A 2020 Year-Ender WordPress Blog.
“He who has a why to live can bear any how.”Nietzsche
In just a day, 2020 will end. And there’s just a lot that happened. Social injustices, natural catastrophes, and deaths of millions of people due to the pandemic and many more. I have never thought thay in my lifetime, human progress would be delayed in a global scale.
This 2020 is not really the year of achievement. But, it doesn’t mean this year can be an excuse to never have a will to grow. It is always okay to set-up small goals and achieve small victories despite any situation than to never try anything at all.
Beginning this year, I set up a goal to read a book per month. A simple goal that is realistically doable. And, WordPress become my platform to share my reflections and stories that I hope can make the world—my world and my reader’s—a little better.
So I am sharing with you my humble achievement—the 12 books I read in 2020—along with a short quote/s from each book.
“Space in itself has no existence; it enables everything else to exist.”
“Every night can be a reminder that we are more than the sum of our successes and failures, that beyond all our struggling and our rushing there is a stillness that is available to us, that comes from a place deeper and more ancient than the unending noise that surrounds us.”
“It would be impossible to accept naturalism itself if we really and consistently believed naturalism. For naturalism is a system of thought. But for naturalism all thoughts are mere events with irrational causes. It is, to me at any rate, impossible to regard the thoughts which make up naturalism in that way and, at the same time, to regard them as a real insight into external reality. Bradley distinguished idea-event from idea-making, but naturalism seems to me committed to regarding ideas simply as events. For meaning is relation of a wholly new kind, as remote, as mysterious, as opaque to empirical study, as soul itself.”
“For, really, the naturalistic conclusion is unbelievable. For one thing, it is only through trusting our own minds that we have come to know Nature herself. If Nature when fully known seems to teach us (that is, if the sciences teach us) that our own minds are chance arrangements of atoms, then there must have been some mistake; for if that were so, then the sciences themselves would be chance arrangements of atoms and we should have no reason for believing in them.”
“Nothing is enough for the man whom enough is too little.”
“Who is there who would wish to be surrounded by all the riches in the world and enjoy every abundance in life and yet not love or be loved by anyone?”
“Emotional intelligence: abilities such as being able to motivate oneself and persist in the face of frustrations; to control impulse and delay gratification; to regulate one’s moods and keep the distress from swamping the ability to think; to empathize and to hope.”
“There are hundreds and hundreds of ways to succeed, and many, many different abilities that will help you get there.”
“Hope is to believe you have both the will and the way to accomplish your goals, whatever they may be.”
“Worry is, in a sense, a rehearsal of what might go wrong and how to deal with it; the task of worrying is to come up with positive solutions for life’s perils by anticipating dangers before they arise.”
“Every art, and every science reduced to a teachable form and in like manner every action and moral choice, aims, it is thought, at some good: for which reason a common and by no means a bad description of the Chief Good is, “that which all things aim at.”
“They who act on compulsion and against their will do so with pain; but they who act by reason of what is pleasant or honourable act with pleasure.”
“Virtues we get by first performing single acts of working: men come to be builders, for instance, by building…”
“The moral choice cannot be right independently of Practical Wisdom and Moral Goodness; because this gives the right End, that causes the doing these things which conduce to the End.”
“Approach Each Task As If It Is Your Last.”
“Even if you were destined to live three thousand years, or ten times that long, nevertheless remember that no one loses any life other than the one he lives, or lives any life other than the one he loses.”
“No more wandering. Hurry then to the end, abandon vain hopes, rescue yourself, if you have any care for yourself, while the opportunity is still there.”
“No action would be undertaken without aim or other than I conformity with a principle affirming the art of life.”
“All things have their beginning and their end in accordance with it.”
“When you are distressed by an external thing, it’s not the thing itself that troubles you, but only your judgment of it.”
“All things are in a process of change. You yourself are subject to constant alteration and gradual decay. So too is the whole universe.”
“The moral landscap – a space of real and potential outcomes whose peaks correspond ro the heights of potential well-being and whose valleys represent the deepest possible suffering. Different ways of thinking and behaving – different cultural practices, ethical codes, modes of government, etc. – will translate into movements across this landscape and, therefore, into different degrees of human flourishing.”
“We tend to think that if we desire something, it is probably something we ought not to want or to have. But think about it: without desire we would never get up in the morning. We would never have ventured beyond the front door. We would never have read a book or learned something new. No desire means no life, no growth, no change.”
“The way of Ignatius is about finding freedom: the freedom to become the person you are meant to be…”
“Can you surrender to the future that God has in store for you?”
“It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it.”
“Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested.”
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitudes in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
“But happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue. One must have reason to be happy. Once the reason is found, however, one becomes happy automatically.”
“When we are no longer able to change a situation—just think of an incurable disease such as inoperable cancer—we are challenged to change ourselves.”
“Everyone knows they are going to die but nobody believes it. If we did, we would do things differently.”
“There are some mornings when I cry and cry and mourn for myself. Some morning, I’m so angry and bitter. But it doesn’t last too long. Then I get up and say, ‘I want to live. . . .’”
“If you are trying to show off for people at the top, forget it. They will look down at you anyhow. And if you are trying to show off for people at the bottom, forget it. They will only envy you. Status will get you nowhere.”
“We put our values in the wrong things. And it leads to very disillusioned lives.”
“Devote yourself to loving others,
devote yourself to your community around you,
and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”
How about you, what is that little or big thing you somehow managed to accomplish this year?
Do not think there is none. Because the fact you are reading this, it means you are safe and alive. To be alive and still have a chance to spend time with your loved ones is already an accomplishment.
And whatever you have been through this year, I really mean to wish you a GOOD and BETTER 2021!
To end my 2020 WordPress blogging career (lol), I would like to thank WordPress for letting me use its platform to share my stories and reflections through which my sanity is kept intact.
Also, I would like to mention and thank the 1217 people who viewed my blogs, 731 visitors, 195 likers, 50 commenters, and 353 amazing people around the world who followed my WordPress blog site.
In 2021, let us continue to share our stories and reflection to make the world a little better.