Wise Words: The cure for boredom

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.

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I appreciate this quote. Like really appreciate it. I am naturally curious. I always have been (in fact, according to my Meyer-Briggs personality I’m a INTP and listed in my key words is curious so, there you go). It’s not uncommon for me to be chastise for asking too many questions or for not leaving things be or for not just doing what I’m told and there have been times were I’ve felt guilty for being this way, for being curious. There have been times where I feel weird. And then this quote comes along. While there are exceptions, especially when things are taken to the extreme, this quote brought a smile to my face because it’s the truth. There are times when being bored simply cannot be ignored, but, when I think about it, I find that I’m rarely bored. I’ll read. And not just stories, but I’lll read magazine articles, blog posts, newspaper spotlights on things that interest me. The beauty of curiosity? Everything is interesting.

So, you want a cure for boredom. Be curious. Simple as that.

Wise Words: Shake the World

In a gentle way you can shake the world.

Mahatma Gandhi

I am an average person. I’m not saying that in a self-pitying-nobody-loves-me kind of way either. I feel pretty good about myself, in fact, but it doesn’t change that I’m pretty average. Considering this fact, it feels pretty good when I do something simple, like a suggestion to someone, and it has such a positive response.

I overheard a conversation where someone was venting how frustrated they were that a list of things they’ve read wasn’t updated because they kept forgetting their list or forgetting their write down the title. I stepped in a recommended the GoodReads app because I noticed they had a smart phone. A few days later, that someone sought me out to thank me for the suggestion. They raved how GoodReads was something they were looking for.

I thought of this quote in that moment. And I know it’s not the world. I know it’s just that one someone. But when you compound a whole bunch of small things shaking the world doesn’t seem impossible.

Wise Words: Be real

You were born to be real not to be perfect. 

~Unkown

Nothing like a good quote to drive a point home.

Sometimes I get down on myself. And maybe it’s self-esteem issues, but I think everyone, at some point in their lives (and even more than one point may occur) where we feel like we’re not good enough. It can be the most crippling feeling in the world. 

However, I take comfort at the fact that no one can be 100% right, 100% of the time. This quote sums that up rather nicely. Remembering that we were born to be real, not perfect means to accept the fact that we make mistakes. 

And just because you can do things 100% right, 100% of the time doesn’t mean you aren’t real.

Wise Words: The Right Thing

Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same.

I’m not sure where I came across this quote (sometimes that is the best kind), but I couldn’t help adding it to my arsenal of quotes.

There tends to be lots of justifications for certain decisions. Thoughts like “It’s not really hurting me,” “I told want to make waves,” “It could always be worse.” However, there are certain circumstances we have to step out of our comfort zone and really look at the decision we face with those justifications removed.

Sometimes being right is hard.

Wise Words: Pick Them Wisely

People inspire you or drain you-pick them wisely. ~Hans F. Hanson

There are tons of quotes that talk about the influences of others, and I love most of them, but this one because it made pause and think about the people that surround me (strangers included). It’s amazing how much I don’t notice until something tells me to pay attention. The rest of the day I kept thinking “do you inspire me or drain me?” and some of the things I learned surprised me.

So, pick them wisely!

Wise Words: Another Type of Adventure

Sometimes the greatest adventure is simply a conversation.

When I think of adventure, I think zip lining or traveling to a new place or trying something new so when I came across this quote I couldn’t help but reflect upon all the conversations I’ve had since I can remember to see if I ever considered any of them as an adventure.

And you know what? I did. None immediately pops into my head, but I know there has been more than one conversation where I felt it was a really good afterward. A few conversations where I really had a good time. When you are able to engage in a conversation that inspires new ideas and/or new perspectives a conversation is just as exhilarating as a zip line. Even if you’re not discussing new ideas, a conversation can be fun. Of course, anything that strikes the heart of your passion is a great adventure, learning a new point of view, a different perspective.

An adventure is defined simply as an exciting or a very unusual experience so perhaps it’s worthwhile to expand our views on what makes up as an adventure, shake off what is “supposed to be,” and open up our minds that, sometimes, the littlest things, the simplest things, our all we need to have some adventure in our lives.