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I’m a little frustrated with myself! Great opening line to a post! There will be no pictures, only raw letters today. This post is dedicated to everyone, including and especially myself, who let excuses get in the way of their Dream!

It annoys me so much to watch talented people (yes you too) waste their ability because of some fear or whatever. Now, I’m a Christian, and in my circles, the excuses border on amazing! “I’m just being humble” is one good one… Hello? Jesus hit the WHOLE WORLD, and is STILL doing it!! Maybe your definition of ‘humility’ is flawed. It’s not the “ability to blend in and do live invisibly” like we’ve defined it, but it’s the basis upon which we do anything. Being noticed is not a sign of pride… It’s a sign of being noticed! Whether it’s for something great or stupid, people are noticed all the time. If what you want to do will result in some notice, that doesn’t mean you weren’t humble, it means people found it worth noticing. If they talk, well then unless you’re the one telling them what to say, you’re not some diva in the making, you’re worth talking about.

What about this one: “It’s not the right time”. Just great! You’ve just confessed to having in your possession some kind of device that gives you specifics about when you must “become something”, or when to take advantage of an opportunity. I swear if you have something like that in your pocket, I will be jealous! Nobody has the “right time” written into their DNA. All that everybody has, is TIME! As in, right now! As in, today. As in, HELLO! It is ridiculous that we have this thing called a brain, and we decide it needs breaks, as if we were over-using it in the first place (not!). Nothing on this Earth can give you a reason to wait for your Dream to come true. The only things that can take time are the processes towards your Dream happening, but they are part of the Dream! The only time that is truly bad for any kind of attempt, is when you’re dead! When you die, it is guaranteed that you won’t get anything done!

How’s this one: “I’m not ready”. Well whose fault is that??? You’re “not ready” because you’re probably not doing anything to be ready. I used to think I needed to read a bunch of poetry before I could write any. And yes, it does help to expose yourself to as much as you can. However, exposure is not what grants you permission to act on something! I went to one poetry event, heard a few poets, and it was decided! It didn’t take months, it didn’t take years, or many books on style and technique, it took a little kick, and I responded to it!

What is a “little kick”? It’s a moment of inspiration. It’s a place where you feel “I want to do THAT as well”. It could be a dream you had one night, or something you heard, even a movie (ever notice how movies that highlight creativity just make you wanna do what you saw?)… whatever the “little kick”, you have to note that it isn’t a permanent source of inspiration/energy! Basically, it will dissipate, and will no longer inspire you after a while when left alone. If you don’t act on it, you can never be ready. Readiness is for those whose mindsets and actions are aligned with a purpose. It’s not even about knowing everything there is to know, it’s just simply being in the right mental position to respond to opportunity!

Oh wait, you’re “shy”? Is that the problem? Unfortunately, there’s no cure for shyness. Yes I said it! It’s not something that “gets better”, personally I don’t even know how it exists in this world. In fact, I think it’s a device we’ve come up with. Shyness is the ability to look at yourself, and be absolutely blind to what you can do right, for the sake proving some imaginary statistic that you will mess up whatever you put your hands to. Shyness sees $99.95 and says “I’m 5 cents short of $100… I’m broke!” So it doesn’t spend any money! Shyness will ignore your talents, and make you look at failures you haven’t even committed yet.

In short, shyness is the worst form of perfectionism you could ever live with! You should RUN from that description ( just make sure you run with your head up and shoulders straight! Need to see where you’re going.)!

It can’t allow any mistakes, so it makes you do nothing. Huh?? Yes, because of that earlier statement, in an even shorter form: Shyness makes you stupid! Of course I had to hit the nail on the head. I was shy to say that, I wanted to say “makes you do stupid things”. That would’ve been more politically correct, but I realised being polite is the reason people aren’t honest anymore with each other, or themselves. We say “I want to be humble” instead of saying “I’m crap scared of how people will respond”. We say “It’s not the right time” instead of saying “I’m anxious about when to do this, and I really don’t have full security right now”. We say “I’m not ready” instead of saying “I’ve missed opportunities to grow in my ability, and even more, to expose it, and all those times have made me feel less sure of myself”…or even better, “I’ve been lazy with my time”!

The only way to beat all this is to JUST DO IT! Just start working on that Dream, Start that blog, get out that pen and write a poem, talk to someone about painting classes…what the heck just start painting! It’s a business? Ok, before you even talk about money, how about defining what you want to do first? How about talking to people who can encourage you in your journey for clarity on your vision. The money issue, comes AFTER clarity. Don’t worry about things you shouldn’t worry about yet. When it’s time, then it’s time.

