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Reflections (10/5/2013)

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This morning, like a lot of other mornings, I woke up and wanted to talk to my loved ones that have already passed on. To be honest, this is not something that makes me sad or angry, just a reality for someone that has said goodbye to a lot of people over a relatively short life. It’s a reality that has taught me about mortality, dreams, friendship, appreciating the here and now, and the importance of not wasting moments. Through this reality, I have learned the importance of every single breath, of every interaction, of passionately pursuing my dreams from the time I wake up (God Willing/Insha’Allah) until I rest my head at night, and of you. This reality has helped me to move away from the idea of the American dream and toward God’s purpose. It has taught me to stop counting on tomorrow’s and to quit assuming I’ll have another chance to make it right. Most importantly, it has taught me passion.

When you sit down with me, when we communicate in passing, when you read what I’ve written or watch how I’m living, I hope the thing you see is someone who is passionate about friendship, about using my gifts to help someone, about life, and about love.

Why do I share this? I share this so that you can understand what I’ve come to understand. We have been given but a few ticks on the clock of eternity to achieve an infinite amount of dreams and to express an infinite amount of love; we don’t have a single breath to waste on the bullshit.

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Dumb

Sometimes you have to be dumb enough to keep trying even when logic is begging you to give up. Let’s be honest; logic is based on reality, reality is based on what the mind can comprehend, and the mind can only comprehend a small fraction of our infinite possibilities. So instead of focusing on our reality, or being handcuffed by our doubt and fear, we have to learn to focus on our truth. Our truth is, we can always go just beyond the furthest place that we can imagine; if we are dumb enough to keep trying even when our logic is begging us to give up. ~ Sean King

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What My Math Teacher Taught Me

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I received some of my best advice on life from a math teacher, and I believe the shortage of good math, science, and engineering teachers is a big part of the reason our society is so screwed up today.

What was the advice? Show your work. In math when you tried to take a shortcut, you always ended up making a careless mistake that led you to a wrong answer. The worst part, when you didn’t show your work you couldn’t even retrace your steps to find out where the mistake was made and you never knew how close you were to understanding how to solve the problem.

Life is the same way. When you take a shortcut, you make a careless mistake and end up with bad results. Somewhere along the way you get lost and don’t know how to get back on track. Because you’re looking for the quick answer you miss out on the opportunity to gain the knowledge of diligently taking the steps to get to where you’re going.

What did the good math teachers teach me about life? They taught me to show my work, be patient enough to work through the problem, believe you can do it, and don’t take any shortcuts if you want to maximize your outcomes. ~ Sean King