Often times we face a fork in the road of life, and we are not sure which way to go. Whether the choices are in relationships, workplaces, achieving goals, or something as simple as choosing what to eat, we face this fork every day and make an abundance of choices. Some are easier than others like what to wear to work, but others take considerable amounts of thought and energy.
What if we make the wrong decision, choose the wrong path? There is added pressure in our mind. However, if the wrong decision is made, do we not learn from it and grow as individuals as a result? Of course we do! So there should be no apprehension added to our hesitation to choose. That healthy hesitation should be grounded in weighing the pros and cons of each path on the fork in the road, but that hesitation should not prevent us from choosing either path ultimately for whichever paths we choose in life, some are bound to be harder than others and through our choices we will learn more about ourselves and others.
So if you are facing a fork in the road of life, don’t be afraid to take the one less travelled. You may end up growing in ways you never thought possible as a result. Whatever path you choose, believe in yourself, and you will come out on top, proud of all of your choices – good and bad – for they all bright you here to where you presently are – a place of self-improvement and self-reflection where the only way to go is up and onward.
One grain of sand, one drop in the ocean, one morsel of food… One small unit of anything can make a big difference in someone’s life – in all of our lives. Even if your life was missing one person in it, your life would be somehow incomplete especially if you are close to him/her.
Therefore, it is increasingly important to take note of all that we have in our lives, everything that we may take for granted, and be thankful for it all. For, without it we could be lost and incomplete in a sense as all of these people and things have a major impact on us and our character as individuals no matter how big or small.
Let your imagination run wild! This one word opens up a whole new world of possibilities, positivity, allowing for growth of all kinds.
Dream! Close your eyes and transport yourself to another place where time may not exist, where loved ones return to us from time to time with messages we try to understand when we wake up.
How often have you found that you don’t remember your dreams after you wake up? I know it happens to me a lot, but if I really focus, it comes back to me and I can remember vivid details. I often wonder what these dreams mean. There are actually dream interpreters and sometimes dream dictionaries in various cultures that try to decipher what these dreams are trying to tell us.
Then there are the dreams we share: living life to the fullest, having a family, marriage, a certain career, finding true love, living out our faith, etc. These are the dreams we strive for every day of our lives. They add color and spice to an otherwise bland palate – motivation and inspiration to achieve our full potential in life.
Ah, but what would life be without all of these dreams? What are your dreams? The ones you had last night or the ones you keep deep in your heart? What do they say about you and your values? What are you doing to achieve them?
A brick, solid as it is, usually is a building block for something bigger. It reminds me that the building blocks of my life need to be just as solid to build a sturdy foundation that cannot be torn down by anyone or anything. And these bricks of my life are my values and beliefs – my faith most importantly, which keeps me grounded in hope and purpose.
Anytime I feel I have gone astray, I have these bricks to come back to, to realize once again who I am and what makes me unique as an individual yet like so many other human beings and what my purpose is here on Earth – to serve, to love, to be accepting of others, to serve God and love Him back. It is not to judge or criticize, nor is it to be sulking and feeling sorry for myself in my darkest hours, but to know there is a Light at the end of the tunnel and to gravitate toward it, to become it for others in their darkest hour by reminding them that the Light does exist amidst such darkness.
This one word, brick, gives me so much hope and strength for the rest of my days. What does it mean to you? What are the bricks of your life? Reexamine them and think about how sturdy they are in the most difficult of times. Be grateful for these bricks, be they values, beliefs, people in your life, or what have you.
Quiet, lost in deep thought, … the way I usually am myself. Pensive brings to mind my anxiety in the background, always firing off those neurons at super fast speeds. Questions, endless questions of what if, why, and how this or that… Pensive is good in that it keeps me questioning things and people and keeps my mind active, but there is such a thing as being too pensive – thinking too deeply on things and not acting on the decisions being made, the goals being set. This is a hindrance for me because instead of moving forward I keep myself back with all of the questions in my head.
On the other hand, it’s great to think things through and be self-reflecting in hindsight. It helps to backtrack and think about what storms or obstacles we have faced and how we might learn from them to better ourselves in preparation for the future. For example, reexaminng past foibles in the academic sense can help us get better grades in the future, or reexaminng past relationships can help us avoid certain unfavorable situations in the future.
So I urge you to be a little pensive yourself and think about what you have learned and how you have grown from your past experiences. How has this helped shape your life for the better? How can it continue to affect you positively in the future?
Every one of us starts like a seedling, soaking up the necessary nutrients for growth and eventually develop into who we are today. The seedling requires sunlight and water as well from its environment in specific amounts to grow into a full-fledged plant, flowers and all.
Like the seedling, we soak up the necessary components of our environment as well in the form of several factors that influence the way we grow. Some of these factors are family and home life, economic and social background, culture, education, etc.
Each of these factors is unique in its effect on the person, but they all affect the outcome of a life well lived. What do I mean by a life well lived? Well, a life in which full potential is discovered and reached – a life lived to the fullest, maximum growth and development in all areas of life including spirituality.
Once the flower is produced and blooms, the true beauty of growth and development is observed and appreciated. It is your time to bloom, to flourish! What goals have you set for yourself lately? What are you doing to further your growth and development? What areas of your life have you yet to explore? Go forth and grow and see the beauty of life bloom before you!
Pal, confidant, friend, someone you can lean on, an ear to your voiced concerns, a shoulder for your tears, someone who really cares, a buddy. And that’s what I am; here and elsewhere, and I don’t take it lightly.
Being a buddy is more about being there, being present for your buddies, your pals, your family, your coworkers, your friends, your neighbors, what have you.
Yes, sometimes you drop what you’re doing to help someone out because they mean that much to you, and hopefully they return the gesture when the time comes, but that’s not why you do it. You do what you know in your heart is right, and as a buddy you have a responsibility to do this. This is the definition of buddy-hood. You defend your buddy to the very end, stand by him/her through thick and thin. You share tears of joy and sorrow, laughter, and silence just feeling the moment together when needed.
Think about your buddy/buddies today. Who are they and why do they hold this title, this privileged piece of your heart? Thank them for being just that, a true buddy!