New location at http://witchiemiisty.com
That’s right, WM is getting a revamp. I dislike how I structured and planned the site and decided to re-make it completely. More details will come later on, but for now, the site make look funny and some links may be broken during this week. Sorry about that, but I hope the new WM will be much more like I invisioned it. Stay tuned!
Yesterday while on the train, per usual, there was a beggar aboard asking for money. This time was different though. This man was in fact asking for money, but he was also carrying food items to give out to any homeless people he came across inside the subway. He claimed to be part of an organization that worked to help feed the homeless of the NYC transit system and he asked for any donations since he claimed that the organization was funded through donations garnered from everyday subway riders like those of us in the train car. I had seen others going around claiming the same thing and they seem pretty legit, at least from what I know. In any case, he began to preach about materialism and I found what he had to say very interesting.
He talked about how society as a whole has become very materialistic. People think that through obtaining material possessions they will find happiness. He spoke about people believing that the more money they attained, the better positions in society, the cars, houses, and electronics were what people believed would allow them to feel fulfilled. He then said that people had it all backwards. “Rich” people, he said, have all these material things, mansions, fancy cars, etc., yet “they are the most miserable people in the world.” He preached that you cannot and will not attain real happiness though these things. You will only attain fake and, usually, temporary happiness. Material possessions will not fulfill you, they will only leave you jaded. I completely and whole heartily agree with what he said.
It is true. You don’t need fancy cloths, cars, houses, electronics, or high status to find happiness. Sure those things seem important, but are they really? No. To survive you do not need these things, sure it makes life way more comfortable, but they are not necessary. (You do need shelter though, but not a mansion with so many rooms you don’t even have enough furniture for or have so much space you don’t know what to do with it.) This man was going out of his way to find people who are much less fortunate than him, me, and even you, and he was giving them food. With so many people in the world without food, it’s hard to comprehend that we are indulging in so many different types of foods. It’s hard to believe that so many people, millions, are going hungry, while, in the meantime, people are throwing food away.
When I was in Brazil, years ago, visiting family, I stayed over my grandmother’s house. While looking outside the window, I saw a mother and her children looking through the dumpster for food and, at my young age, didn’t understand why they were looking though the garbage for something to eat. My grandmother saw them and immediately raced outside to give them something to eat. That moment has stayed with me, and because of what my grandmother did, I find it very hard to pass by a homeless person, especially kids, and not feel obliged as a fellow human being, to help them in any way I can, even if all I can give is a few quarters.
In the world, there are so many people without food, clean clothes, water, shelter, and yet, here we are comfortable in our warm beds. Materialism has blinded us. I admit that I feel lost without my computer, my cell phone, any many other things, but after hearing what this man had to say, I found myself feeling saddened that I have come to rely on these things to make me feel comfortable or even happy. It sounds stupid to think that I sometimes say that “I’d die without my cell phone.” I wouldn’t die. I just wouldn’t have a cell phone, big deal.
Happiness is found through love. That’s what people really need. Think about it. How would you feel if you felt like not one person in the world loved you or anyone else for that matter? What kind of world would we live in without love? And I’m not talking about only romantic love. I’m talking about friendship, compassion, respect. Material items could never replace love. Remember that.
I find Audrey Hepburn to be an amazing and extremely inspiring woman. Not only was she a beauty and a world famous actress, but she was also a humanitarian and a lovely human being in general. I would love to go back in time and meet her. Ms Hepburn proved that classic beauty is more powerful than faux beauty, because although she was beautiful on the outside, she was also extremely beautiful on the inside. She was an intelligent and giving woman and us women should all take inspiration from her. Audrey Hepburn once said:
for beautiful lips, speak words of kindness. for lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. for a slim fingure, share your food with the hungry. for beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day. for poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
people, more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms. as you are growing old, you will to discover that you have two hands,
one for helping yourself and another for helping others.
That quote has been one of my favorites for a long time, because the words ring true. You have the power to make your life anything you want it to be (Ms Hepburn even said: “Nothing is ‘impossible’, the word itself says ‘i’m possible’!”). She shows that through success, one should not shy away from the world at large. Humans need to help their fellow human (and animal), because it is only through love and compassion that humanity can survive. So, take note from Ms Hepburn, go out into the world and do something wonderful and beautiful.
I recently found inspiration for this topic through a YouTube video I came by. I think this is a topic that is very important and I hope I can address it clearly. Today I wanna talk about intuition. Now, here’s the dictionary meaning for intuition (provided by Merriam Webster dictionary):
1 : quick and ready insight
2 a : immediate apprehension or cognition
b : knowledge or conviction gained by intuition
c : the power or faculty of attaining to direct knowledge or cognition without evident rational thought and inference
All the above definitions are correct. Intuition is your body’s way of telling you what it wants and needs as well as warning you. Have you ever been somewhere or in the presence of someone and got this “gut feeling” that something just wasn’t right. That’s your intuition! Have you ever just known something to be right or wrong and had no reason as to why you knew this information? Again, that is your intuition! In society today we have learned to ignore this feeling, because it is considered irrational or impossible to know something for a fact without having any proof or reason as to why or how we know this. We’ve learned to ignore it so well that some may have even fallen out of tune with it.
