300 Word Memories #9 – Taking Things For Granted

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Zy Marquiez
May 3, 2017

Life has many intricacies that make it worth living.  It is in these intricacies, these auspicious moments that life seems to take a rather unique flavor.  Every day presents a new journey, every hour offers a new possibility, every moment is a gift to be had and appreciated.

As life begins ticking down the seconds, minutes, and days of our lives, and we get wrapped up in our daily routines, it’s easy to forget how precious and unique each of our lives is.  These leads to many people, myself included, to begin taking things for granted.

For example, one thing many people tend to take for granted is health.  People tend to think that because they seem healthy, they are healthy.  And then, ‘out of nowhere’ a diagnosis with a serious chronic disease hits them, utterly blind-siding them.  Whether the disease is cancer, diabetes, heart disease, MS, or something else, diseases don’t come out of nowhere.  This happens because the body has stopped being at-ease, and now is in a state of dis-ease.

While it seems obvious, things that seem to be common sense these days get overlooked all the time, which makes me believe that common sense is not so common, which is why I call it [un]common sense quite a bit.

I become disheartened seeing these events take place because we live in an age where people know more than any other age in history, and yet ignorance is more rampant than ever, especially ignorance about health.

If people take health for granted, which is arguably the most precious thing in life, what else are they taking for granted?

I am only ruminating here, particularly because I’ve been there, as many of you have as well.  That said, after being hospitalized half a dozen times and spending months in the hospital, I quit taking my health for granted.  This is also a reason why I share a lot of natural and alternative health information in this blog.

What I have learned is that there’s two ways we as individuals go through life.  We either contribute to a positive state of being in every single way, for ourselves, and others, which affects our heart, mind, body, and soul.  Or we contribute to a negative state.  Each and every single choice we make contributes to one of these two states, and there really is no in between.  There’s no half-way to healthy.  An individual is either healthy, or they aren’t.  Moreover, the combined net effects of these choices, hopefully positive contributions, will have a compound effect.   Having better health, helps your mind, body, and allows you to be in a better state of awareness.  When we have a clear mind, it is easier to make high quality decisions about all aspects in life.  The same goes for everything else.  Unfortunately, the opposite is also true.

Ultimately, life is about the quality of choices we make.  If we carry out high-quality decisions in life, we will have high quality results.  If we make poor-quality choices in life, we will have poor quality results.  It’s that simple.

That being said, for me, after almost having a dance with the reaper, choosing whether to be healthy or not wasn’t even a choice.  If I wanted to live a healthy meaningful and fulfilling life, I had to do everything possible and be proactive rather than reactive as I had been in the past.

No more taking things for granted, especially important things.  I am not going to become a statistic.

My only hope is that more people realize what they take for granted before it’s too late.  Lucky for me, I was able to re-steer the ship of my life into a new direction.  Unfortunately many do not have that opportunity.

We are the choices we make, and the totality of this accrues for better or worse, but in the end, we are in control, each and every single one of us.  Knowing that, let’s be cognizant and make high quality decisions every single day.

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Zy Marquiez is an avid book reviewer, researcher, an open-minded skeptic, yogi, humanitarian, and freelance writer who studies and mirrors regularly subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, The Individual, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.

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300 Word Memories #1 – Growth

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Zy Marquiez
February 24, 2017

Earlier today it became known to me, through the expertise of John Taylor Gatto that decades ago Harvard used to require students in the liberal arts department to write 300 word passages in order to hone their writing skills.  The effect of this was phenomenal, and was noted years after this particular generation of graduates made their way into the workforce.

Gatto noted that those individual students who were exposed to such an idea and who were urged to execute it correctly found growth as writers that nobody could have even fathomed.

In small part, this idea can be corroborated by me, to a certain extent, through my work in reviewing books.

Nigh three years ago my skillset in writing reviews was average at best.  Although this fact was known to me, it didn’t deter me to attempt to grow as a writer/reviewer at the time.  Naturally, the only option that seemed reasonable at the time was to write more, and do more reviews.  At the time, admittedly, it seemed rather simplistic.  However, we all know how much we learned by doing, so it didn’t seem like it was such a bad idea.

Now, a handful of years later, it’s been quite the journey in being able to grow as a writer/blogger in many ways and be able to relate my ideas in a much more incisive and cogent fashion.  Realizing this a few months ago, it was rather inspiring because, having seen a few of my older reviews, it became quite apparent that not only my suspicion of my work being ‘so-so’ of the past correct, but my suspicion of growth through using the mirror of time – the past – also helped me glean some satisfaction in the fact that the hard work was paying off, even if at times it seems rather sluggish.

Having gone through this mental growth-spurt of sorts, am appreciative of having this obstacle be in my path, and in choosing to make it an opportunity for a jump off point, because it’s helped me grow in more ways than would have seemed possible in the past.

In any case, may the next obstacle opportunity on my path be sizeable, because the growth experienced from immense obstacles opportunities is much greater than that experience gained from smaller ones.

May you always be ironclad in your passions, and relentless in your resolve.

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