The appearance of control is always an illusion. – The more you try to control elements outside of your control, the more out of control those elements become. The irony of life. The only things that I have found that I can control “EVER” is my words, my thoughts, my actions, and my attitudes. Everything else is just an illusion of what our limited minds would like to perceive as reality that willnever be.

No amount of sophistication is going to allay the fact that all your knowledge is about the past and all your decisions are about the future. – every decision that we make is based upon past experiences. Our beliefs, our values, moving towards pleasure and away from pain on some deep level even if we cannot perceive or see it. For example, it may seem that I am being selfless in helping a homeless man eat but in actuality to a degree it is being selfish because if there wasn’t any “feeling of pleasure” or happiness in helping that person better his situation by providing a meal, then there would be no motive and thus no motivation to act and we are beings of emotions. Our decisions are also based upon our state of mind in the moment that we make them. Today you may say “hi” to a normally great and kind man but you may have said hi 10 minutes after a huge fight with his wife so your impression of his decision in that moment is that he is not a kind person. But the fact of the matter is that his decision changed based on the previously stated elements of our decisions along with his state of mind which isn’t “normal”. So just be weary in your own decisions and that state of other people when they respond to you. Because all that we know is our past, and all we do will be to better our future.

•Imagination is more important than knowledge. It is the preview of life’s
coming attractions. – a man without vision will perish. If all you can see is the troubles and pain in life. Guess what will be the only thing you ever see and experience. You guessed it. Ever said you wanted a car and you never see it but now that you reallllyyy want it, you see the car in the year, make, model, and color everywhere you go. Everything you will ever want is always there but we allow ourselves to be blinded by our limited visions so that we never allow ourselves to see opportunities trying to kick our door down to let us out into a world that we “dreamt” of.

This is our world for the taking. But you have to be able to open your mind to relieve control, remember and learn from our past so that we can better our future with better decision, and know that our vision is more important than what we know. Because when there is a will, there is a way. Don’t complicate things. “I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes