Quotes About Nature

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What A National Tragedy Can Teach Us About The Power Of Choice (Guest Post)

By Tiffany Wright

Last April marked the 20th anniversary for the Columbine High School massacre in Colorado. I know,
I’m a bit late when I mention Columbine. However, after feeding my morbid curiosity by researching
the lives behind the two school shooters – and their motives – I came to believe we can all learn a lesson
about the power of choice.

One of the shooters, Eric Harris, started a journal one year before the massacre. I found some
excerpts here from Eric’s now-defunct blog where he rants about everything that irks him. If I didn’t
know who wrote them, I would’ve passed it for the absurd tirades of a typical hormonal teenager.

His accomplice Dylan Klebold was a more interesting case study. Dylan was less focused on hatred
and more focused on personal problems like depression and suicidal tendencies. It was depression that
fueled much of his homicidal intent.

Both Harris and Klebold had been formulating their plans for a full year.

Both recorded themselves talking about how much they hated the world and wanted to destroy it.

Both of their plans originally involved detonating hand-made bombs in the school cafeteria. The
bombs would’ve wiped out over 600 people. The two boys would’ve then gunned down fleeing
survivors. By the time the reporters and police crew would arrive, the remaining bombs from the boys’
van would wipe them out. Slate sums up their motive perfectly: “they were gunning for devastating
infamy on the historical scale of an Attila the Hun.” 2 As it was, the bombs were too shoddily built to
work, so instead they stormed the school building and shot 13 people before taking their own lives.

Can you imagine harboring so much hatred that you want to destroy hundreds of people?

Yet, a contempt for our imperfect world is what perpetrates such motives and deepens the cycle of
injustice. Jordan Peterson, a clinical psychologist and author of “12 Rules for Life,” says in his book,
“People who think such things…appoint themselves supreme adjudicators of reality and find it wanting.
They are the ultimate critics”. 3 Harris and Klebold justified their negative feelings by taking revenge on a
cruel world. Both chose to act on their anger. This should remind us that we, too, have a choice on
whether we act on our negative feelings or not.

Here is one example where I struggled in choosing to let go of my anger. I was once debating a
certain hot-button topic with one particularly confrontational friend, I was on the receiving end of
mockery, shame and rudeness because of my opinions. It hurt, and I wanted to bite back.

Another example is my experience with social media. I witnessed a mob mentality against a position
that I strongly believed in. I saw so many cruel comments like,

“I hope your children die.”

“I hope you die.”

“People who believe X are f-ing retarded.”

Again, it hurt, and I wanted to bite back. And, as a sort of unhealthy defense-mechanism, I started to
think in the exact same hateful manner. The very same words that the mob spewed circulated in my
head.

“I hope they die.”

“I hope they never have children.”

“People who believe Y are f-ing retarded.”

“I hate them.”

“I hate them.”

“I HATE THEM.”

Then I realized that my thought process mimicked the “I hate everything” rant in Eric Harris’s journal,
and I immediately took a step back. I didn’t want to be embroiled in hatred. It was a miserable place. It’s
just that the urge to “bite” back was so overwhelming that I didn’t know what to do with those feelings.
So I considered: 13 innocent victims died because two angry people lashed out. Am I any better than
them if I lash out at those whom I believe wronged me?

In the end, I cut my confrontational friend out of my life, and I haven’t looked back. I cut most social
media out of my life too, and now whenever I’m bored, instead of getting fired up over a smug Reddit
post, I watch wholesome Japanese dramas to brighten my day.

Let the proles spew their hatred. I choose not to fall into the same emotional traps as they did. I
choose to raise myself higher than the haters, for the sake of my emotional health and betterment.

We can choose not to fall into a similar line of thinking as Harris and Klebold. Choose something
better. Choose to move on from hate. Think about Harris and Klebold next time you want to say or think something hurtful about someone. Think about them before you press that “reply” button on a heated
social media thread. You never know whether a simple act of hate can spiral into something you will
regret doing.

I understand. We’re primed to have emotional reactions when the world treats us unfairly or when
someone insults us. I understand, and it can be a struggle not to “bite” back. This is why, before I part, I
will leave a powerful quote for you to reflect on:

“You will continue to suffer if you have an emotional reaction to everything that is said to you. True
power is sitting back and observing everything with logic. If words control you that means that everyone
else can control you. Breathe and allow things to pass.” ~ Bruce Lee

Here are some more inspirational quotes that I have composed:

“It’s not your successes that defined you, but the bravery to pick yourself up and try one more time.”

“You haven’t failed enough until you actually succeeded.”

“Life wasn’t made to overcome you. You were made to overcome life.”

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Works cited:

1. CNN, Cable News Network,
http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2000/columbine.cd/Pages/SUSPECTS_TEXT.htm.
2. Cullen, Dave, and Dave Cullen. “At Last We Know Why the Columbine Killers Did It.” Slate
Magazine, Slate, 20 Apr. 2004, slate.com/news-and-politics/2004/04/at-last-we-know-why-the-
columbine-killers-did-it.html.