The world isn’t actually watching you as closely as you think they are. Nobody pays attention to mediocrity! If you’re scared of criticism, then what you’re really saying s you’re scared of doing anything, because the only way to avoid criticism, is to do nothing!

You will attract attention the moment you do something different. Get over it.

You will be told some negative things in your journey, or even worse, receive some praise (to all you pessimists). Get over it.

You will have times you’re not sure of anything you’re doing. That’s part of life. Get over it.

You might fail…many times. Get over it.

Oh and last thing, when you succeed… GET OVER IT!

There’s too much at stake with your life. Some people will get their “little kick” from watching you do well. Don’t deprive them.

Don’t deprive yourself.

Don’t be shy!

Begin.

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This idea hit me the other day! I was very ungrateful for the bruise it left, but was otherwise thankful for the impact it made! And before I stumble across more unintentional puns, I will tell you that idea!

I sat there and thought of what it would look like to live the life I’ve always dreamed of. That part was easy. The cool part was what it looked like to other people! You maybe want to drive flashy cars,  have kids,  go bungee-jumping,  play an instrument, or watch someone play an instrument, live in a certain area, have a massive sound system, own a yacht, or learn how to spell “yacht”. These things are cool for you…but for others they could share something else in common: a lot of these things make noise!

He started off as a straight line, then became quite uncertain of himself! Poor lad!

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Recently i was sitting at my laptop enjoying my new adventure of having internet in my room. Being able to check out various sites, work on my blogs, keep my updates up-to-date, amongst other semi-serious endeavours. A chat I’d been semi-paying attention to suddenly turned serious. A friend of mine had gone through some relationship trouble, and it finally hit a climax with the inevitable “break up”. The guy was destroyed! Kept talking about all the things she said, and how he felt so useless. He was totally in love with her, and believed it was all his fault. Then he said, “Maybe I’m not worth it.”

This statement shook me, because it was clear the lady was clueless about what she had (immaturity I guess), but more so I also realised that in light of our Dream and Destiny, there’s a lot of things that we are worth, and to believe otherwise has the impact of blinding us to the precious lessons and opportunities that lie before us, and those to come (LONG sentence!). (more…)


Recently I decided I was going to try my hand at poetry. I’m sure some of you have seen my first attempt: ME. The poem itself was a way of breaking out of the fears we’ve had and the possibilities that await us, if we just allow ourselves to BE. However, this is not an article about my poems. This is really about the act of ‘discovering yourself’. (more…)


In keeping with my last post about Getting Things Done, I’ve decided I’ll put up pictures that I’ve taken once in a while.

If you have read my earlier posts, you will know I focus on choosing a positive outlook on life. It happens to be something I also do physically it seems, as I’m always looking UP for inspiration.

These are sights and signs of the world around me…and obviously you too.

Be Encouraged. Be AmazeD.

N.B. Those of you using phones, please note that some of you won’t be able to view these pictures. I urge you to view via a computer when you see posts beginning with ‘AmazeD’.

Over.

What a sky can give you if you watch.


And the award for “Most Random Title” goes to… Well, maybe it’s not THE most random title for a blog, but it definitely captures the essence of the message I’m going to convey (which is the job of any title actually…in case you were wondering). Thinking of all the activity most of us take part in, is quite mind-blowing. We wake up…dress up…eat up…work up (ok that didn’t work)…talk to people…make decisions…feel emotions…desire…detest…etc! It’s an absolute smorgasboard of activity; all of it is a choice of some kind, driven by some…thing. What is that ‘thing’? What is the motivating factor in all of this stuff we call a ‘life’? Well to answer this I’m about to do something none of us (who are human and think rationally) likes to hear: I’m about to answer a question with a question!

I believe in all that we do, we can ask a simple question, which will answer my previous one. I’m sure you’ve all heard it before, and have all thought about it before. When you do anything, consider anything, or even after going through some event, you’ve probably asked this question:

What’s the POINT?

What drives us? The point. What motivates us? The point. What is that ‘thing’? Well I don’t know, i just found it there! All activity has a point. If you were to look at a map to find out where you want to go, you would look for…you guessed it: a point. Any ‘point’ that motivates us, is actually a destination we would like to get to. In fact, ‘destination’ could easily be a synonym for the point, as it encapsulates what we’re trying to achieve in whatever we do, we’re trying to get to a destination in our lives. This destination is the reality we hope to create through our activity.

