Words of Wisdom

Note to Self

“What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?”

I’ve heard several responses to this recently popularised question, varying of course, by the differing years that have lapsed between the answer and one’s own youth.

In the short decade that has passed in my own, I’ve learned that this is my life. You may not be able to control everything that happens in it and to it, but what you can control is how you accept things as they come, and what you do next. At the end of the road, you have nobody but yourself to blame if you’re unhappy in life.

The most unhappy people I’ve met thus far are the ones who blame everyone and everything else around them for things that go wrong, without having ever paused to see the change they can bring within themselves. People can be bitter. And some will make it their mission to spread that brand of bitterness to anyone who would allow it. So guard against that, and stay focused on who you are, and what you can do.

This has always been a favourite prayer of mine, and one I’ve held close in times bad and uncertain:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

Courage to change the things I can,

And wisdom to know the difference.

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I believe that the best gift you can give yourself… is the gift of time. There are (many many) luxuries that money can buy, and then there is the luxury of time. How often do us city rats get the chance to sit, sip, and wait for nature to take its course?

It was somewhat jarring (albeit it being painfully obvious) to realise today that the sun sets in its splendour of amber hues daily; yet in a lifetime most of us could probably count the number of memorable sunsets we have witnessed. What does this say about the neglect we have towards nature, and the pace at which we’ve put our lives to?

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The Gift of Time

the best gift you can give yourself… is the gift of time

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“Only a man who lives not in time but in the present is happy. For life in the present there is no death. Death is not an event in life. It is not a fact of the world. If by eternity is understood not infinite temporal duration but non-temporality, then it can be said that a man lives eternally if he lives in the present.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein

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“Only a man who lives not in time but in the present is happy. For life in the present there is no death. Death is not an event in life. It is not a fact of the world. If by eternity is understood not infinite temporal duration but non-temporality, then it can be said that a man lives eternally if he lives in the present.”

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