On the SDL Facebook Page, I posted the following question: “knowing that I might use it in a blog post, what is the deepest or coolest thought about life that you’ve ever thought?”
I was hoping for lots of original thoughts (of which I got several), but you also responded with some that I’ve heard before yet are poignant or cool enough to share as well. Anyway, here is the second half of my favorites from your list!
- Don’t be afraid of the rough road that leads to the golden bridge, it is WELL worth it!
- What other people think of you is none of your business.
- Stop taking life so seriously. You’ll never make it out alive.
- We choose what thoughts hold us back, what thoughts hold us in the past, and what thoughts move us forward.
- I would be friends with my kids even if we weren’t family. They are really cool individuals.
- I can’t solve illogical problems with logic.
- Every choice we make has the possibility of changing our path in life… Sometimes small, sometimes epic. So that traffic jam you get stuck in may be God’s way of putting an obstacle in your way to slow you down. Take life in stride and take a walk out of your routine…You never know what you might find or who you might meet.
- Attitude is truly everything. The people who see the world with a good attitude are the only ones who are happy.
- If you put a slinky on an escalator, will it go forever?
- God loves me exactly the same as everyone else.
- I have often wondered if different people see colors differently. Like what is red to me and what is red to you is visually different and we only know it is called red because that is what we were taught.
- I’m being honest when I say I feel that everyone would love themselves just a bit more if we could all know ourselves as a baby. Hold ourselves as we cry, calm ourselves when we’re cranky, and even change one of our own diapers. It would just give us all a healthy dose of humility.
- I have learned that we should promote what we love instead of bashing what we hate. You get a lot farther that way and it feels better too.
Not only do slinkies on escalators go forever, it's also how escalator installers and maintainers calibrate the escalator speed. True story!
It's hard to pick, I like many of them.
Some of my own: there are "invisible" things in the world, like the fact that the dishes got used, washed, and put away, the peoples that lived thousands of years ago in some country we will learn about when the ruins are discovered, the fact that a person did not go hungry because someone thought of them; so, when looking at the world, I try to remember that what I can see is definitely not all that is really happening or important.
Number 19 is totally me. As a result, I want to spend my life in sciences that explore the why, when, where, what and HOW we got here. I'm in love with astronomy, earth and space sciences and paleontology. I don't have a religion, although I understand the human need for something that provides what a religion does. To me, the universe and everything around us is way more than beautiful enough for me. It doesn't need to have been created by a supernatural being. That would take away from it. Science is beauty and everything around is here how it is because of billions upon billions of events that converged into this reality. You've got the big things, like how all the elements around us were created inside of stars, and some more while they giant ones exploded with a light brighter than their entire host galaxy, or how our local group is situated in a just dense enough but not too dense part of the Milky Way to make life possible where there's liquid water. Then you've got the small things. Like how billions of years ago, if one of our ancestor species had died out due to some natural event or anything, we wouldn't be here. Something else would. It makes me happy and thankful that I'm here, living. Some people look at pictures of space or read about the incomprehensible vastness of it and feel small and alone. To me, I feel close and comforted, because even though the universe doesn't literally care about us, it has become self-aware through us, after we were made from it over these 14.5 billion years. :)
There were many that struck me and made me think, even some that moved me to tears. The one that REALLY got me was the one about the slinky on an escalator. I totally want to try that now!!!!
While I struggle believing in God/ Heaven/ Hell, I also struggle with the alternative. I often wonder what will happen after I pass. Will it be like undergoing anesthesia, where my mind just goes black and everything stops? Or will it be more like recovery from anesthesia, where I wake up in a new place and everything is a little fuzzy, but still familiar?
I like #12. It reminds me of the idea of some mental professionals to take people back to their childhoods to have the adult "Johnny" take care of the child "Johnny".
I did something similar. I had an abusive brother, and felt like no one protected me, blaming everyone from my parents and siblings to the neighbors and teachers. By writing a journal as a "neighbor" of my childhood self, I was able to see that no one could have known what was going on because I was a very good actress in public. The one time I "acted out" (fought back) by tackling my brother in the driveway and rubbing his face in the gravel, the neighbors called the police on me and I got in trouble. Even then, I said nothing.