Now, previously I stated that all activity has a point. That’s the easy part. Everything you do in your life, big or small, has an end to it, and everybody is just doing stuff! There’s lots of activity taking place today. Look around you… Life is action-packed! The hustle and bustle is everywhere, even when you have tough times, they come with their own set of actions to perform. Whether you like it or not, you’re always doing something. Even when you’re doing nothing, you’re doing something. I see people moving, talking, thinking, working…some even sleep! The lives we lead are full of activity, and all activity has a point.

With so much going on, sometimes I wonder: how many of us even know the point of all that we do? Have you defined the point? This is something to ponder on greatly, because there’s a whole lot you probably do for better or for worse, but do you know which is which? It’s important to think about this because all activity has a point, therefore all activity has a destination! It isn’t easy to keep track of our ‘points’, but in this day, it’s easy to lose track. Sometimes, you understand you’ve just got to get into the grind for a while, or really focus on something for a season; I just ask myself sometimes (admittedly more recently than previously…even The Maze learns!), “What is the point?” Like I’ve said, EVERYBODY’S doing SOMETHING, and though realising that all activity has a destination, that’s the easy part. What grabs me is this next statement, and this is the hard part:

Not all activity takes us to the point we want to be!

It’s easy to get caught in the trap of “pointless action”. Now, nothing is truly ‘pointless’, but many things we do probably have no defined points to them. Please don’t get me wrong, there are also things that aren’t so life-defining that they warrant a ‘point’. Some conversations are just fun, or a way to pass the time; some events are just for the moment; even some people in our lives are just…there (you KNOW I’m telling the truth)! I’m not asking you to become legalistic in your pursuit of a ‘pointed life’, what I am asking however is that you pay more attention to your activity. Massive amounts of time are spent living in ‘auto-pilot’, and if you’re not careful your plane could land somewhere you never expected!

Tip: ENGAGE YOUR LIFE AGAIN!

You probably need to make some changes, big and small, but mostly small. I say that because it’s small things that make major differences over time. If you can connect your ‘points’, they will lead you somewhere you want to be.

Why engage? Well, I’m about to do something you probably don’t like, and I’ve done it earlier in this post: answer a question with a question… Why do so many people have desires, and yet so few reach them? I mean, everybody’s doing something… It’s just that most of it is possibly ‘pointless’. Action-packed lives, complete with waking up and going to sleep, but no defined point!

Do your life a favour:

GET TO THE POINT!

Over.


Fear has a crippling effect on any individual. It can silence you immediately, and even permanently. On top of that, it has this strange ability to morph your entire reality into some hellish existence! I’m telling you, if Fear was an ‘X-men’ character, it would be the one that made you say “they have cool powers, but THAT guy freaks me out completely!” (actually I think there is a character named ‘Fear’ in the X-men! Glad its just a comic.) It can consume you so much that what you see is not what actually is. That’s a scary thought! For a bunch of people – maybe even you – the lives they’re experiencing are the product of their own fears!

The problem is that Fear is a great distractor! It’s the equivalent of that really hot looking guy/girl you see at the mall, who gets you dreaming of all the ‘possibilities’, then you realise you’ve wasted your time and missed about 100 more possible possibilities! How does Fear achieve this? It plays out all these scenarios of failure, falling, rejection, destruction or even death! Even though the last two are pretty similar, Fear makes them look different! You start defining in your imagination, just how bad it could get if you don’t pass, or say the right thing, or wear the right clothes, or make the right decision… You’re filled with all these ‘possibilities’, but none of them have any bearing on your life  right now. Fear blinds you to the biggest possibility you have in front of you: SUCCESS!

This is where Dreaming comes into play, as it also brings with it, ‘possibilities’. But these are of a different kind. Dreams paint the sort of pictures that fly in the face of failure, laughing out loudly (loling) as it fades into the horizon of reality. When I speak of Dreams, I speak of those desires in your heart that just excite you. That’s one of the cool things about them, they excite us, because they involve only us! You see, Fear brings in all these agents and ingredients that are all beyond your control (eg a person who doesn’t like you, or the environment you’re in), but a Dream, is ALL YOU! You being a success, you making the right decisions, you achieving your goals…everything in a Dream is determined by, and revolves around… you guessed it: YOU!

