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December 8, 2012

A Word of Advice: Find vibrancy in a black and white world

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 Our country for a long time now has been known as a melting pot of people, ideas and skill-sets. Now, this is actually a good thing. With all of the diverse thinkers, workers, movers and shakers our nation has had, we’ve grown to be the most powerful country on earth. Those people never went on to complain about how they were so different from other people, or that others were much greater than them. They took their strengths that they had and embraced them to a point they could fully utilize them to their maximum potentials, and that’s what made them revered by people the world over. 

Sure some people might’ve picked on them at some point in their lives for being a bit out there, a bit different from the crowd, but in the end, that’s what put them on top, and that’s what seemingly always puts people ahead of others, when people accept themselves and the strengths they possess and show them off to the world like they’re truly proud of them.

Take a minute and think to yourself, keeping positive, what makes you different? What defines who you are? I’m sure that you’d be able to at least find one thing, be it academic skills, your sense of humor, athletic ability or creativity in a certain craft. Now, think of how many people you think would actually want to possess that skill, or could benefit from it in some way. There are probably a lot of names in your head right now, so, it’s just good to know that you’re actually enviable, just like others.

Getting back to what I said earlier, we often take simple pleasure in life granted as well. Sometimes we overlook little things that make life great. A nice hot meal, a good conversation with a friend, even just petting a dog on the street, these are all things that are great, but we do so often that they’re forgettable when contrasted to tiny things that make us mad. This ignorance toward positivity in our modern day lives often leads to a negative look on life that lacks contrast, and the only way to restore that contrast is for once to look at all of the things we do day to day, every little act of kindness or gift of good fortune, and be thankful for them. 

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