Life Lessons

 MonkeyZazu (@monkeyzazu) 7 years, 8 months ago

What’s some helpful wisdom that you’ve gained from over the years? If you could pass on one piece of knowledge, from your own experience to another, what would it be?

Me, I’ve learned that through out life a lot of shit will take place that could possibly have a really negative impact on you. But regardless, you can’t let it keep you down. Dwell in the darkness for a bit, find your resolve, and get back on your feet. No matter what happens, accept that it did and keep moving forward.

January 29, 2014 at 9:37 am
Josh (213) (@reinvented2012) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

@ monkeyzazu Life Lesson? As you said there are so many, but I think the one that I have most successfully employed that helps me is to think positive. Dont harp on the negatives of anything or anyone. It has worked wonders and really helped me stay happy.

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MonkeyZazu (1,865)M (@monkeyzazu) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

Similar to the law of attraction, right on. My friend recently recommended that I watch this one movie called “The Secret”. Supposed to be all about the law of attraction, and how through the power of positive thinking, people with little to nothing have had major life changes and are now very successful.

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Josh (213) (@reinvented2012) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

@monkeyzazu, I did see that on Netflix a while back. Its not a bad documentary/movie. I feel the way its presented there wasn’t authentic enough for me. It has been over a year since I saw it though.

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TheSkaFish (962)M (@theskafish) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

@monkeyzazu, recently, some quotes of Bruce Lee have really been hitting home. Not that I am just trying to sound smart by quoting him or whatever. But there are a certain 3 quotes that have been going through my head the past several days.

“In order to control myself I must first accept myself by going with and not against my nature”.

Someone told me recently that the reason my life was such a mess was because I wasn’t really being me. I scoffed at them and told them being me WAS the problem, that I was just a luckless person and it was BECAUSE I was me life wasn’t working out, and if I could just be someone else I’d get what I want. Then one day it dawned on me that what they said was true….the reason nothing is going well for me is because I haven’t really been myself in years and years. My connection to myself had grown very dim, and as a result I was always screaming and swearing about things like politics and bills and work, believing I did not have the capacity to save myself from drudgery in all avenues of life, that I was doomed to misery. I’d forgotten that I wasn’t born with any of this negativity, but that I had learned it somehow, I’d gotten corrupted somewhere. I suspect it was school that did it, where we first learn which interests are “acceptable” and which interests will get us mocked (well they probably won’t really, we just think so so we hide our true natures. Or maybe they will but who cares what those people think anyway – “haters gonna hate”, as they say nowadays. Let them hate, I choose fun instead.) I realized all my negativity was unfounded and my biggest fears were all made up – for instance, no one has ever told me I was uncreative, no one ever told me I was awkward or ugly, and so on and so forth. It’s all in my head, and was only ever in my head. I’m in the process of re-connecting and re-discovering myself, my true nature, my true interests, true self so I can go with it instead of against it and take control of my life.

“A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough.”

This needs little further explanation. In the past I have exploded many many times, and yet, I can’t remember a single time when doing so has actually gotten me what I wanted. It feels good in the moment but makes me feel much worse long-term, made whatever I was raging at seem stronger while I feel weaker, and strained relationships with family and friends completely unnecessarily. On top of, as it says. Making me look like a fool. If one wants something, you can’t curse, beat, throw, or smash it, because then you will just not have it. Gotta just chill and figure out how to get the thing. Losing your temper causes you to lose whatever you seek to gain or maintain. There is a guy I know, who is probably doing the best of anyone I’ve met. I’ve never seen him lose his temper or even complain about trivial things like weather. It’s something I’ve pondered.

“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself. Do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.”

Kind of goes back to the first one. I realized I haven’t been being myself in years and years and years. Therefore I haven’t been truly expressing myself, and I’ve had little faith in myself. But if I copy someone else, I’ve defeated the purpose of all of it.

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TheSkaFish (962)M (@theskafish) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

@monkeyzazu, recently, some quotes of Bruce Lee have really been hitting home. Not that I am just trying to sound smart by quoting him or whatever. But there are a certain 3 quotes that have been going through my head the past several days.

“In order to control myself I must first accept myself by going with and not against my nature”.

