"Tobias," I say. "It’s me" I step forward and wrap my arms around him. His body is stiff. His heart beats faster. I can feel it against my cheek. A thud against my cheek. A thud as the gun hits the floor. "Tris," he says, and it’s him again.
His arm wraps around me and he lifts me up, holding me against him, his hands clutching at my back…He sets me down and stares at me, his fingers brushing over my forehead, my eyebrows, my cheeks, my lips…I lean against him, and he supports me. “How did you do it?” I say. “I don’t know,” he says. “I j u s t h e a r d y o u r v o i c e.”
Mike Fuentes from Pierce The Veil's acceptance speech for winning Best Drummer.
Putting a candy dish on my desk is something I love doing. It’s a great conversation starter as well as a way to show that you care about leaving people with a sweet taste in their mouths. People always seem happier after they take a piece of candy.
But yesterday, my candy dish caused all sorts of mayhem. One person complained about the type of free candy, pouted, and then with vigorous, disapproving force—chucked the candy (it was a Rolo) back into the dish. Another person ate two candies and then blatantly left the wrappers on my desk for me to clean up. I was also given a suggestion that in addition to providing a dish of free candy, I also needed to provide a receptacle for the discarded candy wrappers.
Amazing, right? Who knew a free candy dish could cause so much commotion. No wonder people are hesitant to do nice things for others. I was literally scrutinized for being kind.
So today, I provided free candy and a receptacle. So far, no complaints.
Throwing Out Your Mind: Why It’s the Best Decision You Can Make for Your Own Peace
We tend to put our minds on a pedestal. The human mind is capable of magnificent things, yes, but sometimes it is the best decision to just throw out what it tells us.
You know that little voice inside your head that tells you what kind of person you are, what others think or what will happen in the future? I’m sure you do, and I’m going to tell you why throwing out that voice is the best decision you can make. Not just for yourself, but for everybody else as well.
1. Believing you know who you are
Who we are is never set in stone. You can choose to become a different person any moment. When you tell yourself that you know what kind of person you are exactly, you are probably wrong.
We can easily make ourselves feel bad when we think about our own selves and believe that we are bad people. I remember just sitting on the sofa, feeling so sad, because I was thinking what a horrible person I was. The truth is that I was actually never a horrible person, so that thought was wrong to begin with, but even if I was, thinking about it on the sofa was not going to change that. Thinking and believing my thoughts about myself never served me - standing up and living my life despite of these thoughts did.
An anxious mind will easily tell you a hundred reasons why you will make a fool of yourself, but never choose to believe them - the anxious mind is always a liar, remember that. You will be fine, just like you were all those times before.
When I stopped believing my own thoughts about myself, I finally let myself become the person I always wanted to be. Because our thoughts don’t define us - our actions do, and those are always in our control.
2. Believing you know who others are Read more»
Your radiance is like a spark inside my heart.
Michael Carini | Artist Journal