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Lately, I’ve been in a weird funk. Nothing bad. Nothing horrible. Just different. I for some reason have been caught up on my failures, my mistakes, my mess-ups, and my inabilities.  So I found myself asking, “Why?” Why have I allowed myself to continuously think of these things that bring me down?  It’s like I chained myself to a boulder and pushed it off a cliff into the ocean.  Now comes the realization. 

ImageI’m not perfect.  No one is perfect.  No one has come close to perfect.  No one will ever be perfect.  So through my failures and imperfections, I have found myself realizing I have something in common with every person that has stepped foot on this planet.  Each and every one of us has this in common, it’s a fact and an inevitability that you can not escape.

This post may have started off like a shot at everyone and it may have come off as a pessimist’s look at the world.

HOLD IN THERE, IT GETS BETTER!

One of the greatest minds in American History, Thomas Edison, said one of my favorite quotes of all time.

It is every mistake, every failure, and every imperfection that creates the pathway to success.  Without mistakes you would never learn.  When you succeed you are not learning new things, you are just using the knowledge you already have. 

Every time you fail, you learn. Image

Every mistake is a learning opportunity.

Every small imperfection in all the activities you take part in creates who you are. 

It is those “10,000 ways that don’t work” that builds your knowledge and appreciation for reaching your final goal. Yeah it may suck when those 10,000 ways are your first 10,000 tries, but it’s those attempts that make the final step, the one you take to pass the finish line, that much sweeter. 

What’s holding you back?  What’s making you hesitate?  Don’t ever let the fear of failing, the fear of imperfection, and the fear of making mistakes dictate the path you want to travel down.  It’s one step at a time.  One foot in front of the other.  Inch by inch.  Step by step.  Attempt after attempt.  It’s time to be tenacious and to never back down. 

Fight for what you want no matter what the terrain in front of you looks like. 

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We’ve all heard the proverbial saying “patience is a virtue”, but what does it really mean?  Patience is nothing more than being able to put our wants and desires on hold for a given period of time.  Patience is something all of us want and need but few of us master it.  Patience and I, well… let’s just say we’re not on good terms!  I want so badly sometimes something to just come into my life, something to give me instant satisfaction and gratification.  That’s how I’ve always been, I don’t know why!

Patience is definitely something a virtue that must be practiced and perfected but something that can only be practiced through experiences no one really wants. It shows up at work, at school, with your parents, with your friends, with God, and with essentially everything and everyone you come into contact with.  You even experience having to use patience as a baby, dirty diapers and hunger can’t all be undone in a blink of an eye even though you cry your brains out and want it to be fixed.  Patience is something I struggle with so badly, and it really turns up around this time of the year.  I am one of the MOST impatient people you’ll ever meet around Christmas, I buy presents for friends and family and they buy presents for me and I just want everyone to open everything so I don’t have to wait to see the smiles on their faces when they open their presents.  Patience is something I want and need, but I know it doesn’t just come over night (maybe it’s something I can put on my Christmas list)! So until I begin to master this virtually impossible to master virtue, I will not only wait and practice, but I will keep a good attitude while waiting.  To me, that’s patience, staying optimistic while having to wait for what we desire.

I know for a fact every human on this planet wants something NOW! Sleep, caffeine, food, a drink, family, friends, comfort, a friendly ear, or maybe it’s just one small second of rest from this hectic lifestyle.  But I promise waiting for whatever it is you want and desire will make finally getting it that much better.  Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s…. the wait, it’s unbearable! I want so much, right now!  But I must wait, and that waiting, I know will bring with it more joy.  Take time out of this busy, “it’s all about the here and now”, “I must have it now” materialistic society we all live in, and instead of enjoying what we see in the future and the things we may be getting, think about what we have and are blessed with.  There is so much, and because I know I have so much, I know I can wait and be patient with optimism for what is to come.

What is wrong with this world!


Day in and day out the news shows me things so morally wrong, so ethically disgusting, and so obviously (for lack of a better word) idiotic.  What is going on… Joe pa at Penn State, Occupy everything, the economy, politics, sex scandals, harassment allegations, the world is going NUTS!

