“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
If I’m to be honest, this is probably one of my favorite quotes of all time. It’s amazing how a little change in perspective can change the entire meaning. I won’t lie, I can be quite pessimistic at times but I do genuinely believe the optimists have a better time going through life. But even pessimists can be optimists, so if you’re a pessimist, just don’t call yourself that. Instead, say you’re a realist and that makes it look like the optimists are exaggerating the situation, cause sometimes you have to be down to Earth and truth be told, there are still thorns no matter what way you look at it! There must be balance, you can’t have beauty without a little danger. Have a great week and thanks for reading!
Salient /sa·li·ent/ adj.
1. Strikingly conspicuous; prominent.
The word of the week! Salient is a word I hardly ever use but one I believe everyone should use. I love my witty words and if you want to sound smarter (I’m sure you’re all very smart individuals) then I encourage you to practice saying this word this week! Have a good one and thanks for reading!
Another Year! Another Deadly Blow – William Wordsworth
Another year! Another deadly blow!
Another mighty Empire overthrown!
And We are left, or shall be left, alone;
The last that dare to struggle with the Foe.
‘Tis well! From this day forward we shall know
That in ourselves our safety must be sought;
That by our own right hands it must be wrought;
That we must stand unpropped, or be laid low.
O dastard whom such foretaste doth not cheer!
We shall exult, if they who rule the land
Be men who hold its many blessings dear,
Wise, upright, valiant; not a servile band,
Who are to judge of danger which they fear,
And honour which they do not understand.
This is such a great poem. The reason I chose it is because this has been a tough year for me. I’ve done a lot of growing up as an individual and I had a huge set-back that I still quite haven’t bounced back from. As the story goes, the perfect internship was a handshake away but due to a little hesitation I lost a great opportunity for the summer. Alas, this is a story for another day.But the point I wanted to make is that by learning to accept responsibility and keep going after failure is a beautiful thing. If I had to chose my favorite aspect of people, it would be their ability to keep going no matter what happens to them. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
– Abraham Lincoln
It’s finals week for me, so I’ve been trying to sharpen my axe to get ready! Have a great week and as always, thanks for reading!