skip to Main Content

Get to work

It’s easy to be outraged.

Getting angry about the world’s evils is a fast and convenient way to appear righteous and respectable.

Nothing enrobes a man with an aura of conferred credibility quite like the act of being appalled by the failings and flaws of others.

But when our brief spells of fashionable moral indignation are over, the only things that remain are the results of actual effort.

We can complain, we can cry, we can condemn, and when it’s all said and done, either we will be among those who took action or we will be among those whose legacy is reducible to political posturing.

If the world’s injustices get you worked up, then feel free to get worked up, BUT don’t make the mistake of confusing getting worked up with getting to work.

If you want to be on the winning side of change, you have to get to work.

My final post before a brief hiatus

Well, folks, this is my 730th consecutive post.

That marks the completion of my second year challenge.

I have no idea what’s next. I know that I intend to continue writing everyday. I need that.

But I am currently going through a major transition in my life and I think a break would be nice.

So, I think I’ll take a couple of weeks (or longer) to read, relax, meditate, reflect and do everything I need to do in order to revamp and reload.

This has been a fun ride. I look forward to hopping back on the blog and offering my two cents very soon.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to read and comment on this blog over the past two years.

Of course, it wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t leave you with a final thought. So, here’s today’s two cents:

No matter who you are or what you go through, you are a being of intrinsic value.

Nothing can take that away.

Love, respect, praise, and appreciation may not come from the people or places you expect, but if you persist in affirming your own dignity and self-worth, things will somehow work out for you.

At least that’s the way I see it (based on my current arbitrary vantage point which could change at anytime).

Cheers,

T.K. Coleman

Shatter my beliefs

The man who threatens to disprove my beliefs is my greatest ally.

For with the stripping away of my precious assumptions comes the dissolution of those boundaries and limitations created by my dogmatic attachment to a particular way of seeing.

In the loss of certainty is the emergence of possibility.

So, I bless those who come to my aid with their belief-smashing logic.

I praise those who dare to shatter my most cherished illusions.

I adore those who graciously undermine my claims to knowledge.

One cannot experience the bliss and freedom of shifting into a new paradigm unless he is first willing to undergo a crisis of faith.

At least that’s the way I see it (until I shift paradigms tomorrow morning).

Cheers,

T.K. Coleman

Optimism doesn’t begin with faith, belief, or trust

You can’t discover new possibilities until you look for them.

You won’t look for new possibilities unless you’re open to the idea that they actually exist.

You can’t be open to the idea that new possibilities actually exist, until you recognize that you don’t know most of what there is to know.

The presumption that one has seen it all precludes the act of searching for what one has not yet seen.

Optimism doesn’t begin with faith, belief, or trust. It begins with an affirmation of uncertainty.

The optimistic attitude is born out of one’s ability to imagine that there are sounds one has never heard, colors one has never seen, ideas one has never contemplated, lessons one has never been taught, and paths upon which one’s feet have never tread.

The pessimist has trouble with such notions because he thinks he knows. He is too sure of himself to entertain “wild fantasies” about unexplored worlds. The pessimist believes that if there really were unknown possibilities, they must surely be negative or, if positive, too insignificant to be worth considering.

So, he accepts his judgments as irrefutable facts and dismisses skeptical inquiry as a useless philosophical exercise.

The optimist, however, is one who is capable of unconvincing himself of what he thinks he knows.

He repeatedly asks himself, “how do I know that?”

And whenever he is unable to provide a reasonable defense of his pessimistic premises, he returns to his native state of unknowing.

And when one does not know, one is open.

And when one is open, there is little need for faith and “positive thinking.”

For hopelessness and despair simply cannot survive in a mind that refuses to be too sure of itself.

At least that’s the way I see it (but one can never be too sure).

Cheers,

T.K. Coleman

 

Friends and family

A friend is someone who loves to spend time with you. A brother is someone who’s still capable of loving you even when you can’t spend time with them.

A friend is someone who “gets you.” A sister is someone who has your back even when, after all your explanations, she still doesn’t have a clue why you do what you do.

Your fans celebrate your success.

Your friends celebrate your dreams.

Your brothers and sisters celebrate you.

Back To Top