What My World's Like

disconnect.

Dec
09

your inner world rules your outer world.

Aug
08

This was originally posted on September 4, 2010.

Life is calling you. All the time. Do this. Do that. Don’t do anything at all. There’s always a fork in the road. Sometimes you don’t even know it’s there, but it is. Sometimes you hear it, see it, feel it…this urge…this moment that comes to visit briefly. It may whisper, it may shout, but it’s always saying something. Are you listening?

The perpetual, invisible fork is the following question: how are you going to respond? To what? To everything.

We allow the outer world to control our inner world because we don’t understand that the more we control our inner world, the more we control the outer world.  It often acts the other way around, but we’re so much more effective in our lives when we understand this.  The past few weeks have proven this to be true.

Out of nowhere, my job suddenly became a place I slightly dreaded. I wasn’t even fully aware of it, but I noticed it when I realized time was my obsession. “What time is it?” and “how much longer will I be here?” Sure signs of danger. Everyone and everything was a problem and I played the victim to all the haphazard incidents and wrongdoings.

When somebody/everybody else is always the problem, maybe the problem is really you.

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near end of the year assessment: what’s so different?

Nov
02

I’m shocked that it’s November 2nd. Only because it feels like so much of the year happened in a blur. Where did the time go? What happened? What changed? I’m in a new city, new apartment, new job (not so “new” really). I’ve had some great— and startling—discoveries about myself and now I have some newfound sense of confidence and direction that wasn’t there a year ago. Still, I don’t think there’s enough difference. More than anything, I find myself aggravated by my own inertia. A bunch of shoulds come to mind.

I should be this
I should be here
I should have this done
I should…

Then I’m reminded that the past is the past. Done. Over. Finito. I can only focus on forward movement to ensure future progress. However, it would probably be beneficial to reflect and see what roadblocks prevented me making the growth I apparently expected of myself, yet didn’t hold myself accountable for.

Are you where you planned to be now? Have you made the progress you anticipated? What will you do to get on track (your track)?

Your inner world rules your outer world

Sep
04

Life is calling you. All the time. Do this. Do that. Don’t do anything at all. There’s always a fork in the road. Sometimes you don’t even know it’s there, but it is. Sometimes you hear it, see it, feel it…this urge…this moment that comes to visit briefly. It may whisper, it may shout, but it’s always saying something. Are you listening?

The perpetual, invisible fork is the following question: how are you going to respond? To what? To everything.

We allow the outer world to control our inner world because we don’t understand that the more we control our inner world, the more we control the outer world.  It often acts the other way around, but we’re so much more effective in our lives when we understand this.  The past few weeks have proven this to be true.

Out of nowhere, my job suddenly became a place I slightly dreaded. I wasn’t even fully aware of it, but I noticed it when I realized time was my obsession. “What time is it?” and “how much longer will I be here?” Sure signs of danger. Everyone and everything was a problem and I played the victim to all the haphazard incidents and wrongdoings.

When somebody/everybody else is always the problem, maybe the problem is really you.

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what is optimism to you?

May
03

We are a process.

Apr
20

when are you going to change?


I am a process. You are a process. We are a process. Each of us is perpetually ‘becoming’. There is no [natural] end. What doesn’t grow is dead.

Perfection is illusory, yet I strive to manifest it in the most possible way by simply being better. Sometimes, I fail. Sometimes, I succeed. Some lessons take a while to truly get and some changes take longer to implement than desired. Everything in its course as everything happens in its own time. Knowing that, however, shouldn’t negate exercising effort.

Just today, I told my cousin how I feel like a late bloomer in some ways. She said, “I don’t think you’re a late bloomer, you just have your own lessons to learn and you will. Be patient with yourself, you’ll get it in God’s time.”

I’m not who I was and at some point, I won’t be who I am now. The term “growing pains” is appropriate for so many phases in life, if not the sum of it. Growth–change–can hurt. Does hurt. But taking refuge in stagnation is no remedy.

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Great words: growth and change

Sep
09

“I know no more encouraging fact than
the unquestionable ability of man
to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.”

– Henry David Thoreau

“The real irony of spiritual growth is that
instead of feeling some miraculous experience,
it feels a lot more like going to pieces.”

– Baron Baptiste

Moving towards positivity and possibility

Jul
31

possibility-dickinson

Change starts with us; it starts within. I started What My World’s Like out of a desire and a need to continually see positivity and positive progression. That external change begins internally. There’s a reciprocal relationship between people and culture; each shapes the other. However, culture only changes when the people interacting with that culture change. If we desire to see a more sustainable, positive, and progressive culture, we need to become sustainable, positive, and progressive people, individually and collectively.

In his Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Brazilian educator Paulo Freire argues that the fully human act upon and transform their world.  He, at great length, discusses the cyclical nature of oppression as manifested via current pedagogies.  Oppressed people oppress.  Their idea of the fully human individual is their oppressor, so in an attempt to realize their full humanity, they become what they despised.  Just like with oppression, there is a cyclical nature to negativity, positivity, and possibility.  Negativity begats negativity, positivity begats positivity, and possibility begats possibility.

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What My World Sounds Like: Seal

Nov
03

Seal’s Soul


“A Change is Gonna Come”

I AM CHANGE!

Oct
03