If one knows how to water ski, they would surely choose to ski behind the boat rather than choose to fall and let the boat drag them along. Same with life. We know how to live well, so why ever choose to let events in life drag us down or drag us along so that we are at the mercy of poor choices?
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.
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.
While you’re resting, rest assured that someone else is working harder than you and someone else has been idle longer. Whom will you dream about?
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.
It’s no coincidence that ignorance is choosing to ignore truth more than once. Wisdom is consistent acceptance – Ignorance is repeated avoidance.
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.