Be Accomplished

“Many are the beings in us that are never born — many the lives beating their wings against our bars, seeking a freedom that we forbid. Until some enthusiasm is unleashed within us, we do not realize how partially, how timidly we have lived.

We are ‘used up’ not by what uses us, but by what wastes us. Variety of work makes us untiring, just as we never weary of nature’s greenery. Time brings fulfilment only to that which fills time to the full. There need be no fear of outcome when all our powers are engaged. Whatever mode of life gives play to our largest interests is our proper field of endeavor. We are cut out for the career that inspires our enthusiasm. If we have been our most, we shall have done our best.

The goal of life is immanent in each moment (each thought, word, and act) and does not have to be sought apart from these things. It consists in no specific achievement but the state of mind in which everything is done, the quality that is infused into existence. The function of you and I is not to attain an object but to fulfill a purpose; not to accomplish but to be accomplished.”

-Stephen Berrien Stanton

Everlasting Growth

“Fear of death is greatly diminished by recognizing the truth of everlasting growth. This truth is reflected in everything we know of life. Our observation of life is, of course, limited to this planet; but as far as it goes, it shows us a persistent and perpetual system of development.

We have only to let our imaginations go back to the first stirrings of life in Earth’s primeval seas, and contrast that with what it became in Plato, Sophocles, Raphael, Shakespeare, and Einstein, to see how high the climb upward has been.

Every individual is a growing entity. Each year, each day, expands you a little further, with increased fullness of character.”

-Basil King

A Life Worthwile

“‘The Life Worthwhile’ differs in the minds of individuals. That which seems worthwhile to one person may seem unendurable to another; and so any analysis of the subject must be made from a purely personal standpoint, and must not be considered an effort to lay down arbitrary laws for all people to follow.

The scientist in the laboratory, the painter in the studio, the preacher in the pulpit, the lawyer in the courtroom, the teacher in the classroom, the carpenter on the building site, all feel that they are living a life worthwhile. And indeed so long as there is deep interest, enthusiasm, and pleasure in the life we are living that life is worthwhile.

The world is made interesting by its variety of inhabitants, with their varying ideas and occupations. People it with one kind of human being, all bent on the same object and doing the same kind of work, or following the same kind of pleasure, and earth would become intolerably monotonous. Even the frivolous things, the mistaken things, and the wrong things which people do, are sometimes worthwhile because they lead those who are engaged in them to knowledge of their worthlessness.”

-Ella Wheeler Wilcox

When Heaven Confers

You ever noticed in movies often times the character suffers some defeat before coming back stronger than before? There are so many examples of this happening, like from a couple of comic book movies in 2018 this happens, with characters like Black Panther and Miles Morales. And it happens in Star Wars with Luke Skywalker or in The Lion King with Simba and in many of the Rocky movies where the titular character just gets absolutely pounded upon before winning the bout. And I could go on and on. In stories, these characters need these bad times in order to come out stronger and wiser and to win at the end and to undergo a transformation for the better. And life works the same way sometimes. It all reminds me of a quote. It is by the Chinese philosopher Mencius. Mencius said, “When heaven is about to confer a great responsibility on any man, it will exercise his mind with suffering, subject his sinews and bones to hard work, expose his body to hunger, put him to poverty, place obstacles in the paths of his deeds, so as to stimulate his mind, harden his nature, and improve wherever he is incompetent.”

All The World’s A Stage

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms;
And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lin’d,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper’d pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well sav’d, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion;
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

-William Shakespeare