Monday’s Motivation

Monday’s Motivation is my gift to you for a better outlook on your week. I am not now nor have I ever been a morning or Monday person. But if I can transform the negativity I feel about Monday into something proactive to help you get your week started then I will have contributed to a much more positive energy in your life. Please read, share and enjoy.
                                                                                                         -Ben
As We Look To The Past
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“All of us who are worth anything, spend our manhood in unlearning the follies, or expiating the mistakes of our youth.”
                                                                    – Percy Bysshe Shelley
The first time I heard this quote was on an episode of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire when Al Capone was sitting inside of a synagogue speaking with an older Jewish gentleman. It is such a super powerful quote because it’s true. Anyone who has learned how to do better will continue to do better as they get older.
There’s no handbook in life. There are no finite guidelines that tell you how to think, or how to feel, or how to love. We’re given free will to do whatever we want, within limitations of course.
And we never stop learning.
One thing I’ve learned is who I was does not dictate who I am now nor will I allow it to dictate who I want to be. Many people spend their entire lives regurgitating who they once were into their present and they never change. They never have to change because they’ve become complacent with the formula that’s always worked for them. But another thing I’ve also learned in my lifetime is that if we do not change, we die. And not in the physical sense but spiritually. We no longer grow. We take what once was the best version of who we were at a specific time in our life and choose to settle on that as the final version for the rest of our days.
I am blessed to have some really phenomenal people in my life. People who have taught me the power of strength, perseverance, determination and drive. In times when I feel like I’m on the cusp of change I go to them for advice. I look to their past experiences to help me form what I need to do next to move forward. But what I don’t do is wallow and not consider what my next move is going to be.
And neither should you. Because your energy is too valuable to waste in a situation that makes you unhappy. If you find a way to make it better then do that. But if it doesn’t work for you then it’s time for you to unlearn the behavior as you work towards change. Always take into consideration that life isn’t one dimensional. It’s multifaceted, just like all of us. We are the sum of our experiences. The pleasure, the pain, the lessons. It all equals who we are. And as we move forward in this life it is up to us to make sure we learn from our pasts, but never repeat it.

  2 comments for “Monday’s Motivation

  1. September 24, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Human beings have the unique ability of constantly learning until the day we expire. You can continue to learn new skills, hone the ones you have; and increase your mental faculty, influence and power base until you’re dead in a box. Most people do not take advantage of the opportunity that is being alive. Life is short and we should all use our time wisely. Great post Benjamin.

    • September 24, 2014 at 11:54 am

      Thanks Chris. I know that fear is always a factor in most people’s decisions to never try beyond what they think they’re capable of. Life is an ongoing exam and in order to pass you have to keep answering the all the questions, especially the hard ones.

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