Yesssssssss! Congrats Jay and Bey!… #TheThrone
Yesssssssss! Congrats Jay and Bey!… #TheThrone
I may be a bit behind the curve, but I recently became a HUGE FAN of TED Talks, a non-profit devoted to ‘Ideas Worth Spreading.’ TED is a conference that takes place twice a year in various parts of the world where some of the sharpest minds in technology, entertainment, design, and beyond gather to share ideas about ways in which they view the world. Once a secret gathering, TED was opened up to the public so that ideas would be widely considered and spread. I think it is absolutely PHENOMENAL!!! Especially the videos that I have shared below.
TED offers fresh new ways of looking at seemingly old issues. Just as life evolves, so do problems and solutions. In the words of Abraham Lincoln:
“The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise high with the occasion”
I encourage you to have a look at the videos below based on a subject that is dear to me; the quality and purpose of “university” eduction. Being a college graduate student, I have come to have a completely different opinion about traditional education in this country. I am not as big a fan of it as society has taught us to be for quite similar reasons mentioned in the videos below. My life philosophies have evolved, and so have my values as a result of my own life experiences. As appreciative as I am for having an education, I can say that I am equally disappointed in the reality of what it has become. But my hope is not that you necessarily agree with me or the videos, but that you can learn to appreciate a fresh perspective on something that has, and continues to affect particularly an entire generation Y, and beyond.
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obselete.”
Three days ago, while shopping for Hurricane Irene, my mother and I crossed paths with a pleasant, and most vibrant 90-year-old woman. Her spirit was so warm and welcoming that we stood and spoke for all of 20 minutes in the middle of the bread isle. She showed us pictures of her children and grandchildren, and we stood there and listened… yes, all while shopping at BJ’s. I became so enthralled with her stories of how she and her husband had hosted parties for the likes of Frank Sinatra and other well-known people in society back her day. Her stories and photos revealed that she was a woman of great wealth, not just financially, but in spirit.
In mid conversation, I was moved to ask her the question that inspired this post, “What has been the philosophy that has guided your life to this very moment?” She chuckled a bit, and then proceeded to say,”I’ve always loved to laugh, and make the people around me have a good time.” This statement made perfect sense in terms of the warm connection that I felt as we stood there chatting amongst loaves of bread.
She then mentioned that she had never had any major illness throughout her life, and that she chose not to partake in the likes of smoking, drinking, or any drugs because she chose to treat her body well.
This 90-year-old woman, who introduced herself as Virginia P., had more life in her than some 20-somethings that I know. In fact, after seeing the story of a frail 90-year-old Nancy Reagan taking a fall on the same day that I met Virgina, I realized that it really does matter HOW WELL YOU CHOOSE TO LIVE YOUR LIFE. Virginia may have been 90, but she was far from frail. She walked and spoke with such poise and confidence that I would have never guessed her to be as old as she said she was. She had no help of a cane or walker, nor did she need it. Virginia had “mad SWAG,” as the hip-hoppers would say… And I was “diggin’ it.”
Before we parted ways, I made sure to tell her how beautiful she was inside and out, and how much I look forward to aging as graciously as she has. When I was done, she thanked me and looked me keenly in the eye and said,”You make sure you treat your mother well, because you only get one… and you both are very beautiful… take care honey.”
That encounter has inspired me in more ways than one. But for this post, the lesson has been that how well you live has less to do with age, and more about how “ALIVE,” joyous, and peaceful the spirit within you is. Especially when your aim is to always let it shine through.
Images courtesy of Elle.com
“…You can’t grow.”
These past few weeks have been such an “eye opener” for me. Its amazing what a dose of pure truth can do for one’s life. It’s also so amazing how so many people can have walked the face of the Earth for hundreds of thousands of years with the doors of pure power and greatness wide open for them, yet they’re unable to enter because of what they don’t know, about themselves and life… And they have NO IDEA what they don’t know [Pause] … Now that’s deep.
I write this post from a place of gratitude. From this place I am beyond thankful for all that life has brought my way, the greatness and especially the difficulties. I am thankful for the great philosophers that have come before us to help guide us in the direction of our power; those who have sacrificed their lives and freedom to make sure that eventually mankind reaches it’s fullest potential, or close to it.
I was lucky to learn at an extremely early age that every single experience in life is nothing short of a lesson in this class called life. Either you look for the lesson to improve one’s self, or continue to go through life making the same choices that lead to misfortune, poverty, and self-destruction.
“Just know that I chose my own fate, I drove by the fork in the road and went straight.” – Jay Z
I’m mostly thankful for the insane curiosity that I have of about life. I’ve probably been on what I like to call ” a quest for evolution” since the day I was born. I’ve always had a strong desire to understand the intangibles of life so that I could operate at my best state. My quest for spiritual gain has brought me full circle to a state of peace and understanding, and an undeniable awareness of the power that I possess… the potential for POWER that every human being that ever lived has.
The road blocks that prevents one from their source of power typically present themselves when one decides that there is only ONE ABSOLUTE TRUTH in life (one way to live, one way to think, one way of doing something, one way to be…). The dangers of believing in absolute truth is that it shuts one off from the majority of mankind, and places them in a bubble. Belief in one absolute truth keeps those individuals stuck in a seemingly never-ending cycle because their desire to learn all but disappears (remember, they already have ALL of the answers to life in their possession, and that is their ABSOLUTE truth). We all know people like this, mostly because we all have been that person at some point.
What I now know for sure is that when you become closed off from continuing to seek wisdom and knowledge from all that life has to offer, you shut yourself off from your source of power. Open-mindedness and understanding is the only means through which one can levitate to heights of power and prosperity that all GOD’s that ever existed intended for all mankind.
Life is a never-ending education, when you stop learning and trying to understand, you stop living, or become the living dead.
“When you don’t know what you don’t know, you can’t grow.”
“If you fail to control your own mind, you may be sure you will control nothing else. If you must be careless with your possessions, let it be in connection with material things. Your mind is your spiritual estate! Protect and use it with the care to which divine royalty is entitled. You were given a will-power for this purpose”– Napoleon Hill