All human beings experience hopelessness at some point in their lives, but we’re usually able to realize (eventually) that only by desiring to be positive and productive can human beings actually experience positivity an productiveness. In order to glean more insight into similar revelations about living life—or existing—checkout the list below.
#1: We’re all constantly dying.
Think about it—and get living (as much as this is physically and philosophically possible).
#2: Everyone you know will eventually be dead.
Of course, it’s still appropriate and beneficial to grieve—but keep this fact in mind when you happen to be grieving too much.
#3: You can’t buy meaningful, lasting happiness.
But you will need money to get-by on while you continue to conduct and maintain your search (you’re damned if you do, and mostly damned if you don’t).
#4: You can’t force happiness.
But you can think and act in ways which make the search more efficient and effective.
#5: Experiences are worth more than materials.
Memories have more meaning—especially after both recollections and materials begin to wither a little.
#6: It’s impossible to please everyone.
So it’s unproductive to try.
#7: You must “accept” in order to “release.”
You can lie to yourself about what things mean or about the way things really are, but it will only prevent you from being able to move forward and positively.
#8: Legacies are overrated.
It’s not very likely that you’ll be able to monitor them (or their reception) once you’ve passed away.
#9: Responsibility is underrated.
It’s so important to always do what you’ve agreed to do to the absolute best (or at least with a reasonable amount) of your abilities.
#10: It’s impossible to be 100% perfect.
So it’s unproductive to try.
#11: Wasting time and skill is tragic.
There is so much tragedy and pain in the world that people who are capable of making it better—even in small ways—always need to do so.
#12: Focus on the present more than the past or the future.
It’s important to learn from the past and prepare for the future, but it’s more important yet to focus on reality and real-time.
#13: Don’t expect—or desire—sympathy.
There’s a 100% chance that many, many other people in the world are experiencing something exponentially worse than you are.
#14: Never stop learning—and teaching.
Again, there are so many problems in the world that it will take entire populations to even begin to solve them properly—all education and all knowledge should be free (it’s invaluable).
#15: Bet on yourself.
Virtually nothing is for sure in life, so it’s inevitable that you will have to take many risks (small and otherwise) on a daily basis. Put your faith in yourself more frequently than you place it into the hands of other people and you will be able to truly own and appreciate your own life.
#16: Think before reacting.
Kneejerk-reactions are usually unwise—and sometimes catastrophic.
#17: Take action.
Once you decide what the right thing or best thing to do is—do it (never hesitate in these types of situations).
#18: Time is costly—and valuable.
Appreciate the time which others are willing to devote to you, but always value and defend your own time (and value) as well.
#19: Be forgiving.
Some things truly are unforgiveable—but most things are not. Again, you will not be able to properly overcome something if you do not accept it for what it is (so don’t label any and every blunder as “unforgiving”).
Once again, the world as a whole needs all local community members to volunteer.
#21: Know who you are.
Own the person who you really are (or the person who you have become).
#22: Know who you want to be.
Keep improving yourself until you become the person who you really want to be. And keep working to remain that person once you become them.
#23: Factor-in your heart before making a final decision with your brain.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma—which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”—Steve Jobs
#24: Own your own health.
“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.”—Voltaire
#25: It’s natural to remember those who have already passed.
“The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.”—Marcus Tullius Cicero
#26: Think big (at least sometimes).
“There is no passion to be found playing small—in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”—Nelson Mandela
#27: Have genuine faith in something.
“If patience is worth anything, it must endure to the end of time. And a living faith will last in the midst of the blackest storm.”—Mahatma Gandhi