Well it’s time we start listening to our intuition again. There is a reason as to why you have that feeling in the pit of your stomach. In society it is completely accepted that people are individually different from one another, so why is it that we group everyone together? We expect everyone to behave and do everything exactly the same. If you don’t do it the “correct way” than you’re “acting out” or have an “attitude problem.” That’s not true. The reason that not everyone can learn the same way, think the same way, behave the same way is not because they need an attitude check, it’s because internally we are all different. What may be right for one person may not be right for someone else.
Society is reigned by those of “high status,” and we listen to and trust everything that these people tell us is right. We focus on celebrities to know what we should wear and what we should look like. We look to those that hold political office to tell us how to live our lives and be noble citizens, but why do we trust these people? Just because something works or makes sense to them, it doesn’t have to be right for us. I thought we were all different? Why are we trying to act the same? We need to get back to a place where we trust ourselves again, because you know yourself better than anyone else does. You don’t need someone to tell you what you should look like or what you should wear, because you may not be like that person. You don’t need someone telling you what’s right or wrong, because deep down, you may not completely agree with them. If you feel in your heart or in the pit of your stomach that something just isn’t right for you, trust your feelings, trust your intuition. In the end, you know yourself best; don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
P.S. If your interested in the YT video that led me to write this post, click here!
You open your eyes for the first time today. It’s morning, the start of a new day. You find yourself lying in bed for a few minutes knowing you should be getting up and starting your morning routine, but no, you lie there and stare up at the ceiling or close your eyes again for some much deserved extra sleep. Okay, well maybe you don’t start your day off exactly like this, but I do and now thinking out it, I started to wonder why I do this. I think I’ve found my answer. Purpose.
What is your purpose for today? What is it you want to get out of this day? What do you want to accomplish? What do you want? I have decided to start asking myself these questions each morning before I get up. Why? Because I feel it is important to attack each day with a purpose set in mind. It makes me feel productive, like I’m on my way to accomplishment. The purpose could be anything, from simply enjoying yourself or deciding to have a “relax” day to landing a job or finishing/beginning an important project. Everyone wants to feel as though they have a purpose in life, but I don’t believe we are here to accomplish just one set purpose. I believe everyday has its own different purpose; we just need to make one.
As for “purpose in life,” I believe mine is to help people find happiness while also finding my own happiness. I’ve always felt like I’ve wanted to help people and I decided to make this my life’s purpose, but for today, my purpose is to relax (and put up this post). If you don’t feel like you’ve found your “life’s purpose,” start out with your day’s purpose and really strive for it. It will make you feel productive and, for me at least, I hate feeling as though I’m doing nothing.
Your purpose is what you make it and yes, it can change. Just go out and do your best.
Why is that people always seem to want to strive for perfection, as though it is achievable to get everything right in every possible way? Is it really human nature to act in this mindset? People can spend their whole lives striving for perfection with the false pretense that achieving perfection will bring them fulfillment and happiness, but the possibilities of achieving such perfection are…none.
Perfection is an interesting subject, because there are people that are looked at as perfect, people who do everything to achieve perfection and those who have pretty much given up on the possibility of ever being perfect and feel that because they cannot achieve such, they are nothing. Read carefully: Perfection is a scam. What society deems as perfection isn’t real. People who seem as though they are perfect are rarely so. So, what is real perfection? Real perfection is being one hundred percent, completely, yourself. Yes. Cliché, I know, but it’s the truth and once you realize that and fully accept it, you will realize that you are the happiest being yourself.
The reason I came to think about this subject is the current influx of songs that have been released recently, such as Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are,” Pink’s “F*ckin’ Perfect,” Katy Perry’s “Firework,” and Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.” (Yes, I happen to love each of these songs and listened to “Just the Way You Are” on repeat this morning before school. Awesome way to start the day, if I may add.) Songs with positive messages like these are extremely important, because sometimes we need pick-me-ups like these to make us realize that perfection is unique to each individual. Everyone’s differences are what make them perfect. Perfection is not found in external beauty, material gain, wealth, or popularity. Having anyone of these things can make you powerful in many ways, but you can be powerful and still be unhappy. Life isn’t about striving for perfection, it’s about creating happiness. Think about that the next time you point out what you believe to be your flaw.
Society paints a picture of perfection that just is not achievable and many people fall down hard trying to reach that pedestal. Why is this? Because many industries try to use this image of perfection to play with your emotions and make you feel as though you need to look a certain way, have certain material items, be a certain way to be accepted in society. They do this to make money off of you, don’t fall into the trap. You do not have to be a perfect size 0, have a perfect complexion, own an iPhone, or a certain car to be accepted, and you certainly don’t need those things to be happy. If you ask me, if you can accept yourself the way you are, you’ve achieved perfection, because the hardest thing is completely accepting yourself. So, instead of striving for society’s “perfection,” strive to accept yourself, flaws and all, because your flaws are what make you beautiful.
You’re perfect, “just the way you are.”