Monday, March 31, 2008

No Rain, No Rainbows

When I went to Hawaii a few years ago, the experience helped me cleanse of negativities I was carrying inside. How can one be so angry when surrounded by one of the most breath-taking spots on this planet?

One of the shirts I carried away with me has a back-side that I rarely pay attention to, since it's becoming older and I've used it as a tie-dye sample, but the advice on the back needs attention to it. I want to share those with you now.

Kimo's Maui Rules

1. Never judge a day by the weather.
2. The best things in life aren't things.
3. Tell the truth--there's less to remember.
4. Speak softly and wear a loud shirt.
5. Goals are deceptive--the unaimed arrow never misses.
6. He who dies with the most toys still dies.
7. Age is relative--when you're over the hill, you pick up speed.
8. There are two ways to be rich--make more or desire less.
9. Beauty is internal--looks mean nothing.
10. No rain--no rainbows.

I love that philosophy: no rain, no rainbows. It's the tagline that drew me to the shirt. Without the bad things that happen to us in life, we cannot grow and learn. The sports team that always wins is most vulnerable. They aren't used to defeat and have not prepared themselves for it. They sit on a high pedastal, and in my opinion, will be the easiest to conquer if you pose a good threat. Without the rain, the bad times, we cannot learn because we haven't been there. We haven't tasted harm; it hasn't been thrown in our faces for us to deal with. But after the rain, we always have a rainbow, a gleam of light which teaches us a lesson. Be it a year, a month, or a day, the rainbow will come. Just be patient.

Do you have any phrases that you live by like the ones above? Which phrase do you agree with the most or do you live by entirely?


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Anonymous said...

Iam an Indonesian and love travelling. I did work as a waiter, travelling around the world, just after I finished my study at university. That was my first adventure.
Some years afterward I saw this film "Motorcycle diary." It was so inpsiring. I have a dream to also travel Latin America, as what Che Guevera did!