23 Feb 2015 · 08:42
Numbers have their uses, as do people. Not all numbers, mind you. There are those that are best left to add themselves up and cancel themselves out of the equation. There is power in numbers. Some. It depends upon which numbers come before others, which numbers remain invisible. There are always those numbers which will remain invisible and that is for a reason. Superstition, for example, is one reason. Greed is another. Greed is particularly effective at hiding its truths.
When there is serious work that needs doing – as is generally the case in an everyday on planet earth – the most practical way to get that work done is to use numbers. There is capacity in numbers – the higher the number, the greater its capacity. Many hands make light work. We have all heard that at one time or another and some of us took heed when we did. That recall will not go to waste. No cliché ever does.
You are either a numbers person or you are not. That is for you to establish very early on in your life career. You can become a numbers person when you know some simple mental arithmetic, i.e. one plus one equals three. Until you can make that add up, you will find that the more tenacious aspects of life will proceed to challenge your understanding of who and what you are. Like the Bermuda Triangle challenges the rational in mankind. Everything has its time and its place to be – or not to be – whether or not it is tangible, visible to the naked eye. Just because you believe that you cannot see something, it doesn’t mean it isn’t there. It is. You just have to know how to open your eyes. Unfortunately mental arithmetic cannot help you with sightlessness.
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25 Aug 2014 · 16:55
It is helpful to look on the brighter side of life, particularly at those times when there is little light to see by. Positivity is a valuable asset in the dark. In fact it is priceless, at all times. Without foresight it is not a simple business, being optimistic. You need to be able to envision the best outcome, every time. That involves interpreting the big picture. Not translating it, or explaining it away.
There is always time to hope for the best to happen. It costs nothing, that kind of positivity. It does mean heartache, that is inevitable in a world where appalling things happen uninterrupted all day, everyday. An open heart is susceptible to aching. When you want the best for everything that is deserving of it – and again, deserving being a big word – it is a challenge to accept that in this life we do not all necessarily get what we want.
There is no such thing as being too optimistic. We are all highly evolved creatures, we can see beyond the daily dire and dismal to where this world really is a better place for all that have a vested interest in its wellbeing. Fortunately there are still many optimists all over the globe practicing their positive influence on people and their purpose – and for them, we should all be grateful. Without their foresight this planet would not be where it is going.
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16 Jun 2014 · 12:35
It is not easy being young. Ever. It is harder today, however, than ever before. The primary reason for this is an innate awareness that the planet we are on is in a critical state. There is a pervading sense of doom hovering over the long-term future of the humans on Earth, i.e. the youth understand that because of the way this world currently chooses to work, there won’t be any humans in the future. It is challenging finding the motivation to repair a damaged world when you have the knowledge that you are speeding towards your own extinction, because people prioritise living their lives – having their ‘moment’ – and that takes time and focus away from fixing the problems they can fix. It is important to live life and fix it as you go.
Perhaps the biggest challenge facing today’s youth is the choice of what to do with their lives. There is the ever-pressing concern about earning enough to be able to live the life you are promised in every advert, every magazine. Without money, we are taught, what are we? This fact of reality discourages people from daring to follow their hearts and occupy their lives with what they love to do. Because a person in this society needs to earn to live a reasonable life, a ‘safe’ life, people are choosing careers that will make them rich and safe, rather than fulfilled and pushing at their highest potential. One is fulfilled when one does work with its own intrinsic value and gets paid to do so. One pushes at one’s highest potential when one is challenged in one’s field of expertise. I am sure more of the youth need to be shown that the careers that currently exist are not the only careers there can ever be. The youth must create their own career options. They can do that by each developing their unique strengths and dreaming of a healed world.
I would hazard a guess that the youth of 2014 are not impressed with the state of the planet. Whatever they are not told by the media, whatever propaganda is shoved in their faces, whichever lies they grow up with, they know the truth of the matter. They feel the planet’s plight. Their childhoods are short and from day one, they are generally bent to conforming to a deformed social ideal. Therein lies the problem that if resolved effectively, will change the entire outlook for this planet’s future.
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11 Mar 2013 · 10:35
The wise thing to do when faced with adversity is to accept it. That is the first thing to do. After you have accepted it, you can decide how to proceed through it. Adversity is not averse to confrontation. Learn to hit back at it. I think resistance is the most common reaction when it comes to adversity. Accept that you will resist it. It’s natural. Then watch it for a while, work out how best to penetrate its shell. Adversity always carries heavy armour. If you can see at the outset how to get beneath this armour then you will save yourself time and you will save yourself pain. You will expose at its core its purpose – to challenge, strengthen you. To bring you to a new understanding. Adversity is a worthy adversary. If you understand its lesson before it turns your life inside out then you can transcend its negativity. It’s possible to rise above your trials while they’re happening. This is a skill you can cultivate and you can put it to good use in your everyday.
Do you tend to your troubles with a dedicated mind or a mind distracted by every other thing? The problem is when you are distracted by every other thing. Troubles, when they come, like undivided attention. It is important, however, that you do not give them undivided attention for too long. Then they become bigger than they were when they arrived. The challenge is to keep them from growing and escalating. It takes mind control and a deep faith in the power you hold over yourself to receive adversity in good faith and prevent it from swallowing you whole. Do not allow your mind to wander down dark alleyways all day, unsupervised. Be aware of what you are thinking, when you are thinking it. Keep the negatives in perspective. They are a part of your day, that is all. Do not allow them to be more than a part of your day.
Your mind is particularly helpful when it comes to mapping your actions, if you bother to ask it why it makes you do what you do. I do believe in mind over matter. I think the power of the mind should never be underestimated. Not in adults, and most certainly not in our today-children. Are you aware how fast their synapses are firing? Their little brains are eager, ready for their world. We need to trust that they have evolved, ready. We need to defer sometimes to their judgement. This world is theirs to inherit.