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.
Courage comes in many forms. There is bravery in even the smallest act of kindness, the smallest sacrifice.
Stepping forward, being responsible for our actions in any given situation, takes a great amount of willpower, especially when the mob has decided to shy away.
That desire to conform, to not stand out, is a powerful force.
But there is a consequence to inaction.
It’s a corrosive act, to watch as someone is hurt or something goes wrong and do nothing. The Soul, regardless of how you choose to perceive it, is whittled away, scarred, making you a lesser being.
All we have in this life is our actions. The choices we make define our existence, and the path we choose to follow will inevitably be the judge of our time here on this Earth when the final moment comes and we look inward.
So choose wisely, in each moment of every day.
There is so much beautiful wisdom hidden within the pages of novels and I find they are simply not shared enough.
The stormlight archives by Brandon Sanderson is one of my favorite series, here are some great quotes from his characters(A.K.A himself:D)
“The most important words a man can say are, “I will do better.” These are not the most important words any man can say. I am a man, and they are what I needed to say.
The ancient code of the Knights Radiant says “journey before destination.” Some may call it a simple platitude, but it is far more. A journey will have pain and failure. It is not only the steps forward that we must accept. It is the stumbles. The trials. The knowledge that we will fail. That we will hurt those around us.
But if we stop, if we accept the person we are when we fall, the journey ends. That failure becomes our destination. To love the journey is to accept no such end. I have found, through painful experience, that the most important step a person can take is always the next one.
I’m certain some will feel threatened by this record. Some few may feel liberated. Most will simply feel that it should not exist. I needed to write it anyway.”
Expectation wasn’t just about what people expected of you. It was about what you expected of yourself. Someone has to start.
Information without context is simply gibberish.
You need to be able to see the full picture, understand the connections between disparate facts so you can begin to piece together a deeper meaning to a subject.
Simply reading an article, or seeing a picture with a line or two does not give you the proper knowledge to really understand what’s happening in a situation.
Wisdom is attained when we can hold ourselves back from frivolous statements and take the time and effort to really learn about something, sit back and ponder it all, engage with others in meaningful debate to further our understanding, both internally and externally, and then come to a more complete answer about whatever it is we are thinking about.