25 Lessons I Have Learned
Taking a cue from Ruyard Kipling’s incredibly inspirational poem, even if the sky is falling…hold that lens steady, shoot, and then run like hell and duck for cover.
Point is—remain calm at all times. Learn and practice Zen. Nothing is ever as bad as it seems. Just remain aware, be prepared and act when your senses tell you to. You can avoid getting hit, incurring upon someone’s sensitivities or talk your way out of a trespassing violation as long as you remain still internally.
If only because if has long been and inspiration to me:
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowances for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies;
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good nor talk too wise:
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master,
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it in one turn of pitch - and - toss,
And lose and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart, and nerve, and sinew
To serve your turn long after these are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the will which says to them "Hold on!"
If you can talk with crouds and keep your virtue
Or walk with kings - nor lose your common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count on you, but none too much;
If you can fill an unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth distance run,
Yours is the earth and all that's in it.
And -which is more - you'll be a man, my son.
*a lovely example: reddirtrose's ocean
*please note: the photographer and the photograph cited do not necessarily reflect the views of the lesson or any other random thoughts of the writer.
Just Do It Strike a Balance