The Other Side

We must remain open-minded and be willing to listen to other views. The world is a big place and we are but one very small part, with a very small world view.

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I have lived in different places all around the world. I have met people coming from different Counties. I have traveled to an indefinite number of different Cities. I have been eager to learn about different cultures. I have always wanted to discover different ways of thinking.

And yet, here I am, feeling exposed and realizing how narrow my point of view has always been. I guess this is the effect Berlin has on people. With its extreme unconventionality, its exaggerated extravagance, its limitless freedom and its unbalanced personality. And when you are left with no boundaries. When there seem to be no more right and wrong. When all that is bad starts to be considered good. When all that you have learned seems to have no meaning. That is when you will finally start to understand what this city is all about. And in that moment you will realize that you…

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Food for thought

Do you take time to consider how others view the world? Or, do you dig in to defend your point of view come hell or high water? I’m not saying one way is better than the other, but I sure learn more when I consider the validity of the counter-point.

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The Bizarro World Version of Dream Big, Dream Often

IMG_7127I have been thinking about something I wrote a week or so ago about an exercise a college professor had us do to gain perspective on a topic: argue the opposite of your belief.  So I thought I would write an article on why it is not necessary to do anything that relates to self-improvement or personal development.  I am also not going to edit this, it will be honest and freely associated.  I have no clue how this is going to turn out, but here goes anyway:

Too many people think it is necessary to continue to work on themselves.  Why can’t we just appreciate where we are, who we are and what we are in the moment.  So many people are focused on the future that they completely miss the present. What if, while planning this super awesome future, you died and missed out on life right here, right now?   I am reminded of the John Lennon line “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”

Plus, shouldn’t we accept ourselves for who we are.  If I’m a little overweight and that’s the way I want to be, then so be it.  If I don’t make a lot of money, but I am content, then so be it.  If I don’t like or have no desire to exercise then so be it.  Life isn’t always about me trying to be a greater version of myself.  What if I like me for exactly who I am, exactly the way I am?

Companies are constantly attacking our self-confidence with advertising, inferring that we are not good enough, smart enough, happy enough, pretty enough until we buy their product.  Then we will be happy.  Then we will be pretty.  Then we will have tons of friends and be popular.

Then you have websites encouraging us to “Do These 5 Things in Order to Achieve Happiness.”  If I spent my time online reading all the advice on how to make me happy I would’ve missed out on my trip to the balloon festival.  Now that is living life.  I saw friends I haven’t seen in over a year, breathed in some incredible fall air and got to see hundreds of balloons in the air!

But back to the “me being me” talk.  Why is it necessary for me to change?  Why should I have to make more money?  Why do I need to listen to anyone that says I am not okay just the way I am?  Isn’t life going to happen regardless?  And I will change in time so why put so much effort into it?

Why do I have to have this elaborate plan?  Why do people keep telling me I have to have goals?  I don’t have to do anything.  What if I just want to work my job, hang out with my friends and be okay with that?

I have zero desire to conquer the world.  All I want to do is enjoy my little bit of peace and quiet on this little rock as it spins around the universe.  If people around me would just accept me for who I am it would make my life a whole lot less dramatic AND a whole lot easier.

I am okay with my spot in life.  I like my friends.  I like my job.  I like where I live.  So why can’t everyone else be okay with it also?

How would you counter this viewpoint if this was debate class?

Change Is Definite

A New Perspective Perhaps is one of my go-to follows! This post inspired my post earlier today and wanted to give credit!

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I got a good scare yesterday when someone in my family had a bizarre accident. It reminded me that life really can change in a second. Tomorrow can look completely different from today. Things and people can be added to your life or taken away. Be grateful for all you have. Enjoy every detail of your life and celebrate how fortunate you really are in this moment. You will never have it again.

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Sometimes a New Perspective is Called For…

It is amazing how a change of scenery can change your mental perception of life around you.  It reminds me of a IMG_7127philosophy professor I had in college that suggested that I sit in a place in a familiar room that I had never sat before; like on the floor in the corner.  I still practice this today.  You see new blemishes on walls, new shadows, new angles.  I use “new” when actually not one of the “new” sights are new at all; they have been there all along.

Sometimes in life the answer you are looking for is right in front of you; you simply need to see life from a new perspective.

The slightest change in angle can open your eyes to an entirely new world.

A simple thought for a beautiful Sunday morning!

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