The world teaches us to always focus on our weaknesses, our cracks, our flaws. But we need to stop ignoring and hiding what we’re good at. We need to play to our strengths to play the game. And we all have strengths, whether in our personality, our intelligence, our skills, our outlook, and so on. We just need to look. We should start using them, showing them and celebrating them. We should turn our flaws into strengths by embracing them. Focus on your strengths, teach yourself to love yourself.
We can walk through life with our eyes closed. And that might be an easy road to take. But there’s so much more to life than our own thoughts and opinions, our own circumstances and hardships, our own drive and fears. And they’re important. But if we open our eyes a little wider, we see a bit more of the world as it is and how it could be. If we listen a little more, we might hear how others see the world too. We can change our thoughts, our circumstances, our fears. We step closer to realising how we make it better and how we make it worse, and how we can continue to make it better. How much better the world would be if we actually look at it and listen to it with an open mind.
We won’t always be in a place we want to stay; we may be itching to get out of there as soon as we can. But there’s beauty, possibility and experience in every corner wherever you are, as much as anywhere else, if you look for it. Look, listen and feel. Explore, discover and uncover the treasures. Be all there. Appreciate where you are. Only then should you be content to move on.
In the hopes of reaching the moon, people fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet. ~ Albert Schweitzer
Quote of the day.
Look again. Our first glance is always clouded. With preconceptions and misconceptions, with doubt and fear, with insecurity and defeat. But if we look again, we might catch a new perspective, a new possibility, a new answer. We tend to rule ourselves out before we even give ourselves chance. Have a little faith in yourself. And have another look. You can do it.
Pleasure in life can quickly fade away with time. As we get older, we become accustomed to the life around us. As we get busier, we no longer take the time to look at life’s beauty. We begin to take our life for granted, always wanting something more, something better. But walking around blindly is to be numb to the happiness life’s beauty brings. Sometimes we need to open our eyes wide like it’s the first time we’re seeing something. Sometimes we need to open our eyes wide like it’s the last time we’ll see something. That’s how we capture life’s magic. Don’t be ignorant or indifferent. Stay awake and curious.
Paradise. Heaven. Utopia. Nirvana. Bliss. These are spaces we aspire to inhabit, even though, in reality, there are no such places on earth. But there are pieces of paradise everywhere. In both our relationships and our solitude. In both tranquil nature and bustling cities. In both prosperity and breakdown. In both hard work and relaxation. And so on. We’ve just got to learn to look for them, instead of always focusing on the miserable moments. If we do, those pieces of paradise begin to outweigh and wash away everything else. Keep an eye out and embrace them.