Archive | May, 2013

The Sun Will Rise Tomorrow

29 May

The sun will rise tomorrow
into a cloudless sky
The wind will blow a lofty breeze
The fields let forth a sigh
And I’ll pay no mind
to all the hurt I feel
Because the sun will rise tomorrow
As if to say
The pain it cannot be real

– Pen Name

I’m not 100% sure if this is an original or something memorized but it was written on the pad of paper that I use to take drink orders with at the bar.  When I asked him what it was he said that this sums up his life in North Dakota.  Like most living here he is from somewhere else, actually he’s from Cheboygan, Michigan, and like most of the rest, he doesn’t really want to be here.  It’s just a means to an end for him.  A sacrifice for a better life.   Unlike the others however, it’s odd to see that amount of sensitivity from a man working in the oil patch.  It’s a good reminder that people are not always what they seem and to judge not lest ye be judged (or something like that).

I just thought it was beautiful, heartbreaking, and hopeful all at the same time and wanted to share.  Especially as the phrase “The sun will rise tomorrow” is a phrase I’ve been leaning on for hope and optimism since my high school volleyball coach said it to me ten years ago.  I have it in random areas of my life such as the security phrase for the password on my student loans (WARNING: those who wish to steal my identity please see the section of this blog “The D Word”, I’m probably not the best target…), the greeting that used to pop up when I would turn on my cell phone, etc.  It’s a constant memento that no matter how bad your day is or you think your day is, the sun is still going to rise tomorrow.  You’ve got a second chance, a clean slate to start anew and to try again and in most cases it’s hard to imagine that just yesterday you thought your world was shattered.  So just make it through the day, take a deep breath, and tell yourself, “the sun will rise tomorrow”.  With the right attitude and gratitude, happiness is not only possible but probable.

The Key to Happiness

9 May

Most of you who know me, know I’m a huge fan of quotes.  They are plastered all over my room and anywhere else I can stick them for daily inspiration.  One of my favorites of favorites is a quote by Albert Schweitzer.   He said,

“Success is not the key to happiness.  Happiness is the key to success.”

There’s more to it but to me, these two sentences say it all.  I feel myself getting trapped by dogma on a continual basis.  But at the same time, where do you draw the line?  Are some social conventions there for a reason or should nothing matter but being happy?   Do social, economical, and the laws of men defy the spiritual, metaphysical, and laws of the heart?  How do you know what you truly want as opposed to just thinking that should be what you want?  There are a lot of questions in my life today that I’m not sure how to answer.   All I know is that I want to be both happy and successful.  But it feels like either way I lean, I might have to sacrifice the most important things in my life.   Why shouldn’t I be able to have it all?  Why do I even feel like I have to choose?  Life is a confusing Devil bitch sometimes.  It’s like the ultimate form of high-stakes gambling.  I guess you just need to evaluate your odds, go with your gut, and let it ride!