Celebrate variety. It would be a poor world if everything and everybody were the same. Differences cause us to learn, even about ourselves.
There is not one person who could not teach us something in some way, if only by negative example. A bonus in our search for cooperation.
It is not difficult to be a good person: Treat others as you would want to be treated in their position and apply your best efforts in helping life.
Coining or acknowledging agreeable sayings is easy. The hard part is placing them into a system of being that makes us want to heed them.
All is flow. Standing still or reversing uses much energy that is neutralized as we are eventually washed along. Steer wisely in the stream.
look at what you lost
learn from it
and move on
The best advice I ever received was to hold on unless I should let go.
people might not hear you
if you speak
but they certainly won’t hear you
if you stay silent
and then the blame is on you
Next time you argue your position, start by exploring and voicing your counterpart’s position. The resulting understanding and showing of care assist participants to resolve issues.
individuals helping individuals
individuals helping communities
communities helping individuals communities helping communities
don’t wait for impersonal government
There is no rule without exception, except that there can be no exception to this rule if it is to be true.
Conduct must be a cap stone carried by foundations of sensory, emotional, and rational considerations of the past, present, and future.
When you have more in common with people on social media than acquaintances or friends in your physical life, it is time for change.
believe in yourself
running after people
who do not stop
and turn around
when you call them
is a waste of energy
do not wait do not hate
do not push do not rush
do not grieve do not believe
do not judge do not drudge
do not lie do not stand by
Observe, think, and check your emotions before, while, and after you act. This slows you down but saves enormous time, effort, and pain.
a drowning man
lessons in swimming
there is a time for everything
Only if we have harmony within us
can harmony with our human and nonhuman environment develop.
we degrade people from other places
branding them alien or foreign
as if they were not human like us
why don’t we call them
visitors or guests
and maybe one day friends
We should be humble. Much is to be learned or achieved, many limitations and weaknesses are to be overcome, and many of our deficits will remain.
do not yield
to interests profiting
from instilling fear
judging people implies
a reasonable requirement
and adequate knowledge
in all other cases
let’s give it a rest
mistaking what we want
for what is
and the reverse
both lead to tragedy
i mourn a culture
when shoes were cared for
to last a lifetime
Frenzying people into believing they can do anything is one of the oldest, most unrealistic, dangerous, and inevitably disheartening forms of manipulation.
living life wisely is not easy
but easier than
bearing it without wisdom
lack of respect
and so on
in our still
when we let go
of all trains to hop on
or to watch passing by
we learn to live with ourselves
we must be nothing
and take time to breathe
before diving back
We do not need affirmation and become immune to false judgment when we understand and become harmonious within our self.
When life knocks the stuffing out of you like a plush toy, remember your shape is still there. All it takes is some new stuffing and sewing.
not all rocks
are meant to be
cast into walls
we may have weaknesses
but they will only be cured
by seeing and using our strengths
Find out and be circumspect.
we are filaments
in an incandescent universe
come to your senses
imagine those missing
and feel the universe
Youth has imprudent aspects but also carries an innocent conscience against perversions of age. Mutual learning and respect are necessary.
“Be who you are” may be falsely interpreted as advising complacency. To realize opportunities for improvement, we must question ourselves and everything else.
we need only what we need
too much can be as vile
as too little
hooks in our life
we won’t excise
pull tighter and keep us in check
different traits and talents
provide interest and balance
In stillness we meet our self.
to just be
Sudden improvements in the human condition could be achieved if more people decided to be careful with the hearts of others - and their own.
“You can do anything if you put your mind to it” is obvious nonsense. But you won’t know what you can attain unless you put your mind to it.
The strength of a man includes self-restraint and knowing when to let go.
i will respect
i will not permit denial of respect
social ground rules
All we wish to receive from others we must be willing to give.
Negative attitude inescapably foreshadows negative results.
works in progress
don’t want to be finished
only assured we are on the right path
The world is a filled waiting room not expecting us.
The point of activities is to a point engaging in them.
Forgiving people what they think, feel, or do better include the future.
instead of saying
what i would not give
give and see what happens
Hunger for life cannot be stilled by possessions. Experiences and advancements of ulterior purposes are necessary. But why would we want to be satisfied in any event?
Enough babble of only the present counting. The past has brought us and our setting to where we are. By ignoring it, we fail shaping the future.
consider that all passes
let it come and go
toward a better future
Admonitions to smile may sound naive, but positive body language opens doors for rational and emotional communication and consideration in us and others.
Expressing what we want by exclusion is exceedingly more cumbersome and less motivating than stating it positively.
“Perception is reality” is the epitome of cynicism and absurdity. It is like saying “the truth is whatever someone deems it to be.” This would mean no one could be mistaken.
life is not fair
but isn’t humanity about
making it fairer
People who claim they would change nothing if they could relive their life lie or suffer a total absence of critical thinking and imagination.
Be like a tree on the coast. Grow with the wind, and you will persist. Unless the wind changes. Then your best hope is reincarnation.
Be like water in a stream. There, one cannot tell whether it flushes or is flushed. Humanity moves like that. Thus, no extra effort is required.
Be like a lotus. Tethered, to your neck in stale water, unseen creatures brushing up, you feeding on their muck. But at least you look great.
When we blame circumstances and others for holding us back, we may use them as scapegoats for our lack of courage to actualize our aspirations.
Positive attitude is a motivating and possibly necessary bias. But how can we attain or retain happiness without analyzing what is or could go wrong?
fearless but humble
ambitious but loving
realistic but hopeful
engaged but calm
“Live every day as if it were your last” is idiotic advice. Individuals and societies would utterly fall apart if they heeded it. Instead, we should see each day as an opportunity for constructive progress and, if necessary, new beginnings.
sort consider arrange
keep only what you need
Sometimes we have to go out of our way to find it.
to understand things
we must become them
the same applies to us
Seven billion have enough power to help one another everywhere.
There is ample employment in improving our world.
Destruction is a reaction to frustration from lack of movement.
“Never give up” is a foolish suggestion. We must constantly reevaluate the effectiveness and efficiencies of our courses of action as well as the proprieties of objectives.
everything we try to prove
we must try to disprove as well
Views regarding principles of human conduct change with perceptions
of their utility. As a consequence, no rule may be respected forever unless its acceptance can be firmly settled.
one cannot live dreams
without truth setting in
the honesty of practice
and threaten to cost
more than is gained
Human pursuits could dramatically benefit from focusing reactions to frustrations on their causes and by a strict dedication to resolving them most effectively and efficiently.
© 2013-2017 BY MARTIN JANELLO