“Glass”

Glass

Half empty or half full?

-Your perceived reality deals a lot with what you focus on.

What is it filled with?

-Context is always important.

Why are you holding onto the glass?

-Your reason/”why” you do something can be one of, if not the most important, things you can figure out. There’s a huge difference between a ship with a captain who has an unbreakable resolve to find treasure, and a ship without a captain wandering aimlessly in the ocean.

A glass of water might be easy to hold for a couple seconds, but several minutes can make the weight of the glass feel like hundreds of pounds.

-The longer you hold onto something, the greater affect it has onto you. Similar to a grudge you can’t let go of, it’ll keep weighing down on you more and more. Your resentment and bitterness doesn’t affect them, only you.

Our reality is affected by the lense (glass) through which we see the world.

-Changing the lense and shifting the paradigm will produce different responses to the same stimuli, and therefore create different results. The lense through which a lower class youth from a marginalized population will be vastly different from the same aged youth from an upper class background with racial privilege. This will in turn drastically affect how they see, respond to, and create results in their lives.

Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

-being quick to condemn someone for their actions when the condemner has just as much fault. Nobody likes a hypocrite or double standards. Forgive others because you have also done unforgivable things.

Be careful with glass, it’s fragile.

-Those who are most transparent leave themselves vulnerable to others. And although it’s scary to be vulnerable, it’s that same vulnerability that produces the beauty. Think of a glass prism when it reflects and reveals the many colors of light. The glass shows the beauty ¬†hidden within the light that we did not initially see.

 

“False” and relationships

False

Why can’t I find a nice guy/girl? Why don’t my relationships last longer than 3 months? There are no more good people out there.

False.

The common denominator in all your failed relationships is YOU. Sure, you might go through some genuinely bad people, but if you’re always blaming someone else, you’re playing the victim and remove your own power.

Think, are you the type of person you would want to date?

I see cultivating a great relationship is like developing a successful career or building a business. Those who take responsibility and are proactive in creating the results they want usually get them.

Those who do nothing but complain and argue for their excuses will stay in the same place.

The grass isn’t greener on the other side. The grass is greener where you water it and put effort into keeping it healthy.

Theres no difference between your grass and your relationship, or your life.

You’re not going to “find your soulmate” and then live happily ever after. You’re not magically going to find that knight in shining armor that will sweep you off your feet.

Why the heck would the knight in shining armor want to be with you? What are your merits?

It’s a fundamental principle of the universe that you attract what you are. Great people find other great people. Are you working to become that knight in shining armor so you can find your princess? Are you working to be an amazing wife for your future husband?

You cannot control the other person, you can only control who you are.

And this is more apparent once you’re in a relationship. Whether or not the relationship is great, it’s not on them. It’s on YOU. The sooner you adopt this, the sooner you will empower yourself to create the amazing relationship you really want.

 

Darkness and Light

Darkness

Several ideas pop into my head:

-You cannot drive out the darkness with darkness, only light can do that (pretty sure this is a quote from somewhere)

-sometimes the darkness makes the makes us appreciate the light

-having gone through the darkness, we can now show others the way

-In Star Wars, we often think of the Dark Side of the Force as bad. Conversely, the Light Side of the Jedi is thought to be good. However, I read somewhere that the darkness could actually be more representative of PASSION and the light could be more identified with PEACE and acceptance/tranquility. I wouldn’t discard either side, but rather both need to be used together in balance.

-If your life feels like a dark room with the lights off, once the light is turned on, it doesn’t matter how long the light has been flipped off. Instead, we should just focus on the fact that we’ve escaped and now live in the light. Too many times people tend to ruminate on their past and how terrible it was without being able to move forward and focus on what’s different. What you focus on is what expands, right? Where focus goes, energy flows (as Tony Robbins says)

-In the book “Relentless” by Tim Grover, he discusses how Cleaners (an elite level performer) taps into their darkness, the side of them that isn’t restricted or held back. Think of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. One lives in the light with all the societal restrictions. One lives with raw, animalistic instincts, not bound by any rules. One can easily see which one is more powerful given their different positions. High level performers can tap into the “zone” by utilizing their dark side and achieving a state of flow and focus. It’s a really fascinating concept. The most prominent Cleaner he discusses is Michael Jordan, the legend.

 

Forbidden

Forbidden

“For Bid Den” said the sign.

“I guess that den is up for a bid!” exclaimed¬†Johnny.

Johnny and his wife Rebecca have been in the market for a good den. Their old den had caught fire last week. The summer heat has been known to cause wildfires.

Fortunately for the young couple, they were the only ones bidding on the den. All in all, they were able to walk away with their new den for $10. What a steal!

 

“For Biden” said the sign.

“Is that Joe Biden’s new campaign slogan?” asked Michael.

“I thought the two candidates were that Hilary and that racist guy?” Ashley replied.

“Thanks, Obama.”

 

 

 

 

Layers

Trying out these writing prompts just to keep the creative writing juices flowing…

Layers

Layers can be good, but they can also be bad.

Parfaits have layers and I love parfaits. Its like a salad but a bit more organized. But requires some excavating to get some of the goods.

Layering your clothes can make you look fashionable. Unless you’re on a beach in Miami during mid-day in the summer heat.

More layers on a cake are awesome. Unless you’re the one making the cake and you don’t have enough time to finish it.

Onions have layers and onions are delicious. But the bad breath might not be worth it if you plan on being in small rooms or elevators with coworkers.

More layers on your skin could mean more protection for your vital organs. But then people might also call you fat.

The ozone has multiple layers. And as far as I know, the ozone is pretty cool. But if its closer to the sun, wouldn’t it be hotter?

The earth’s crust has multiple layers. I’m told these layers represent different time periods. So living underground might be another way of living in the past.

Some people have many layers to their personality. Or maybe that’s just an excuse for them to be inconsistent.

If I can lay myself down to sleep, does that make me a Layer?