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Yes Man theatrical release poster

My last post reminded me of this great movie I watched a while back, “Yes Man.” It stars Jim Carrey as a habitual pessimist and recluse, always saying “No” to anything outside of his comfort zone, not because his days are already jam-packed with happenings and life, but because he is accustomed to living in a rut.

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Goldfish bowl

Have you amazed at many scenes
Of old and past, of things routine?

Like when you’ve made four turns toward right
To gaze at naught with much delight?
Or, one leg fixed, exclaimed “How pretty!”
From whirling thus a full three-sixty?
Or raked with eyes ’til you have captured
Your very own house and been enraptured?
So thought you were alone in this,
But such is life to golden fish.

–A. T. Bui

Zombies. Always eating the same food (brains). Working the same job (stalking the living). Hanging out with the same people at the same place (fellow zombies at the graveyard).

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A watch and coins

Time and money is on everyone’s lips, and if you’re not paying attention, you’ll soon find yourself with neither time on your hands nor money in your pocket. Fortunately, there is a powerful tool that can protect these scarcest of resources. This tool will neither take up any of your time nor cost you any money to acquire. It is free and instantly available to anyone who has the courage to wield it. This tool is nothing more and nothing less than the ability to say “No.”

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A river of faith begins

Hope is a strong emotion, but it is also inconstant. On one day you may feel ready to take on the world, to do whatever it takes to get what you want. On the next, you may feel helpless, powerless to effect the kind of tough changes essential to your success. A single mishap can eject hope right out of your psyche, necessitating further self-excavation to uncover a new source. If none is found, people are often seen resorting to prayer. Because hope resides within the conscious mind, it is susceptible to vicissitudes of circumstance and fluctuations in mood. It is fickle, unreliable, and whimsical.

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Hajime no Ippo cover

“Not everyone who works hard is rewarded, however all those who succeed have worked hard!”
-Kamogawa

Ok, it’s not quite a movie; it’s anime, but it’s my favorite one. Hajime no Ippo or “The First Step,” is a story about ascending rank in the world of professional boxing. Like many works of fiction, the hero, Ippo in this case, is endowed with a unique gift. He is able to sustain an extraordinary amount of damage to punches before going down, certainly a useful attribute in boxing, but hardly the be-all and end-all. At the same time, he is constrained by a short arm reach, a handicap that he must compensate for throughout his pugilistic career.

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A hammock between palm trees

My aim in writing is to stimulate the mind, rouse the heart, and stir the spirit. I want you to pursue your passions obsessively and unswervingly so that you may fulfill your every dream and desire. Working towards such ends may not always feel like work, so take care not to overextend yourself. Set aside time each day for rest. A talk with a friend and a leisurely stroll is preferable to facebook and “Angry Birds”. A relaxing shower is preferable to a beer (no matter how cold and refreshing it may be). And go to bed early enough to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep. I prefer 9 myself :)

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An old-style typewriter

The following is a letter I wrote to a friend a while back. I never sent it, but I’m sharing it now because I feel it applies to pretty much anyone who is having trouble moving forward in their lives.
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You will never be able to move forward with your life if you are still stuck in the past. Stop replaying old memories. Stop hanging onto old habits. I know it’s painful, but you must always move forward with your life. Never backwards.

Never regret the decisions you’ve made. Given your emotional state and level of knowledge at that time, you made the best decision you could have possibly made. Make peace with it. Remind yourself why you took this path instead of the other one. Now look forward and take a step. Don’t look over your shoulder in regret and nostalgia. Chin up. Eyes at the horizon. And keep walking.

Love

A. T. Bui

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