Rock F***ing Bottom
The Way we Think
“Diversity in the world is a basic characteristic of human society, and also the key condition for a lively and dynamic world as we see today.” – Jinato Hu
Jinato Hu, the current Paramount Leader of the People’s Republic of China said this. We are all very different creatures with very different lifestyles and livelihoods.
What really makes you different and even, what makes you special is indeed, the way you think. Our minds are the greatest asset we have, but still, it’s a muscle that needs to be exercised and trained. If you want to have larger biceps, you lift weights. If you want to run a marathon, you train. If you want to think a certain way, you have to practice.
There are those of us who have been dealt a bad hand and those of us who have never wanted for a thing. There are some people who have suffered illness or pain and others in the peak of health and wealth. We all have come from somewhere, and no matter what the back story each of us has is right now, what our lives will and can be tomorrow is a choice that we have to make today.
I don’t want to hear you bitching that you have got it harder than the guy next to you either. True or not, it doesn’t mean it will be harder for you to change the way you think and act so that your life is exactly what you want it to be. It depends on your reaction to this moment. Do you want to feel frustrated because you don’t know something you want to know? Do you want to dwell on the fact that your parents were poor so you didn’t get the same advantages as the other children? Do you want to keep being a miserable cuss or did you think maybe, just maybe, this book could help you change all of that? Regardless of the issues, regardless of whether you are already happy, or if you are always sad, this book will help you mold your life into the form you want it to be if you let it. So let go of the past.
It doesn’t serve you on this journey.
We are what we Think
We Are What We Think
“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we are the world.”
Buddha said that. What is my point? My point is that he’s no dummy. OK. You probably knew that. My real point is that he meant for that statement to help people understand that if you can change your thoughts, you can change the world. Or, at the very least, if you can change your thoughts, you can change your world.
The way you decide to react is just that, your decision. For as bad as you can feel about things that have happened to you, there is always someone who has got it worse.
“All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.”
- Helen Keller
Helen Keller, an author, activist and lecturer stated those bold words. She was also deaf and blind. Get the point? She decided that her “flaws” would not stand in her way. She overcame adversity, lived a full and happy life, and she will forever be remembered.
Let’s think on our own lives and when we have faced some kind of adversity. There are points in life for all of us however large or small they may feel, in which we have overcome something. What are those moments for you? And are you grateful for them? Are you proud of yourself? Because you should be.
What is adversity exactly? It’s different for everyone I imagine. For example, I get nervous to speak in front of people, but I get on the stage with my band. In fact, just to make it interesting, I am the lead singer. That is overcoming adversity in my own way.
But what adversity is officially defined as is: difficulties and misfortune.
Get those pens ready kids! We’ve got our first list to do. What have you overcome? And try to provide a little reminder to yourself of what you had to do to get there. I have provided a list to be used as an example. Then you fill in yours for the sake of improving your life.
Or don’t. But I don’t want to hear you complaining that things are not improving if you aren’t willing to do the homework!