Resolve to Fight

“Better to fight for something than live for nothing.”

George S. Patton

“The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.”

Napoleon Bonaparte

There will be times in your life where you must fight.

Perhaps not with fists or weapons, but an exchange of blows just as real.

Sometimes, you may have to battle for your intuition and truth. Do you take this job because the money is good, or do you listen to your instincts and pass? Do you partner with this person because his / her idea is great, or do you decline because your gut is telling you?

Sometimes, you may have to battle for your beliefs and freedom. How likely are your convictions wrong? A lot of people believed that slavery was right, but the belief didn’t fly in the face of reality. The belief contradicted itself. Wanting something to be true, and something being true are completely different things. If you discover you are wrong about something, then change. Change for the better. Do like the wisest people from history did — follow virtue in every step. But if your convictions are right, then don’t back down. Stand for character and truth.

Sometimes the battle is negativity and despair. Sometimes the battle is in your mind. Defeat them with hope. Hope is the best weapon. The past may be the past, but that doesn’t make the future determined. Only we can do that with how we decide to think and act today. And, with a little luck, we can make a better future for ourselves and others.

There are so many important battles — keeping great friendships strong… pursuing your dreams… healing from an injury… accepting fate with honor… taking the higher road… choosing life over apathy… finishing what you started… and handling fear, lots of doubt and fear…

Not everything is worth fighting for, but the things that are we’ll be ready for.

At any moment, we have the opportunity to transform into better selves, and do the things we know we need to do.

Take heart.

The fights will be challenging, but that’s part of life too.

In the end, the best things in life worth the challenge.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #720


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Pivoting Unhappiness

“The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.”

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Moments of unhappiness are okay. Being unhappy isn’t a bad thing. Unhappiness isn’t something we needed to quickly swat away, like a fly landing on our arm. Rather, unhappiness is something to be observed. It’s trying to show us something. It’s a sign that something needs to change. It’s telling us when need to shift things around and take action.

As long as we don’t dwell on unhappiness, then unhappiness will eventually break away to happiness.

Otherwise, we’ll feel stuck. Otherwise we’ll continue to choose work, friends, habits or other things that aren’t helping us and making us better.

If happiness and unhappiness is a teeter toter, like you would see on a playground, then our inner and outer world are at its fulcrum, tilting you towards on way or another.

What are your habits tilting you towards?
What about your friends, coworkers and community?

Do you enjoy your work?
Do you give yourself plenty of time to rest and play?
Are you eating right? Are your thoughts optimistic?

If the mind is anywhere in this metaphor, its the kid sitting on our seesaw — the mind is either lifting us up or weighing us down.

We don’t have to do much to tilt our way towards happiness. All we have to do is notice what’s bothering us, the points that are causing us headaches, and taking little steps towards resolving them or removing them from our lives.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #715


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