What a fitting end to 2021
Isolated from the world
A whole family coughing into 2022
But we will survive this storm
Everything is impermanent
No need to worry or stress over things I can’t control
No need to worry about my finances, I have enough!
The end of the year is a great time to be grateful for what you have
I will not wish for more
I will not wish for good health
But for grace, determination, and dedication on this path less followed
The path is always unknown
There is always a fork in the road
Two or more paths in front of us
Which will be chosen?
There are infinite possibilities in this beautiful world
Yet we cling to finding certainty in an uncertain world
Not realizing that certainty is an illusion
We are a collection of our thoughts, beliefs, and actions
Each day we can change and grow
Or stay stuck in our old ways
We can’t always choose our circumstances
But we can choose our attitude and actions
This life in finite
So I will live the life I desire
Go off the beaten path
Not worrying about society expectations
Judgements of others is a sign of their insecurities
Live simply if you want
Pursue life experiences instead of money, fame, and respect
Create your life through mindful actions, not impulses.
The sun will rise
And set Relax, nothing is under control
Days will go by
People will get sick Loved ones will die
Jobs will be lost
People will cheat, lie, and push your buttons Relax, nothing is under control
Our mission is to rise above and stay positive even in the darkest of times
Knowing that everything & everyone is impermanent
We can find joy by letting go of control of others and situations
All we can control is our reaction and attitude to the chaos around us Resilience is built by not avoiding hard situations but by embracing them with love, compassion, and acceptance.
There are two wolves inside of us.
Always at battle.
A good wolf.
That is kind, brave, and loving.
A bad wolf.
That is fearful, angry, and greedy.
The one you
to feed. choose
Is the one that grows.
To end this constant battle.
You must show deep compassion & love to the bad wolf.
Feed the good wolf with how you talk to yourself, others, and your actions in the world.
True freedom is found when we let go of whatever holds us back
This includes unneeded stuff.
True freedom is letting go of trying to control everything and everyone
The only thing you have control over is your reaction to the world around you
Let others live their life, grow, and learn from their mistakes in their own time
It’s not your responsibility to heal or save others
Lead by example
With Aloha, Johnny
For who they are today
Not what you think they should be
The ego wants to control everything & everyone
While the divine accepts & loves others for who they are today, no matter how “flawed” they are
There is a wise zen master in all of us knows that others will change on their own pace (or not change at all)
Focus the energy you have used arguing or controlling others on becoming the best version of yourself
Your life is your message
“We are all mangoes on the same tree, ripening at different times.”
I have loved
I have learned
I have met so many great people
Seen so many new places
Experienced the beauty this world offers
I’m content with the life I have lived
Even with the challenges each day brings
I’m grateful for life
Here is to each day alive
“Life is a test, gratitude is the answer.” -Timber Hawkeye
Will you choose compassion?
Will you choose curiosity?
Will you choose peace?
Or taste pleasure?
Each day we can choose what world we want to live in.
Each meal deciding the fate of innocent animals.
Each meal deciding the future of our species.
Each meal deciding our health outcome.
We vote with our wallets each day & meal.
The first step is awareness.
The next is action.
Consider a vegan diet & lifestyle.
I will do my best
To not gossip
To not judge
To not be violent with my speech or actions
Society is made up of individuals like you & I
My changing our-self
We in fact change the world