The Good

There are no things greater than the simple joys of life. A good friend, a nice book, or a movie that makes you think, and just feel pleasant and warm. I think these are the things we need to be actively seeking out in our lives. Things that make us, and others, feel good. And good cannot be confused with temporary pleasure – there are many things in this world that give that – but something that is truly good is something that needs to be treasured, and sought after.

Seek that which is good, and whenever you can, create it. Give back a little to the world, and find new joy in the process of it, and I guarantee you will come closer to really finding happiness.

Until next time,

Jackson

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Mastery

Sit back for a moment and just think. Think about this world; think about all of its complexities and intricacies. Think of the boundless resources available to us. Resources of wealth, knowledge, time. These things are all available for us to use. What are you going to do with them? There are so many things out there to learn and to know. What are you going to master?

We have whole lives stretching before us – lives to do what we want and accomplish whatever we can. Now we don’t know how long it is we are going to be living, but doesn’t it seem reasonable that we should doing the very most we can with whatever time we have? Shouldn’t we be working to accomplish our dreams and our desires – whatever it is that means the most to us in our lives? Shouldn’t we be working on mastery?

Have you ever watched someone who was really good at something – maybe a guitarist who has obviously put a lot of time and effort into his craft – and felt the excitement and energy that their skills bring? Can you imagine how they must feel to be able to do those kinds of things? It has to be a great feeling! They’ve put their blood, sweat, and tears into something that really matters to them.

Think about some of the things that really matter to you. What are some things that you have always wanted to do – wanted to be able to do, and accomplish – and how great would you feel if you could start doing these things? Start pondering about these things. Write out a list of all that you wish to master, both for the short-term and the long-term. Then, after you have found what it is you wish to do with your time, start thinking about how it is that you can come to be a master at these things. And then start working!

If these are things that really excite you and make you happy, then the journey will be a pleasure! Sure it will be difficult at times, but take pride in the fact that you are strong enough to face these difficulties where others would falter, because you have the drive and the motivation to achieve mastery! Because what good is life if you can’t at least become really good at a couple of things, whether they may be traditional talents like singing, and piano, or other skills and abilities such as becoming really good at helping others be happy – because that is a great talent in and of itself.

I challenge you to start thinking about things you have always wanted to do, things that you have always wanted to become really good at, and things you have always wanted to accomplish – and then I challenge you to go out and actually start working towards these things. I promise you that if you really do these things with full intent, you will be a happier and more fulfilled human being, and you will feel a greater joy and sense of accomplishment for your life, and will also be able to help and bring happiness to others in the process.

Until next time,

—Jackson

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Promises

The worst promise you can break a promise to is yourself. Really, just think about it, because there are few things that can make you feel worse than when you have broken a promise that you made to yourself. It can be the ultimate letdown. So next time you make a promise to yourself, make with it a solid resolve to actually follow through, because nothing can be more degrading than when you fail yourself.

Have you ever had one of those days where nothing seems to be going well, and you just feel down? Odds are, on these days, your biggest frustration is yourself. How could this be? I think that on days when we are feeling the worst, we are usually feeling this way because we know we aren’t living up to our full potential. We know that we could be doing better, and as a result of this, we start to feel down on ourselves. The only way we can solve this is by living up to our full potential – by honoring the promises we have made to ourselves, or creating new ones if it is really time for a change.

So take the time to think about some of the things you are dealing with in your life. You have power over all of them. Maybe you can’t actually affect all of these situations, but at the very least you have power over how you can view and react to these situations. In this life, we can only be moving in one of two directions – forwards or backwards. So let’s start moving in the right direction. There is no such thing as just standing still.

Start moving forward in life and you will start feeling better about yourself. Start honoring the promises you make, whether to those around you or, most importantly, those you have made to yourself. I can guarantee you that if you start doing these things you will start feeling so much better about life as a whole, and things will begin to start working out, because you have made a conscious effort to fix them – to work towards a common goal and purpose.

I hope this helps, and until next time, Adeus!

—Jackson

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Dreams

Verse:

Dawn is breaking

Do you know what that means?

I’m still waiting

To discover my dreams

 

Chorus:

These dreams last forever

On a rainy day

But yours will last forever

I heard you say

 

Verse:

I’m still shaking

As I lie awake in bed

Thoughtless rumors

All rushing through my head

 

Verse:

These old nightmares

Give way to my new dreams

Give me something

In which I can believe

 

Chorus:

These dreams last forever

On a rainy day

But yours will last forever

I heard you say

 

Break;

 

Chorus:

These dreams last forever

On a rainy day

But yours will last forever

I heard you say

 

Repeat once, then:

These dreams last forever

On a rainy day

But mine will last forever

I heard me say.

