Stoke Stoically

Just as we learned to avoid being burned by learning not to touch fire, so too should we learn not to stoke our anger with what we know will provoke it. Nobody is considered weak for not being able to hold fire, yet we foolishly believe that we are considered strong for holding onto what angers us. Avoiding anger is a strength.

“Knowns”

If all of the 8.7 millions lifeforms on earth besides ourselves could talk, the first thing they’d likely communicate to us is that what we chose to name them was wrong. The dictionary is filled with man-made assumptions about the unknown that become accepted “knowns”  – things defined over time without contradiction.

Everything or Nothing

Living through terrifying moments will do one of the two things: completely transform your appreciation of life or nothing at all. Events alone won’t change a mind – a person has to choose to change one’s outlook.

The Temper of the Temporary

When a tornado comes ripping through a town, people take shelter. What they do not do is permanently lock themselves in their storm cellars, because they know no matter how violent the storm, no lock will make a difference, and will not change the temper of the temporary. The same mentality goes for the things we attach ourselves to in life. Nothing is permanent. Happiness is found while unbound.

Winter is Coming…

Snowfall in a desert braces its inhabitants for the unexpected. Otherwise, it’s part of the season. May we see all the obvious in life as such and take it in stride. May we meet all the unexpected in life as a new experience to learn from.