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Notes on My Fridge: Success Is...

Rae Hering

I like to keep little notes on my fridge to help me be mindful and reflective throughout the day. Here's a quote by American humorist Evan Esar that I've been thinking about:

 
This little quote came with a beautiful  Judith Bright  necklace I got as a present.

This little quote came with a beautiful Judith Bright necklace I got as a present.

 

I'm mulling over how different, yet connected, the terms success and good fortune are. To me, success conjures notions of hard work and determination to reach a sought-after goal. Good fortune makes me think of happy accidents and favorable circumstances we all wish would fall into our laps. 

Oh, so many times I've been envious of people that just "seem lucky" while I grumble to myself about how I have to pull myself up from my bootstraps and keep my chin up...LOL!! Haven't we all had thoughts like this?? The thing is, hard work and luck go hand in hand; the more perspiration we put into our aspirations, the more lucky breaks we seem to come by.

Now, I've heard some people say they don't believe in luck, or at least that they don't need it. As long as we put the effort in we get results back, right? While I would love to believe that I'm in 100% control of my destiny I think Evan Esar's quote reminds me that that's not entirely true. In fact, the things in life that we can't control are often our most important motivators. Desperation can lead us, albeit painfully, to stumble upon serendipitous inspiration!

Easier said then done, for sure. But I figure with all the times I open my fridge in a day it'll start to sink in :)  

Notes on My Fridge - The Gray is OK

Rae Hering

I write notes on my fridge to help me stay mindful throughout the day.  Lately, I've been contemplating that "the gray is OK."

“The gray” means questioning what others believe and your own beliefs.  It means living with indecision and uncertain outcomes.  It means feeling constant contradiction, and most likely being misunderstood for that.

When I was in high school, I wrote a poem about taking a black and white photo of the world.  Instead of having a crisp, well-defined B&W aesthetic, my photo turned out gray.  It was a metaphor for the murky color of our current society’s morality. 

My vantage point has significantly changed over the years of experiencing those murky shades and hues of this world.  Where at one time I loftily looked down upon this gray world through my metaphorical camera lens, I now am looking much more closely at the gray within myself.

This is because I don’t always know what I believe.  Or rather, I see multiple sides to an issue, which may lead to multiple beliefs.

The black and white mindset tells us that if we are not white, then we must be black because…what other option do we have in a dualistic world?  Do you like cats or don’t you?  Are you a republican or a democrat?  Do you believe in God or are you a non-believer?  From the small considerations to the really big ones, even when we’re told to question beliefs there is usually an expectation that we must land on one side or the other eventually. 

What if living in the gray is an acceptable place to be?

The point I’m trying to make is certainly NOT that we should be opinion-less.  On the contrary, it is to be comfortable with having multiple opinions simultaneously.  It is to question our own beliefs and to consider that our beliefs may, someday, even change.  Mine certainly have!