Camp Tip #10 – Perspective

The Negative.

Pride is one of the seven deadly sins. I find that very interesting, because all of the other sins, (greed, sloth, gluttony, anger, and envy) have obvious reasons why they are bad. With pride, its not as obvious, which is true for a shocking amount of things. Some would call confidence, cockiness. Some say that kids don’t all need an award. That they need to learn that there are sometimes winners and losers. The reality is that sometimes you will fail. Sometimes your best won’t be good enough. And sometimes, it is your fault. But that doesn’t mean that you simply give up. Because if you do, then you can never win. The thing to remember, that so many often forget, is that when it’s darkest, it can only get brighter. When you are at your lowest, all you can do then is rise.

The positive.

The Camp email sad something that stuck with me today. “You’re effort has value”. I can’t express how much that meant to me and how many great things that small statement it reminded me of. It reminded me that I don’t need someone to be proud of me. I just have to be proud of me. I don’t need to wait for someone to see my potential to actualize it. I’m not stuck with my lot in life, or any other cliche. I also watch Dave Ramsy on YouTube, and on thing he says often, that I have always believed is that you can change your life right now. You don’t have to wait until tomorrow, or the new year, you don’t have to wait until your next birthday, or that big promotion. You can change your life right now by simply deciding to. You can choice to have a better life today by simply doing it. You want to be happier? Start smiling more, and being friendlier even if that’s not quite how you feel. You want be healthier? Go for a walk. Ditch the junk food. You want to be successful? Start now. Try your best, and learn everything you can. When things are not the way you want it to be, then you look instead at yourself and decide how you want feel about that, and what you want to do about it. If you want to be a writer, go write. If you want to write something that everyone says is done to death, do it anyway, or don’t. Your effort does have value. Your happiness does matter. And most importantly, your choice can change your life if you want it to.

The choice. 

Every time you decide to write, you are taking charge of your life. You are choosing to see a blank page full of possibility and not doubt. How do you win? You decide that failure isn’t an option. If you do fail, you decide to learn and try again until you win. It’s all a matter of perspective. Tomorrow is a lifetime away if you let it be. But today is always right now.

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