“It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end”
I got this in a fortune cookie a couple years ago. I’ve kept that little strip of paper to this day. I seem to notice it, or come across it at the times I need to tell myself those very words. Is it coincidence? I’m not entirely sure, but it doesn’t matter. What matters is, it’s a helpful reminder when needed most. And it’s true. It is easier to resist in the beginning than at the end. I thought I would share this, maybe it will be helpful for you too.
Go placidly amid the noise and haste and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have a story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. Your are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
When your sitting on a plane at 40 000 ft up in the air looking out the window, dreaming of your future and how bright it appears to be, or maybe just watching the drops of the rain being pushed into different designs from the force of the air at 400 mph. Well life feels good. It feels safe. Your seat belt is on and your feet are up. Then the oxygen masks drops, the plane jumps, snaps, jolts. People start to scream, babies burst into tears crying, people start praying, all in time to the overhead announcement that we’re going to crash. Right then as your life flashes before your eyes. You hear yourself say “God if you get me out of this one, I’ll stop_______ Or I’ll never_______ forever.” Right then the nose of the plane pulls up and the captain says “wow that was a close one, folks we’re OK, we’ll be landing in thirty minutes and we’re all safe and sound… Sorry for the scare.” That’s how getting hooked is and when the kick is over you can’t believe you ever got on that plane in the first place. The question is, will you ever fly again?
Sometimes in life you feel the weight of the world… it can push you down and make you fear it. it can cause stress and pain…but in those moments…remember all that you have done in your life…and what great things you can do in the future.. The feeling of burden may not subside, but the fire you carry in your heart will burn stronger than ever when you live through it. Never let anyone…or anything… steal your flame. i once though of calling our first record “alive and burning” after a song i wrote… i know now that was a silly notion…we aren’t here to…”burn”…we are here on this earth to reach for all that we can get… to see the brass ring and strive for it…not via sardonic tendencies but rather through our own personal strength… to see our heroes and say to ourselves… i want to be better.. i want to be the best i can be. so please…if nothing else… continue to live as you are… and reach for all you can take… you are all beautiful people. Live it.
As we grow up, we learn that even the person that wasn’t supposed to ever let you down probably will. You will have your heart broken probably more than once and it gets harder every time. You’ll break hearts too, so remember how it felt when yours was broken. You’ll fight with your best friend. You’ll blame a new love for things an old one did. You’ll cry because time is passing too fast, and you’ll eventually lose someone you love. So take too many pictures, laugh too much and love like you’ve never been hurt because every sixty seconds you spend upset is one minute of happiness you’ll never get back.