Mob mentality, in its most simple definition, is being shown by Penn State as I type this.  Riots to SUPPORT a man who “should’ve done more” BUT didn’t! One person starts not being able to handle his/her anger leads to misguided attacks, this attack stimulates others in this once peaceful protest, this protest now becomes a riot.  America, Penn State, World…. GET A GRIP!  How morally wrong, how bad of a person do you have to be to say a man(one who KNEW about child sexual abuse and did nothing… that’s right, NOTHING) should be allowed to continue his career as an NCAA football coach when obviously he does not have the moral compass a human being should possess.  Yes, I admit, he’s human.  We, as humans, are not perfect.  We, as humans, make mistakes on a daily basis.  We, as humans, are the most imperfect beings on the planet.  However, we, as humans, are instilled with morality and ethics.  We, as humans, have something no other living thing on this planet has.  This thing, like I stated before, is morality.

There is so much wrong with this world.  Greed, Gluttony, Lust, Immorality, Envy, Pride, Envy… could it get worse?  The reasons these problems are existing right now in this world are due to a lack of compassion, caring and ethics, but also, it’s due to an overall sense of most people believing they are self-righteous and should have things given to them.  I am guilty of it, you are guilty of it, every person on this planet is guilty of self-righteous or selfish thoughts.  But, if you are in a national (even international) spotlight where people look up to you and see you as a powerful figure, you need to hold yourself with class and dignity.  Joe Paterno, did not and obviously cannot do this.  I don’t feel bad for Joe Paterno at all, he made his mistake, he knew he was making a mistake, he continued making a mistake, and to me, the magnitude of this mistake is unforgivable… the mistake he made is nothing more than a disgustingly selfish act by a man who cared about his career and his football team so much that he let illegal actions take place and he didn’t do anything about it.  Joe pa… hindsight is 20/20 for sure, and I’m glad you see that, but I learned morals and ethics as a child, I know right from wrong.  If this is something you did not learn until now, in your nearly 85 years of life on this planet, I can only say, WOW.  Now, as a community, as a sports community, as a human community, we have a few choices.  We can proceed as some Penn State students see fit and riot his “hasty and wrongful firing”, we can see this man as he truly is, a human being who made disgustingly immoral decisions to protect a friend and assistant coach of his, or simply forget about Penn State, Penn State football, Joe Paterno, and everything about College Park and just pray for and keep the 8 young boys who have been sexually harassed by Jerry Sandusky in this Penn State debacle in your thoughts.

Occupying everything is not going to fix things.  Occupying wall street, occupying Oakland, occupying Orlando, and occupying random cities everywhere is not going to bring our country out of recession, it’s not going to do a thing.  The reason I say this is solely because, you “occupiers” as a whole do not know what you are protesting.  Everyone is protesting something different.  Talk to the majority of anyone occupying somewhere, then talk to the person standing next to them, I bet you will actually see something quite humorous… confusion between 2 “occupiers” within feet of each other.  How about we try this. Stop thinking you DESERVE things, and WORK for them.  Stop blaming others for misfortunes your own actions have caused.  Stop occupying places with a “cause” you can’t even define as a group.  Stop complaining.  Stop being stupid America.  Enough is enough.  It is time for each person to take responsibility for your life!  Take responsibility for your decisions and actions, but most of all, if you cannot take responsibility for your own life and what it has become at least have the courage to say that.  But seriously, STOP OCCUPYING CITIES AND GO FIND A JOB! There are plenty of jobs, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Wal-mart, K-mart, Burger King, Publix… the list goes on and on and on and on and on.  You are NOT too good for these jobs, you, as an American citizen, should be instilled with a spirit of hard work, the spirit of our Fore Fathers.  Work for what you want, fight for what you want, but seriously stop pointing fingers at others to sweep your own bad decisions and mistakes under the rug. It’s time to take responsibility for your lives.  It’s time to get back to work.  It is time to fix this world that is becoming nothing more than an immoral and unethical breeding ground for so many people.

Followers, readers of mine, if you know me or read my posts normally, you know I am not usually one to post about current events going on, politics, or anything that may cause uproar.  But this is my call to you!  Make a difference!  Fight for what you want!  Let me say this again, fight for what YOU want!  Take the road less traveled and begin to make and live with the decisions humans must make daily.  Let’s start fixing the world by fixing ourselves first.  Morality and ethics are 2 things that could begin to make this downward spiral our planet is in start to turn upright.  Look at yourselves in the mirror, seriously look.  If you can realize all the good things in your life rather than focusing on the negative, the world will become brighter and the world will become a better place with time.  It’s up to us, this is our world, this is our planet, we are all one human family, make ethical choices, make good decisions, take responsibility for your life, work for what you want and need, but most importantly

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”

-Mahatma Gandhi


In my opinion, quite possibly the most amazing use of alliteration ever! This might be one of my favorite speech’s made in any movie ever! This amazing speech followed by another great part of the movie, V’s recitation of “Remember remember the 5th of November”!

