Author: Vera Meum

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It’s a short stay, mine,
and never again,
pity the lifetime
spent cursing the rain.

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We search the world to find meaning and fulfillment, but would do better to sit alone in silence, where all answers of personal consequence are found.

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We live in an age where all of the splendor of human intellectual and physical exploration is accessible to us across a variety of fields and topics. Yet we and our time are finite. We must strike a balance between our innate passion to explore with the calmness and satisfaction of pursuing only a handful of areas with meaningful depth in a lifetime, otherwise we risk a life spent in endless frazzled and incomplete pursuits.

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We should be cautious about considering any human, past or present, as infallible. We should instead find what we admire and try to emulate it, avoiding the temptation to say “that person is bad” or “this person is good”.

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Perfection does not exist; not in a partner, not in a single place, not in a career, not in this life. The consolation is that authentic beauty resides in the imperfect, and our happiness depends upon our ability to appreciate life as it actually presents itself.

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Empathy can be difficult, in part because it requires a healthy imagination, which is a faculty that we have generally starved in the name of education. We cannot live the lives of many, but we can increase our exposure to the plights of others, cultivate our imagination, and move closer to acquiring empathy that unites us all.

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What one needs to be rich:

– Some form of base self-sufficiency, the simpler the better

– To appreciate what one has; the luxurious and the challenging, the joyful and dismal, the multitude and the losses, the grand and the simple

– To reflect upon one’s own actions with forgiveness and via the lens of virtue

– The face the day with courage and constancy

– To maintain and cultivate deep relationships including close relations, friendships, and community

– To forgive and not hold any grudge upon God, fate, or man

We have access to richness. We are all positioned to thrive.

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We often define and measure ourselves through a story. What has occurred, why we behave as we do, and who we believe ourselves to be. We should recognize that these personal narratives we tell ourselves are often in error and unrealistic. We cannot fully comprehend our own narrative; there are too many variables outside of our control and visibility. We should abandon our narratives and seek only to author successive short stories that feature recurring themes of courage, virtue, and forgiveness.

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Teaching
children should begin with showing them how to give and receive affection.
There are many wounded people, so many hardened souls lacking emotional
education, how to love and be loved, to forgive, to be close, to embrace this
life before it leaves us.

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To
gain meaningful life experience we must invest a meaningful amount of time.
Much as reading a novel yields a broader depth of perspective than reading only
the back cover, we should invest several years in any activities that we want
to produce lasting value in our lives.