Often, the difference between achieving your goals and simply having them is your perspective, as this quote from noted historian and author Washington Irving suggests.
Rather than think of what you want as elusive or vague dreams, reframe them so they’re actually purposes — achievable and actionable goals that you’re driven to accomplish. Another variation of this quote is “Great minds have purposes, little minds have wishes.”
“What about the main thing in life, all its riddles? If you want, I’ll spell it out for you right now. Do not pursue what is illusory – property and position: all that is gained at the expense of your nerves decade after decade, and is confiscated in one fell night. Live with a steady superiority over life – don’t be afraid of misfortune, and do not yearn after happiness; it is, after all, all the same: the bitter doesn’t last forever, and the sweet never fills the cup to overflowing. It is enough if you don’t freeze in the cold and if thirst and hunger don’t claw at your insides. If your back isn’t broken, if your feet can walk, if both arms can bend, if both eyes see, and if both ears hear, then whom should you envy? And why? Our envy of others devours us most of all. Rub your eyes and purify your heart – and prize above all else in the world those who love you and who wish you well. Do not hurt them or scold them, and never part from any of them in anger; after all, you simply do not know: it might be your last act.”—Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (via atomos)
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As much as I appreciate all the help regarding my crappy condition,
I just realized how much I dislike going to the doctor. The past few doctors and dermatologists I’ve seen have been so sure with everything they’ve prescribed along with the everything’s-going-to-be-alright-face and hardly any explanation. If it didn’t bother me so much, I’d just suck it up and deal with it, but apparently it’s pretty scary looking and has “Ooh gurl, you need to get that shit fixed!” written all over it.
This morning when I went to have a few tests done with the dermatologist, she came back in and had this whole dramatic intro and finally said,
"We’ll try out what we can and just hope for the best…" *Good gracious, woman. Don’t make it sound like you have just diagnosed me with cancer*
"If all of these don’t work out within the next 2-4 weeks… I’m afraid we might have to call you back in for more tests, along with the biopsy…"
My dad even looked like he was about to ask her to do the biopsy himself. Thanks doc, for putting ideas into his head.
So I got sent home with 4 different ointments and medication thinggys, listening to my dad’s creepy lecture about tissues and disease crap, and I have to go back for an allergy test. Yay.
Nevermind all my complaining, and thanks for doing my nails and helping with my demon hand, Louiseypoopooface. Btw, the ointment your mom gave me was the best thing that has worked for me so far. My skin doesn’t look so gross anymore, just kinda burned, but not craycray nasty. :D