Monday, September 14, 2009

This thing called: LIFE!

When you slowly rise from the deep mists of sleep and slowly become aware of yourself and your environment - your thoughts are slowly pulled through the fine filters of coherence as you become aware of yourself - it is almost like a computer coming online.

In the mist of this boot up sequence you might be unfortunate to load those pesky files we refer to as the baggage of yesterday. You know what I'm referring to of course: those problems or challenges in your life that seem to stick to you like a leech on skin - they are obvious and painful and often unwanted (except of course you fall into that peculiar category that love "leeches")

Often times the greater challenge for us is the WILL to face the day and give it the "rude finger" - this is of course not to say that our problems magically disappear after this so brief moment but rather that we generate the attitude required to stay ahead of our problems and situation.

I love to read quotes of people who have defined their fates and destinies and have a few words to say on the subject - each has demonstrated a personal philosophy that seems to summarize the "ATTITUDE" required to hold life by the short and curlies regardless of how it seems to look to you right now.

By way of introduction, i give to you a few wise words from: Maya Angelou (pronounced /ˈmaɪ.ə ˈændʒəloʊ/;[1] born Marguerite Ann Johnson on April 4, 1928)[2] is an American autobiographer and poet. (quote from: Wikipedia)

(Once again these quotes are not mine and i make no claim to them except as a means to buttress my point of view)

Find below a few of her quotes - find in them something that resonates within you and maybe this will set you towards that which we all seek - freedom to be as we are destined to...

  • We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
  • I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.
  • There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
  • There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.
  • The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.
  • Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.
  • I want all my senses engaged. Let me absorb the world's variety and uniqueness.
  • If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.
  • Courage is fear that has said its prayers.
  • Talent is like electricity. We don't understand electricity. We use it.
  • One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.
  • I know why the caged bird sings.
  • "I've learned people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel".
  • History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, however, if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
  • When you learn, teach. When you get, give.
  • The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind.
  • Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told, 'I'm with you kid. Let's go.'
The crime is not when we stumble and fall for without stumbling/falling where would we be on the ladder of life's experiences - the crime is rather when we stumble/fall and chose to stay down in defeat - take as much time as you need while on the ground but when you get up - PLEASE GET UP!