Little Joys Ch.42

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

February 11th, 2020

Discovering new ideas, connecting with others through knowledge and shared experiences, shifting your perception to incorporate the concepts brought forth from another human beings life.

All these are the bedrock of developing wisdom, expanding your mind and coming to better, more open minded conclusions about the nature of our reality here on Earth.

The internet can be a cesspool of misinformation and foolishness, but it can also be a tool anyone can use to pull themselves out of ignorance and help you on the path to wisdom and a new view of the world.

There are a host of websites out there offering some pretty cool courses on hundreds of subjects. One of those is skillshare, which I have had the delight to come across recently, and I have spent the day deep diving into different peoples workshops and hearing about their ideas over a variety of topics.

There is always something new to learn, a new way to view an old idea, a different perspective to incorporate into your own.

Remember, it is truly about the journey, and all the fun tidbits you learn along the way, that makes this life have meaning and beauty, even in the darkest of times.

Stay healthy, and let your geek freak fly free.

Little Joys Ch.34

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

February 3rd, 2020

Sometimes the passage of time can drift lazily alongside of us, not really catching our attention. At other times, it seems that time is speeding past, making us feel like we are missing out on so much opportunity.

Little things jolt us out of our reverie and smack us in the face with how much has gone by.

I was watching the first Harry Potter movie, and suddenly realized how young all the actors and actresses were. That this mammoth film series had come and gone through my childhood and now, here I am, an adult, looking at it with a completely new perspective, not really knowing what the hell has happened over the course of nearly two decades, wondering where all my time went.

As much as a part of me wishes to reclaim all that time, another part of me looks at it with a certain sense of contentment, with quiet joy. Knowing that I have lived awhile now, and could have done much worse, is a sort of balm to the soul.

We must never forget that as bad as things are, they could have gone much worse. Many people don’t find this comforting, but I very much do.

Maybe it will for you as well, or maybe not. We all have the right to our own perspectives.

 

Little Joys Ch.21

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

January 21st, 2020

There is a moment when you realize that you have become invested so much in the characters created within a book that they no longer exist within a separate reality but have become a part of the very fabric of who you are.

Good books shift our perspectives, force us into new patterns of thinking. I know that when I get really into a novel the way that I formulate thoughts in my head shifts and becomes more like the characters that I enjoy, almost as though my brain knows that that is the right way I should be thinking.

It’s deep and mysterious and wonderful.

I fucking love books.

If you don’t well, I guess I still like you too.

Knowledge begets responsibility

Someone has to start. Be the first to say “no”, that we can be better, have to be better.

To hold ourselves accountable, to reach for a higher standard, an ideal.

The question is what that ideal will be?

A certain level of safety is required for people to feel capable of striving towards other ideals, so we must begin with that first choice, the one to cause no harm to others. After we can begin to talk about the aesthetic, about beauty, about art, about how we wish to express ourselves.

We do require hardship though. Resistance is a necessary component to life. Struggle leads to a collapse of our inner beliefs, yet with the right conditions it also leads to renewal and a fresh, stronger perspective.

It helps to think about these basic tenets of life, because most of us are so distracted by the mundane tasks of eating and getting to work and hanging out with family and friends that we don’t take the time needed to really address these deeper issues.

As a society and as individuals we need to start thinking about why we have decided to live the way we are living, in a rational and optimistic fashion.

Societies tendency to lean towards the negative aspects of life and not appreciating any of the good is deeply troubling as people are becoming completely bat shit crazy believing that we are living in difficult times when the reality is for most of us we are living in the safest most desirable period of time in human history, ever.

So we need to acknowledge how damn lucky we are, yet still put our foot down and say no to those things which still need to be re-examined and changed or completely eliminated so that our children will have an even better future than ours.

So get to talking people, calmly and hopefully with a bit of research behind your statements, it’s our gift and responsibility to use the knowledge available to us to better our societies.

And please have fun while doing it because no one likes a grouch, take it from me.