Here is another inspirational talk from my boss, Taylor, on life. On this particular day, I had asked Taylor to tell us the greatest lessons that he has learned. I asked him to tell us one that he learned the easy way, and one that he learned the hard way. Out of the thousands of words of wisdom that he gives on a weekly basis, here is one that stuck out to me:
"You’re in college to get a degree, but if you’re only in college to get a degree, then you’re here for the wrong reasons. If you’re not here to acquire the knowledge and grow as a person, then you’re wasting your time and money. The education is not what gets you the job… it’s what keeps you the job. The degree gets you in the door. But if you have a degree and you’re an idiot, then nobody’s going to keep you even if they hire you. So what good is a degree if nobody wants to hire you because you’re a moron? Never stop learning. Find things to be passionate about. And seek those things. Always. If it’s music or movies or outdoors or longboarding, know everything you can about anything you’re passionate about. Even if that knowledge doesn't make you money, it’s still extremely valuable. That is something I learned the easy way. Things I've learned the hard way? You have to trust people, even if you know they will burn you. If you don’t trust anybody, your life isn't going to be very fulfilling. You’re not going to have anybody there that you need when you need somebody. But you’re still going to get burned, and that’s part of life. Everybody is going to let you down in life. Everybody. There is not a single person in your life that is not going to drop the ball. Period. But you have to know, that the best things in life often come with the biggest risks. If you know that there is a potential that you can get hurt, that is usually something that turns out to be the most rewarding. If you play it safe your whole life, then you’re going to miss out on a lot of great opportunities. You've got to learn to trust people and take risks. That I learned the hard way. I’m a person that believes in calculated risk. I've played it safe my entire life, and have lost a lot of opportunities."
At the age of ten years old, this wise little soul gives some of the best pep talks that I have ever heard. Here is a very inspirational one about "Heroes"
"You probabaly are all like, 'I'm not a hero, you're talking to the wrong person!' And I'm all like, 'You're talkin' to your TV!'" hahahahahahahaha!!
Ah! I can't get enough of this YouTube channel, SoulPancake! (As you probably have gathered from all of these videos). Here is a video that addresses gossiping. This video is a little bit different than the others. As opposed to the other videos, this video doesn't exactly consult an expert; it interviews random people on the street, who have been victims to gossip. This video caught my attention because I was reading Romans 1, where it says,
"Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil"
One of my biggest goals in this next year, is to not gossip. I wouldn't say that I gossip a lot, but I do get that thrill when I talk about how STUPID someone was being in x class, or how RUDE a stranger was on x day. But there's really no need for it. Of course, I'm not perfect, and a time may come this year where I feel wronged or annoyed and my mouth just might start running, but one of my goals is to not do that
Along with Romans, Proverbs also addresses the subject of gossip. After having read about how gossip is looked down upon, it was very interesting to see this video and see the actual effects of it in random people's lives
This summer at my on campus job, we have done a LOT of painting. Painting for renovations, touching-up halls, painting outside, etc. One recurring problem that we have dealt with is using the wrong paint. In other words, there have been times when we go in to do touch-ups, and we end up using a color that is different than the color of the wall we are touching up. "How in the world is that possible??", you may ask. "Like if the wall is blue, don't touch it up with green", you may think. Well, our painting dilemmas stem from the fact that most everything we paint is white. When I say "white", I am referring to a slew of different shades of white. There is Whitecliff. There is New Bone White. There is Manual New Bone White. The is AS New Bone White. Though they are all a shade of white, they are all very slightly different from each other. That being said, there have been numerous times this summer where we have used the wrong white, and it's obvious that we screwed the pooch on that one.
Today, we went to touch-up a hallway....
Yep. You guessed right.
As I was looking at the paint, I thought about life. When we do touch-ups the wrong color, we get pissed, and more than likely end up having to paint the rest of the hall that new color. In life, we all paint the wrong color on occasion. Some of us do it more often than others. Still, there are times in our life when we mess up, and paint the wall a color that we never intended. Sometimes we paint our walls red with undeserved hate. Sometimes we paint our walls green with unjust envy. Instead of freaking out and moaning at the fact that the color is wrong, why don't we grab hold of a completely different outlook? What if we can end up painting the rest of our wall with that same red, but call it love. Forget about what you hate in something or someone, and figure out what you love about it/them. If you can't do that, then simply think about what it is that you do love, and let that override said hate. What if we can end up painting the rest of another wall with the same green, and call it curiosity. Forget about what you envy in someone, and think, man, how can I replicate that? Or, how can I better myself in that same way?
Here are some photos from my on-campus job this summer, and the progress we have made thus far:
Photo Credit: David Webb
Do you know what's amazing? Think to yourself, what is truly amazing in your life right now? What jumps out to you?
Like actually close your eyes for about 15 seconds
What did you decide? What came to your mind?
Do you have two legs that work? Did you think about those? Do you have two arms that work? Did you think about those?
"They've crunched the numbers on this. They've crunched the numbers on you being born, and they took into account all of the wars, the natural disasters, and everything else, and do you realize that the odds of you being born, at the moment of time you were born, to the parents you were born to, with the DNA structure that you have, is 1 : 400,000,000,000. That is 1 to 400 trillion." - Mel Robbins, TedTalks
WE are amazing. I don't mean that by what we do, or how we are. The sheer idea of "we" is amazing. The fact that we are created by a loving and personal God is amazing.
Take one looooooong breath. Now release.
You just breathed.