I am trying very hard to stay optimistic on my journey. This test of nature vs. nurture that I somehow signed myself up for is like an amusement park ride. I get dizzy. I find myself one minute ecstatic at the prospect of what lay ahead and then one thing sets me off and I am questioning my own beliefs and purpose.
I get affected. It's true. I expect people to have integrity. To be honest. To be loyal. To care. I expect too much. I expect too much of people and of myself. If I could be granted one wish in life. My wish would be that everyone achieve a state of empathy.
In the meantime I shall choose to look on the bright side.
As a "people" we are far from flawless. And that's okay. Our flaws give us character. It's our flaws that teach us how to be better but allow us to be human. I am trying too hard. I care too much. I know. I always do and I always will.
Growing up knowing that whatever you did would never be good enough for the genius mother who birthed you is draining to say the least. Of all the things I need to let go of in life this has created my biggest challenge. This is not American Idol! I need to stop judging! I can just do my best, today. Be who I am, today. Feel what I have to feel, today. Embrace the challenges. Cuddle the accomplishments and finally let myself off the proverbial hook I have been hanging from.
Years ago I happened upon a book that would shed some light on my misguided youthful approach to the world. Today I need to be reminded of the messages in this practical and insightful code for life. I share them with you...
The Four Agreements by, Don Miguel Ruiz
Words on Screen & Words on Paper
- Blink, Malcolm Gladwell
- Casablanca (1942)
- Chocolat (2000)
- Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, Susan Jeffer, Ph.D.
- Harold and Maude (1971)
- Invictus (2009)
- On The Waterfront (1954)
- Singin in the Rain (1952)
- The Celestine Prophecy, James Redfield
- The Four Agreements, Miguel Ruiz
- The Greatest Salesman in the World, Og Mandino
- The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle
- The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Deepak Chopra
- The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
- The Tao of Pooh, Benjamin Hoff
- The Wizard of Oz (1939)
- West Side Story (1961)
- What Happy People Know, Dan Baker