Culmination

Many people see life as one big journey, with a finish line as their final destination. They see this finish as the main goal, a point in time or place in life that will finally bring them the satisfaction or happiness they are looking for. It’s great to have goals like this, because it will give you a drive and motivation all through life. However, many people become too fixated on nothing but a culmination of everything they live for. Due to this tunnel vision, they forget to appreciate everything that is surrounding them.

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.
— Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

I watched a movie once called “Hector and the Search for Happiness.” It was about a man who decided to take some time off of work, travel around the world, experience as much as he could, and figure what makes people happy. During his search however, he noticed that the simple act of living and experiencing was far more important than any end goal in mind. Ever since seeing this movie, I have had a personal mantra:

“Happiness comes from the pursuit. The pursuit to maker others happy, the pursuit to make yourself better, and the pursuit to love unconditionally.”

Everyday, whenever I feel impatient, anxious, or sad, I remember to slow down and take in everything around me. Live life with a goal in mind, always, but don’t forget to enjoy every step of your journey.

 

Take pleasure in life.

Live with open eyes.

Be happy.

 

- Jonah

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Passive

The whole idea and central theme of this blog post is going to be awfully similar to that of an older article of mine, Aggressive. Basically, the idea is this: life, depending on your perspective, is extremely short. There is no time to live passively, so spend every waking hour of your life working towards something that is important to you. Don’t fall into the common trap of, “Tomorrow I will,” because tomorrow, you probably won’t. Start working today. Even if it is just a small step towards something great. There is no harm in chipping away at a goal that you know will take a lot of effort spread over a long amount of time. I can’t even count how many times I say to myself, “I wish I would have started earlier.” 

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
— Zig Ziglar

Live with a purpose, and don’t let common obstacles get in the way of the life you think is optimal to yourself. Success is not defined by the amount of money you earn, or the number of followers you obtain. Success is completely subjective to each and every person. Learn enough about yourself that you can tailor every action you take to bring a benefit to both your immediate and distant future.

 

Don’t live passively.

Always have goals in mind.

Be happy.

 

- Jonah

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