Chaos/Calm

Each breath, heartbeat, thought, and movement take place amongst chaos and calm.

Every instance is a happenstance to which we can attempt to understand.

Those understandings developed by individuals are the structure of religious beliefs, philosophies, and cognitive frameworks.

Good happens to those whom are good.

Bad happens to those whom are bad.

Bad happens to those whom are good.

Good happens to those whom are bad.

How legitimate is karma?

Does it have any validity?

Some will seek understanding beyond self.

Some will seek understanding of self.

Some will seek understanding of immediacy and moments.

Some will seek no understanding at all.

Development of religions, philosophies, and perceptions are to allow us to feel some sense of control amongst the chaos.

To feel at ease that maybe “everything happens for a reason.”

When really everything just happens.

The reasons are the religions, philosophies, and perceptions we turn to

Those perceptions and beliefs help us from spiraling into mental instability.

To delve into the depths of understanding is to fall into an loop of uncertainty.

We will seek to grasp what has occurred and frame it in a cognitive process that satisfies our beliefs and perceptions.

There will be instances where those will be challenged and possibly annihilated.

Leaving us scrambling for answers.

Resulting in possibly a restructuring of our beliefs and mental framework.

Thus the cycle begins.

Those may elect to seek only that which is superficial.

To refrain from seeking understanding.

To stay in a framework where they do not have to exert a significant amount of mental capacity.

To stay away from depth.

There has been some order discovered amongst the chaos.

Scientific theories and laws have been proposed and tested.

Actions causing reactions.

The need to understand has fueled intellectuals to discover some order; but, only so much of this exists within our lives.

Calm comes from a place of habitual acceptance.

The realization of chaos and whole hearted acceptance of said chaos is the calm.

Uncertainty is ever present.

Actions and reactions occur.

Happenstances are a reality.

Acceptance of these things may bring some peace of mind to the chaos of every instance.

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Fear of Failure

Don’t be afraid to fail. Follow your instincts and go after what you feel is right. You know yourself better than anyone else. You’ve seen, felt, and experienced things in your own way. No one can tell you how you feel or what you know. We are all made of the same basic elements, but we all grow differently. We all have different life changing experiences. They make us who we are. Fear is natural and is accepted, but fear limits you. Overcoming a fear of failure will allow you to discover more about who you are. Embrace failure as a learning experience. As a way for you to grow and move forward. Fear of failure will limit you in what you venture out and experience. You are less willing to put yourself out there and experience all that life has to offer. Realize that everyone fails. No one can go through life without some hardship. When you do fail you must pick yourself up and keep going. Don’t be complacent. Don’t ever settle. If you find yourself too comfortable and unfulfilled then change things. Leave your job, find a new start somewhere, explore a new path, etc. Failure is a part of life, but one doesn’t have to be afraid to fail. Be resilient. Fight for yourself and what you believe in. Discover your purpose and you’re individual meaning of life. Don’t let fear hold you back from your destiny of greatness.

Kindness

Kindness can change moods

A single act of kindness can change someone’s day

No matter the size of the act

The quality or length of words spoken

Kindness has a profound impact on the world around us

A simple hug

A caring word

A small gesture of thoughtfulness

Kindness brings about happiness and smiles

It eases worry and stress

It increases health both physically and mentally

Giving kindness to others creates friendships

Establishes unbreakable bonds

It restores a faith in humanity that may have been lost

Strive to always be kind

You may change someone’s life

Most importantly be kind to yourself

Do things for yourself to make yourself happy

Be compassionate, loving, and caring to yourself

Even if it’s a small gesture of kindness

You may change YOUR day for the better

Balance

Are your scales equally aligned

Are you indulgent

Are you abstaining

How are you using your time

How are you filling your day

Do you allow for rest

Do you let yourself heal

Have you felt the warmth of the sun

Have you felt the warmth of your bed

Do you spend time with your loved ones

Do you spend time alone

One can be focused on one entity

Losing sight of its equally important opposite

Don’t just balance your time

Balance your emotions and feelings

Don’t give all your love to others

Keep some for yourself

Be humbled

But don’t be passive

Be happy

But do not be naive

Have depth

But do not be depressed

Balance life

Balance time

Balance love

Find your balance to stay centered and upright

Are you ready? This is not political

Sometimes we forget about the delicacy of life

We are consumed by consumption

Enamored by lavishness

Distracted by technology

Always wanting more

We tend to lose sight of the beauty in the simplistic

Those who have lost the most

Are the most thankful for the least

They have learned to take nothing for granted

When death enters your life there are many different reactions

Grief on different magnitudes

Different ways of coping

Processing

But death can also be the corrective lens to see life

When knowledge of death’s imminence is brought to light

Time becomes focal

Interactions become vital

Breathing gains importance

As days come and go

As we age and grow

Remember nothing is infinite

Remember everything matters

Lose sleep for the sunrise

Chase after the sunset

Be awake and aware for beauty in its entirety

Tell someone you love them, mean it

Tell someone you care

Life’s too important for games

To delicate to take advantage of

Be genuine

Be kind

Live fully, freely, and happily

Life Gets Hard, Life Gets Tough

For Everyone:

Every day is not easy

There are trials and tribulations

Times when you are down and don’t know where to turn

I know of friends who are going through difficult things now

There may be people reading this who are struggling with things

You may not be going through it today or even tomorrow

But there will be days you will struggle

Just remember you will persevere

Keep your head up and stay positive

Turn to those friends or loved ones you know you can lean on

When they are having a tough time let them lean on you

At the end of the day

Know everything will be alright.

“Life gets hard, and life gets tough,

but sometimes you gotta find,

a little bit of truth amongst all the lies,

and know everything will be alright.

I know everything will be alright”

-Sequoyah Prep School

Perspective

Individuality equates to uniqueness

Not one individual is the same as another

Commonalities exist between individuals

Differences are prevalent

We are one of a kind

Perspective is how one interprets

Our individual perspective is shaped in life

By our experiences, our culture, our values

We see things a certain way

We attach emotions to certain things

We prioritize our lives based on perspective

Two individuals looking at the same piece of artwork

Listening to the same piece of music

Tasting the same dish of food

Smelling the same flower

Touching the same form of material

Can have drastically different perspectives

One can attach a positive emotion to those experiences

The other may attach a negative emotion

Neither one may necessarily be right

Neither one may be wrong

Perspective is personal evaluation

Universally there may not be a right or wrong

Understanding perspective is important in how we communicate

How we build connections

The more open-minded you are to others’ perspectives

The easier it is to sympathize and understand them

Let those individuals with different perspectives enhance your life

Let them teach you a different way of seeing the world

May they broaden your horizons and open your mind

Go against rigidity

Not all perspectives have morality

Not all are good in the common sense of the word

Defining good and evil is another topic to tackle

For now it’s perspective

Through the knowledge of which can help us in disagreements

Help us to build friendships

Help us to build an identity