цветы необычайной красоты
translation: “flowers of unusual beauty”
<note: these words are pulled from a random piece of Russian poetry … or maybe a very old song … I am not sure which … in which the full line is “and in the neutral zone … flowers of unusual beauty …” … it is a metaphorical reference to the beauty of fragile freedom that lies within the space between old West Germany and East Germany>
translation: “strong … inner strength”
I selected these two to talk about character.
And to spend a minute on what lies within each of us … and the secret to Life.
Well. I had to pick up a copy of The Secret in order to have a quasi intelligent conversation with a friend of mine <I will probably do a separate post on The Secret … and ask my friend to not read it>.
Suffice it to say I believe, despite what the books says, there is no one secret to Life <in fact … I wrote something a while back on this … http://brucemctague.com/no-secret-to-life>.
The secret actually is finding the key that unlocks your own inner strength, or inner character or inner passion … or <to keep with the thought> … the key that opens the door to your own flowers of unusual beauty.
Yup. The secret is finding the flowers of unusual beauty that lie within your own walls and give them freedom to prosper in the light of day.
The secret is finding your ‘mashkawizii’ … the strength that lies within you.
And this is a very personal individualist thing.
It is not a formula and most likely not replicable <therefore I cannot write a book telling anyone what the ‘one thing’ is>.
Which makes this topic tough.
Because Life can be really really tough on us.
Relentless in fact.
But inside everyone … and, yes, I mean everyone … there is a flower of unusual beauty and strength.
No book will tell you the secret to unlocking it.
I kind of even doubt a person can tell you the secret to unlocking it.
Only one person has the key … yup … yourself.
I am not suggesting this is easy … nor do I believe you always get it right the first time. Because sometimes it gets pretty dark inside as doubts & insecurities cluster around like shadows following closely on your footsteps as you look in the corners for what you seek. In addition it is kind of like a Rubiks cube of shifting thoughts and ideas inside you as you experience things. All of it makes this difficult … but I imagine secrets to life wouldn’t be easy if they were actually worthwhile to figure out.
Oh. And sometimes you find people who just don’t believe they have this inner strength or flower of beauty.
I feel very very safe in giving this one piece of advice … if you run into one of these people … stop … and tell them they are wrong. 100% wrong.
It is there.
They just haven’t recognized it yet.
But. Everyone has it.
No matter how hard Life has been … and hardened the walls of doubts, despair and disappointments … within your walls there remains … well … цветы необычайной красоты … a flower of unusual beauty.
Mashkawizii or цветы необычайной красоты … it is within you and worth finding.
I call it character <probably because I am neither Ojibwe nor Russian>.
While The Secret suggests happiness <or ‘attitude’> is the key to life & success … well … I cannot guarantee that for you if you focus on my thought.
What I can guarantee is that your happy’s will be really good and meaningful because they are a reflection of what is within. Your happy moments will always be full & have depth.
And I think I can guarantee <this is not a price back guarantee though> that your un-happy’s will be liveable. They won’t kill you. Maybe better said … you will have the mashkawizii to be strong and hold on <without losing yourself in the process> until Life decides to move along to the next phase. Like I suggested on happy moments <full> … in the darkest unhappy moments you will never completely empty.
But that is just what I think.
And please do not tell me a book can give you the secret to Life.
<update here because someone reminded me I was a little harsh on The Secret>.
Now. While I just said I do not want anyone telling me a book can give you “the secret” to Life … I will add <and I am very consistent on this> … I do not believe people should foolishly and blindly pursue ‘get rich fast’ tricks to Life but I also believe that people need to do what they need to do to get through Life.
So … if The Secret gets you closer to where you want to go … use it.
Heck. Use any book <I suggest the Bible, Torah or Koran provides a nice possible foundation to start with> that helps you. Be smart about it … but do what you gotta do to get your head straight.