Because Marcus Aurelius always said it best.
“When you act, let it be neither unwillingly, nor selfishly, nor unthinkingly, nor half-heartedly; do not attempt to embellish your thoughts by dressing them up in fine language; avoid excessive talk and superfluous action. Furthermore, let the god within you be the overseer of one who is manly and mature, a statesman, a Roman, and a ruler, who has taken his post as one who is awaiting the signal from his recall from life and is ready to obey without need of an oath or another man as his witness. And show a cheerful face to the world, and have no need of help from outside or the peace that others confer. In brief, you must stand upright, not be held upright.”
“You ill-treat yourself, ill-treat yourself, O my soul; and no occasion will be left for you to do yourself due honour. For the life of every one of us lasts but a moment, and yours is almost done, and yet you have no respect for yourself, and allow your happiness to depend on what passes in the souls of other people.”
You’re your own person, so make today your day.
So, it turns out that “’til next time!'” refers to like, two seconds later because here I am again :’)
also, DISCLAIMER: I totes don’t mean to bash on Utah in any way…in fact, it’s probably one of the most beautiful states I’ve ever been to (only been to 27 of them, so that probs means nothing), but it’s right up there with Oregon. Let me tell you, if you’ve never experienced a Utah sunset while up in the mountains or canyons, you’re missing out…there is absolutely no comparison to hiking for miiiles uphill and hating yourself the entire time only to turn the corner and find entire ravines and formations of rock twisted in every which way and to see the setting sun radiating soft greys and pinks and yellows as it sets among the trees or worn down rock.
ALSO, amusing story…mountain goats are no joke. We were driving out of Uinta National Forest, and there was this car parked by the side of the road. About two seconds later, this dog leaps out of the window and somehow flings its miniscule body across the length of the river to leap to the other side and start chasing after some mountain goats. And, well, surprise surprise…it got stuck…and just sat there wagging its tail. When we returned 30 min later, there were 6 park rangers and a firetruck on standby to retreive that little hood rat :’) That damn thing better have been made of pure gold for all the trouble they went to for it…
Basically every social media site this week…
Never gets old.
Some stuff to end off with^
So, it’s been a while since I’ve done this…three years, to be exact. Going back through these all posts, I’m remembering why I started a blog in the first place and also questioning how I even got so many views writing this kind of crap…not that it all is (except for the Kanye stuff; since when did I care about Kanye?) because some of it had some pretty important messages. BUT I’m back at the same point in life, so it’s time to start this back up again.
To start off, a teeny anecdote (HA when are any of my stories short :’)):
So, I just came back from Utah and sitting next to me is one of my latest pet projects, The Book of Mormon. Now, I’m not going to lie, I’m kinda skeptical at this point. First off, when we went to Temple Square, everybody (including the sisters) was like “Namaste! Do you know how to speak English?” Um, thanks…only lived in the US of A for the past 18 years, think I picked up a little of the lingo. And, of course, the “We have some sisters here of your origin…your people are so beautiful!” -.- But then the indoctrination started :’) After about 15 minutes, I ventured to ask what set apart Mormon faith from any other denomination. One of the replies was, “Well, we have the Word of Wisdom…so, we don’t drink tea, coffee, alcohol, or do drugs.” Why tea and coffee? “That’s how Satan gets to you…when you become addicted to something, the addiction controls your body instead of you controlling your body, so to avoid this temptation, we stay away from these substances altogether.” Which makes sense, I guess, except when I asked if the addiction was to caffeine, the sister went “Oh no, it’s literally the make up of the coffee or tea (I was thinking of that herbal antioxidant crap, so I’m not terribly sure how you can get addicted to that…plus, why would you want to?); we have no problem with caffeine…we drink sodas all the time.” Ookay because an addiction to caffeine taking over your body makes less sense than an addiction to…coffee beans? BUT, after being assured that Jesus loves me and I can be reunited with my family in heaven (HA joke’s on you…I’m Hindu; we get reincarnated), I decided to give the book a try because almost every one of them said that it clarified any question they had ever about their sorrows or life in general, and Lord knows I could use some right about now. I’ll keep you updated on the progress.
’til next time, chickadees.
“Debate is life…the rest is just prep time.”
The quintessential quote to explain the life of a debater…’nuff said.
Why do people think that when you grow older or become an adult, the only things you need for the holidays/Christmas are a set of porcelain serving bowls, and you’re set? But it’s not even that…it’s that EVERYONE feels the need to gift you with MULTIPLE sets of serving bowls, crystal cracker trays (seriously, why are there specialized trays for CRACKERS? Why not just provide specialized trays for, I don’t know, paper towels, for all the good it does you T.T), dipping sets (What’s wrong with just putting dip in a regular bowl and dipping the crackers in that, like past generations have always done? Exactly what aspect of the whole experience changes by suddenly using a dipping bowl? Are the aerodynamics different? the taste experience? The mystery persists…), and of course, the good ol’ ornaments-that-contain-a-mystery-substance that may or may not contain lotion, soap, potions, soup, shampoo, or quite possibly, a combination of all of them o.O
Anyways, as the holidays continue to get closer, I’m intrigued by what else our family friends think that we’re in dire need of for the holidaaaaays.
Kanye West-Bound 2
What does this video have to do with the song, exactly? And yet, it seems to have taken off across the internet…the spoof, though XD
“Promise me you’ll always remember: you’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think”
-Christopher Robin to Pooh
Isn’t it funny to think that the deepest and most meaningful quotes come from children’s tales?
I think this is something that we forget about all too quickly…When a crisis comes by, it’s all too easy to get caught up in the intensity and fear of the moment and forget about our ability to deal with the situation at hand. But the fact of the matter is, all we ever need to get through a troubling situation is the belief in our own ability to pull through and always come out on top. When we get caught up in a situation that we don’t know how to deal with, all it feels like is that we’re quite possibly, the most unlucky people in the world and that nothing could EVER happen to bring us out of our misery. But, the one thing that people seem to forget is that it’s simply an issue of mind of matter…everything that we’ll ever need to resolve a crisis is always given to us, and (as silly as it sounds) the one thing we have to do is BELIEVE in ourselves; that is, believe in our ability to be able to handle the problem as well as any other person around and believe in our ability to hold our heads up high the whole way through. The truth is, life goes on…it keeps pushing forward, relentless in its desire to keep up with the flow of time…in the same way, the best thing we can ever hope to do is trust in our abilities to keep pushing forward and looking for a solution to the matter at hand. Does this answer anything? Does this even help anyone dealing with a crisis? It depends…on the person. But the thing is, believing in oneself when the going gets tough is really all that keeps the tough going.