Sunday, March 30, 2014

Fulfillment

If there ever comes a time where you feel like you are really busy but you aren't accomplishing much, you begin to question the purpose of exactly what it is you're doing. We all have this one personality vessel that is inherent to the entire nature that is our human being, and that vessel is one in which we seek to overflow with fulfillment.

The problem is that most of us operate in different capacities. For some of us, fulfillment, and I mean complete fulfillment of purpose and satisfaction, manifests through an emotional accomplishment, others it may be financial, and to some it may be spiritual, relational, scholastic, or however one could choose to qualify it. In the end, we share the common denominator of wanting to have a voice. "Am I being heard?" "Am I being validated?" "Am I validating others?" "Have I discovered exactly what it means to me to be validated?"

In some light, it seems as though some of these are not, in fact, reachable feats, but that begs the question to be asked: what is the purpose of being validated? The purpose of validation is self-expression. In our highest capacities we are reasonable, logical, forgiving, spiritual (or consciously not) and creative. The only true way to attain the feeling of accomplishment or fulfillment is to reach the peak of our capacities as humans, in the highest form of expression of our true selves, and to live that unapologetically. The only way to reach that peak is to live your life as it is meant to be lived, and that is with integrity and truth. Oprah said it best:

"You will find true success and happiness if you have only one goal. There really is only one, and that is this: To fulfill the highest, most truthful expression of yourself as a human being. You want to max out your humanity by using your energy to lift yourself up, your family, and the people around you."

Love.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Disallowance

I am uncharacteristically fond of those instances in life that remind us of just how human we are. There are the moments we discover we are, in fact, not invincible; moments we discover we are bruised; moments our delicate little egos are bruised; and the moments we discover life doesn't owe us a damned thing.

Contrarily, there are moments where we aren't sure as to whether or not we deserve it, but we are shown love, and we win. As a young man, I am learning more and more that nothing about the process of becoming wise is methodical. Allowing your mind to race, attempting to rationalize and make sense of why *some* things happen can, time and time again, prove to be a waste of energy and time.

What am I trying to say here? I'm telling to live in the moment instead of trying to index what just happened in the previous moment.

Allowing yourself to be readily conscientious at given instant lends your mind the opportunity to experience each moment as it occurs. Don't question everything. Don't be skeptical of too many things. And if you're going to complicate your life, make sure you're doing it for the right reasons.

JTE

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Momentum

First week of 2014.

Last year ended on a high note for me and I hope to continue that pattern. I don't think a resolution will do that for me, personally, but I do have other methods I plan to use for personal growth. Coincidentally enough, a man, who is one of few words, told me that in place of a resolution he will use a word that will set the tone for his 2014, and that word is "happiness." That statement was the inspiration behind this post. My word for 2014 is "momentum."

I chose the word "momentum" because this year is going to be about me facing my fears, facing my insecurities, facing my realities and circumstances, and diving headfirst into the direction of the things I want in life.

2012 completely humbled me and 2013 completely restored me. It's amazing what a few rough experiences in life can do for you. As each day goes by, I'm learning to be more and more fearless. I see a chance for professional and academic growth this year. I see a chance to build new relationships while nurturing and repairing existing relationships. I see many opportunities to stop taking myself so seriously. I plan to have fun. I'm going to be my own momentum.

I realize this isn't my most impactful blog post, but I think there is something very special in knowing that you have inspired someone. I wanted to let the man of a few words know that he inspired me, so I hope he somehow reads this and finds it encouraging.

Feel free to share your word for 2014 in the comments!

JTE