"Tomorrow"

There is no “tomorrow".

Because “tomorrow" will always become “tomorrow” once again. Once we stop making today into “tomorrow" is when we really start living. In the grand scheme of existence, there is a thin line between our beginning and our end. But how can we live without death in our sights? How can we have life, in all it’s extremes and urgencies, without knowing that our bodies will one day part the sensations of this earth? There are no extremes without an opposite. To understand life we must understand the inevitability of death. To strive for good we must oppose the tendencies of evil. Learn to embrace the fleeting state of this life, as both a motivator and as a current; a current that pulls you along with every other ebb and flow of life. Love each moment for what it is, because every moment is unique in all it’s senses. Find hope, with perseverance and suffering, in the hard times. Find joy, with bliss and thankfulness in the good times. And always, regardless of the situation, find comfort in the presence and being of others, because others are those who make us. Don’t avoid death, simply confront life.

Maybe we’ll wake up tomorrow when our lives are done
And see that we left something beautiful behind us once
— There's More to Life, Dylan Owen

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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Opportunity

It seems that many people are under the impression that they never have had, and never will have, the opportunity to become “successful.” They look at other’s success with envy, choosing to believe that success comes from nothing but good look. Yet, while this jealousy is consuming their lives, they fail to see the vast amount of opportunities that are presented to them. Everyday we are given the chance to do something new, to work towards something greater, and to be something more.

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
— Thomas Edison

Taking action in this life is the only reliable way to move forward. How many times have you thought to yourself, “I wish I would have started yesterday.” This can be discouraging to think about sometimes; we continue to think about the negatives in our inability to act, and lose time that could have been spent working. Learn to allow this frantic push to encourage you to keep doing, rather than letting it hold you back. My encouragement to all of you is to start something new today. Start something that you will be eager to work towards every single day. Start something that drives you. Start something that forces you to wake up each morning and jump out of bed. Start something you love. Give yourself an opportunity that you can grasp, and give yourself a meaning to live every day.

 

Find opportunities.

Work at what you love.

Be happy.

 

- Jonah

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Connected

Sometimes, especially after confrontations of difficulty, we choose to cut ourselves off and face troubles alone. Often times when we are lonely, we choose to stay in solitude rather than enjoy the presence of friends. In life, we occasionally become disconnected from those around us. Although I’ve only enjoyed 17 years on this life, I can say with confidence that the company of others is extremely important in multiple aspects. Every person you will meet will bring something new to the table. Try to befriend every person you anticipate can bring something positive to your life, and try to spread that positivity around in return.

I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it, friends make life a lot more fun.
— Charles R. Swindoll

Stay connected to the things and people that help you, and eliminate the presence of anything that brings harm. In my blog post, Language, I’ve written about a similar idea. Communication and constant company can lead to relationships that improve your life in so many ways. It is hard to enjoy the unavoidable mundane occurrences in life when you are alone, but with the company of even one good friend, the most boring of moments can be transformed into something memorable and great. Seek the friendship of other great people, and always be willing to give as much as you receive. 

 

Stay connected.

Be a friend.

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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