or purposely trying to learn something, doesn’t mean that you aren’t learning anymore. A lot of people think that going to school is “Preparing” you for the real world, and after you finish school you stop learning, or “preparing.” But the truth is: you never stop learning. Personally, I’ve found that the times when I’m not learning anything, are the times when I’m incredibly bored. In order to reduce the amount of time I spend allowing my brain to idle, I make sure I always have something to work on. It could be reading, playing an instrument, doing an art project, researching something, playing with a pet, learning a new skill, or tons of other things. You don’t have to have your head buried in a textbook or be taking a test to be learning. Living your life is learning. Be alive. Go learn something.