Evey: Who are you?
V. : Who? Who is but the form following the function of what and what I am is a man in a mask.
Evey: Well I can see that.
V. : Of course you can, I’m not questioning your powers of observation, I’m merely remarking upon the paradox of asking a masked man who he is.
Evey: Oh, right.
V. : But on this most auspicious of nights, permit me then, in lieu of the more commonplace soubriquet, to suggest the character of this dramatis persona. Voila! In view humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the “vox populi” now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin, van guarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition.
The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous.
Verily this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it’s my very good honour to meet you and you may call me V.
Evey: Are you like a crazy person?
V. : I’m quite sure they will say so.

Remember Remember The 5th Of November, The Gunpowder, Treason and Plot.
I Know Of No Reason, Why The Gunpowder Treason, Should Ever Be Forgot


First off, I would like to thank any of my followers, friends, and readers that have been, will be, or just happen to be reading my blog. It’s been 2 weeks since the start and I’m at over 500 views already, I never thought people would read and enjoy my stuff, let alone share it with everyone, so that being said… THANK YOU!

As we enter the month of November, I know we all have plenty on our minds. As students, we see the end of this semester coming closer, as adults we feel the Holidays coming on (stress and all), and we feel the cooler and nicer weather. We have so much to be thankful for, after all if you’re reading this you’re alive, you’re breathing, you’ve probably had something to eat or drink today, you have eyes that work, a brain that functions, and somewhere along the line you were taught how to read. That is 7 things. 7 things that most people take for granted just because it’s something many of us never actually think about.

There is truly so much to be thankful for in my life. I have the best family in the world, my parents love me and support me through thick and thin no matter what. My friends are absolutely incredible in every conceivable way. I have been blessed with so much!

Going into the next few weeks, into the Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s holidays, I challenge you to sit down and think about everything you have to be thankful for. Make a list, write it out, share it with people. Show the world how much you have to be thankful for and tell everyone who you are truly thankful for how much they mean to you. There is always so much in today’s society that revolves around “me, me, me, me, me”, well now… make it about everyone else for a day or two, go out there and really think about everything you have to be thankful for. I promise, sitting down and writing out a list may not sound like fun, but let it be an experience. A personal eye-opener to help you appreciate life and everything in it. Share with the world how thankful you are for everything and everyone you have.

Be Thankful For

by Pravs J

Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations. Because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge. Because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.

I challenge you to make a list of the top 20 things in your life that you are thankful for.

What are you thankful for?

Holstee Manifesto


The manifesto to live by

 

I came across this manifesto about a month ago.  It’s definitely something to read and remember, words to live by.  If you treat everyday like life is short, seizing every opportunity, and doing the things you love and make you happy, you will undoubtedly love life and what life has in store for you.  There’s no reason to search for a relationship when you’re doing the things you love because you are happy and content doing things that make you happy.  While doing those things people will definitely see the insane amount of enjoyment and gratification you have with your life, and people with similar interests will gravitate towards you to make their life better just by simply being in contact with you.  Always wear your passion, no matter what it is, no matter if you get picked on, taunted, or bothered, where your passion and wear it proudly.  Shoot for your dream, no matter what it is, fight for whatever your dream is because everything you could ever want and imagine is attainable, it’s just a matter of if and how you go after them.  Bring yourself up by bringing the people around you up, and in turn they will reinforce your positive attitude and want to be a part of the passion and greatness that encompasses you and your life.  Do whatever it is you love and do it as often as you can to be successful and happy in life, after all that’s what life is! Life is simple.  Life is short.  Life is meant to be happy.  Life is meant to be fun-filled and contain a passion for something.  The Holstee Manifesto is one of the greatest manifestos of all time in my opinion, because it encompasses so much power and meaning in so few words.  What do you think of this manifesto and how does it pertains to your life?