You make your success… You make the right choices… You unlock the potential within… You find the strength to make things happen! With a Dream, it’s all on you! Sure, there are relationships that help along the way, but only if you are in the right state of awareness. There will definitely be situations you have no control over that will affect you, but you have to make the right decisions about how you move forward. When you have a Dream, not even the hardships of life can excuse you! As bad as they can be, they only leave behind memories, not disasters!

Dreaming is quite daring, because life has so many loopholes to get through, unexpected turns, and even people who don’t like you. It’s daring because the world offers ample examples of people who want, but don’t get, those who desire, but don’t achieve. However, with all these facts, where would we be without Dreams? It was someone’s Dream to go to the moon. I mean, who dreamed up skinny jeans anyways? Everything we touch and use is someone’s Dream come true.

And there is the place many people fail to arrive: a Dream come true.

You have a responsibility to your Dream. Like a good parent, you need to nurture your Dream, allow it to grow. You even have to change things about yourself to accommodate this Dream. That isn’t easy, but it is necessary. Fear works against these processes of bringing a Dream to life, because if it’s a distractor, then it’s also a delayer. Sounds a lot like ‘Delilah’, you know…the chick from the Bible, who cut Samson’s hair, making him lose all his strength?? THAT Delilah! Watch out for that chick, cos she’s HOT! Fear will sap you of your energy, putting all your creative juices into failures and not successes. Your Dream requires focus, priority, forward thinking and flexibility. You’ll need to be in it for the long haul my friend. As you do what is necessary, your Dream rewards you, opening up doors, birthing relationships, and teaching you lessons. You mature as you grow in your Dream.

Mature Dreamers. Those are the ones whose Dreams come true! They may experience Fear, but don’t allow it to delay or distract them.

Those who fear, don’t dare!

I dare you!

DREAM!


So let’s deal with trust, because its pivotal to your life actually. I’ve heard that “trust is earned”, you must “work to be trusted”. These phrases  are interesting for one reason: They put the entire responsibility of building trust on one person, the other guy! Where are YOU in all this talk of trust? Aren’t you the one who does the trusting? Yes of course the other person plays a part in completing the equation, but it starts with you, and the resultant answer to that equation is in you! So, I propose a new statement for this thing we call trust.

Trust is an opportunity you give to another person. It’s the empowering of an individual to take part in your life.

It’s not something that starts outside of you, people are different in different in different situations. So you must provide the situation! You must be the one to let them enter that space in your life. Often when we give access to people without realising it, that’s when we’re hurt the most. With this method though, you are fully aware of what’s happening, it’s taken place with your conscious consent. You’re refusing to be stuck alone in the dark, and not waiting for a stranger, or some anomalous relationship that pops out of nowhere with a big bang, sweeping your heart up in rapturous emotions only to be let down gently….no….thrown down hard! Your heart is YOUR responsibility! Nobody else’s. Should someone be doing anything there, it should be because YOU wanted them there, not because they ‘worked’ their way in. You let them in THEN they work!

Revolutionary right? Well here’s the next part I’m going to throw at you.

You are the ONLY way someone will learn how to be trusted by you, so you must teach a person how to be trusted by you.

This is the same in any kind of relationship. It’s to your advantage that this person(s) learns what standards you accept. You must be have a PhD in your own heart! Many people fail at friendships or relationships, not because they were misunderstood, but because they were terrible at communicating themselves. It’s easy to blame the next person, but the next person is sometimes following the script you feed them! Hard truths, but you need to know this, or else you will be ALONE FOREVER! You might be surrounded by people, you may even get married, but you’ll always know there’s a part of you that’s unknown by the rest of the world (because you never showed them…but you’ll never admit that. It’s all their fault…right?).

Therefore, ‘alone’ is a mental state more than a physical one. That’s why you can still feel isolated in a crowd. It’s that blindness to the rest of the world, the dead end right in front of you, and all around you, the failure to see any correlation between your current surroundings (physically and emotionally), and your desired path/destination.

As you grant a friend or loved one that opportunity, understand there’s room for mistakes. I doubt you’ve ever treated anyone perfectly. What should liberate you is this: you are there to help them help you!

Your fear of being hurt, or led astray, is somewhat realistic, because all of that is possible… But think of this: how much better are your chances if the person helping you had expert knowledge of the way your heart works and what it needs to move forward? You are that expert. Teach them!

You will invariably come to dark places in your life, but it could be an opportunity for you to realise that you don’t have to be alone for long. The darkness can be navigated – with help!

