I have long been an editor of newsletter articles and some journals, writing and rewriting manuscripts—from school to now, the corporate realm. Through this experience, I must say that editing requires the strange ability to stand in the place of the readers and the author simultaneously. As an editor, I must understand what the author intends to say without losing track of not just what one individual reader will take away.
So, every time I read a piece, whether it be a story or a journal article, I make sure that the piece will come across to readers with varying experiences and levels of understanding. The outsider’s perspective shows them the weaknesses in the piece, while the insider’s perspective allows them to make suggestions for improvement that are consistent with the author’s intent.
Now is the time, I strongly think and feel, that I should edit my life. No, I can’t rewind what has already happened nor can I turn back the hands of time. What I mean edit is change my perspective on how I view things.
Way back then, people were commending me for innocence. They were much inspired by my optimism. But at the same time, they were also the little devils beside my left ear telling me to quickly open my eyes and see reality.
To me, it’s better to think positive thoughts like those people who believe in immortality on earth than to wallow in negativity. But they say we should be realistic enough to acknowledge that in our attempt to deliver on our commitments, we face huge odds, or realize that equal opportunity does not mean and should never produce equal achievement, painful as this may be to accept personally.
So after college, as I became more exposed to “the real world” where what they call reality is housed, my mind was flawed with skepticism and snippets of pessimism. I saw the other bend in life. Not all things were seen with rose-colored glasses—anymore.
After more than one year of having this “insane acuity,” I should go back to being more of an optimist—instead of a worrywart. I have realized: If you always look on the dark side, just like yourself, no one else, is going to care. Say to yourself, it’s going to get better and with these words, you’ll move right along. When you stay on top of it all, how can you not, become strong?
Valuing simplicity over unnecessary complexity, I’m a minimalist by nature (thus the site layout, colors and design), and I embrace minimalism as a lifestyle. But there are certain objects difficult to let go of. How will I get rid of things that are excessively unimportant? First, I have to remain steadfast to my goals; second, streamline my commitments; and third, know myself more.
We are the dice in the board. God is the player of the game. He makes things around us move and respond, and we act on and witness happenings and learn lessons from them.
With this blog, I commit to sharing how I turn the negative to the positive on sorts of things.
I know there are people in the universe which possibly are in the same plane as I am now. Hello, All. There’s plenty of a world of good to be discovered.
Welcome and join me aboard.
Life is a board game. Let’s roll.