The Cube of Life

Throughout life, one hears/uses different analogies: “There are many fish in the sea”, “I’m going to be toast when I get home”, “Stick a fork in me, I’m done”, “You’re as annoying as nails on a chalkboard”, etc. the list could go for days. As I sit and think about all the analogies I have heard in my life, I think about life in general; life is like a Rubik’s Cube.rubik_cube

 

Everyone knows what a Rubik’s Cube is; some people have just glanced at one in the store, while others have spent time trying to solve one (some successful, others not so much). While looking at the cube, however, no one actually realizes that life is just like the cube. Just like a Rubik’s Cube, life has a lot of twists and turns along the way.

In order to solve the cube, one has to focus on one side to achieve the next. One is unable to move to the next stage of life, or next side of the cube, without completing whatever stage he/she is currently in. The first side of the cube is like the present, one has to place main focus on the present to get through to the future. Once that stage is complete, one moves into the next step of his/her future and leaves the past behind. Like with the cube you can make the wrong move and have to restart; just because you mess up that doesn’t mean you quit. As time goes continues, one eventually reaches the final step of the cube and completes the puzzle. Upon completion, you have the choice to restart or move on.

With life you keep moving forward, growing, and learning. Just like with the cube, have patience and never give up.

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Goodbye Fear, Hello Life

No one has went through life without fearful feelings. One who says he/she has is too afraid to admit it. Maybe you are afraid of roller coasters, flying, trying out for a team of some sort, falling in love, or admitting your true feelings. I want each reader to take a moment to think of some of your fears.

Now that you have thought of your fear ask yourself if you are letting it stop you from taking a chance. As adults how many of us let the “fear of striking out keep us out of the game?” Chances are at least one of your fears has stopped you from taking a chance in life. Is this fear truly worth it in the end?

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If fear is holding you back try these three steps:
Take it easy: Break down your fear into small steps and start taking these steps.
Stick with it: Just because you get a strange feeling at first don’t give up. Never give up!
Make it a habit: Keep pushing through until you find yourself laughing at this fear.

We are only given one life to live; in the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take. Let today be the first step to conquering your fear. Get on an airplane, go to an amusement park, try out for that sports team, tell your best friend you love them, whatever the fear and go conquer it.

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Timekeeper

When a friend suggests you do something, chances are you are going to do it. While stressing over finals, what I am going to do after graduation, my future, etc. I knew I had zero time to read a book for leisure. After he finished the book for the second time, I found myself once again being told I need to read it. Finally I listened to my friend and started searching for the book that was supposed to change my life.

There was a time when I was all about reading, however, as I started becoming more involved with school activities my desire to read slowly vanished. After graduating college my desire to read finally started to reappear. As Pablo Neruda once said, “The books that help you most are those which make you think that most.” and The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom does exactly that. I am beyond pleased that this was the book I chose to begin my new path of reading with.

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“Try to imagine a life without timekeeping. You probably can’t. You know the month, the year, the day of the week. There is a clock on your wall or the dashboard of your car. You have a schedule, a calendar, a time for dinner or a movie. Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not late. A dog does not check its watch. Deer do not fret over passing birthdays. Man alone measures time. Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.” ― Mitch Albom, The Time Keeper

I, like many of you, have found myself fretting over time. Wanting more time in a day, more time with loved ones, time to change and/or fix a past mistake, extra time to figure out future plans, the list goes on and on. Worrying about not having enough time to travel, not enough time to live and love, not enough time to finish a project, this list also goes on and on. What good does it do to worry? Does worrying add more time? Instead of worrying about time we all need to learn to live for the moment and follow our hearts. -“There is a reason God limits our days.” -“Why?” -“To make each one precious.” Each day is supposed to be precious and meaningful, however, by worrying about time days are not precious. Counting time is not going to change the past or add days. Tomorrow is not promised. “When you are measuring life, you are not living it.”

I highly recommend to everyone find time read The Time Keeper.  “Ends are for yesterday, not tomorrows.”

To the Girl in the Mirror

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Girl in the mirror,

I want to start this off by saying I’m sorry if what I’m about to say hurts but I know it all needs to be said.

For years now I have been comparing you to someone that you are not.  I remember numerous times asking, “Why can’t you be like that?” or saying, “You’re not trying hard enough.”  I honestly cannot remember the last time I looked at you and was truly happy.  I have noticed other girls and wanted you to be exactly like them, which wasn’t fair to you.  I have said terrible things about you to your face; I have said so many things that I don’t even know how you can stand looking at me.

I have made life so much harder on you than what it should be.  I made you believe that if you just lost a few pounds, dressed like other girls, wore your hair a certain way, hid behind makeup, lived trying to be someone you aren’t you would eventually be happy.  I convinced you that you would never be enough unless you lived your life to please everyone else.  Sometimes I felt hate looking at you and I would also feel hate looking back.  Honestly, I just wanted to punch you to make you disappear for a while.

From day one I should have loved you; I should have been your safe place.  I sincerely apologize for all the times I tore you down.  It has taken me years to realize everything I was doing to you.  I ruined not only your outlook on yourself but also on life.  I pushed it to the point that you dreaded having to see me.  I should have told you to realize how amazing and blessed you truly are.  When you were going through hard times, I should have been there to help and not tear you down even more.  I should have always been there.

So girl in the mirror, I’m going to tell you something I never have.  You are a beautiful young woman with an amazing life ahead of you.  You might not look like all of the other girls but that is what makes you the real you.  If there is someone that doesn’t appreciate the real you, they aren’t worth your time.  Stop trying to lose all the weight, stop changing how you dress or how you wear your hair, wipe off all of that makeup, and be the real you!

I know how hard it is to trust my words after all the hurt I’ve caused, however, I swear to you that my words are true.  You are beautiful and you are enough.

Love Always,
Me