Introverts : Intriguing?

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There is power in the human mind. So unexplained, yet silent and comforting. It surrounds your world – and only yours – in an everlasting stride of attributes belonging only to you. This is an ability that could find comfort in silence and solitude. Beautiful. People of no words – are to never be underestimated. For in the unspoken language there is an awesome sense of reality and fiction, pulled to one mind. “Average” the say. Completely ignorant to the true strength of silence. Tragic. Yet they still make no sound, for victory is in the wordless. And the wordless is the truth. Success is within themselves – home is within themselves. Incredible.

This feature, so luxurious. It takes ages to decipher, and requires persistence to break through. But the value of this bittersweet secret… is greater than any word of mouth.

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Don’t Push It (Revenge)

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When is a person considered to be corrupted? It is when all the raw emotions of anger and envy manage to consume a person’s moral. With these feelings, a human is pushed to an impasse, with no other escape but to result to revenge. In “The Count of Monte Cristo” the protagonist is a prime example of a person being horribly misjudged. And through reading this book, I found that desire for revenge can only be obtained when one has lost something of importance.

It is quite sad that people have the audacity to push another into such a dangerous state, it is especially wrong to see the instigator unaware of their doings.

Remember, you can push even the most patient person to revenge. Don’t underestimate words.

 

Count Your Allies

In class we are currently reading “The Count of Monte Cristo”, an epic story of revenge. In the book the main character Edmond Dantes, was a prisoner in the Chateau d’If, where he met his mentor, Faria. With this book, time passes by rapidly, and soon we discover that Faria, and Dantes’ father dies.

It gives me a horrible feeling, death that is. What really shook me however, is how sometimes, people don’t acknowledge those who are supporting you. It is a well known fact that going through tribulations as a lone wolf is impossible.

How terrible though, having such an influential character die. In stories these characters might not get enough “screen time”, but I hope to apply this thought in real life. Don’t wait until someone “dies” to acknowledge them. Try and be aware of who’s really there for you, so what they give to you in return won’t be in vain.

Save a Little Hope

How cruel, humans are, to themselves and to others. It is heard that misfortune is caused by man, not the will of God. Sometimes this idea makes us chase for silver linings, and we are left with desperation and monotone faces. What we fail to realize, is the small filters of light already around us. It takes time to find silver linings, but there is something called Komorebi (the light that shines through tree leaves). It is easy to find but still very bright. When we are brought down by man, remember that happiness can be found in less grand appearances, and save a little hope for yourself.

Two Different Fronts

 

Within Themselves

Recently I watched the movie, Paths of Glory, an anti-war film that stirred many emotions in me. I had an epiphany when reaching the end of the story. And it was the fact that war is real. Teenagers with no experience in such raw violence tend to forget this fact, myself included. It has always been me and my own little world, oblivious to what is really going on. So after learning more about WWI, and the different fronts the countries fought in, I realized that there was more than one front that soldiers had to fight with.  Continue reading

Can’t Run? My Stalemate with Stress

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Just recently I was able to watch the movie Forrest Gump, a story which is viewed as an epic American film. Confused, I underestimated this movie and assumed it was just another thing to watch. But I was horribly wrong. Although Forrest Gump takes place around 1982 it is still occupied with life lessons from left to right. One of the many sayings I found most intriguing  is when Forrest says, “I just felt like running”.

I see this quote as some sort of genius.  As an adolescent, I am able to say that stress can consume a lot of your life, personality, and actions.  But how do we get it? How do we obtain something so heavy on our shoulders that it makes living a tad more difficult? Unable to answer this question directly, the solution can be found in a quote by Eckhart Tolle, “Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there’.” As I took this into consideration I came to a conclusion that stress is so hard to deal with because of our unknown future. We are not fully aware with the upcoming result, so our fear will develop into a difficult situation of uncertainty. Going back to our famous quote by Forrest Gump, the only obvious answer is to run, or to put yourself in a position where thinking so critically isn’t necessary. In this scene of the movie, he states that he doesn’t know where he was going or why – but he continued regardless. This kind of mindset is the bane to our subject of stress.

But what if you can’t run? What if you cannot grasp motivation to continue? This has always been my gripe about this topic. I once had an experience where someone told me: “You can just escape. Drop everything behind and run with me.” and although it brings me joy to having been told this, my feelings and “baggage” left me back to square one.  It would be nice to just run, but there are so many factors preventing me from doing so. What confuses me about this subject is war. There are times where there is no chance for you to flee – like in the French Revolution or in any kind of predicament similar to that. In Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities” he discusses this uncertainty just in the very first paragraph. The very first sentence stating: “It was the best of times it was the worst of times” could be analyzed as the uncertainty involving the future, where everything is so unknown that the stress begins to grow.

Looking back at this contradicting post, my thoughts are this: the answer is to run but only if there is nothing left to finish. Sadly, stress is persistent. It might be long before I see the true opportunity to run. Because I have things left undone, my waiting game with this frustrating subject continues in this stalemate.