How to Take Flight

We rarely take our talents, skills, and knowledge and push them to our utmost limit. It is human nature that we don’t fulfill our complete potential. Fatigue, distractions, problems, conflicts, and life’s own dramas all try to keep our feet on the ground.

But we all need to take some time, a few minutes or an hour each day or once every few days, to tell ourselves that we are much more capable of achieving greater feats than we are currently achieving now.

Whatever skill-set you currently hold, whatever knowledge you have been blessed with, and whatever tools and materials that are currently at your disposal, there is something you can do now that will take you one step closer to your full potential.

 

Go do it. And take flight.

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Common Kestrel in Flight (Photo by Zein Designz)

Patterned Windows

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A Window in Bayt al-Suhaimy on El-Moez St. in Old Cairo, Egypt. (by ZeinDesignz)

Apart from the idea of perspective, the way we view our lives can also be compared to a patterned window.

We understand the world around us based on our beliefs, morals, cultures, interactions, and our past. And all of these aspects of our understanding all form a mural, or a pattern of some sort, that allows us to see the world around us through it.

We see our troubled times through those panels that are as similar to our current situation. We come up with conclusions and take decisions about our current situations based on what we see through those panels.

But, just as is the case with perspective, those panels rarely show us the entirety of the scene, and, depending on with what color the glass is stained and how it is formed, that scene may even be discolored and disfigured in that window panel.

Most of the time we need to think beyond what our windows show us and take a look from the outside to get a better picture.

Release Therapy

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Pigeons and Doves by Zein Designz

We all go through trials and tribulations in life, and most of us keep in the quaking pain and suffering for different reasons.

Either the problems are too personal. Or seemingly too complex to explain to those who only know us from the outside. Or we just no longer have the patience or energy to begin to explain what’s wrong.

But one of the best ways to ease the suffering is to release it from the confines of our bodies and souls.

And releasing your problems does not have to involve a outside party. But it does require some form of expression.

If you are currently dealing with a problem or a crisis of some sort, try wording it out into an audio clip or on to a piece of paper. Let your emotions flow. And keep writing or speaking until all your thoughts are all poured out.

Then listen to it or read it. You just might gain some new and fresh perspective.

From Afar And From On High

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Photo by Zein Designz

Perspective is everything. Towers and skyscrapers look like fancy needles. Magnificent monuments can look like miniatures. Long and wide rivers look like small streams from the sky. Large lakes look like small ponds from mountaintops.

From afar and from on high, entire cities look like small miniature models of human dwelling. And the people who dwell in them become microscopic and too small to pinpoint.

Those same people you quarrel with each day. Those people who distract your personal tasks and goals. Those people who, sometimes, keep us worried, confused, or suspicious.

From afar and from on high, they are but small tiny negligible spots on the earth.

Never let them get in the way of your goals, dreams, and happiness.

People Priorities

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Spring Lake (by Nick Harris)

There are people we meet are grow quite fond of after a while. Yet, sometimes after that while, the fondness we end up feeling toward them is not reciprocated or mirrored back, and yet we still feel that there, for some unclear reason we should continue to spend time reaching out to them.

It is a simple rule: Spend time and energy for those who prove to be willing to spend the same for you. Never spend a minute provide another favor of some sort for someone who has never shown the decency to spend a moment with you.

With that said, those who do prove to be trustworthy, reliable, and loyal deserve much of your time and effort to keep building a true and lasting relationship.

And when someone does show loyalty and trustworthiness, cherish that person well. Leaving them to the world is tantamount to throwing a diamond in the sea.

A Matter of Perspective

A Matter of Perspective

A Matter of Perspective

While people can be categorized in numerous ways, most people fit into one of two groups: Those who focus on the negative aspects of their lives and those that try to look at the positive.

Life is hard for everyone. Trouble lurks around every corner along our journey to wherever our goals are. And through that journey, there are two major options to take when looking at how your journey has been.

You can either focus much of your memory on the mistakes you made, the bad choices you took, and the negative personalities you had to deal with.

Or you can appreciate the progress you have made despite those shortcomings and negativity that surrounded you.

Great people in the past also had those two options. Had they resigned to looking at the bleakness that discouraged their progress, their names would only have been remembered by their friends and family, and forgotten once they reached the grave.

So whenever a negative thought crosses your mind, find something positive to throw your attention on to keep on moving.

Hope and Rebirth

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Rebirth

The concept of rebirth has always provided humanity with a sense of a new life and hope. Whether it is the idea of life after death, or the idea of the metaphorical rebirth from sin to purity, the idea of being reborn still provides much inspiration and motivation to us.

Even in everyday life, the old dies out and becomes new again. We fall into a state of unconsciousness every night, and become aware once again of the world around us in the morning.

Life kills our souls quite often. We fall into states of despair, hopelessness, sadness, sorrow, and depression at various stages in our lives.

Those are stages in life in which we must look into ourselves, let our old, tired, and feeble souls perish away, and bring life to a new self-realization that, so long as we can still breathe, there still is hope.

The Steep Slopes of Life

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Cliffs of Moher, Ireland (by Tobias Helfrich)

Life is no smoothly paved road on which you simply walk from point A to point B with no worries. It’s an adventure.

It’s a journey of surprises; some good and some bad. And along that journey there are potholes, cliffs, ravines, jungles, forests, and steep slopes.

Sometimes you fall into a deep pit that seems impossible to get out of. And sometimes a steep slope surprises you along the path you originally drew out for yourself.

That destination – your goal, dream, and hopes – is still there. You just haven’t made it there yet.

So when you are at the bottom of a pit, or find yourself falling down a steep slope, look in the direction of your destination and remember why you took off for that journey in the first place.

Then pick yourself back up and keep moving.

The Predator Mindset

The Predator Mindset

Photo taken by Schuyler Shepherd

On a hunt, a predator’s only focus is its prey. Nothing can steer its focus away from the target. Its life depends on that, and nothing will ever veer its eyesight or attention on anything, except for a larger predator.

Missions and goals in life are our prey; our target. And distractions are like birds fluttering around and pests trying to irritate us.

If you allow yourself to be distracted once, that prey – that goal or mission – can flee several miles away from you. Stay focused.

And should you ever be distracted, get back to tracking that prey down and go get it.

Kites in the Sky

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Kites in the Sky

We all walk around through life with kites strapped to our wrists. Big shiny wonderfully colored and brilliantly designed kites.

These kites are our mood and feelings of self-worth and self-appreciation. And, as kites are, they don’t just take flight on their own.

Yes, wind is needed for them to fly, and they definitely do better when the weather is more pleasant. But the world around us is not the only thing that decides if our kites will fly.

We also have a major impact in how high those kites fly. If the wind isn’t strong enough, run. If the wind is too strong, loosen it up a bit.

Those aspects that we control are our own self-motivation. That inner drive that we find and discover – and rediscover when lost – that pushes us to run and run some more when the weather isn’t enough to push our mood and feeling of self-worth high enough.

So as you wake up this morning, find that drive you need to let your own kite fly high.

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