Someone told me recently that the reason my life was such a mess was because I wasn’t really being me. I scoffed at them and told them being me WAS the problem, that I was just a luckless person. Then one day it dawned on me that what they said was true….the reason nothing is going well for me is because I haven’t really been myself in years and years. My connection to myself had grown very dim, and as a result I was always screaming and swearing about things like politics and bills and work, believing I did not have the capacity to save myself from drudgery in all avenues of life, that I was doomed to misery. I’d forgotten that I wasn’t born with any of this negativity, but that I had learned it somehow, I’d gotten corrupted somewhere. I suspect it was school that did it, where we first learn which interests are “acceptable” and which interests will get us mocked (well they probably won’t really, we just think so so we hide our true natures. Or maybe they will but who cares what those people think anyway – “haters gonna hate”, as they say nowadays. Let them hate, I choose fun instead.) I realized all my negativity was unfounded and my biggest fears were all made up – for instance, no one has ever told me I was uncreative, no one ever told me I was awkward or ugly, and so on and so forth. It’s all in my head. I’m in the process of re-connecting and re-discovering myself, my true nature, my true interests, true self so I can go with it instead of against it and take control of my life.

“A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough.”

This needs little further explanation. In the past I have exploded many many times, and yet, I can’t remember a single time when doing so has actually gotten me what I wanted. It feels good in the moment but makes me feel much worse long-term, made whatever I was raging at seem stronger while I feel weaker, and strained relationships with family and friends completely unnecessarily. On top of, as it says. Making me look like a fool. If one wants something, you can’t curse, beat, throw, or smash it, because then you will just not have it. Gotta just chill and figure out how to get the thing. Losing your temper causes you to lose whatever you seek to gain or maintain. There is a guy I know, who is probably doing the best of anyone I’ve met. I’ve never seen him lose his temper or even complain about trivial things like weather. It’s something I’ve pondered.

“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself. Do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.”

Kind of goes back to the first one. I realized I haven’t been being myself in years and years and years. Therefore I haven’t been truly expressing myself, and I’ve had little faith in myself. But if I copy someone else, I’ve defeated the purpose of all of it.

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MonkeyZazu (1,865)M (@monkeyzazu) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

Bruce Lee is the man. I dig a lot of his quotes, and really like his “be like water” philosophy.

Being yourself is an important life lesson. Things in my life were pretty bumpy too until I realized everything was fucked up because I wasn’t acknowledging myself – just sustaining a fake image, constantly living a lie. I once heard someone say that those who do not acknowledge themselves will never succeed, and I would completely agree with that. When we don’t acknowledge who we really are, we become out of balance with not only ourselves, but everything else around us.

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John Cooper (5) (@John Cooper) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

Don’t give a shit. It’s not worth it. Don’t give a fuck what other people MIGHT think of you. Yeah, might, because most fucked up things are developed in your mind. Not in reality.

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MonkeyZazu (1,865)M (@monkeyzazu) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

Just like how kevin hart said in his one skit, “Do you boo boo, CUZ IMA DO ME!!!”. lol ^_^

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Anonymous (12) (@) 6 years, 11 months ago ago

“There is no such thing as wisdom”

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MonkeyZazu (1,865)M (@monkeyzazu) 6 years, 11 months ago ago

“The workings of mind consciousness inside,

Not realized are ignorance itself.

This is the root of all karma and all afflictions.

If realized is self-awareness wisdom.

Here is where white qualities spring full-blown.

In the end, in fact, there is no such thing as wisdom.

Let phenomena go as far as they go and no more,

This is as far as they go and no more, he said.”

I read the explanation behind those words here, but I still don’t fully understand it. What’s your take on that quote in it’s expanded form?

Knowledge attained from higher realms of consciousness is somewhat harder for the average person to grasp when they themselves are operating far beneath that level in their everyday life. If I sit on this for a while and contemplate it more (which I will) I’ll probably get it eventually, but at the level I’m at now, wisdom does exist.

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Anonymous (12) (@) 6 years, 11 months ago ago

The person who shared this with me said “there is no such thing as wisdom, people are just so disconnected from their spirit”

That’s how I see it. All statements can be debated, so there is nothing concrete about any statement of so called wisdom. Also, our birth unfolded without our conscious consent, so that leads me to feel that my choices don’t really make a difference in the phenomena. So then as to what is right and wrong…. It’s not a thought.

You can use the saying “beyond ideas of right and wrong, there is a field. I’ll meet you there” to step towards it, like a staircase.

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Anonymous (12) (@) 6 years, 11 months ago ago

Although I don’t know if it would lead you down or up…. But it’s probably a spiral staircase with a platform leading down and one leading up. :D

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