Our duty is to encourage every one in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth. ~ Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)
I am an independent columnist, armed with nothing but pen, paper, a laptop, and an ultimate purpose to improve the lives of countless others around me.
I strive for optimism, because that is exactly what this world so desperately needs, from age to age and generation to generation. Pessimism plagues our world, and so people strive for hope and truth, as Indian guru Swami Vivekananda has so beautifully stated; and in a world where people are searching for small rays of hope and brighter futures, sometimes, you just have to look no further than inside you and above you.
The answer may actually be what lies in your heart, soul and mind–and that is what I strive for too.
I strive to find practical solutions and offer practical advice on how to improve, first, yourself, and second, the world…or at least, that is the goal and the dream: how to make your dreams a real reality.
I hope and pray that you’ll somehow be inspired to make a difference and take that painstaking first step to be the change, “to be a number three person”, as my now former high school teacher Jaime Richards would say.
Now, the easy part is for me to say, “Go do something that will mutually benefit yourself and others” (i.e. find a passion) and then passing it on. The hard part is actually doing it.
I find my passions in writing, reading, and thinking about the secrets of the universe–of life–and somehow using my brain to put all of these conglomerated ideas into practice.
So dare to dream. Dream your wildest dreams. You can climb the highest mountain. You can drown in a teacup, if you find a big enough teacup. And if somebody tells you that you can’t do something, you say, ‘Yes, I can. ‘Cause I’m doing it right now!’
~ Barry (Steve Carell) in Dinner for Schmucks (2010)
And now…I live out my thoughts on what it takes to make this world a better place to live in, and I can only hope that you will be inspired too.
J. Chen the Columnist