Impressionistic Observations:

Indiscriminate Sagacity

“The past has no power over the present moment.” – Eckhart Tolle

The past events of our lives are over and gone, their existence now relegated to our memories alone; their impact on the present moment is dictated only by our own fixation on their intangible facades. Many of the negative thoughts or feelings we experience in the present are based entirely on these former happenings, even though they have literally no physical ability to impact us in the present moment. The past does not dictate the present, just as it certainly does not dictate the future. That’s not to say that past events should not be reflected upon, but rather that you must let go of obsessing over traumas or misgivings from your past as these experiences are no longer real and need not impact your current existence at all.

“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” – Abraham Lincoln

While there will certainly be villainous people in your life, adversaries who are malicious by nature and must be overcome or avoided, there is also a case to be made for engaging in diplomacy whenever possible. Many people who at first appear to be rivals, may in fact merely be misunderstood. Take care that you are not imparting malicious intent to the actions of someone you do not fully understand. If possible, make an attempt to engage in diplomacy, to form an alliance, as you will have a greater ability to succeed surrounded by a robust network of your peers and you often find allies in the most unlikely of places.

“A weed is but an unloved flower.” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Our perspective, the framework through which we experience and analyze the physical world around us, dictates our perception of what is valuable or significant. What is meaningful to us as individuals is based only on our determined outlook, what we personally choose to believe. Though we may decide to embrace the values of our peers or society, there is no definitive system of worth to adopt because the concept will always be inherently subjective. Many who come to understand this nonexistence of objective meaning find the realization disheartening, but it should actually serve to empower you immensely. As all values or beliefs are intrinsically subjective, then whatsoever brings you joy or fulfillment, whatever you’ve decided really matters in life, anything that speaks to your soul, is as meaningful as anything can be.

“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.” – Frank Zappa

Societal outliers are trailblazers; they’re trend setters that inject new knowledge, practices or perspectives into mainstream culture. Though often ridiculed for going against the adopted beliefs of the masses, these individuals are essential to the continued progress of humankind. Those who exclusively adopt preexisting systems or beliefs, who never challenge society or themselves by cultivating unique creative forces, can never discover better or different ways to approach their or anyone else’s reality. They will forever be destined to follow and thus never capable of leading, of showing anyone the possibility of a more hopeful future.

“You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts.” – Kahlil Gibran

Verbal discourse can be productive and invigorating but meaningless platitudes rarely are. You should always speak up when you have something substantial to say, but you should probably avoid vocalizing a thought only for the purpose of punctuating an extended silence. The goal is not to speak infrequently, as you should certainly speak as often as you feel inclined to do so. Rather, the objective is to be at peace without the necessity of speech, so that you may share an extended, comfortable silence not just with others, but with yourself as well.