If I could sum up meditation quickly, this quote depicts it beautifully. 50,000 thoughts a day is quite a bit if you think about it. And that’s how many thoughts the average person has. Finding some time in your busy day to seek the quiet in your mind will lower your stress and you will be able to get through your thousands of thoughts quicker each day. Finding the quiet in your mind allows you to to find peace from within. It’s quite a wonderful feeling that we don’t practice nearly enough.
“In these bodies we will live, in these bodies we will die.
Where you invest your love, you invest your life”
― Mumford & Sons
Mumford & Sons is one of my favorite bands to this day. They aren’t just different than the rest of the music out there, but their lyrics are so powerful.
Music has always meant so much to me. I grew up playing the flute, being introduced to different genres of music, and finding my own taste. I like a lot that’s out there because it’s catchy, has good beats, and/or has good lyrics. I try to listen to music at least once a day — if I’m driving and I have the radio on, a CD in my car, or catch something on YouTube when I have free time at home. It always drags me out of a foul mood and puts me into a content or happy one. I’m constantly looking for new bands/artists to listen to so I can follow more music. I recently started listening to Passenger, which is a really great feel-good band. I’m really loving the creativity people use when writing their music. Music is just one thing in life that I could never do without. It gets me through life.
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a tough battle” – Socrates
Times are changing…fast. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase: “People often confuse politeness with flirting”. Ain’t that the truth. Is it so hard to believe that people are just trying to be genuinely nice to others? I fully believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. Sure, I don’t get the same respect that I give most of the time, but that doesn’t stop me. I try to be all about kindness where ever I go. Restaurants, stores, anywhere. Because you know what? You don’t know anything about who you talk to – even if they are an acquaintance. You don’t know half the battles they’re going through. How hard they’re fighting just to stay afloat in life. Maybe they or someone close to them is dying of cancer. They lost their job. Their relationship didn’t work out the way they thought it would. They’re struggling financially. It could be anything in the world but we never think of these things.
Maybe all a person needs is to smile, to laugh, to be hugged, to be talked to, to be complimented. Tell me one person who doesn’t want at least one of these situations to happen. Do you ever see a stranger and think to yourself, “Boy, that jacket looks so good on her”, or, “That guy’s presentation was really good! I can learn a thing or two from him”. Thinking these thoughts is one thing. But what would happen if we actually told that person the good thoughts we actually thought about them? What’s the worst that could happen? I have a feeling about the best that could happen: You can change their world. All they needed was that bit of confidence or that one compliment to turn their day right-side up.
If we start this trend of saying nice things or giving compliments to others, I believe people will be more inclined to speak their mind. It’ll show just how much we need to hear it and I could only hope we would pass it on. Learn from how people treat you. Sure, there are people who are just jerks. Actually, there are quite a bit. But I do know that there are MANY kind people out there. I’m betting that the majority don’t open their mouths and say anything. They go about their business and their business only. But if we try and speak our mind to brighten someone’s day, I think more nice things will be spoken and there won’t be as much hostility in the world.
Most of us are not the greatest at trying new things without any type of fear at all. We, as humans, are more comfortable doing what we know. The thing is, is that it gets boring. That’s why life spices up a bit and we’re faced with new and interesting tasks. The fear of doing something new — and overcoming it — gives us a feeling of rush. While it’s scary, it’s also exciting to step out of your comfort zone. To do things that you never thought you could do. We all have that inside of us, but a lot of people decide to keep it in and not try anything new and exciting.
For example, I worked at a Bridal Expo/Fashion Show the other day. All I had to do was register those who wanted to attend. Easy, right? Of course it is. I’m not the biggest people person unfortunately. I like small groups of people and especially people that I know. The entire day I was working I was surrounded with many people I didn’t know — and lots of them. I had about two people I knew out of then 1,000+ people that were there. And to me, that’s frightening. I had no idea what I was doing. But the thing is, I was stepping out of my comfort zone. Sure, it was pretty difficult. I’m an awkward person in the sense of I have no idea how to start up a good conversation. I’m good at small talk while talking to strangers, but that only gets you so far. So I had to face my fear and overcome being scared and quiet.
More people than you can imagine feel this way, whether they choose to show it or not. But all you honestly need is just a few seconds of bravery and you can handle the rest. Just dive right in into any situation — scary or not — and watch how brave and fearless you can become. If you’re going to a new place where nobody knows you say, for example, a job interview, then that’s perfect. Be who you want to be. Because you can be anybody you want. I mean, hey, once you do that it may come easy to you in the future and BAM! You’ve overcome that fear.
“You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of embarrassing bravery and I promise you, something great will come of it” – Anonymous
The title is from the song “Wake Me Up” – Avacii
This has got to be one of my favorite and the most true quotes. When you think about it, life seems crazy. I mean, you’re born into this strange and unusual world. Then you’re growing up with family, friends, bullies, heartbreaks, and crazed emotions flying all around. As you’re growing older, new and more difficult obstacles will arise. It’s a test. You’re being tested to see how much you can handle before breaking. The thing is, is that you can never break. Humans are built so strongly that they can endure an incredible amount. Whether you’re religious or not, I believe in fate. Everything happens for a reason. Everything shapes us into who we are and who we are going to become. Along this crazy ride through life we’re taking, we meet this one person. That person is our best friend, our lover, our soulmate. Now that, my friends, is the life’s prize. Love. Once you’ve found that person, it doesn’t become easier. It’s still tough as hell. But it’s worth it. Trust me on this one. To have someone just understand you so well and to be yourself instead of faking it in front of everyone else. The way that person looks at you will just give you butterflies again and again from when you fell in love with them. Love really does mean you’ve won in life.
Find it, keep it, cherish it forever. 🙂