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Without chaos,

there would be no order.

Without wrongdoing,

no righteousness.

Become lost,

then you can find your place.

Break down in sorrow,

and you open the door to joy.

Existence is really just waves in an ocean.

The higher the peaks,

the lower the valleys.

Lasting peace is found in calm waters.

One of the most useful, undeniable patterns I’ve noticed in daily life is that some of my best days – the ones spent on top of the world, with a sharp mind, a quick wit, energy and stamina to spare – come immediately after my worst, most sluggish, most timid days, and vice versa. Some of my most joyous moments come shortly after recovering from heartache, the death of a loved one, or some other negative occurrence that sweeps me down into those deep valleys. The trick is to balance the ups and downs. With careful meditation, mindfulness, and time, we can balance out the waves of joy and sorrow, pain and pleasure, right and wrongdoing, and find an even balance. So, what do you think? Are we rewarded for our pain and punished for our pleasure? I believe the secret is in the moderation of each.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Ilya Horatio says:

    Jack, knocking out of the park once again!
    Top notch quality post.
    “Rewarded for pain, punished for pleasure.”
    Pain takes many shapes and forms: mental, physical… Pain is when you wake up and spend 10 hours of your day doing what you hate. Pain of undergoing tough life challenges.
    If you know not pain, then you are an insensitive, dull being. You just don’t get it. Too much pain and we crumble, the roof caves in. Too little pain and it’s like meh man, not teaching you anything.
    Too little pleasure and unhappiness smolders within us. Too much pleasure and we become addicted to it, craving for more all the time. It’s all in the balance, just as you said.

    PS I’m glad you started using many single tags. Yet, there was a mistake on my part and I didn’t mention little something. If you want to get exposure on Reader, make sure you don’t include more than 15 tags (12 is a somewhat safe amount), or else your post is considered spammy. From wordpress.com support:

    “However, you don’t want irrelevant content showing up on the topic listings or search, and neither do we. That’s why we limit the number of tags and categories that can be used on a public tag listing. Five to 15 tags (or categories, or a combination of the two) is a good number to add to each of your posts”

    https://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/tags/

    Please understand that I am not trying to pick on you or anything. Tags thingie is something that necessitates some explaining in order to move your blog in the right direction. More exposure = more comments = more discussion = more fun = more posts from you.
    I do similar help comments on the blogs I enjoy reading, whose authors are still not aware of some tiny yet important rules, such as tags.

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    1. Jack Ritchie says:

      Thank you again Ilya. I openly accept your advice, and do not feel picked on at all, ahah! It’s a good thing you’re doing – helping others get traffic to their blog while maintaining your own. I also enjoy your interpretations of my posts, just wanted you to know that. I’m not sure if the tags are working or not but I’ll find out soon I’m sure. Trying to stick to less, more relevant tags. Retaking old posts,using hash tags.

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      1. Ilya Horatio says:

        Thank you for your words, Jack!

        If I enjoy someone’s blog and I see that he / she can do little somethings to increase their traffic, get more feedback, I advise them how they can go about these very little things so that I will have the pleasure of reading more posts more frequently from them 🙂 And it just feels right to do so (karmically speaking). It doesn’t take that much time on my part. It’s a win-win.

        I guess I’ll take something from your post and put it in my haiku, all the while not forgetting to give you due credit 🙂

        As for the tags, yes, stick to the most relevant and be sure not to overkill it with more than 15 tags. More than 15 and your post doesn’t show up in Reader, which is, well, not that great :-0

        Looking forward to more posts from you, Jack!

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