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My Philosophy Of Life - With A Free Essay Review
I believe in God. I believe God will be with us through everything that happens to us and he will always be right next to you wherever you are. I believe God loves us unconditionally and will give us hope, love, grace, peace, and acceptance. I believe that he will forgive us for any wrong we have done because of his unconditional for us. I believe God will provide us with what we need. I believe that God has a good meaning for everything that happens to us.
I believe life is a journey. The long road makes us wiser, the wrong turns make us stronger, and the unexpected bumps bring us awareness. I believe that life is a great gift from God. I believe you should value and respect life. I believe God gave us life so that we can live the life he gave us to the fullest. I believe we are all special in our own ways and that if we combine all our talents and gifts we can make a better world to live in. I believe that we can all make a difference, even if were just a kid, if we put our hearts and minds to it. One quote that really inspired me is written by a girl who is my age, 14, named Abby Miller. This is what she says, "I'm just a person, a kid, there's not much I can do because I'm just a drop in a sea full of people, but every drop added can start a ripple which can start a wave of change. No matter what the outcome is we will always be that drop that starts that ripple that creates that wave that will reach so many people beyond our vision, so what's a better time than now to start our wave?" This quote really inspired me because I think a lot of kids including me feel like since we are just kids we can't make a change, but this quote really says that we can make a change no matter how old we are.
I believe that friends are a big part of everyone's lives. I believe that friends are as close as family is and that friends are one of the greatest things in life. Friends will support you and believe in you and be there whenever you need someone. I also believe that you should choose your friends wisely. I think that you should choose friends that lift of your spirits up everyday and not bring you down and make you change who you are for them. I believe that friends influence you as much as anything or anyone can. If you choose a friend that does bad things and puts down people you might follow them or get use to being around them so much that you start doing what they do too. If you choose a friend who does good things and loves life you will likely be a great person too. I believe that one of the greatest things about friendship is that no matter how different you guys are they are always there for you and accept the fact that you're not exactly like them.
What I make time for in my life are family, friends, joy, laughter, happiness, kindness, God, and music. I believe music can bring us all together as one and bring joy to life and awareness to things. I believe life is to short and that we should live it while we can and live appreciating everything we have. Since life is so short I believe that we shouldn't make times for things like bullying and crushing other people's dreams. I believe that we are human and we all make mistakes but that we have to forgive each other and enjoy everything until the end of our life.
I believe that all people are given the chance to be good. Some people take it or some people leave it. I believe that what we do is our own decision so if some people become evil it was their own choice and they have the choice to turn it around.
I believe in education. Sometimes I'm not a big fan of it but that's normal for a kid. I know that if I try hard it will pay off. I believe that our lives ahead of us partly depend on education. Education helps us with life. Education pays off by helping us with getting into good colleges and then getting a job and starting a family. Teachers will inspire us and help us to reach our dreams.
God's greatest gifts in my life are my mom adopting me, my dad, my sisters, my niece, and my friends. I believe God's greatest gifts to everyone are grace and forgiveness and everlasting love.
I believe everyone has a right to say what they believe, practice any religion they want, and that we each can make our own choices whether right or wrong. I believe that we choose our paths on our own. I believe that having a good reputation is very important, but that you should stay true to yourselves and not care what people say. I'm not perfect, none of us are, so that means we will sometimes care what people say and think about us, but if we think leas about what people think about us and more about how we feel about ourselves we will live a much happier life.
I don't want to critique any part of your essay specifically but talk instead about the kinds of things that are liable to end up in one's philosophy of life if one is not self-critical. We call the bits of wisdom or pseudo-wisdom that we encounter most frequently in life clichés. To call a statement a cliché is not to say anything about the truth of the statement; some clichés are true, some are false, and some occupy the grey zone between truth and falsehood. I use the word "cliché" just in the sense of that which is often repeated. The problem posed by clichés for writers is that they are the things that tend to come first to mind (just because we are exposed to them so often) and they tend to appeal to us on account of their apparent truth content or profundity (if they didnt appear like clever statements to us and if they weren't appealing, they wouldn't become clichés in the first place). But it is a general and good rule that writers should avoid clichés. One reason this is a general rule is that clichés do not represent the product of our own critical thought. Again, when we use a clichés, we are using that which comes first to mind and which has been used by countless writers before us. We end up speaking someone else's thoughts with someone else's words. This makes life easy, because thinking for oneself is hard, and inventing new ways of articulating thoughts is hard, but anyone who wants to become a good writer needs to choose the difficult path, find her own voice, and actually speak her own mind. The fact that doing so is a challenge might be underscored by the fact that my previous sentence ended with three clichés (choosing the difficult path, finding one's own voice, speaking one's own mind). Like me, you have a tendency to resort to clichés. As a reader, then, I feel like I've read your essay a hundred times before. There is a hardly a sentence in it (beyond those devoted to giving specific examples) that I have not encountered before in some form. What you say about God, family, friends, education and so on is just what thousands of others have said before you. You haven't given us your philosophy of life, you've given us THE prevailing philosophy of life. I feel as though I've learned about what fourteen-year-olds in general believe, not about what you as a unique thinking being believe.
Let me emphasize what I said at the outset. To call a statement a cliché is not to call it false. I don't mean to suggest that you don't believe the things you say you believe. I do mean to suggest that there is no evidence in this particular essay of your having critically examined any of your beliefs. And I also mean to suggest that what is likely interesting about you is what is left over in your mind after you have exhausted all the clichés. The essay I would like to read is the one you would write now, once you're done repeating what everyone else, more or less, says. So instead of revising your essay, I think the most challenging and productive thing you could do is write a completely new essay in response to the same prompt without using any of the ideas or sayings that you have used in this essay. If you do that, please come back and share it with us.
Best wishes, EJ.
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Don't let the word love define your LOVE
Love is the most powerful emotion a human being can experience. The strange think is, that almost nobody knows what love is. Why is it so difficult to find love? That is easy to understand, if you know that the word "love" is not the same as one's feeling of love.
The word "love" is used and abused for the expression of different sets of feelings.
The word love is used as an expression of affection towards someone else (I love you) but it also expresses pleasure (I love chocolate). To make it a little more complicated, the word "love" also expresses a human virtue that is based on compassion, affection and kindness. This is a state of being, that has nothing to do, with something or someone outside yourself. This is the purest form of Love.
The ancient Greek used 7 words to define the different states of love:
Storge: natural affection, the love you share with your family.
Philia: the love that you have for friends.
Eros: sexual and erotic desire kind of love (positive or negative)
Agape: this is the unconditional love, or divine love
Ludus: this is playful love, like childish love or flirting.
Pragma: long standing love. The love in a married couple.
Philautia: the love of the self (negative or positive)
These are 7 different kind of feelings. The love you feel for your partner is not the same as the love you feel for your mother. Even the love for your partner changes in time. You feel different emotions for different situations and people.
But still, we use the same word. It is easy to understand that a confusion is easy made while communicating. I can say "I love you" to two different people (and mean it), but I am actually feeling in a different way.
This confusion is not only the case while 2 people are talking, your own brain does not get it.
What you feel is controlled by the right side of your brain and language is controlled by your left side. If you use the word "love" 10 times a day with different situations, it losses power. Your left part or your brain does not get fully activated when you really mean "I love you" and want to get exited about it. 50% of your brain is a lot.
The first thing that you need to do is learn the differences of the (7?) states of love. Not the words, but how they feel. It is easy if you recognize the words. It is basic training. Awareness, that is the secret to love.
Love is a practice, it is not something you find or don't find. You can practice love for the rest of your life.
Don't abuse the word love. Use other words where you are not addressing emotion towards other people.
Example: I love chocolate, becomes: I enjoy chocolate. I love my job, becomes: I have passion for what I do.
Enjoying, loving and passion are 3 different emotions. It is essential to learn (again) the true meaning of words, not merely to communicate with someone else, but also so learn to experience them. Words are very powerful instruments. Not only to communicate with others, but also with your self. The words you use, creates awareness and eventually your reality.
If you use words wisely, you can learn to recognize what kind of love you are feeling, and enjoy the different kinds of love. With one person of different ones.
If you don't know how to find love with in you, you will never find it outside you.
Words are agreements to express ideas or feelings. The meaning of words is not absolute, it is always a personal interpretation. The group of feelings associated with the word "love" is difficult to understand, and even more difficult to express to other person. Let put is this way: it is impossible with only one word.
With the creation of a word, you can give it a special meaning. Some lovers create words to express what they feel to each other. A word creates and agreement or memories. This moments can be repeated when you use that word or when you think about it.
In other languages exist words, related to love, that expresses different situations that don't have a translation to English. When you know this words, you recognize this feelings. You get more grip in what you are experiencing.
Beautiful words in other languages:
Yuanfen (Chinese): A love relationship that has been established by lot, based on principles of Chinese culture.
Mamihlapinatapei (Yaghan): A look that without words is shared by two people who want to initiate something, but neither start.
Cafuné (Brazilian Portugees): Slowly stroking your fingers through someone else's hair.
Retrouvailles (France): The happiness of seeing someone again after a long time.
La Douleur Exquise (France): The enormous pain in your heart when you desire someone you cannot have.
Ya'aburnee (Arabic): The hope that you will die earlier than the other, so you don't need to live without the other.
Forelsket (Nordic): The euphoria you feel when you fall in love for the first time.
Saudade (Portugees): The feeling of longing for someone you love, but is far away.
This "moments" are so important in other cultures that they have words to express them. My point is, don't use just one word to define your love. Learn this "words" and recognize them when you are living them.
With love, you get what you put in
Love is an emotion in action. You can learn how to feel and cultivate your love... First learn and know the different situations of love. Learn how to recognize them when you are feeling them. Then you go and share your love with others.
Love between 2 people can only begin if the interaction is based on truth, trust and respect. That is something you start giving. This is essential to grown mutual love between 2 individuals. If the other person gives you wat you give, then you start feeling love for each other and it can grow...
It is not difficult to understand love, once you know how love works.
It is very easy to fall in love with someone. The difficulty is to stay in love. But if it is difficult to stay in love, that means, that it is not the love of your life. It is a love experience. Love is always beautiful, if it is not beautiful, it is not love. Time to move on. Sometimes, love just fades away. It is better to move on when you don't feel anything, then when you feel the opposite of love.
Finding your loved one or a relationship...
If you want to find the love of your life, start being aware of your use of the word love. Saying and thinking I want to find the love of my life and not I want a relationship is fundamental. You find what you are looking for.
"Being in a relationship" is a marketing term invented in magazines. Everyone that is not single is in a relationship. To address a large group of people it is perfect, but it is to vague to define your personal situation.
The only important question for you should be: "Am I experiencing love or not?"
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