"The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it." It might seem like a new age saying, but it isn’t. It came from Marcus Aurelius, he was a Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 AD.
Please consider this idea for a few moments, who you are is how you present yourself to the world. It is not defined through work, hobbies, interest, activities, sexual orientation, or political party. We are our beliefs. Our beliefs govern the way we identify our self to the world, they affect the way we treat the known and unknown.
The universe is change, that’s what’s beautiful about life. When our minds are young we believe there is this finish line, a plateau that’s waiting for us, and we’re climbing it and when we get to the top all growth and change would stop. Typically those who struggle at finding who they are or what they want create the belief that they need someplace or something new to find it. New isn’t necessary once you accept the possibility that your beliefs could be wrong and you are open to change. It takes people to find out who you are, and who we are is a reflection of the people we want to be around.
"Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everybody I’ve ever known." -Invisible MonstersNever forget, surrounded by people we’re all contributors of the universe and what we do echoes in eternity. Gladiator, bitches.
My father use to tell me, “As men all you have is your word.” Then he would go on to punish me caught in a lie, and then go on to say, “I hate liars and thieves, I never steal” (all in Tagalog) Recently I’ve been feeling blessed to have those values, and to find out why he valued it beyond being “just good person” He grew up in a village in the Philippines, where men were defined through their ability to keep their word. Promises were good enough, everyone knew the drunks, thieves, and liars. He valued a mans word, I value a mans word. I’m glad to finally know why I put up with peoples criticism of me being too trusting.
“If you really give people the benefit of the doubt, see their best intentions, they’re gonna want to live up to it.” -Our Idiot Brother
That’s what makes me an optimistic, I’ve witness people live up to it far more times than I’ve been disappointed. just now-a-days people allow one bad experience change how they treat the rest of the world… and that ain’t right.
The cost of knowing who true friend is can never be too much.
Thanks Pops for teaching me good judgement, that’s all a father can ever really hope to teach a son.
P.S. This isn’t to say that we should all be as naive as Paul Rudd’s character, use good judgement folks. =P
Memories that I thought were forgotten. One year my mom made me and my dad write down our New Year’s resolution and seal it in an envelope, afterwards we prayed and asked God for strength. The following New Years Eve we shared the ones we accomplished, and the ones we didn’t we’d reflect on its relevance and if it needed to go again. If it did, we now had each other to keep accountable. I learned the value of sincerity and the unimagined significance of my infancy, childhood, and adolescence. RIP mama. The older I get the more I realize how brilliant you are.
If you don’t love you, who will?
I was asked if it was mandatory for all children to sell chiclets in Mexico. -I’m not mexican