3. Peterson, Jordan B. 12 Rules for Life. Penguin Books Ltd., 2019.

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#22 Bloom | May, Myself and I (Guest Post)

Stop for a moment and picture a bunch of snowdrops. Their thin, pale green stalks. Their perfect, clean white petals. Their tiny, modest size. They’re delicate little things and yet we can learn a lot from them. See, snowdrops are one of the first flowers to bloom in spring. They grow in rocky, nutrient-lacking soil, often in the shadows, starved from the sun’s warmth and light. Because they bloom so early, they have to fight through frost and ice before they even reach the surface of the soil. And yet, even after all this, they bloom. They fight their way through the obstacles and grow to be beautiful and unique. Sure, they’re petals can be marked or their stalks can be bent but that somehow doesn’t matter.
We, too, can be like snowdrops. Sometimes we have to come through really difficult stuff and it can, at times,  look like we’re not going to make it.

I know I’ve definitely been in this place. Since I was pretty young, I’ve struggled with my mental health and over the years I’ve gone through endless panic attacks and depressive episodes. It’s hard. It’s really hard. But I am seeing the first delicate green shoots arising from the ground and I know that I’m growing. I know that I can’t give up. And neither can you.

So if you’re in rocky soil, if you’re in the shadows looking at a field of perfect roses in the sun, DO NOT GIVE UP. Because you never know one day you might just bloom.

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5 Funny Inspirational Quotes

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5 Memes Writers Will Relate To

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Six Things You Should Never Say To A Blogger

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Things you should never say to a blogger (4)

When most people visit a blog unless they are bloggers themselves they will never truly understand the amount of work it takes to build a successful blog. For that reason, bloggers work often times are underappreciated because most people think we whip blog posts up in five minutes. It is our job to make blogging look easy and although it may look like we whipped these posts up in five minutes I assure you we did not and it probably took way longer than it appears. Saying comments like blogging is not that hard can come off as rude or insensitive and can really hurt someone’s feelings. Want to show a blogger you appreciate what they do? It is really simple avoid saying these things and you are on the right path to showing your favorite blogger your appreciation without even trying.

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3 Quick Ways For Introverts To Increase Their Income

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So, you’re an introvert who’s in need of extra income. The only problem is that you already work in an energy draining role and you can’t imagine taking on anymore work. The thought of doing sales calls in your own time seems like a nightmare! After a long day of fake smiling and endless meetings you would much rather just curl up in a ball with your favourite book.

However, there are some quick ways introverts can increase their income with little energy! And these ways are quite simple!

But first, why should you even bother with getting extra income

Seven streams of income

Apparently, we should all have additional streams of income. Seven to be exact (correct me if I’m wrong!). We shouldn’t rely on one stream of income. For example, if you’re employed, you shouldn’t just rely on your monthly pay cheque. It’s a risk many of us…

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Tips On How To Be A Better Blogger Part 1

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Socialize– Try to talk to other bloggers as much as possible! If someone follows you make sure to pay their blog a visit and leave a like or comment! And be interactive in your own comments section too! Blogging is all about meeting new people from all around the world and sometimes you learn really interesting things from them and end up making great friends.

Edit– Make sure you edit your work at least once and make sure everything is on point because let’s be honest no one likes a sloppy blog. Some grammar mistakes usually go unnoticed but if you are particularly bad at something make sure to double check it! Having a more neat and coherent blog can really help you increase traffic and followers to your blog too!

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3 Black Introverts That Changed The World

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A black introvert changed the world?

Yes, you read that right and today we’re addressing at least 3 of them!

In light of Black History Month here in the UK, it wouldn’t be right for us to let this month pass by without acknowledging some of the greatest black introverts of all time!

(and spoiler alert – no Beyonce didn’t make this list!)

Rosa Parks 

Let us start off with the civil rights first lady herself! Ms. Rosa Parks, the quiet, ‘shy’, reserved young lady from Alabama. Ms. Parks did something quite BOLD in a time when segregation was the NORM. Her BOLDEST move was to refuse giving up her seat to a white passenger on board a Montgomery bus in Alabama in the 1950s. This was a huge statement during its time as black people were not permitted to ride in the front of the bus, especially at the…

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500th Post

So according to my stats this is officially my 500th post!

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I know I’m as surprised as you are! I honestly can’t believe I’ve posted so much and I can’t believe people have actually viewed them. I know I say this a lot but when I started this blog I honestly had no idea where it was going or if anyone would even read it. But apparently you guys did!

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I want to thank everyone who has followed me, liked or shared my posts, commented on my posts or even just viewed any of my posts!

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This blog wouldn’t be what it is today without you guys so thanks for all the support and I hope you continue supporting it!

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Let me know in the comments below what your favourite post has been so far!!

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