Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Miscellaneous thoughts (Part 2)

~ I know life is busy, and sometimes you get caught up in everything you need to do for yourself. But if you're too busy for your loved ones and you never think about what you can be doing for others, you're way too busy. At the end of your life, you're going to regret not staying in touch with certain people. You're going to regret being too distracted by your own problems to listen to someone else's. You're going to regret turning down invitations to certain social events or avoiding certain opportunities that will never come again. I saw a quote on Pinterest the other day that said, "Stop the glorification of busy." I think it's my new favorite quote ever.

~ Asking for help doesn't make you weak.

~ I think it's good to have personal goals, professional goals and bucket list goals. For example, one of your personal goals could be to call a certain relative more often. One of your professional goals could be to write and publish a book. One of your bucket list goals could be to go skydiving. You don't have to make a super long list that you know you won't stick to, but try making mini lists and taking on your goals a few at a time.

~ In life, you're going to feel stuck over and over and over again. Just when you think you've reached the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow or the light at the end of the tunnel, you're going to run into another rainbow or another tunnel. Life is a ridiculously long series of rainbows and tunnels---pots of gold to be discovered and lights to be reached. You're never quite "there." Once you learn to be okay with that, navigating your life won't seem as scary or tragic when you hit the newest roadblock.

~ It's okay to cry simply because you need to release pressure build-up in your soul.

~ Don't confuse familiarity with boredom. Just find a way to make the familiar new again. You don't have to pack up all your things and move to Thailand or quit your job and hitch hike across the country to experience a little newness. Don't abandon the things that matter most to you just because they start to feel too "familiar." The familiar things are the things you give the most attention to, so there must be an element of importance there.

~ Staying committed to something that matters to you is hard work. But quitting is even harder.  

~ Know when to hold on and when to let go.

<3 Madison  

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