No dead end is permanent. Unless you allow it to be. Someone’s willing to catch you when you’re falling. If you’re fortunate, there’ll be many to make sure you don’t hit rock bottom.

Become an expert on YOU, and you will be able to train up your help, for those times you can’t help yourself.

Remember “stuck in the mud”? You have to help your friends get to you. They want you free so that the game can continue. If you stay stuck, your friends and family also lose! Whatever led you to the dark corners, may have been hard, or even absolutely destructive, but your life is still here on this Earth, you deserve to move on, not by virtue of morality or feeling, but by virtue of being ALIVE!

Over.

Alone in the Dark (Part 1)

Posted: March 5, 2011 in Dark Corners
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As I start this, there’s a really distinct feeling that comes over The Maze. Depression is far too familiar. As I traverse the halls of my own Maze, I have seen many dark corridors, and hit many dead ends. The worst ones are those that leave you feeling like there’s no way out. After trying so many times, you see this wall in front of you, but there’s no longer any reflex to turn around and find another way. There’s no feeling that “things will get better”… No thoughts of “what if I go back and turn left this time?”..
Nope!! All you feel is: this is it!

Having seen this on more the one occasion, The Maze can be sure of one thing: it will take something special to get out because the momentum for movement is lost, the desire to discover is spent, and most of all, depression is setting in. All you see around you is hopeless. It’s in this place – no – it’s in this state that many find themselves in when they take a wrong turn, or when life presents some confusing paths for us to follow…and with nobody to show us the best way (which is usually the case unless you know everything…in which case you get it all right…which means your life must be boring!), mistakes are inevitable. Those mistakes may be the way we respond to a hard situation, or the emotionally charged (but rationally deficient) decisions we make about what the situation means for us. They could also be the people we choose to relate with during specifically sensitive seasons, people who only facilitate more pain, who enable the darkness around you, opening the doors for it to enter you even more. Whatever the case, whoever the people, for whatever the reason, when you are in the dark, you are alone! You don’t see or hear anything else, because there is nothing else. No love, no hope, not even anxiety, not even fear. Maybe initially, but the dark wants to leave you numb, and its ultimate goal to leave you STUCK!

Ever play that game “stuck in the mud”? Almost a twisted “tag”game. Once you were ‘stuck’, you needed someone else to come free you. Simple premise, yet a vastly broad principle. When you find yourself alone in the dark, you’re gonna need some help. The quicker the better. First of all though, you need to learn how to call for help, and this is hampered by ‘dark tendencies’: acting like everything is fine! The darkness is wherever you are, the ‘mud’ has you planted in one spot, stuck in ‘repeat’ mode…replaying the same actions to everyone over and over again to seem normal, and replaying the same thoughts over and over again that are closing them up. “I failed…I can’t do this anymore…What was I thinking?… There’s nothing left for me in this life…I’m nobody…they don’t really see me, only the shell I’ve become!” And so the loop will play incessantly, because in the mud, you’re limited… In the dark, there’s only so much you can do ‘safely’. You’re in ‘minimum risk’ mode.

Well, one of the biggest reasons is fear, on many levels. There is the obvious fear of rejection. Basically a fear that whomever you’re seeking assistance from, will let you down. This is understandable because you never really know how somebody might respond to your issue. This is compounded as your silence continues, because it is harder to be sure of a positive response the longer you are quiet about it!

There is also a deeper level to this initial fear, one that I believe is more of a self-defense mechanism. The fear that help could make things worse! I know you’ve wondered about that, “what if I’m betrayed..what if they make it harder for me…what if they leave me mid-process, that would really make me a hard person”. Basically this level deals with your ability to trust others. This is a specifically tough one, because you already know you need someone to help you out, a voice that can help you feel your way out of your dead-end, but your silence, your performance of life as usual is screaming one thing: YOU CAN’T TRUST ANYONE ENOUGH!

Great way to end a blog right? Wrong? Well, I’m ending it here. This was the wind-up to the good stuff…

We’re gonna talk about trust! Go on to Part 2 of this post, and find out what I think of this ‘thing’ everyone struggles with (actually it’s probably just you).

See you in Part 2!!

Future Factors

Posted: February 24, 2011 in Deeper Things
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You probably think about the future a lot. Anybody would. It’s the picture you’re looking forward to, and the hope you put your desire and faith into. Without a future, the relevance of today becomes so minimal, that it wouldn’t matter what you did, felt, thought, or said. Your future needs today, and today needs your future. Both are necessary to ensure progression in your life.

