If it doesn’t make sense, then it won’t make dollars. People are almost always going to gravitate to the things they better understand. That goes for buying things like a new phone that’s easier to use versus a complex one. It goes for relationships with someone that is clear with their intentions versus someone who is confusing or play games. And it goes for everything inbetween. It’s a really valuable asset to be understandable in the grand scheme of life. Mystery might catch a lot of people’s initial attention but without some understanding that interest will surely fade.
Things that make sense in a quick and concise way are usually widely loved. This is evident in something as simple as quotes. Quotes have pretty much been used to convey information since the beginning of time. You can share a powerful piece of information in a short, digestable manner. And many times a good quote will stick in people’s minds forever and be shared around the globe. We should always be on the lookout for great, sensible pieces of information like quotes. You’d be surprised how impactful a good sensible thought can be in your life, if you actually remember it. So what’s the most sensible thing you’ve ever heard someone say?
Here’s my thoughts on what is the most sensible thing I’ve ever heard someone say.
First of all, I have taken the time to be more cognizant of the things that people say around me. I’ve started listening more intently to what people tell me and what they are truly try to convey. And while everyone might not be booksmart, it’s clear that everyone has very novel ways of seeing things. I’ve learned so much just by listening to the thoughts and ideas of others. It could be my brother telling me his approach to becoming a famous rapper one day. Or it could be a stranger telling me why they think the world is going to end at the end of the year. I protect my mind with everything I have. But I must also seek out new and empowering information for it to digest. I couldn’t choose one so here are a few of the most sensible things I’ve heard before.
My cousin and I were on the balcony of our rental home looking at the ocean. It was beautiful seeing the beautiful waves of the Jamaican beaches push and pull at night. He was getting ready to smoke his next roll of weed. I thought it was interesting that he was getting ready to smoke late in the night like this. We were both probably going to go sleep in the next hour anyway. But then I told I actually understood because everyone else was smoking pretty much twenty four seven as well. And then he looked up at me with the calmest face and said, “I smoke to get high. They smoke to stay high.” And it hit me like a brick wall. Some things we do in life to enjoy ourselves every once in a while. That’s fine. But you’re much past the line of addiction when you’re no longer seeking enjoyment but rather avoiding normalcy.
Those few words really blew my mind that night. And I will always remember the life lesson he taught me. Another crazy snippet of knowledge I remember was from a video I saw. I was watching a video on social development and picking up women. The speaker was a well accomplished guy named Tyler but most people called him RSDTyler. In the middle of the speech he started talking about the importance of taking control of your life. He was explaining to the hundred plus guys in attendance that you’ll never accomplish your true goals if you don’t take responsiblity for achieving them. Then to drive the point home he looked across the whole crowd and said, “If you don’t have an agenda for yourself, you’re on somebody else’s agenda.” And it made so much sense, I immediately wrote it down.
I remember a different time where I was really impressed with something someone said. I was hanging out with my friend DeAsia and we were talking about all kinds of random things. We usually didn’t have the deepest of conversations but rather discussed whatever she’s been dealing with at work or home. This time the conversation strayed into the past. We started talking about the mistakes she made in the past and how she planned on doing better. I was really intrigued to hear her thoughts because I didn’t think she ever cared to be perfect. And as a response to one of my statements she quickly said, “We’re humans. Don’t expect excellence. Expect growth.” And it never hit me like that before. It doesn’t matter where you are or started, so long as you are getting better.
Those are all great things that I have heard with my own two ears. I might not have heard all those golden pieces of nugget in person, but I definitely heard them. And they’re all really powerful things that I try to remember and implement in my own life. But they aren’t the most sensible thing I’ve ever heard to date. Maybe some of them were at some point before. But right now, the most sensible thing I’ve ever heard is something my older cousin told me when we were having a heart to heart last year. We were talking about business, goals, and our overall ambitions. And I was telling him how I felt discouraged at times because I’ve been working so hard but see no real results. And that’s when he blew my mind by saying…”You can’t reap and sow in the same season.”
That one little saying absolutely shattered my mind. He followed it up by asking, “Why do we expect returns today for work done today?”. And he was completely right. We’re all in such a hurry to reap great benefits in life. We want all the admiration. We want all the money. We want all the luxury. We want all the freedom. We want it all. And we want it now. But it doesn’t make sense. You can’t reap your rewards until you sow your seed. And those two things happen in two different seasons. We have to seperate them in our minds. When it is time to sow, we should sow as best we can. And when it is time to reap, we will see the fruits of our labor. But we can never reap and sow our seeds in the same season. Be patient and do the work now. I remember viewing life completely differently that day. That is the most sensible thing I’ve ever heard someone say.
Thank you for always sharing your priceless knowledge and perspective on the world with me TK!