What is this blog about?

There is no such thing as an expert on the topic of Life. We all have had our battles, our suffering, and our questions. Despite the uniqueness of our personal obstacles, we have endured them. We have endured them well enough to advise those behind us as to how to do the same. I have done the research on your behalf regarding the multitude of reasons why wisdom exists. My mission is to utilize the voices of the world's greatest thinkers and heroes to compose a guideline of life's wisdom so that you don't have to experience those trials alone.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Introduction

Multiple roads lead to happiness; but to achieve complete happiness, one must walk each of those individual roads.

For me, it all started when I was fresh out of high school, about 18 years old. I sang in a church choir; rehearsals were weekly. At the time, the age majority of the choir was between 60 and 80. Every so often, during conversations or miscellaneous jokes, I would notice everyone else laughing when I meekly sat in silence. In short, I was upset at the fact that they laughed at everything. At 18 years of age, this also baffled me. I was judgmental, often asking myself: “What's so funny? How are these old people so happy?” It wasn't until a few months later that I realized my judgment was all for naught. It was a humbling experience to realize that I was the unhappy one and they were simply living their lives to the fullest. In that moment of humility, I soon discovered that this was a moment from which I can learn. Through the lives of these octogenarians, it became as evident as light that if I could take in everything they know about life, then maybe by the time I'm 80, I could have double that degree of wisdom. This goal, of course, was a rather adolescent way of thinking, but this also marked the first step in my journey toward wisdom.


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