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Self-care

“When you say ‘yes’ to others, make sure you’re not saying ‘no’ to yourself.”

-Paulo Cohelo

This quote by Brazilian songwriter and author Paulo Cohelo is very important to remember, especially when caring for loved ones.

Before we set out to make anyone else happy, we must make sure we’re happy.

That will allow us to spread more happiness to others.

It’s like they say on a plane, always put an oxygen mask on yourself before assisting others.

If we’re helping people grudgingly, the negativity could easily rub off with the help you give.

Be selfish every once in a while. Because you deserve it and are worth it as an individual.

Be Careful What You Wish For

“Be careful what you wish for, lest it comes true.”

-Unknown

While origins of this quote are sketchy, popular opinion suggests that it’s a translation of an old Chinese proverb.

There indeed times when something we want looks far more attractive than it really is. It may be the forbidden fruit.

But I’ve always wondered, how would we know that?

Everything we desire has a 50/50 chance of being beneficial to us. We may wish for something, receive it and it may be good or bad.

Hence I feel that instead of issuing a warning of being careful to wish for it, we should preach the philosophy of, you asked for it so you deal it, good or bad.

Because if don’t have hopes, dreams and ambitions, what are we left with?

Silence Is Golden

“Speech is silver, silence is golden”

-Thomas Carlyle

These were the words first written by poet Thomas Carlyle when translating a proverb from ancient Egypt.

There are times when it’s advantageous to maintain silence and listen.

There are also times, particularly in this modern era, to not.

This is the age of the #MeToo era, the #IDONTMIND era, the teen hotline era.

This is an era in which silence is not encouraged when going through turbulent periods in our lives.

The help we seek during such distress cannot come unless we admit we need it.

So pick your spots. Don’t poke a bear you can’t fight. But don’t ignore it either.

Speak up.

 

New Endeavors & Mistakes

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”

-Albert Einstein

All too often, we’re afraid of going out of our comfort zones and embarking on new endeavors.

While the reasons for not doing so are relatable on many levels, one can’t help but think what would happen if famous minds like Albert Einstein didn’t think outside the box.

We would be robbed of so many scientific elements that today we take for granted.

Do what you know and what you’re good at to bring home the bread.

But never be afraid to try new things to bring home the dessert.

If a Tree Falls in the Forest

“If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”

This rhetorical question has been a popular topic of debate and conversation for several centuries.

It was first discussed by an Irish philosopher named by George Berkeley around 1710.

Like many things that grow in legend over the years, it’s been rumored that Berkeley himself never posed the actual question.

Instead, it was asked years later in reference to Berkeley’s article discussed above.

Perhaps when the world was bigger and places were more distanced from each other, the question might have been more appropriate.

In this day and age, however, with the world news literally at our fingertips via our various smart gadgets, there is little place to debate it.

The world is a much smaller place and we are aware of anything that happens on the other side in an instance.

We see, hear and read about news around the world that we’re not actually a part of nor is it happening in our vicinity.

I think it’s time to rethink the basic philosophy of the proverb that if no one saw or heard something, it devalues the significance of it.

People Who Think Mental Health Issues…

Sometime last year, I attended a mental health seminar. Like many people around the world, I am a victim and a survivor of mental health, having been diagnosed with clinical depression about four years ago.

Unfortunately, there are still people who don’t take the matter as seriously as they should.

It was in that context that I said the quote below while speaking to a group of people who were struggling with depression just like me.

I had no idea that the organizers of the seminar would enlarge it and project it on the wall behind for the rest of all other seminars.

“People who think mental health issues are nothing serious, have serious mental health issues!”

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

This proverb was first written by author Margaret Wolfe Hungerford in 1878.

Unfortunately, as time passed and pop culture became more and more inundated with stereotypical definitions of what beauty is, Hungerford’s expression, sadly, has been put out to pasture.

Perhaps it’s time now to not only seriously give this proverb more latitude but also add to it.

Specifically, in the age of mental health awareness, it needs to be said that beauty is first born from within and then manifests itself in a more tangible manner on the outside.

The Road Not Taken

“I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”

This was the last stanza of Robert Frost’s famous poem written in 1916.

While the interpretation of the poem has been debated over the years, the common belief seems that Frost’s words advise us not to always follow the crowd and take a road less traveled on.

If that is the case, the basic ideology is very noble and admirable.

Yet the one thing we must keep in mind is that a single ideology or philosophy never works with every person nor in every walk of life.

And this is true no matter how the poem is interpreted.

We, as individuals, all look, feel and act differently and hence our approach to solving a dilemma must reflect actions that are appropriate at that given moment.

Because in the end, while we come across many people during our life journeys, our destination points will always be ours alone, something I call “a flight of solitude.”


"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."

Audrey Hepburn


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