It was very therapeutic for me to be able to be the person (in the journal) who questioned "me" without judgement and found out the truth.
I have to say that I truly enjoy changing diapers. As weird as that sounds. If there's poo, their digestive tract is working. If they peed, they have functioning kidneys. I also love waking up in the middle of the night. It seems that is the time they are most cuddly and I get to soak in the love. It's the silver linings of parenting.
When I stopped trying to control everything in my life, things actually started happening for the better. Learning to let life unfold as it will gives you the peace to enjoy the ride.
Number 11! Me too! Ever since I was a kid I have thought about it! It was one of those things that I would ponder as I went to sleep because the more you think about it, the larger the idea becomes and eventually blows your mind.
When I started exploring my spiritual side, learning about God, I set aside my technological thinking and truly considered past my own finality of life into the concept that maybe humans are not meant to last forever and was awed by the concept of how little we may really be in the scheme of things.
"My husband and I have been married for almost 19 years and only one of us is getting out of it alive."
Is it just me, or does this strike anyone else as more than a little ominous?
This is the coolest thing I know. Carbon is the element of life. All living organisms, including humans, have it within every cell, every organic molecule. Carbon is created within stars and released into the universe when that star explodes or goes super nova. Which means that quite literally, you, I, and every living thing is made of star dust.
To the person who posted number 11 about the colours...I have thought the same thing!!
Does anyone else ever stop and look at people and think: those are all people with their own thoughts and lives, and they have nothing to do with me. They will carry on with their own thoughts long after I've passed by them.
There were 4 or 5 that were very profound and rang with truth for me. Thank you for sharing them and thank you for bringing so much that is positive, and uplifting thoughts to the world through your blog etc. You prove to us that there is still good in the world.
I am always amazed to think of the stars and planets around us.... When the light from the sun reaches us, it is actually already ~8.5 minutes old. The next star system to us is 4.5 lightyears away, so when you look at that star you are seeing light that is 4.5 years old. Each additional star is even further, so when you look at the sky at night (stars, planets, galaxies), you are seeing everything in the past. Some of those stars could have exploded 100+ years ago and we just don't know it yet.
A coworker of ours recently shared an embarrassing moment in her life and how truly traumatizing it was for her to have gone through eating a tamale with the corn husk on because she had never ate one, and having her newly in-laws laugh in her face. We couldn't help ourselves and we all synchronously started laughing. I ask her, do yo find it funny now? And her response was, "Eventually everything is funny!". It was a deep statement but its so true! How often do we go through life's hardest and most embarrassing moments only to later recount those stories and find them just something silly we can laugh about. I will never forget this wisdom from this back-to-work retiree. She is very right!
I have number 3 on a sign at my front door. And I have always wondered about #11 How everyone truly sees colors.
One of the most important things I ever learned was that I can't control what other people do--all I can control is how I react to it.
Sitting outside one cool night, gazing up at the most stars I had ever seen in one place in a perfect inky blue black sky - I realized how truly beautiful and amazing everything is, how long it has been there and how much I had to learn, the deep part is that 30 years later it still is amazing and there is still more to learn.
My personal thought about life is that you need to stop and take time for the little everyday miracles. Like the sun gleaming through an icicle and making a rainbow, or that feeling you get with the first sip of coffee in the morning. Savour these moments, life is too short and passes us by so quickly that if we don't consciously make the time, we are missing so many good things.
#9 made me laugh out loud and get that 'what are you doing' look from my cat.
#11 is real - there is a particular shade of blue that everyone says is blue but I see it as purple, and there is a lovely accent wall in my friend's basement that is dark forest green in my eyes but it is actually apparently slate grey. I read up on this and it has something to do with the shape of the receptors in your eyes or something, I wish I remember what the article was :)
Our most precious gift is Time.Our greatest strength; Love. Give time to what matters most, and love fully and unconditionally
Since the meteorite hit, I am obsessing about space, infinity and the possibility of other life forms - It has made me feel less concerned about the daily insecurities, dramas and obsticles I face and more concerned about God, community and the miracle that is this great world we live in.
