You must have memorized and internalized our plebe-favorite Desiderata. So today – timed with the launch of a rekindled online Corps Mag, I write its sequel via the easy millennial’s way – collecting wisdom from all over social media – rewritten to segue smoothly, including what seem as clichés.
When you have gone placidly through life and followed the rules of the universe and yet the world still seem to give you a raw deal, fret not for it will eventually make up with you. Karma Season 2 will not just make it even but would even provide a little more than what you have given.
The world really has no absolute meaning and that it is just us who give it sense. It is whatever you want it be so why not make it a nice place to live in. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey was all about. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back. Look at the bright side instead of dwelling in the dark. Learn to let go the things you love for if they really were meant for you they would come back. Always strive to deposit to your own goodwill account so you will have enough to count when your time is out. Help others so when you need them those others will also be there. Plant trees now even if you can’t see it bloom since the fruits you’re eating now were planted by others too. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good. When in doubt, just take the next small step. Life is too short to waste on carrying useless baggage. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
No one is in charge of your happiness but you. Forgive everyone everything. Give time time and time soon heals almost everything. However good or bad a situation is, it will change. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will, so stay in touch. Give your children the chance to learn things by themselves for you will not always be there for the rest of their lives.
You don’t have to win every argument. Simply agree to disagree. If you lose, cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone. When in misery, it’s also ok to get angry with God. He can take it.
When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer. Over prepare, then go with the flow. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to do what you’ve always wanted to do. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
Believe in miracles. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up. Miracles are waiting everywhere. In case you stumble, no worry – whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
Don’t audit life. Growing old beats the alternative of dying young. Envy is a waste of time – you already have all you need. Life isn’t tied with a ribbon, but it’s still a gift.
People are satisfied to judge things by their own narrow experience, never knowing of the wide world outside. The pebble in the brook secretly thinks itself a precious stone. Always see the big picture since knowledge without wisdom is nothing but a load of books on the back of a buffoon. But if you believe everything you read, including fake news, then better not surf. We learn little from victory, much from defeat. Even a thief takes ten years to learn his trade.
When your companions get drunk and fight, take up your hat, and wish them good night. One who smiles rather than rages is always the better chap.
Having the right attitude is what is needed in facing life. Fall seven times, stand up eight. Spilled water will not return to the bowl so do not fret nor think of what if. Act now for the smallest good deed is better than the grandest of intentions. Tigers die and leave their skins; people die and leave their names.
Oh since the nail that sticks out is hammered down, this one wisely stands out: Don’t stay long when the husband is not at home.
Strive to be safe.
A collective wisdom of humanity collected by me – Harlie.