Impossible


“Impossible” is a word that says so much in 10 letters. A word that can make someone stand up and fight and a word that can absolutely destroy a person and their aspirations. Impossible in it’s most basic state is a word that can evoke so much passion or devastation just by itself that more often than not people stray away from using it. Impossible, though, is a word that should be seen as a battle and a challenge of your will and dexterity. Something that I learned not too long ago, impossible is what you make of it, if you believe something will be or is impossible, it will undoubtedly be impossible. However, if you take what you’ve been told is impossible and battle for whatever it is, you can possibly show the world something incredible! Impossible is a challenge, it’s a chance to step up to the plate and claim what’s yours and what you desire. It’s a chance to face your fears and doubts and destroy them. Will you fail during your quest of the impossible? Possibly. Will you want to quit? Maybe. Will it challenge you every step of the way and force you to dig into yourself and pull out every ounce of strength and determination you have? Absolutely. But as I said before, failure is part of life, it’s what you take from your failures and apply to your life that defines you as a person. Every failure has it’s bright side, every loss has it’s silver lining, and every missed opportunity has another chance waiting somewhere. If you go into life believing you can conquer the world with perseverance and determination, you will. If you go into the world believing things are impossible and you will fail no matter what, you will. If you honestly can say nothing is impossible and impossible is nothing and truly believe that, you can accomplish amazing things. It’s up to each individual to figure out those “impossible” things in their lives and to choose whether or not you want what the world says you can’t have. Is it worth the fight, the battle, the blood, sweat, and tears, or will you allow people to dictate your life by saying you can’t accomplish something? Choose your battles and pick the ones worth fighting for and believe nothing is impossible, because if you truly want something it’s not impossible. It’s just up to you to figure out what exactly it is you want and to show the world nothing is impossible and to show everyone why can be done through sheer determination.

– Eric Welter


If this semester has taught me anything besides the actual school material I need to know, it’s that perseverance is by far one of the most needed qualities in life.  Once, twice, sometimes three times a week I sit down for an entire night, sacrificing sleep for the hope that I will have joy from a good test grade.  Perseverance doesn’t come from continuing on through success though, it comes from rising above your failures, learning from them, and accomplishing something that you couldn’t before.  It’s pushing so hard you think of little else than the final goal of whatever it is you are striving for.  For me, that goal is graduating in the long run, but for now passing tests and making it out alive.  Perseverance by definition is a state of persistence through anything including obstacles, difficulties, and discouragement.  Now honestly, I have not done particularly well in some of the tests I have taken this semester, but it’s at these times you need to stand up, look yourself in the mirror, and stare into your soul.  Force yourself to become better than what you may think of yourself at the moment, force yourself to ignore people who think you can’t do it, but mostly force yourself to overcome your own personal obstacles you have set up mentally.  Overcome doubt in yourself.  Overcome the discouragement of failure.  Overcome your negative thoughts.  Become more than you could ever imagine by digging deep within yourself to prove you can do something you once though you couldn’t.  Forget about everyone and everything else and focus on what you need to do to get to the stage of preparedness you need for whatever it is you are accomplishing.  It may sound cliché, but the phrase “Be all you can be” is not only something military personnel should think and achieve.  Every person, in every way can become what they want to be with perseverance.  You can do what you can do, but only if you push yourself to get there.  Perseverance to me is a characteristic trait I am slowly getting the hang of, it is something I wish I had my entire life, and it is something I wish for everyone to have.  Think hard and long about something you wish you could do or want to do and don’t only aim for it, aim for the next highest thing.  “Always aim for the moon, even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars” (W. Clement Stone) That phrase really puts everything I’m saying into perspective and makes you think about everything that could be accomplished if you aim higher than anything you ever thought imaginable.  I’m trying to get into a D.O. or P.A. program after undergraduate studies, this is my goal, yes I have failed tests, and even an entire class. I’m not perfect.  It’s what I choose to do with these failures that define me as a person.  What are your goals and how are you going to push yourself to overcome obstacles you face to surpass any goal you set for yourself?