9 = Ha! 11 = Darn it, that messes with my sense of reality. 13 = YES. I need to work on that. For some reason I have a tendency to bash things I don't like. I've been aware of it, and trying to change it, but I need to try harder. 20 = I try to be that positive impact, even if it's tiny. 21 = LOL!
Here's mine: Just because it's scary, doesn't mean don't do it! Unless you're going to jump out of an airplane without a parachute. Might wanna rethink your strategy, there. Making an impact in your life is one thing, making an impact with the ground is totally different.
The only person who can make you do anything is you. People are going to do what they are going to do. All you can do about that is choose how you react.
I know this isn't profound, but today it popped in my head that the hokey-pokey is about getting dressed.
Number 17-20 are my favorites and what I needed to hear today. I've been in this place of transition for a while now and I've spent a lot of time thinking about who I am, where I'm going, and calming down on the way to getting "there". I'm working on my health in every aspect (social, mental, emotional, physical) and it's stressful. Every day is a new day that I have to overcome the same insecurities and I just... wonder what it would be like to get over these insecurities. And then I think that everyone has insecurities they deal with and that are real to them. I wonder how many hours the entire human race wastes worrying about their insecurities? And then I wonder what would happen if all those hours spent thinking on individual insecurities from all those self-aware and globally aware individuals, what would happen if we all just realized that our insecurities will always be with us, and so we should just learn to quiet them and put our energy into someone else far less fortunate than we are? What if we all combined our energy towards a common goal? Can you imagine how much good would come from that?
I exist. And I radiate energy, for good or for bad. Every time I connect with another person (in the grocery mart line or on an intimate level), I am personally impacting that person's view of themselves and the world around them; I am making them feel safe or intimidated. World peace, in the sense of an individual's recognition of their own sense of peace within the world they live in, begins with me. What if we all shared that ideology, would we accomplish a more peaceful world?
I've learned that there is a still, small voice inside of me, offering guidance. It's completely peaceful and patient and loving and sometimes I can't hear it because I'm listening to the loud negative voice that tells me all of the ways in which I am inadequate. But when I listen, really LISTEN, the still small voice guides me through everything--from little things like getting gas because later it will be raining, to how best to love someone. I believe this voice is Divine in origin, and that we all have one.
Since deciding to dedicate my life to encouraging happiness in others rather than in myself, I've found my own happiness much more easily. I guess when you determine your own success in life according to your own happiness, your sense of self worth becomes very fragile. Basing that idea of success and self worth in making a positive difference to others has turned out to be a far more stable and uplifting way of life, plus what goes around comes back around ;) Love the blog, Dan Pearce, you've certainly made a positive difference to my life, thanks!
consider the "random" people in a dream you have had. how did your brain decide on those people? did your brain just get creative and put together things that it would recognize as a face? or are those people that you have seen somewhere, sometime, and your brain remembers them and uses them as fills ins in your dreams?
Life is like a Carnival cruise. When you're in it up to your knees, keep your eye on the beautiful blue ocean.
1- Your windshield is bigger than your review mirror for a reason. If you drive forward while looking backward, you're headed for trouble.
2- Stay in good position. True in sports, true in life. If you want something, take action to put yourself in the best possible position to have it. It's not about creating your own luck or taking control out of God's hands, it's about making sure you stay out of God's way by being ready to be part of His plan, whatever it may be.
I discovered your fb page just recently. My belief in life is that everything happens for a reason. People come into your life just when you need them or they need something from you. Your page has brought an even deeper happiness into my life. Positive thoughts get you through the rough times and the best of times. When you are happy, happiness surrounds you!! Thank you SDL, you inspire all of us!
#5 and 24. Two that I like also: ~If you want to know where your heart is, look to where your mind goes when it wanders. ~Life is way too short to spend another day at war with yourself. not sure of the author of either quote.
@amckaig I do this frequently! Our own individual lives are so consuming and we are often so focused on what we are doing that it's enlightening to step back and take a look around ourselves and realise each of us are travelling our own highway, following our own paths and experiencing our own journey. It's a real awakening to absorb the reality of a strangers life, completely seperate from our own, but for that person as all-consuming as our lives are to us. Did that make sense?? Lol.