Today’s post is inspired by an old friend who forecasted in a Facebook post that today is a good day to have a good day.
She just happens to be my most clairvoyant friend.
She actually predicted that I was going to end up marrying my husband as well as the exact day that my first child would be born.
So when she says that it’s a good day to have a good day, I know it’s a good day to have a good day.
And you know what? It was.
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I recently posted about change being the only constant in life.
I’ve been saying this for years – long before ever learning that this is an actual quote by a famous philosopher, named Heraclitus, who predated and influenced both Plato and Socrates.
I decided to do a little research on this philosopher whose name I cannot say with a straight face (yes, I am really that immature.)
I discovered that some of the central tenets of stoicism are derived from the thought of Heraclitus who insisted that ever-present change is the fundamental essence of the universe.
Turns out I’ve been a Stoic before I ever knew what stoicism was.
Funny how you find things in life.
Even funnier how things in life eventually find you.
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I was trying to write a blog post.
Instead, I found myself listening to a memory.
I’ve always been sure how it goes.
It’s sad and it’s sweet and I knew it complete when I wore a young girl’s capezios.
La la la, di da da
La la, di da da da dum
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Stolen ideas are justified by this notion that somehow imitation is the greatest form of flattery.
Um, some say the same thing about stalking.
Chalking it all up to flattery does nothing but condone theft and, well, encourage creeps.
The last thing society needs is more thieves and more creeps.
But, it could certainly benefit from more failures in originality.
Yeah, let’s stick to failing in originality and to finding better forms of flattery.
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“The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist.” – Keyser Soze
The greatest trick a politician can ever pull is convincing the populace that his intentions are noble.
Some are. Others aren’t.
The right to vote comes with the responsibility to seek truth and an obligation not to ignore it.
It is our job to recognize tactics, to see beyond the spin, to hear through the noise and, most importantly, to not disregard deception.
Beneath all of the distractions lie facts. And facts don’t lie.
They exist in actions not words; in results not promises; and in evidence not excuses.
Truth, like intentions, can only be concealed for so long.
We are the Jury and today is judgment day.
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From struggle comes strength.
From strength comes freedom.
From freedom comes ideas.
From ideas comes innovation.
From innovation comes progress.
When you recognize the cycle, you realize that struggles are not only unavoidable, they are a blessing.
A shout out to my friend, Lisa, for the inspiration. She seizes it like a #Stoic.
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Even with the extra hour, I barely had enough time to think of something to blog about.
But I knew if I drove around long enough, something would eventually come to me.
And right I was.
All it took was catching a 3 second verse on my way home from Whole Foods.
“Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right.” – Grateful Dead
I pulled into the CVS parking lot to write down the line so I wouldn’t forget it. While I was there, I figured I’d also snap a quick picture of a bright light.
My headlight was the first thing that came to mind.
With the engine still on and the song still playing, I stepped out of my car and took the following picture:
The last thing I expected was to see a face smiling back at me.
It was the perfect reminder that happiness is everywhere – even in the darkness. But you’ll never know unless you search for the light and look at it right.
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A friend once told me that my gift was the ability to look beyond all that is supposed to harden us, and instead, maintain a view of the world through childlike eyes.
It was one of the best compliments I ever received.
I’m not sure if this “gift” makes me young at heart, naive or just plain immature.
When I think about everything that life has thrown at me, especially in recent years, I realize I am a combination of all of the above.
Being young at heart keeps me active; the naivete keeps me striving; and the immaturity keeps me laughing.
I really wouldn’t want it any other way.
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Today on my drive to my morning beetroot juice, I started thinking about all I needed to tackle on today’s “to-do” list.
As my thoughts began racing from one task to the next, my mind was flooding with ideas.
It occurred to me that I wasn’t dreading all I needed to do, I was actually looking forward to it.
And the more I thought, the more inspired I was becoming.
I found myself literally getting high – on work.
Caution: the major side effect of the work high is that visions may end up becoming masterpieces.
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It is commonly believed that in order for one person to win, someone else has to lose.
This is simply not true.
There are a gazillion examples, in life, where every side wins.
Just ask the giver who ends up receiving far more than she ever parted with.
Or the once defeated who later returns to claim a medal.
I can even take the opposite side of a winning trade and turn it into a gain – eventually.
It seems to me that those who believe life to be a zero sum game clearly underestimate the value of time and patience.
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