invictus

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishment the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

(invictus means invincible. this inspiring poem was written by William Ernest Henley)

what is there to believe

Have you ever had a dream that seem so real when you woke up you don't know what to believe? What would you do if what you thought was true, wasn't; and what you thought wasn't true, was. Would you retreat your dreams in the hope of finding a more perfect reality? Sometimes life is stranger than a dream and the only way to wake up is to face what lies hidden in your soul. And you can only hope that in those moments of dark reflection you are not alone.

How do you choose what to believe and what not to? How do you tell right from wrong or the other way around? Sometimes people can recognize the truth out of pure instinct; other times they just go wherever their hearts lead them; but mostly, they simply believe what they want to believe, and they'll end up either being grateful that they've made the right choice or regretting their mistakes of trusting the untrue.

Abraham Lincoln once said that

'You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.'

He's got a point there. We all have lied once or twice in our life, maybe more for others. Admit it. Sometimes we lie to protect the ones we love; sometimes we lie to protect ourselves. Be it a white lie or a diabolical one, eventually, the truth will find its way to uncover itself. In the end, it's up to you, your beliefs and your faith to decide what is to believe, and the rest goes from there.

I quote Henry James,

'Be not afraid of life, believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.'

7 blunders of the world according to Mahatma Gandhi

7 blunders of the world according to MAHATMA GANDHI

Mahatma Gandhi said that there are 7 blunders of the world. Yes. 7 things that can possibly destroy the world and everything in it. It is everywhere. You can easily find one, if not several, of the 7 blunders of the world around you. What are they, you asked?

The 7 BLUNDERS OF THE WORLD are:

1. wealth WITHOUT work
2. pleasure WITHOUT conscience
3. knowledge WITHOUT character
4. commerce WITHOUT morality
5. science WITHOUT humanity
6. worship WITHOUT sacrifice
7. politics WITHOUT principle

Most of you would probably agree with Mr. Gandhi right now - after knowing what the 7 destructive things are. Wealth, pleasure, knowledge, commerce, science, worship and politics. Those are the things that we actually work hard to gain. They are the 7 things entrusted to mankind so they can help us make the world a better place to live in if they are managed wisely.

Every now and then we hear of the people who either fail because they don't appreciate what they have or ruin their own life simply because they can afford to do so. Wealthy kids doing drugs, committing suicide because of family problems. Trust me, the news gets more petrifying each day. What is more devastating is the numbers. Knowledge has always been misused by the heartless to harm others. Respectable scientists of the past devoted their lives to their scientific beliefs and researches. Little did they know that the information they obtained will be used centuries later to build weapons for nuclear wars. Killing millions of helpless, innocent people. Dirty politics led human being to battle with its own kind for all the wrong reasons.

The 7 wonders of the world makes earth a wonderful place to live in but these 7 blunders of the world will totally bring earth down in destruction. As long as we are willing to work hard and sacrifice, and have the right character, conscience, principle and morality, we can prevent what Mahatma Gandhi referred to as the 7 blunders of the world from annihilating mankind.

peace

where do we go?

There are moments in our lives when we find ourselves at a crossroad. Afraid. Confused. Without a roadmap. The choices we make in those moments can define the rest of our days.
Of course, when faced with the unknown, most of us would rather turn around and go back.
But once in a while people push on to something better - something found just beyond the pain of going it alone and just beyond the bravery and courage it takes to let someone in. Or to give someone a second chance.
Something beyond the quiet persistence of a dream.
Because it's only when you're tested that you discover who you truly are. And it's only when you're tested that you discover who you can be. The person you want to be does exist, somewhere on the other side of hard work, faith and belief, and beyond heartache and fear of what lies ahead.

l.o.s.s

Hensel once said to Gretel,

"Let us drop this breadcrumbs so that together we find our way home."

Because losing your way would be the most cruelest things. Losing your way in a journey is unfortunate, but losing your reason for the journey is a fate more cruel.

I went on a journey not too long ago. The journey lasted 18 months. Sometimes I travelled alone, sometimes there are others who took the wheel, and took my heart, but when the destination was reached it wasn't me who'd arrived. Wasn't me at all.

You see, once you lose yourself you have 2 choices: Find the person you used to be or lose that person completely because sometimes you have to step outside of the person you've been and remember the person you're meant to be. The person you wanted to be. The person you are.

George Bernard Shaw once wrote,
"There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart's desire, the other is to gain it." Clearly he had his heart broken once or twice.

In a way, Shaw was right. As we strained to grasp the things we desire, the things we think will make our lives better, money..popularity..fame, we ignored what truly matters. The simple things like friendship..family..love. The things we probably already had.

But as far as I'm concerned, Shaw was a punk. Tragedies happen. What are you gonna do? Give up? Quit? NO. I realize now that when your heart breaks you got to fight like hell to make sure you're still alive. Coz you are. And that pain you feel...that's life. The confusion and fear...that's there to remind you that somewhere out there there's something better and that something is worth fighting for.

Yes, losing your heart's desire is tragic but gaining your heart's desire.. it's all you can hope for. Last year I wished for happiness and a friendship i can hold on to for life. My wish was granted and if having that is tragic then give me tragedy because I wouldn't give it back for the world.

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