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Does Everything Exist?

What if everything exists, and there really are no boundaries? What if literally anything is possible? I have often wondered, when seeing, reading, or hearing a story, does that story actually exist? Could there actually be some tangible version of that story somewhere out there in the vast expanse of the universe? Because there is this feeling in the back of my head that I can’t quite displace – a feeling that in fact, these stories are real – and anything is possible.

We live in an infinite universe – it has no bounds. Some scientist may think otherwise, but as far as we know, the universe really is boundless. It simply continues on and on forever, never stopping, just like time. So if there is an infinite universe, why couldn’t there be an infinite number of possibilities? I really do believe that anything is possible, and we can discover anything we want if only we look hard enough. Life holds secrets for us that can bring great joys into our lives, if only we are willing to take the time to realize these rewards.

Everything is possible. Is this not an amazing thing to think about? It is a gift we have been given, for all time and opportunity – it is a gift to discover.

Until next time,

—Jackson

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Objectives

So today, I decided to try something new. I’ll be honest, for the past couple days – even weeks – I’ve been incredibly lazy, ever since classes finished. But the sad part is, in this laziness, I haven’t even spent time doing things that I really want to do. I had actually let the laziness just completely take over; oversleeping, constantly wasting time online – nothing that was actually worth my time. Instead of reading, writing, or playing guitar – anything that could be slightly worthwhile – I had decided to just let time slip by, time that will never be regained. And I believe that there are almost no worse things in this world than idleness. It leads to a whole host of other problems.

So from now on, I have decided that I will make daily objectives. Every day, I will make a list of things that I would like to get accomplished. For example, today my list was as follows: play guitar and write a song, write, write a blog- post about to-do lists and how we should avoid being idle like the plague, go for a nice drive to the park, rake the lawn, read some good books, and workout. Of all of these things on my list for today, the only thing I haven’t accomplished is writing a blog post, and that is what I am working on now.

The point isn’t for me to say “look at me and how much I’ve accomplished today”. The point is to show you how much better off I feel about myself as a result. Today, as opposed to the other days in the week, I actually got things done. I accomplished things. Because of this, I am a better person, and will also hopefully better the lives of a couple others as well.

So if you value yourself, and your time, and would like to start accomplishing more, and feeling better about yourself in the process, I think it is time to consider starting to write to-do lists for every day you are alive. These lists don’t have to be huge, or involve time-consuming tasks. They just have to be things that you know you will be happy and proud of yourself to know that you have accomplished. And I can guarantee you once you start doing this you will start to feel so much better, and will also become so much more productive.

Until next time, Adeus!

—Jackson

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Music is My Life

Music is my life. Ok maybe not my entire life – but it sure makes up a large majority of it. Because whenever I am listening to good music, I am capable of feeling better than almost any other moments in my life. Then take listening to good music, and enjoying it with great people – that is a gift.

Right now I am listening to Wheel by John Mayer, and I’d have to say that this is one of my all-time favorite songs. It never fails to hit me. So listen, and enjoy – because John Mayer is one of the greatest artists currently out there.

I don’t really have all that much else on my mind, so once again just listen and enjoy.

And until next time, Adeus,

—Jackson

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A Fresh Start (it is sad not to care)

Do you ever come to that sad realization when you are separated from people – the realization that people you thought you cared about, thought you understand – you now feel nothing for? It isn’t the best feeling. In fact, it is hard to categorize whether it is a good thing or a bad thing. One the one hand, it is horrible because you now have that confusing and gaping hole in your life where your apparent “care” for that person used to be. But on the other hand, it is almost freeing. You get to now understand how you feel without being forced to like them. You no longer have to pretend to others and yourself as well.

I have recently had to deal with this. I was at college, and the semester is now over. It is summer break. I had a lot of friends. I knew a lot of people. I had a lot of people that I considered very close. But now it is strange to see how, once these people are out of my life, how many of them fade from my thoughts. A friend I at one point in my life held very dear now seems to not hold so much meaning. People I spent time with every single day evaporate from my conscience. And I just can’t seem to care. It shows you who your true friends are – because out of all of those people there are only a couple to which I give any thought. The rest have faded.

