Sequel to last year's "Highs & Lows", OMA explains how life is like rapping, because everyone falls off beat at least once...
A commonly misunderstood topic in the world we live in today is that of love. Love is a broad concept, and has many variations and interpretations, but I believe that the lack of love (or the confusion thereof) in the world is the main factor as to why the world experiences the calamity that it does on the day to day basis. Love can be a confusing topic, so rather than define what love is, let's talk about what it is not. Love is not lust. Love is not hate. Love is not selective. Love is not conditional, fake, or superficial. So whats the opposite of that? Love is real. Love is genuine. Love is unconditional. Love is blind. Love is not to be confused with respect, but with love, comes respect, and with respect comes power. And with great power comes great responsibility. I think people overlook the fact that love and power go hand in hand. Think about it. Why is it that when you're not loved, you're powerless? If you're loved in your city, you have more than the key to your city, but the key to everyone's hearts within your city. Then you can lead people. And that's power. How do the actions of those you love determine your future? What would you be willing to do for your loved ones, without them even asking? That's power they have over you. But how do you get people to love you? By giving it, without expecting it, or anything else in return. It will return in time, but remember, love is unconditional, so don't concern yourself with when why or how. Just know it will. But also know that you can't give that which you do not have for yourself. (Currency, water, brick analogy) So you have to love yourself in order to love others, for others to love you. Just like we talked about in the value video, a few episodes ago. What does "loving yourself" look like? Being gentle with yourself, respecting your limits, and forgiving yourself for things outside of your control, but also positive self talk, taking care of yourself, rewarding yourself, and assessing your progress towards your goals. Over time you will develop love for yourself, like a muscle, which will turn into respect, and then power over yourself, and more importantly, your destiny.
At first glance, these emotions may be perceived as negative and undesirable. But as we spoke in previous episodes, perception is reality. All of these emotions are natural, and experienced by us all, and therefore, should not be restrained, but expressed. If not expressed properly, they may manifest themselves by less than pleasant means.
People fear what they do not understand. As Franklin D Roosevelt once said, "We have nothing to fear but fear itself". Rather than look to fear as a danger or regret, look at it as an opportunity to learn about what you fear, thus eliminating your fear.
Some look at anger as a feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility, allowing it to rule their lives, whereas I prefer to use my anger as fuel to either remove, solve, and overcome obstacles in my way, or to power my endeavors whether creative, physical, or goal oriented.
Like everyone else, I do become jealous, but instead of being overcome by greed, envy, and intimidation, my jealousy propels me to perform better and work harder in order to achieve the accomplishments and levels of success reached by those who I'm jealous of.
While in the wrong hands fear, anger, and jealousy can be destructive forces plummeting and individual into oblivion, in the right hands, these emotions can be used for good, and can potentially change your life (and the world) for better. So what will it be? Will you allow your emotions to get the best of you, or will you use them as a tool to live the way you've always wanted, and to make the world a better place?
Inspiration can be a fleeting, spontaneous thing. When put in the right hands, it can be creative force that can propel humanity, culture, and the quality of life forward, or it can be squandered. In either case, inspiration is important. The key is knowing how to use it and how to tap into its power.
Interestingly enough, I discovered this for myself while eating ice cream one day. Two days really. Many of you who know me personally know that i like candy ice cream, and things of the like. The first day I was "inspired" to eat ice cream, if there is such a thing. But rather than finish the quarter gallon, I decided to save some for another day, since I knew that I would have a long day ahead, I wanted to use the ice cream as an incentive to complete my goals that day. But when that day came, and I had completed my goals, I didn't want it, but ate it anyway merely for the fact that I had previously told myself that I would as a reward. But I couldn't help thinking that the ice cream would've tasted better had I eaten it all the first day instead of the second, because I was "in the moment". I think that inspiration works the same way.
How many times have you thought "I should write that book", "It would be a great idea to...", "What if i..." where you've had the inspiration to do something but second guessed yourself and said "later"? What did you do later? Did you do it? I know when I tell myself "later", I usually don't. What makes inspiration valuable is that fact that is so limited. That's why we must embrace it as it comes naturally. You can also train yourself to have inspiration as well by building the habit of repeating your inspired task on the daily basis. But when it comes naturally, that's when you have to use it, because when it's gone, it's gone. So seize the day. Carpe diem.
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