To understand reality is not the same as to know about outward events. It is to perceive the essential nature of things. The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential. But on the other hand, knowledge of an apparently trivial detail quite often makes it possible to see into the depth of things. And so the wise man will seek to acquire the best possible knowledge about events, but always without becoming dependent upon this knowledge. To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom. Dietrich Bonhoeffer:


Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.---RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.---ABRAHAM LINCOLN
There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state to another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.---ALEXANDRE DUMAS
“It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes... we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions - especially selfish ones" --- Alexander Solzhenitsyn quotes (Russian novelist, Nobel Prize for Literature (1970), b.1918)
“Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.” ---Kahlil Gibran

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Someday SOON

Watched the movie "The Women" the other day, guess it was my fourth time to see the movie and just this week that I came to notice some of those touching dialogues in the story. Especially when Bette Medler talked about being selfish. That one has to so when time comes that one has to evaluate his life, he cannot put the blame to the rest for not giving much and will do away with question "what about me?".

I was struck, that point made me say "yeah." It has definitely a sense. I've heard some people who have been so selfless and yet they are hurting and in pain. I'm not sure maybe faith  and religion have something to do with the selfless and the selfish thing but I personally think the two varies depending on how a person defines the words.

One can just be doing something for himself and can tell he's selfish or the opposite, like one doing very little favor for others and then speak of him being selfless.

Giving is not new to all, it's a simple activity of humankind and so waiting for the kindness to get it back. There are times for everything, the thing is we do live in uncertainties when some matters aren't really on schedules, especially of those that  require someone else's contributions and some major resources.

That was great for the lead actress starred by Meg Ryan  in the movie to do what she wanted  after that talk. She got all the resources and started to make her own life. That she won't be living behind the shadows of another but to make  a name and accomplishment of her own. And  so when she gets  older, she can look back and say she had done something. In the story, she kept record of what she really wanted and carry it out, she designed clothing apparels and finally came up with a fashion show.

It's true for all having dreams, ambitions and goals. Sometimes staying focused to these goals can cause us defeats in other aspects and may lose some special  people in some way. Nonetheless, if the people around us truly care and understand our goals, everything will be fine. However, these people around may also have their own goals which may not be agreeable to what we aim for. If we stay focus we'll likely to lose them and or adjust to whatever they please, will perhaps make us neglect our own thus forgetting our goals or maybe even giving those up. Anyway, I should say that the bottomline is a choice.

If we are strongly committed to our goals, we will keep standing firm regardless of the challenges we meet along the way. It's not being numb but merely being brave and strong for getting your own desires.  As long as you know that you are doing good and never mislead anyone for your own benefits then the sacrifice is worth the wait.

Whatever is it that you really want, aspire, wish and hope.... embrace the  setbacks, keep your focus and have a strong faith  in God and in yourself  that SOMEDAY SOON, you'll succeed in your doing.

1 comment:

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