Another funny part is the quiet resentment I feel for some of the people that took up so much of my time, only to take more in return. They took time I could have spent finding people worth my concern, they took emotional power to go and do what I wanted, and they took happiness. They were leeches. Steer clear of leeches. Oftentimes it is so obvious when we are dealing with them, but for some sad reason we tell ourselves of how great they are. Why do people so often fall for those who mean them no good? Why do couples get back together that obviously were not a good fit? It’s because these people don’t realize the obvious – that these people were leeches in their lives and did no good for them. So next time you hang out with a friend, take some time afterwards to see how you feel. Do you feel better? Are you a better person for having been with them? Or have they been bringing you down? Don’t let some fool bring you down. Screw them. They’re not worth it. You can’t help a loser. So don’t deal with them.

I find that we oftentimes take part in greatly confusing ourselves. We want to have great meaning in our lives. We want great friendships with those around us, friendships that will last through the ages. And through this search for meaning we often latch on to the smallest and most insulting mimicry of a friendship – of a relationship that must mean something – when in reality it doesn’t.  Be careful. Don’t let yourself fool yourself in search of some higher meaning. You will know when this higher meaning comes, but you cannot honestly create this in you mind. This will only hurt you.

The good friends are the ones that last. They are the ones that you keep thinking about after you have been separated – the ones you keep caring about after you are apart. They are the ones that make you smile when you think about them. They should only bring good thoughts into your life. Seek these people out, and try and be one as well. Because right now I am thinking back, and am finding it very sad to say that I am glad to be done. I wish I could care – but I don’t. But I am also finding it very freeing that I can now have a fresh start. I don’t have to ever talk to these people again that don’t make me feel well. They aren’t worth my time. They don’t make me feel well. So I am making the choice to be done with them. And it is totally empowering to be able to make this choice and move on – to move on to newer and better things in life. So for this I am very thankful.

Until next time,

Jackson

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Laptop Fixed!

Sorry for not posting for a while, I’ve been pretty busy with finals and school, not to mention my laptop has been broken for around a week! So now I will be posting more again.

Until next time,

Jackson

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People Watching

So it has been a while since I last posted, and I’ll be honest – I have a ton of things I would like to talk about – but this will all have to wait. I’ve been, and still am, way too busy. As you may know (or probably don’t) this is my last week of my college semester, so I have had a lot to do. Not to mention a lot of people to hang out with since I won’t see any of them again for a very long time. So when I get the time, maybe I will write a post on that, and on all of the different things I have been realizing over the past couple of weeks, but for now, I’m just going to write a little on people watching.

Yes – people watching. Sound creepy? Maybe a little bit… Anyways, here I sit getting lunch in between classes, and from my observations there are a variety of people. Short, fat, skinny, tall, attractive, far from it, you name it, they’re all here. It’s hilarious watching some people and seeing how strangely they act. One guy was walking down the hall, stopped in the middle of a big opening, and started turning around in circles. Another one, as I was typing, just slid on his butt down a railway and then walked goofily away. My point is there is a ton of variety here, and a lot of people. All these people walking around that I recognize, have talked to before, and see every day, and this is just a tiny portion of the people in the world.

And what are some of the things I see from all of these people? I see friendship, enemies, opportunities, and options – people to expand my world, and whose world I can hopefully expand in the process as well. All of these people are individuals. They all think and reason on their own, and they all are capable of accomplishing great things if they put their minds to it. All their intricacies and differences have a purpose, and they all have capabilities greater than anyone could have thought possible. They also all have problems and challenges they face, some of which are immediately apparent, and some of which one would have to do some digging to find out. We all have our flaws. And when speaking on these flaws, from watching and seeing all of these people, I wonder what people see when they look at me. Do they see the strange boy, spinning around in circles? Do they see an interesting person sitting at a table? Do they see the same potential I see in myself? More? Less? It is a funny thing to think about – observing the observer.

Anyways, I think a major problem in this world is judgment. I’ll be honest – this is a pretty big problem of mine, but it is a problem that I am working on. I have been proven wrong many times about individuals before, and will doubtlessly be proven wrong many times from now on as well, but I would like to get better at this. So the question is: are you limiting yourself and your world from the views you are holding about the people around you? And if so, do you realize how much you are limiting yourself? I hope you take some time to think about this, because it is worth considering.

I hope all goes well for you, and until next time, Adieu.

—Jackson

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