Dear Reader,

Everyone always says that you should never take life for granted and as cliche as that sounds it is something that is near and dear to my heart.  I was adopted from China when I was six months old and I can never imagine how different my life would have been had I stayed there.  Each time a negative thought comes into my head I think about how I really cannot complain because my life is not bad at all.  Compared to millions of other people living in poverty and third world countries we in America are really very fortunate. 

In addition to living in the moment I also feel that a person should never regret their words or lack thereof.  I am a very opinionated person and I find that people are more willing to listen to what I have to say when I consider how they will react when I tell them.  I am also a Taylor Swift fan and her new album, "Speak Now", is about all of the words she did not say when the opportunity was there.  In the background she says, "...Saying the right thing at the right moment is beyond crucial. So crucial, in fact, that most of us start to hesitate, for fear of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. But lately what I've begun to fear more than that is letting the moment pass without saying anything."  Take this into consideration when you live your life.  When you get old do you want to think about what MAY have happened or what DID.  Whether it is good or bad it is always best to take that risk even if it means getting hurt.  In a quote from Dale Carnegie's Scrapbook, "Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes the furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare."

You may be wondering why I chose to represent my personal philosophy in the form of a blog.  I felt that a blog is a very good way to apply this philosophy to your lifestyle.  Blogs allow you to share your thoughts to the world and is sort of like writing a story of your life.  They also allow you to post whatever you what whenever through email, text, and such.  This allows you to share any thoughts you may have without the fear of judgement because people might not ever read what you say.  What I am trying to get at, is that a blog is like an electronic journal and therefore a good way to display my philosophy.

When I apply this principle to my own life I find that everything tends to feel better.  Even when I am disappointed or let down I know that I at least tried and "Those who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed" (Jones). 

Katie W.

Do Not Dwell On The Past Or Future, Instead Live Each Day Like It Is Your Last And Never Regret What Is Said Or Unsaid

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