The poem, “Life in Physical Form”, forces us to imagine what our life would be if we were to create a physical representation of it. In a way, thinking of life in such a literal and physical sense can help guide us in thinking about the life we actually live. For instance, is it “dull” or “yellow” also asks whether you’re mostly sad or mostly full of vibrancy and joy. And the question of whether it’s small or grand can also be a question about whether you feel small and therefore are not living your life to its fullest. So, as you read this poem, consider what each description means…
This quote comes from a novel by Astrid Scholte. It makes us imagine ourselves accomplishing a particular goal with our first step or attempt being falling flat on our face. It reminds us that sometimes there’ll be failures on our road to whatever destination we’re trying to reach. And sometimes that failure happens at the very beginning. The key is to not take that initial failure as final. It may just be the perfect beginning.
Sometimes you feel like you have no energy or motivation left in you after a major letdown. This quote, by Charlie Hunnam, is a reminder that everyone has had moments when getting back up feels almost impossible. But no matter how impossible it feels, you have but two choices: to get up again or stay down. So, take the time you need after you fall to reboot. Then, by all means, get back on your feet. It’s not going to be easy, but it gets easier with practice, time, and support.
This quote, by Benjamin E. Mays, reminds us that having goals puts us at risk of disappointment, because we may not reach all of them. So we might be tempted to not have any goals at all. If there’s nothing we’re trying to reach, then we’d never have to feel like we’ve fallen short of anything, right? But while we may avoid feeling disappointed, we miss out on the sense of purpose and direction that goals bring. We also miss out on opportunities to learn from where we fell short of our goals.
“Dream Catchers” is a poem inspired by a conversation I had with someone close to me. They had good intentions. But my goodness, talking to them was such a buzzkill. I felt like I had to defend every decision I was making toward my personal goals and objectives, and every explanation I gave didn’t seem good enough. It took me a few days to re-motivate and reenergize myself–to remove the seeds of doubt they had planted in my mind and spirit. I had to remind myself of my why, and trust that I was making the right decisions for myself that they may not understand. In the end, I learned…
Sometimes we look at something one day and appreciate its beauty. But when we look at it another day, we might barely noticing it. Perhaps we do notice it, but we only see its flaws. Meanwhile, the thing we’re looking at is still the same. Whether it’s something physically around us like nature and people or something intangible like life changes or a difficult situation, changing our perspective on things can be very powerful. As this quote by self-improvement author and speaker Wayne Dyer suggests, changing the way we look at something can almost change that thing itself.
In a marathon, the runners typically stop running at the finish line. We don’t see anyone of them deciding to run an extra mile because the finish line is simply where the race ends. This saying about following the crowd, likely by Francis Phillip Wernig (aka Alan Ashley-Pitt), is similar to the concept of ending a race at the finish line along with the rest of the runners (i.e. the crowd). The saying reminds us that until we step outside of our comfort zone and pave our own path, our path would only go so far.
The struggle to fit in is part of human nature. Who doesn’t want to feel like they belong? However fitting in is more glamorized in our minds than it should be. This quote, by playwright and novelist Mehmet Murat Ildan, reminds us that being like everybody else actually renders us useless. This makes complete sense. Being a replication of others–others’ likes, dislikes, ideas, manner of speech, style, etc.–means you have nothing new to bring to the table, i.e. the world. But the more you are who you are, the more your unique qualities can shine in the lives of those around you and beyond.
It’s hard to imagine that every adversity, failure, and heartache can result in something beneficial to the same or greater degree. However, they each have that potential. This quote, by Napoleon Hill, reminds us that every negative carries a seed. This seed can grow into something positive depending whether we choose to plant and nurture it. So every time we fall to rock bottom can be the perfect time to plant seeds while we’re there. They’ll eventually form roots by which we’ll grow.
You’ve probably encountered someone who seems to have it all yet they’re generally unhappy. There’s always something else out there they’re chasing after. This quote (author unclear) serves as a great reminder that without contentment, you can never feel like you have it all even if you were to miraculously have it all. The truth is, no one really does have everything–even when you consider all the intangible and tangible things most people need or would want. So, if no one really has “it all”, the feeling like you do is more so a factor of how you perceive what you already have. And that begins with gratitude.