"My #1 guiding principle for a successful life (learned from J Brad Britton): "Do the right thing; not the easy thing." Everyday, you are constantly faced with choices to do either the right thing (any activity that moves you closer to where and who you want to be) or the easy thing (anything else). In every moment of choice, choose to do the right thing over the easy thing, and your becoming successful is inevitable.
THE LAST THING YOU SAID SO MAY PEOPLE HAVE HEARD ME CRY SINCE THAT TERRIBLE DAY WHEN YOU SAID GOODBYE SO MANY DARK CORNERS HAVE HEARD ME SAY HOW THE LIGHT HAS GONE OUT SINCE YOU WENT AWAY EVERYONE'S HEARD OF HOW YOU LEFT ME AGAIN EVERYONE'S HEARD ABOUT MY SO-CALLED FRIEND THEY TELL ME I'M A FOOL, BUT I DON'T HEAR A WORD 'CAUSE THE LAST THING YOU SAID WAS THE LAST THING I HEARD HOW MANY TIMES I'VE TRIED TO TALK TO MY HEART BUT IT WON'T EVEN LISTEN SINCE YOU TORE IT APART I HAVE TO TELL MYSELF THERE'S ONLY ONE THING TO DO TRY AND FIND SOMEONE ELSE AND FORGET ABOUT YOU I KNOW SHE DOESN'T MEAN A THING IN THE WORLD I WASTE MY HOURS WITH ANOTHER GIRL SHE SAYS SHE LOVES ME SO BUT I DON'T HEAR A WORD 'CAUSE THE LAST THING YOU SAID WAS THE LAST THING I HEARD
Death's a funny thing. I used to think it was a big, sudden thing, like a huge owl that would swoop down out of the night and carry you off. I don't anymore. I think it's a slow thing. Like a thief who comes to your house day after day, taking a little thing here and a little thing there, and one day you walk round your house and there's nothing there to keep you, nothing to make you want to stay. And then you lie down and shut up forever. Lots of little deaths until the last big one.
I pray for you, that all your misgivings will be melted to thanksgivings. Remember that the shadow a thing casts often far exceeds the size of the thing itself (especially if the light be low on the horizon) and though some future fear may strut brave darkness as you approach, the thing itself will be but a speck when seen from beyond. Oh that He would restore us often with that 'aspect from beyond,' to see a thing as He sees it, to remember that He dealeth with us as with sons.
Don't do what you know on a gut level to be the wrong thing to doI don't think there's a single dumbass thing I've done in my adult life that I didn't know was a dumbass thing to do while I was doing it. Even when I justified it to myself""as I did every damn time""the truest part of me knew I was doing the wrong thing. Always. As the years pass, I'm learning how to better trust my gut and not do the wrong thing, but every so often I get a harsh reminder that I've still got work to do.
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