A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.
This is a literal translation of what David Brinkley said. A castle can indeed be built from trash. But I find Mr. Brinkley’s quote deeper than that. It appears to me that the bricks are stuff that people had used to hurt you, something that could have brought you to your knees, could have made you bled, incapacitated, in the worst extent mutilated and in the end using those factors that maimed you to fight back and win. Classic superhero stuff? Maybe. Didn’t superman get really hurt before he fights back and rise to the occasion worthy of his cape? Has that happened to you? Or currently happening? Are you in a state where you take all the blame or the worst stuff at work or in the community? Does it appear at times, seems unbearable and there is no reason for you to suffer that? Has there been a bad falling out, deal gone bad, lost commitment or lost contract and you are the one blamed for all because you are the CHEESE? The one who don’t have anyone to point a finger on as you are the last in line? Are you young doing the hazing? Or old and stuck?
We’ll good news for you, life doesn’t stay like that unless you let it. You were given by God a body and mind equipped to survive (if with disability, the other senses or extremity compensates, it is still survival). The mind to comprehend, the mouth to speak it out, the eyes to ensure they are listening to you, the ears that hears their reply, the hands that steadies you as you take everything in and the lips to smile as you acknowledge your win.
Grab the chance, use the bricks, it made you stronger, they would need a huge block to get your attention. But the bricks is a necessity, believe it or not. Some might have gone through easier than you, but I assure you their foundation couldn’t be stronger than yours. Your resolve will not be shaken definitely, not as much as them who made it easy. Hang tough, once the villains finish their torment, its done, now it’s your turn, make it sweet. You deserve it!
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Calmness is the cradle of power – Josiah Gilbert holland
Calmness is a gift. Not everyone can play, er shall we say, ‘cool’? I have been taught by my very first mentor that the key to any situation is being calm. Calm defined as ice running down ones veins. And to Justify Mr. Holland’s wisdom quote, it is a source of power. In an argument, the man with the loudest voice gets attention, but the quiet one is given consideration. He thinks steady and waits for the right time, when the ranting opponent gets tired and frustrated then he logically explains in simple words, carefully-thought-off retort that would set the opponent off guard. A chance that will give way for the silent calm man to win his war amidst the battles.
It is in calmness when logic sets in, ideas to flow, positive energy to float and emanate every fibre of a being. Taking over the scenario, taking charge of the task. I had found that being calm and in peace have its most advantage compared to stress and turmoil. It is evident in the description alone of these opposing words. Now the big question and challenge is, how does one acquire this calmness? It’s almost an impossibility with the noise, chaos, and stress we all are undergoing. Gritting our teeth, seething and fist clenching reactions are most seemingly common than peace.
Being a realist, I take it as it is. But being an optimist makes me wait for tomorrow and what my words will bring. I have high hopes to the people in the future. As long as there is wisdom, peace will be sought and when calmness is achieved there will be the universal wisdom, Oom!