I always make a point of remembering people. And it doesn't matter who they are - whether they're the cleaners or execs and it doesn't where I am - whether it's at work and sometimes even on this blog. I remember faces, names and snippets of information about total strangers' lives. Sometimes I wonder if I do this because perhaps some part of me always felt forgotten. In any case, it pleases me to acknowledge people in whatever capacity they're in.
I've been recovering from this demonic flu, getting there slowly. And for some reason I've been feeling very philosophical lately. In many ways, I find myself in the eye of a storm that's been brewing for some time. And of course, this has led to many useful and pointless ruminations:
1. A man who cheats on his wife because he wants to prove he is still man enough doesn't cheat on her as much as he cheats himself out of the love of a good woman. Assuming she is a good woman of course. And in much the same way, a Pathological liar only lies to himself.
2. For some reason, there seem to be more and more people who define success by quantifying their assets. Now, I like money too. But having a shit load of it won't necessarily mean that you're successful. It just means you're lucky. I wish I could explain this in more simple terms to some ignorant people I've had the displeasure of encountering.
3. I'm learning something new everyday in my new vocation. What's green and blue and hates Bankers? The Whole World.
4. I've read Paulo Coelho's The Witch of Portobello. And for lack of a better word wow. If there was ever someone who took lines from my soul and put it on paper, it's him. I even told Mother that if she ever wanted to understand me, that she'd better read the book - page 96 of the hard cover version in particular. It's everything I am and have experienced minus the Paganism and Rituals.
And here is where I deviate from Coelho's take on life. I find that most people don't live in the real world, when they should be. We use everything from social media, TV, Music, Movies, Books - whatever we can get our hands on to distract ourselves - permanently distracting ourselves to escape from our realities instead of living and embracing the here and now. People spend so much time searching and yearning for something better... something greater... if only they put in as much effort and thought into the present and making the most of it.
5. Some people are Cursed. Others are Blessed. Most confuse the two. And some don't know the difference.
6. I've said previously on this blog that we are no different from each other; that we are all subject to the same spectrum of emotions no matter how good or evil they may be; that the only thing that separates us are our circumstances; that to judge each other because of those circumstances is foolish because circumstances change for everyone; that everyone has their own lessons to learn and their own path to walk - in their own time...
And then I came across this today which encapsulates its nicely. We can never judge the lives of others, because each person only knows their own pain and renunciation. It's one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it's another to think that yours is the only path ~ Paulo Coelho
7. And the Jackpot for me is this: