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"Lesser Men Are Occupied By Lesser Things."

"Lesser Men Are Occupied By Lesser Things."

What we do with most of our time shapes the greatness, character and aspirations of our humanity. Neither birthright or inheritance plays such a vital role.  We alone have the power to shape our destinies.

Extraordinary people are engaged in extraordinary things. For them, time spent is an investment, as much as it is a monetary and an educational commodity. In whatever we do, we are meant to derive some benefit. So, it’s up to us to ensure that the dividend we receive makes us better, healthier, wealthier, and smarter.

"Frequently Looking Down On Others Is Actually Living One's Life Upside."

"Frequently Looking Down On Others Is Actually Living One's Life Upside."

When we consider the fate of others, we often place ourselves on a plateau of superiority and view their decisions and mistakes through the lens of our current circumstances. We scoff, and ask ourselves: Who does that? How could they be so stupid?

We conveniently forget or overlook the missteps of our own hidden past, which lacked the scrutiny of others, and arrogantly offer ridicule, criticism, and judgement.  After all, we feel we were born above them. We are more experienced, and more sophisticated, but most importantly, we are smarter.

"Our Circumstances Are Not Who We Are, But Where We Are."

"Our Circumstances Are Not Who We Are, But Where We Are."

Many argue that our experiences and circumstances define us. They claim that incidents and events intrinsically become a part of who we are and how we live.

The real issue is that others project their own perceptions and judgments regarding another’s experiences, and either do not know, do not care, or do not understand what circumstances that may have led to them, and instead, simply choose to identify and define people as such without direct inquiry.

“Never Forget The Storm So That One Can Appreciate The Sunshine.”

“Never Forget The Storm So That One Can Appreciate The Sunshine.”

 When we are faced with various hardships, uncertainty reigns over what we should do or whether we will even survive. 

Speculation alone can be devastating. At times, doom feels eminent.  Still, we labor and suffer through it. We endure sadness, pain, depression, regret and anger. We negotiate to survive and we sacrifice to survive.

In the end, we may lose everything we thought was important, but we survive.  

“The Wise Do Not Fight Against The Strength Of Their Enemies, But Against The Weakness Of Themselves.”

“The Wise Do Not Fight Against The Strength Of Their Enemies, But Against The Weakness Of Themselves.”

No one can defeat us.

We always defeat ourselves.

When we lose in battle or competition, we surrender through our own arrogance, vanity, ignorance, procrastination, laziness, lack of preparation, low self-esteem and vices.

If we fight against the strength of our enemies, we are destined for underestimation and subsequent failure.  There is no actual way to predict or understand who and what our foes possess at their disposal. Therefore, making it our priority and strategy is totally illogical when what we do know and have total control over is our own psychology, inability, and vices.

“We Only Get One Lifetime To Be Ourselves Why Waste It Trying To Be Someone Else?”

“We Only Get One Lifetime To Be Ourselves Why Waste It Trying To Be Someone Else?”

For many people, it’s difficult simply being themselves.

After all, the way others act and live seems to make them more accepted, more important, more glamorous, more intelligent, and more popular.  At least, so we believe.

Being one’s self means to be different.  And in society, however, difference often leads to alienation, ridicule, and rejection.

Even those who were later deemed great and ahead of their time did not find acceptance in being themselves. On the contrary, many felt alone, unappreciated and were doomed to poverty.

“Warriors Of Life Wield An Open Heart.”

“Warriors Of Life Wield An Open Heart.”

From growing up, to attending school and college, pursuing relationships, navigating careers, getting married, and starting families, life is a warrior’s journey.  Missteps during any one of these periods or processes are enough to unsettle, confound and derail lives.

To make it through, both men and women adopt varying strategies.  Some become impersonal and harden themselves, disregarding their feelings or attachments while others embrace the exact opposite, attempting to please everyone, not only avoiding conflict, but becoming overly accommodating.

“It Is Far Better To Be The Example Than The Critic.”

“It Is Far Better To Be The Example Than The Critic.”

Critics don’t have any answers or solutions. They only specialize in problems.

They are pessimists hopelessly drawn to what is wrong with things and what is wrong with people. Their expertise is steeped in stagnation and the negative.  They do not show or demonstrate how nor do they really understand why.

“Be Wary Of The Oasis When One Is Lost In The Desert.”

“Be Wary Of The Oasis When One Is Lost In The Desert.”

When we are at our lowest, we must be our most cautious. We are fighting for our survival while our enemies are envisioning our demise and believing it is inevitable. Any wrong move we make could tip the scale in their favor and make it game over.

The help that we wish for usually does not come as perfectly as we imagine. If it does, it usually is a trick, or a trap to further ensnare us or hammer the final nail into our coffins.

"When Few Things Are Certain, Cling To The Certainty Of One's Tenacity And Resilience"

"When Few Things Are Certain, Cling To The Certainty Of One's Tenacity And Resilience"

We can never be truly certain about someone else or their commitment to help us. Regardless of who they might be, friends, family members, or even spouses, commitment or dedication is often relegated to situations or circumstances despite the best intentions.

Everyone has their limits, particularly when intervening or extending one’s self on another person’s behalf or when there is risk, sacrifice or cost involved. Love, selflessness, or goodwill does not change this.

“When Negativity Is Epidemic, Inoculate One’s Self With Hope.”

“When Negativity Is Epidemic, Inoculate One’s Self With Hope.”

People are generally negative because it’s easier and requires no belief, no thought, and ultimately, no vision.

They can’t see anything better or anything good in their present or even in the near future. In their minds, ironically, they are especially cursed or doomed since they believe they are the only ones who have ever faced their particular challenges.

“Courage Is The Intrinsic Ingredient In The Recipe Of Resilience.”

“Courage Is The Intrinsic Ingredient In The Recipe Of Resilience.”

When one has fallen or feels defeated, we are lost and the road back is a treacherous one.  According to Shakespeare, we were the tragic hero, who was defeated by our own tragic flaw.  To return, it will take the form of a rebirth.  We are Lazarus, and even Osiris, having to come together after being conquered and torn into pieces.

 

Welcome to Words by Webb


        For me, my writing has always been necessary, necessary like the needs for food, drink, sex and shelter. It has sustained me through joy, sadness, rage, struggle, triumph and even redemption. It is where I first discovered the power of my voice when none would listen elsewhere, where I confronted and conquered my demons when their distractions opposed my goals, where I explored seduction and offered praise of lovemaking when women aroused my spirit as much as my body, and ultimately, where I found consolation and solace from heartbreak and loss.

        Beyond my personal reward, it is where I am urged to proclaim the truth in all its beauty as well as in all its ugliness. From offering inspiration and motivation through personal experience and revelation to raging against the injustices of the world to coerce awareness and change, my words are meant to be purposeful and transformative.

        While my commentary, books, spoken word & quotations explore a range of subjects and themes, I ultimately hope you are entertained, challenged and inspired, but most importantly, driven to return and read more.

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