March 30, 2010
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Success should not be measured by the amount of money in your bank account or the size of your house. It should not be measured by the prestige of your job or the luxuriousness of your vehicle. Success does not depend on the attractiveness of your spouse or looking ten years your juniour.
Instead, measure success in the number of lives you've made a difference in. It can be measured in the beauty of your actions and the things you've experienced. You can only truly have success once you have truly lived.
I really like Ralph Waldo Emerson's take on this in the following passage:
To Have Succeeded
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
To laugh often and love much;
To win respect of intelligent people
And the affection of children;
To earn the approbation of honest critics
And endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To give one's self;
To leave the world a little better,
Whether by a healthy child,
A garden patch,
Or redeemed social condition;
To have played and laughed with enthusiasm
And sung with exultation;
To know even one life has breathed easier
Because you have lived...
This is to have succeeded.
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March 11, 2010
I'm applying to be Executive in the St. Jerome's Student Catholic Community (SCC), and the application for it is due tomorrow. Part of it was to describe your faith, so I spoke about how I experience my faith through the beauty in nature. Here's an excerpt from my answer that I find to be worth sharing:
"There’s this maple tree in my backyard back home that I like to climb up and sit in to think about things and take in the wonders of my backyard. I watch the squirrels scurry about and the birds fly from branch to feeder and back. I feel the mixture of the roughness of the bark, the cool of the leaves, and the stickiness of the sap on my skin as I stare out at Lake Ontario, taking in its vastness."
March 9, 2010
Live life to the fullest.
laugh out loud.
SING at the top of your lungs.
Do a crazy dance.
Take an ADVENTURE.
Wear whatever you want, even if it seems outside of the norm.
See the beauty of the world around you.
Eat something delicious without worrying if it's healthy.
Be kind to everyone you meet.
Love with all your heart.
And if you're too down to get out there and seize the day you should give one of my favourite pick-me-ups a try.
Stand up on your bed and read your favourite Dr. Seuss book aloud with loads of enthusiasm. Challenge yourself to read it as fast as you can without messing up the rhyming.
"This one, I think,
is called a Yink.
He likes to wink,
he likes to drink.
He likes to drink, and drink, and drink.
The thing he likes to drink is ink.
The ink he likes to drink is pink.
He likes to wink and drink pink ink.
If you have a lot of ink, then you should get a Yink, I think."
-One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish
March 8, 2010
My quote of the day:
"If you see someone without a smile, give them yours."
This quote fits my life so well, and always reminds me of two of the most amazing girls I know -- Margaret and Casey. They are always there to give me a smile when I need some cheering up, and I can't help but have a permanent grin plastered to my face when I'm around them. I'm almost always the smiley type, but that smile gets exponentially bigger when I'm with them. There's always tons of ridiculousness and laughter when the three of us get together, so there's definitely many funny stories to be told about about some of our "adventures". I just love being with them, as they've become an adopted part of my family. Together we can conquer anything life throws our way --new experiences, heartbreak, success, failure, death, and life's adventures. Here's some of my favourite photographs from just this past year.
Christmas tree hunting