To be calm is the greatest achievement of the self

To those of you who know me, I bet you think I have no problem with this. I’m generally very quiet, tend to avoid confrontation, and don’t really ever lose my temper.

Newsflash: I actually do have a pretty terrible temper, I’m not actually that quiet, and sometimes I like confrontation.

Like everyone else, maybe actually more so than those of you who are very energetic or don’t repress emotion, I have issues with staying calm. I find that I’m pretty good with emergency situations and seem to remain rational when others are freaking out, but I do have a very hard time staying calm when upset. By upset I mean sad, mad, etc. And by hard-time-staying-calm, I mean that I often get in to such a state that I say or do things and don’t really remember what I did and/or said. It kinda sucks. So I should really work on this and I really do think it would probably be one of my greatest achievements!

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The One Hundredth Post


Except that its not.

In case you haven’t noticed, I haven’t posted anything in a bit. Well, my blogger dashboard told me that I had 99 posts. So I thought that I really needed to make the next one, the One Hundredth post, super special. All week I’ve been brainstorming about how I could sum up the last 99 posts and really capture the essence of this blog. I thought about getting myself a giant celebratory cake, having a redo of the dog tea party, and just kinda doing a best of the blog countdown. It was going to be awesome.

And then I actually went to the blog and had a look around.

Guess what?

This is actually my One Hundred and Third post.

I don’t think 103 is a milestone. And I’m pretty disappointed that I missed the One Hundredth Post anniversary. So disappointed that I cancelled the giant cake and redo the doggie tea party and I’m even going to save the best of the blog countdown to another milestone.

But there is one thing that I will follow through with:

Thank you all so much for reading my blog!

Love

Every Single Being, even those who are hostile to us, is just as afraid of suffering as we are, and seeks happiness in the same way as we do. Every person has the same right as we do to be happy and not to suffer. So let’s take care of others wholeheartedly, of both our friends and enemies. This is the basis for true compassion.

-the Dalai Lama

Say it straight, simple, and with a smile.

This is pretty much my life philosophy. I don’t always succeed in saying it with a smile, but I do try to lay things out simply and to the point. By this, I don’t mean that I don’t sugar coat things. I firmly believe you shouldn’t hurt someone’s feelings needlessly. What I mean is that I really don’t see any reason in making simple things complicate. I realize that this might make me an anomaly in the legal community, but it’s what I believe. Why speak for an hour when you can get your point across in 10 minutes?

The Soul is Projection. Represent it.

I don’t really know what this means. This is yet another of my yogi tea tag quotes. It spoke to me this morning, even though I don’t really know what it means. The Hubby and I even had a conversation about it (which is unusual really). After doing some thinking, I’ve decided that, to me, this little bit of tea wisdom means that you soul is what you show to the world. I think that sounds a little backward since we all think about the soul being what’s inside you. And maybe it is a little backward, but here’s what I’m thinking: It doesn’t really matter if you think that you’re a charitable, good-natured person (or whatever your perception of yourself is). What matters is what you project to world. If you think you’re charitable and good natured but you never donate your time or money to others and you’re always grouchy to everyone, what you actually are is selfish and grouchy. I’m not saying that I think you can change your soul just by pretending to be something you’re not. What I’m trying to say is that the person you are to the rest of the world when you’re not trying to be anything is what your soul actually is.




I know, I know.

I’ve been slacking lately on the blogging front. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been doing things. I just haven’t felt like blogging about them. I don’t really have the time right now, because despite having the day off work, I’m already obligated to doing sorority adviser stuff today. Specifically, I’m going to be teaching new officers how to effectively use their committees. That should be interesting since my extreme perfectionism keeps me from doing things like effectively using committees.

Anyway, I just wanted to pop in to say that updates on my 365 experiment are coming soon. And so are all the other blog updates I promised.