Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Liberation & Inspiration

Today I wrote down a bunch of inspirational messages that I had received via email on my cell phone a few years ago. My phone contract ends in a week so I've been salvaging a variety of miscellaneous notes and messages and whatnot, since I'll be getting rid of my phone. For a long time now I've wanted to have no cell phone. I've had this contract for 3 years now and I really just want a break from being so totally available. And besides, I think it would be a lot better to have people ring me up when they actually need to speak with me (or if they'd just like to chat) as opposed to texting incessantly. I've got this ridiculous three year old blackberry, of which I was in apparent dire need of having when I was younger, 3 years ago. However now I much prefer something simple and more importantly, cheaper! My goodness the money I have spent on this unnecessary device that provides me no more than useless applications is depressing. Cell phones aren't even cell phones anymore, they're miniature computers fully equipped with pointlessness. 

Hold on, hold on - I didn't initially plan on going off on a tangent about this, but I might as well. What gets me the most - and I mean, what really gets on my nerves - is the fact that not only are people becoming more and more immersed in these devices, but people, especially younger generations (which are the most delicate of people) are not practicing and developing proper social skills. As well as people becoming more and more engaged in the belief that they absolutely need these things, furthermore seeking out these temporary means of fulfillment and enjoyment which in turns tears them away from what really matters in this life. Things like truly connecting with people, with nature, with tangible hobbies, interests and passions. 

After I take a wee break from having a phone for a while, I'll be ready for a much cheaper phone plan. I think it will be an interesting experiment of sorts, having such freedom and knowing that nobody will know where I am or have such immediate ways to contact me. I think it'll be liberating. Mmm, simplicity!

Anyways, here are the inspirational messages I originally intended on posting:
  • When in doubt, just take the next small step.
  • Life is too short to waste time hating anyone
  • You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
  • Make peace with your past so it doesn't screw up the present.
  • Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  • Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
  • Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
  • Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
  • When it comes to going after what you want in life, don't take no for an answer.
  • Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special
  • Go with the flow.
  • Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
  • Nobody is in charge of your happiness but you.
  • Frame every so-called disaster with these words, 'In 5 years, will this matter?'
  • Forgive everyone everything.
  • What other people think of you is none of your business.
  • Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
  • However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  • Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
  • Get outside every day.
  • If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
  • Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  • It's OK to let your children see you cry.
  • The best is yet to come.

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