Step Calm and Stand On

Step Calm and Stand On

Calm, steady continuation helps keep our focus on the future. They say, “If you’re going through Hell, keep going!” The next steady step will steadily move you on toward steadfast stability. It doesn’t feels like it in the moment, but it will.

The attacks and flack and wind can only move things that aren’t solid. They test and bend things. But, wind passes by definition. It comes and it will go. As for the attacks, the best revenge is to not quit.

Every attack depends on its own victory. If it fails, then its unreturned expense becomes a self-inflicted fine.  · · · →

Consider Cockroaches

Consider Cockroaches

When you see a problem or a challenge or an end to reach, never take it at face value. Everything has prerequisites, even problems. By looking at the prerequisite, you’ll make your goals easier to reach and your challenges easier to overcome.

Even problems have to do their homework. Even problems need to eat and sleep. Maybe your problem is that you’re trying to reach a goal without letting your goal sleep, eat, and do its homework. Cockroaches need crumbs on the floor—eliminate the crumbs and the roaches will move out. Stand for what’s right and others will follow.  · · · →

Border

Border

Boundaries change, whether in style or location. We need them as much as we need them to be suitable. You separate work from play—not always an easy thing, and sometimes you need to blur that line for the sake of your work. Some separations can be bad, especially if a border becomes a boundary among kin.

Your life borders against others. Crossing over a border can turn a boundary into a highway,opening new friendship, as long as that border remains respected. Friendship that crosses the border is only as honored as much as the friends honor their border.  · · · →

The Long Look Past

The Long Look Past

Look past your own injuries to the greater battle. A soldier may lose a leg, but if he quits, his loss could be for nothing. We can’t always move, we can’t always help. Sometimes the best way to help is to not ask for it.

Look at your own situation, then take a good, long look past it. One of the most important decisions is whether to ask for help. Sometimes it’s better to ask sooner rather than to make more work for friends later. But, if you can suck it up long enough to help someone else, do so.  · · · →