Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Shine Until Tomorrow
In short, this means 'seize the day'. Such a simple phrase, used in many song lyrics and books alike. To seize the day is one of the most debated phrases in culture. What exactly do you do to seize the day? This writer's opinion is this: live for the small things. Life isn't about saving mankind, making the world a greater good, or changing the world in which we live in. Life is about enjoyment. When we are off this planet, it won't matter how much we contributed to a company, a stock, or our portfolios. What will matter is, how did you carry yourself? How did you live your life? Were you too buried in work that you didn't stop and do something you enjoy every now and then? This post is dedicated to all of those small things that we simply have right under our very noses - yet they go overlooked.
In short, it's the rest that cleanses us. Sleep keeps us fresh, it's the one true rejuvenation of the body. Shakespeare quoted through the character of Macbeth,
"Sleep that knits up the raveled skave of care,
the death of each day's life, sore labor's bath,
Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course,
Chief nourisher in life's feast"
Everybody believes in something. Whether this something is God, a spirit, or just pursuing the greater good - it's each individual's choice. One person's sanctuary doesn't dictate over another's; to each their own. In the end, it comes down to what your inner mind tells you.
"Sanctuary, on a person level, is where we perform the job of taking care of our soul."
-Christopher Forrest McDowell
Whether it's baseball, softball, boxing, skiing, shooting, fishing, running, hiking, biking, chess, knitting, or any other hands on physical activity - everyone has one. It's the most basic form of entertainment, no imagination is required - although it can be a very fun addition. Sports like these keep us on our proverbial game. Many times these things get overlooked, but they contribute to the well being of society.
"Sports do not build character; they reveal it."
- Haywood Hale Broun
What tune do you march to? Is it blues, reggae, jazz, rock, punk, classic, instrumental, vocal, country, pop, hip hop, rap, R&B, or is it just the sound of wind whistling through the trees? In any case, we all have our rhythm. It all comes down to what your inner ear likes to have ran through it. Whether you're into deep lyricism, outstanding guitar solos, a catchy beat, or the sound of the string instruments - it helps us through this life.
"Take a music bath once or twice for a few seasons. You will find it is to the soul what a water bath is to the body."
-Oliver Wendell Holmes
This is a very short list of things that go overlooked in this world we live in. I want to know what you guys think. What things go overlooked in your everyday life?