 

-Eric Welter


Morals come from a sense of understanding and passion to do what is right no matter what.  Striving to satisfy your inner moral compass is all but easy though.  Decisions must be made every day that can sway your views on morality one or the other and sometimes even completely change how some people view you as a person.  How can something we all know about be so hard to follow and so hard to keep on the positive (or right) side of the spectrum?  Morality is all about choosing what’s right and what’s wrong in many different aspects of life.  It’s choosing whether or not to let your best friend cheat on the upcoming exam, whether or not you should lie for a friend who needs to get out of a situation with his mom, or whether or not you should say anything about your best friend cheating on his/her significant other to that person.  How do we make these decisions? Why is it so hard to do the right thing? The answer although simple enough is that being bad is more fun.  That’s right I said it… being bad or doing bad things sends a kind of adrenaline rush through most people because you’re breaking the rules and doing things that could be seen as “sticking it to the man”.  Morality is one thing that you should really strive for on a daily basis, something you should really want for yourself and the people around you. The ideals of honor and integrity should mean EVERYTHING to you.  Sometimes it won’t be easy.  Sometimes it won’t be fun.  Sometimes you may end up losing friendships or relationships because you strive to do the right thing.  But really, how can you live life to its fullest if you consistently have bad morals.  Who likes people like that, people who pick bad choice, who do crappy things, or who wouldn’t go out of their way to help you out and give morally accurate advice to you in a time of need.  It’s no wonder the nicest people are always surrounded by people who motivate them and help them continue down that “road less traveled”.  It’s hard enough to keep a moral compass pointing north, but doing it on your own will prove to be one of the hardest things ever.  Morality, in my eyes, comes from the people around you, from your parents, from your friends, from your education, and from inside of you.  It really is your decision to stay on a moral high-ground, to stay ahead of a world that usually goes the opposite direction of morality.  It’s up to you to choose the right people to surround yourself with, to uphold the virtues and morals instilled in you through the years of your life.  It’s up to you to really keep your head on straight and strive to be the best and most kind person you can be. What is life with negativity? With a never-ending path of wrong-doing’s and bad decisions?  Where will that path take you? Where will you end up while making those decisions? Look in the mirror and realize morality is really the best way to go, the best and most direct path to a happier and more fulfilling life.  Now tell me, why is it the “road less traveled”?  Seriously, tell me…

 

-Eric Welter


Fighting for what you want or what you believe in is one of the hardest things to do in a lifetime. Facing opposition at every turn, every decision you make being harder, and every inch you go there is a margin of error that cannot be escaped. You can’t say it any better than Al Pacino’s speech in Any Given Sunday, “Either we heal now,… or we crumble. Inch by inch, play by play, until we’re finished. We’re in hell right now, we can stay here and get the crap beat out of us, or we can fight our way back, into the light.” It’s fighting for what you want in life that keeps you going, fighting for what you are destined to do. If you can’t look yourself in the mirror and see someone who you know will fight for every inch that he wants, you need to dig deep inside yourself. Digging and pulling up every ounce of motivation and determination you can find is what life is about. “Life is a game of inches, one half step too late or too early you don’t quite make it, one half second too slow or too fast, you don’t quite catch it.”

How do you go through life knowing that at every decision and every move there is a potential for mistake? You go through it like everyone else. Even the most amazing people in the world have made mistakes at one point or another. It was their will-power and determination that kept them fighting for every inch. Life is a battle, it’s a war that must be fought every day. Whether it’s something you’re trying to fight out in your career, in your relationships, or in yourself. It’s a battle that can be won over time. What is it I’m talking about? That’s your call. It can be anything, sports, relationships, classes, career choices, financial hardship, you name it, there’s a battle to be fought. But, “It’s the guy who’s willing to die who’s gonna win that inch.” No stronger words have been said than that. If you want something so bad that you’re willing to give up anything and everything else for that one thing, absolutely no one can stop you. As human beings we are programmed to do great things, each and every one of us are destined to do something to make an impact somewhere. It’s our choice to reach that destiny. It’s seeing what’s around you, the people all around you, helping you and pushing you. The pathway you choose, the destiny you have, that is your war, your battle. Fighting for every inch you want or desire is what life is. The harder you fight and the more you give into everything you do is what will define you as a person. Making wrong choices or wrong decisions is a part of everyone’s life. Building on those mistakes through tenacity and motivation to become the strongest person you can be is what everyone should fight for. Life is a pathway of hardship mixed with tenacity. What will win? No one can make that choice but you. Any fear can be overcome. Any battle can be won. Any villain can be conquered. How hard are you willing to fight? How hard are you willing to push? How much are you willing to give up? No matter what the answer, there’s a path. A path you form to your ultimate destination. Now it’s up to you to fight for every inch you want, every inch in front of you. Forget about the past and dig in, claw your way towards your goal and achieve it. It’s up to each and every one of us to figure out what you’re going to do. So, what will you do?

-Eric Welter

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