Some would argue it doesn’t matter what happens today, the future is ‘set’, you can’t change it, you have no power over it.  That’s one way to look at it. It’s an unfortunate way to look at it. Well, at least that’s MY point of view. To have no part in the creation of the future, renders all you do today completely void. I know it to be true that there’s no greater influence on your tomorrow than you. This is why I say:

The story of tomorrow is just the dried canvas of what you painted today.

Action determines the outcome. The statement above is just an illustration of this. What you paint now, will eventually dry, and become a defined entity that will be seen by all, good or bad. As the artist, you must have the vision! Yes, there are surprises, exceptions to the rule…but it’s important you go through life knowing that you can and are already paving the way to your future.

Are there other factors? Is it you alone that decides where you end up? Of course not! I recently read a book called “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell. He argued (quite convincingly) that there are stories behind the stories of success, that revolve around the environment, the history, even the year – and in some cases the month – of birth, as influences on a person’s success. It details how being intelligent is not all there is, that events surrounding your current era can help or even direct where you go, that awareness of your surroundings can sometimes play a much bigger role than what you actually do!

Some of my acquaintances (God bless them) felt the book was quite problematic, in that it seemed to be “telling me that I can’t be a success unless these things happen to me”. I could see their point. All the talk of dates and influences and social structures would definitely leave you feeling like “that will never happen to me”. It’s the same with some successful people we know (you know, the one you’re secretly jealous of! Come on don’t lie to us!!), we look at them and think, “Man if only that happened to me… That door would never open for me… Why isn’t it me up there?”

But something hit me. Apart from starting a sentences with the word “but”, there’s a MASSIVE problem in the way we think when it comes to a fruitful life. We look at the successful and how their lives are going. I don’t know many people who are aware of their OWN lives! You see, it is true that the factors surrounding your life are many, but they are also UNIQUE TO YOU!! What am I saying? It’s easy to look at the story of Bill Gates, and recognise the elements of his life that cannot be duplicated, then come to the conclusion that you can never be the “next Bill Gates” (which is true). Very easy. However, do you realise that there are things happening within and around you that cannot be duplicated by anyone else? Your very own life is full of events that cannot be imitated. People you’ve met, experiences you’ve had, the decisions you’ve made… All of them adding up to the path you’re taking right now! Think about it.

I started asking, whats unique about my life? What are the elements within and around me that set me apart? I call these elements the future factors, because they may not seem to add up now, or make sense yet, but they are absolutely vital to your future and how it turns out. Just like the statement earlier statement, “.The story of tomorrow is just the dried canvas of what you painted today”, this next statement is also true:

The atmosphere determines the way in which your paint will dry.

If you put a painting in the sunlight just after you’re finished, the drying process goes smoothly. If you put it in the rain, well it will take a little longer, you might need to do a few touch-ups, and maybe there’s a chance of the paint running and blurring your borders a little bit. Right? OF COURSE NOT! In the rain, your painting is ruined!! There is no repairing it, only picking up a new canvas and starting again! All the ‘atmospheric influences’ you experience today, in conjunction with your decisions, choice of responses and attitudes…all of these mould into one massive work of art called your future!

What kind of atmosphere do you live in? Is it helping your paint dry, or is it ruining your work, your dreams? You can’t decide the weather unfortunately, all you can decide is how you position yourself. Some people get rained on, but find cover quickly. Others get rained on, and surrender to the elements, saying to themselves “Oh well, I’ll dry up eventually.” That’s true, but your painting is ruined! There are those who stay in the sun long enough to dry, and move on. Others stay in the sun too long, till the paint starts to crack. The effects may be minimal at first glance, but cracks always grow, they evolve into chips of paint falling off, and there’s no remedy for that.

Your future is waiting for you to make the right choices, and where choice is superseded, the right responses. Your current life has had many events that are unique to you. Your story of success will one day be told, and those factors will be spoken of as your advantage: the time in which you were born, the people you’ve met, the determination you had, the events around you, the social structures… etc. They are all adding up to your story, as they have for all before and after you.

Let your future play out the way you desire it. The path may not be so clear, the events leading up to it may be painful sometimes, but one thing is certain: it’s up to you!

The picture above, is a painting done on the actual ruins of a building. It’s not a ruined painting. This is someone who saw destruction, but made art out of it! Not everyone gets the perfect canvas to paint on. But we all share one thing, one choice: to paint or not to paint!

I hope you can appreciate your own future factors a little bit more, because they belong only to you!

Over.