Painting Life

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“Are humans born as a complete blank slate?”

Our journey in life starts when we arrive into the world as a baby. We begin as a very helpless being, unable to make our own choices. I believe that at that time, our life is like a blank piece of paper. We do not know the good from the bad. But as we grow up, we start to learn. We learn the lessons and knowledge in life through our family and community. Right at that moment, we are slowly filling in the blank piece of paper.

The answer to whether or not we are born as a complete blank slate does not matter. What matters is gathering the courage to become the master painters of our own lives. Just like a painting, what is on the paper in the beginning is not the most important. What matters is the work of art hung on the wall. A masterpiece that makes the painter proud.

What is Life

As life goes on, things get more complicated. We are no longer a child, but a grown-up who faces reality. Real life is nothing like fairy tales. Problems are not easily solved and confusions are everywhere. There is never a long period of rest and peace. We should always be aware of everything preventing us to live an easy life. Moments of sadness and misery are much more than those of happiness. Life is not only black and white, but is different shades of gray. No one is really right or wrong. Every person you trust may suddenly be gone. Every choice we make in life is a bet. What we can only do is to trust your instincts and prepare for the worst.

We often face the dark side of life, but life can also be full of excitement and surprises. As long as it is interesting and fulfilling, this world is no longer cruel and cold. Warmth and smiles still exist. Although there can be bad times, never give up until your last breath. As there is a saying that every cloud has a silver lining, hope is always there for us.

What is Hope

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Hope is an abstract thing that means expectation and belief in something over which one has little or no control at all. Hope is priceless to me. I find hope priceless because it leads to other feelings. If someone enters a contest, the hope of winning will turn into excitement. Competitiveness is another emotion brought by hope. If someone enters a race and hopes to win, they will feel competitiveness mixing with hope.

Hope can bring surprise, too. If someone is almost sure there is no way to succeed at something, and they manage to succeed, their hope will burst into surprise. Hope helps people live.

Hope is a lifeline to me. If I am in an inescapable hole, I hope for the best. This hope is like a light in my mind hiding the dark so I can look on better things. Then when I make it through, and wonder how I did it, one word comes to my mind, hope.

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How could one live without hope? In the darkness of life’s hole, you are trapped in your own fear and worries unless you have hope. It is a protection from fear and terror, a shield that blocks your fear as though it was a ray of light coming from darkness.

Without hope, life would be miserable. Without hope you would live a boring, miserable life. Hope is what leads you to interact with the world.

Hope helps us to live happy lives. We may not notice it, but hope is very important and truly matters.

Life Lesson

Alone in the dark, there’s a girl who sat alone crying endlessly. Nobody was there to comfort her and whenever someone walked by, they just looked at her with cold eyes. One little boy walked towards the girl. He had brown hair and he walked with a sense of pride and self confidence. His eyes looked like a deep blue ocean and his face was shaped in the most handsome way. He approached the crying girl and asked her what was wrong. The girl did not replied, she just kept crying so the boy decided to walk the girl home. After the girl got home, the little boy left.

The next day, the little girl tried to find the boy again. Nobody knew who the little boy was. It was as if the boy was never real, as if he was only real in the little girl’s imagination. Several days, weeks, and months passed and the girl never forgot the boy. The girl truly believed that she would someday find the boy and when she did, they would get marry and live happily ever after. Because of her belief, the girl never gets a boyfriend and she rarely talks to a boy. She kept herself for this one boy who she hardly knew. Soon, life started passing. Years kept going by and the girl still did not find the boy. Now the girl lived all alone, in her own apartment, but she never lost hope. The girl kept wasting time, thinking about this one boy who she fell for. She didn’t even realize the years going by. One day, she sat down at a coffee shop. She sat there alone and she thought about her life and what she’s been doing. She finally realized that she was throwing her own precious life away because of a boy that might not even be real. It was then that the girl looked across the street and saw a man. The man was alone, but he walked with confidence that made him look unreachable. When the girl got a clear view of the man’s face, the man turned to look at the girl as well. They both stared at each other for a moment. The guy had brown hair and deep ocean blue eyes. Then the guy began to cross the street, and walk towards the girl. As he took his steps closer to where the girl sat, the girl’s heart started beating faster and faster.

“Is this seat taken?” asked the man, with a smile on his face.

“Um no, go ahead,” the girl replied, sounding nervous.

Suddenly, a woman came up behind the man. The woman held a child’s hand.

“Sweetie, who’s this?” asked the woman.

“Oh just someone I used to know,” replied the man with a slight smile on his face while getting up out if his seat and then wrapping his arm around the woman’s waist.

Dream Big!

Dream is something that all of us need to have. It is our vision. Dreams, as I’m using the term here, are defined as ambitions of aspirations. They are a part of everyone’s life. Some people have clear and absolute pictures of what they want their lives to be. Others tend to see little of their future and just let life happen to them. Still others believe that their dreams are impossible and meaningless. I believe that having a great dream is a must to us.

Dreams are a product of your mind. You alone can decide how you want a dream. But you have to know what you want before the universe can begin to help you see it as yours and produce it for you. That knowing is a decision on your part.

When you know what your dream is. You can begin to form a picture. By seeing the picture, with as much detail as possible, and by adding the emotions you believe you would feel your dream, and you can make it happen.

There is another necessary element, action. If you truly want your dream to appear, you will follow with the appropriate action. That action proves to the universe that this is what you want.

Think on these things and realize that your positive thoughts are what bring wonderful things to your life. The life you probably want to create depends on what your dreams hold.

This is all not to say that you should live in the future. It is a suggestion that your dreams mean something. They are your mind’s way of telling you there is something good for you out there. It is very important to have a big dream. Even if you cannot achieve it, just make it as your vision. Dream can help you to prepare to face this challenging world. Make your dreams work for you. This is your life, and nobody can make it something you don’t want, except you. You are in control.

Dream big!

Love vs. Money

Which is more important, love or money? I believe that love is more precious than money. Love is the reason why we are all here. We all wish to give and receive love, whether romantic love, love between family members, love between friends, or any other kind of love. Love is the most important thing in life. If I had to choose between being the wealthiest person in the world but lacking love, or being very poor but having love, I would honestly have to choose love. Love can bring people through tough things. I cannot imagine experiencing a family member’s death without the people whom I love and who love me to help me get through it. Money means nothing without love. Money can buy all the nicest things in the world, but without loved ones to share them with, there is no enjoyment to gain from them.

Love can do things that nothing else is able to. Love can make people do crazy things. Everyone has seen or known someone one who was so in love that they smiled helplessly, acted silly, and spent countless hours with their lover. Love can cause people to sacrifice and go out of their way to help another. Money, on the other hand, can cause people to be selfish, push others aside to get what one wants, and even lie or steal to get wealthy. Love is patient, kind, not envious, not boastful, and not proud. Money causes the opposite of all these things. When someone is focused on money they want to get it, regardless of whether or not they are kind to others while obtaining it. They are jealous of those who are in a better position, and are proud and boastful when they are the one who is the “best”. They are selfish and angry when things do not go their way. Money will fail you, especially in the economy we have today.

Money cannot buy happiness, but love gives it freely. Think about the wealthiest people you know. Are these people truly happy? Or do we see them turning to drugs, alcohol, and getting into trouble with the law? When you begin to focus your life, your dreams, and your goals on money you become miserable. When you focus your life on loving others and gracefully receiving their love back, you will find joy. You may argue that love can die, and yes, it may.  However, I do not believe that people will ever be completely free from love. Money, on the other hand, leaves more quickly than anything. It often seems as soon as it is received, it is gone.

Love is more valuable than money.