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RULE 5: THOU SHALL BE A CELEBRATOR OF LIFE (BE HAPPY ; )

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“Understand this, in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self; lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying it’s power. Avoid such people.” - Timothy 3: 1-5


RULE 5: THOU SHALL BE A CELEBRATOR OF LIFE (BE HAPPY ; )

From the above quote, the word that stands out to me the most is unappeasable. To be unappeasable one most never be satisfied. This is its own punishment, to be forever discontented. We must be able to find peace within ourselves not matter the circumstances. It is a foolish man who is never grateful for what they have and always wanting more. If we are never content with our circumstances it’s like trying to fill a bucket with a hole in the bottom. You have to find a way to be full of joy.

Yes, life can be horribly cruel, morbidly bleak, lonely, desperate, and at times feel like a penitentiary. You can feel your freedom is lost, that you are not in control. You can feel your friends have abandoned you, betrayed you, and maybe they did. No matter how sufferable life is, the best revenge you can take towards your enemies, is to celebrate life. Your enemies don’t want you to smile. People who hope you ARE miserable, will suffer when they see your unbreakable spirit. It’s really cool to be the person with an unbreakable spirit. When nothing can break you, you have reached the epitome of cool.

Let me drop another bible verse on your sinful ass; “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am in to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret to facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:11-13

Our temporary troubles are minuscule to the strength it builds inside. When bad stuff happens, it’s important to be able to snap back quickly and go on enjoying life. This is known as resilience. Life is too short to wallow in misery and throw yourself a pity party. Bad stuff is going to happen. It’s not because you’re a bad person, that’s just how life works. If you are a Christian, the bible is constantly talking about what a wicked world this is. We cannot live in a wicked world and escape all troubles. We will experience wickedness if only to learn about it and to be wiser towards it. Call it the devil, call it bad luck, but shit happens to us all.

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The difference between winners and losers is a loser will throw themselves a pity-party for days and days and milk their sorrows for all it’s worth. A winner bounces back almost immediately. Taking time to mourn is healthy, but a truly cool person would continue to live their life no matter what unforeseen events catch them off guard. If a cool person had a Valley Victorian speech to make, and they were mugged and beaten the night before, they would show up and give that speech to the best of their ability because they wanted to and are not easily deterred.

A weaker person wouldn’t show up and give their speech. They would stay in bed and cry about their misfortune and they would allow their attacker to take away more than their wallet, but a valuable experience they worked their whole life to earn. Choosing this route is understandable and common. It seems to make sense to stay home the day after a mugging, which is why most people do and why it’s not easy to be cool. In fact, it takes a remarkable person to be this cool.

It’s cool to show up and be present in your own life no matter what happens to you, especially if people are depending on you. If I had an important speech to make, I would try to make it even with broken ribs. I wouldn’t let some event, or person take my moment a way, and to be up there on stage, in spite the pain, and the trauma, says a lot about your character. It shows that you are an extraordinary person and have mental and physical endurance.

When we survive something, like a violent attack, car accident, or natural disaster, of course we are going to experience pain and want to cry, but curling up into a ball and hiding from life makes no sense. We should be happy to be alive and celebrating that we did not die. We are still here. We should have a new gratitude towards life, not mistrust. We can’t become mistrustful and fearful because of tragedy, which is no way to live.

We have to become celebrators of life. We have to speak of what we are grateful for more than complain. We have to speak of the beauty in this world more than the ugliness, or we are letting the ugliness takeover in our hearts, and that’s how evil wins. We cannot let life beat us, no matter what it does to us. Life is hard and it will beat all of us up eventually, but the strong will heal. The strong will grow stronger.

There are times we will suffer if only to learn a very dramatic and important lesson. A lot can be learned from hitting rock bottom. Unfortunately some of us have to hit rock bottom more than once to understand what life is trying to teach us. Sometimes the universe will take everything from us, because you were not grateful for what you had before. Be grateful. Learn to smile on your bad days. Be happy to be here.


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10 WAYS TO BE A CELEBRATOR

1.) .) Keep complaints to a minimum: Some complaints are justified, but if all you are ever doing is bitching, trust me, your only making life harder on yourself.

2.) Compliment yourself and other people: Look in the mirror, say your beautiful and mean it. Make someone smile by giving them a genuine compliment.

3.) Dance: Dancing is a lot of fun. It’s a great way to meet people, and the funniest way to exercise. All those endorphins you release on the dance floor will surly put you in a good mood.

4.) Eat good food: Sometimes our moods can be poor just because we are hungry. Give yourself permission to eat delicious foods often.

5.) Exercise: A healthy body creates a healthy mind. To be in shape boost our confidence and self-esteem. When we are acting like butt heads, it’s because our confidence has been shaken. Exercising and getting fit, is a good way to get our confidence back. It’s really hard to feel good about life when we don’t feel good about ourselves.

6.) Smile: In modern day society there is a term called, Resting Bitch Face. Both men and women suffer from this face. It’s the face that makes you look unapproachable and has others assuming you are in a bad mood. The bottom line is people look more attractive when they smile. If you have a good smile uses it because it will make your more attractive to onlookers.

7.) Get out there and talk to people that interest you: Nobody should waste their time with people they don’t like. Go find people who share your passions and understand you. It’s a lot easier to see the good side of life when you have found your group. Being alone too long is simply not healthy, no matter how much you identify with the lone wolf concept.

8.) Thank god: You don’t have to believe in god to be grateful, but look around you, it could be worse, even if you feel you are in a fucked up situation. If nothing else, thank god for your life. Gravitated attracts prosperity. Ungratefulness attracts poverty. It’s call the Law of Attraction for a reason.

9.) Spend time with people who love you: Sometimes the people we think should show us love don’t and that’s okay. If we come from a broken home, were we just don’t get along without family, accept it and go find a new family. There are people in this world who love you just like a sister, or a son. It’s up to you to find them. Love is so much bigger than romantic love. Find your family and if your biological family is good to you, go home often.

10.) Laugh: Laughter is the best medicine. Watch comedy online, go to a comedy club, and giggle with your friends. There is nothing better and more genuine than laughter.

Excerpt form the self-help book, The Importance of Being Cool by Lyon Amor Brave"""
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