Some things can only happen when we are persistent enough to let them happen. Just like sincerity can move mountains, persistence can make miracles happen. Sometimes, I feel that certain things can only be seen if I become more patient and never give up easily. I did it once, I persisted in doing that one thing, it was nearly impossible to be done, yet I never gave up. I have failed times and times, but it was something inevitably needed maybe that's why I could not let go easily until it occurred. That was the one time I remember clearly that my persistence and first of all that God has allowed it to happen. I wonder if all things I dream of would be placed before my eyes if I had enough determination and perseverance to allow them to take place? Am I not doing my very best and instead, making enough excuses for myself that I tend to move on quickly and then give up? What if I persist on this one big dream again? What if I never give up until it comes true even if it takes much time?
The amazing world we live in and the vast universe we belong to have the wonders we ought to look for and recognize. The pretty of mountains, lakes, parks and the amazing nature call for our attention to getting our minds and hearts the remedy we seek to overcome our life stress and struggles. Here are ten places of beautiful nature that will take your breath away.
1. Pyramids of Giza and The Sphinx, Egypt
The Three amazing pyramids of the ancient world and The Sphinx that are surviving for nearly 4500 years to represent one of the greatest wonders of the world. Egypt's Pharaohs have built them believing in the afterlife to be their pyramid tombs. They filled them with their treasures they would need to rule again in the next world.
Pharaoh Khufu has built the largest pyramid in Giza which is 147 meters high with nearly 2.3 million stones each weights average of 2.5 to 15 tons. It was built over a period of twenty years. The second pyramid was built by the Pharaoh Khafre who was Khufu's son. Its cemetery included the Sphinx, a spectacular limestone which has a lion-shaped body and the head of a pharaoh which is 20 meters high and 73 meters long. The Sphinx has been deteriorated over time but it was renovated again. It has lost its nose when Napoleon soldiers used it as a target for their practice. And the last pyramid was built by Khafre’s son, Menkaura with a height of 70 meters.
The view of the pyramids and the Sphinx at the sunrise and the sunset is amazing. Watching how huge they are and how much effort needed to complete them makes one really amazed.
2. Tianzi Mountains, China
Tianzi mountain is located in the Wulinyuan Scenic Zhangjiajie City. For people who are addicted to the beauty of nature, they can find inspiration there. Its peak is covered with snow with a view of Sea with clouds and wavelike rocky peaks in the winter. This is one of the places I really want to visit in China. That mountain was formed as a result of rock erosions through millions of years to result in stratified layers which developed different coloring and shape through the time and was incised by water and wind to be seen as weathered and slender towers (some as tall as about 4,100 feet). They look great like big skyscrapers.
3. Victoria Falls, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
One of the most wonderful attractions to Zambia and the largest waterfall in the world with more than hundred meters height and one-kilometer length. It's existed on Zambezi River which is the 4th largest river in Africa as it's located between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
It's named there '' The Smoke Of Thunders'' because the sound of the falls can be heard from 40 kilometers distance and the splash and sprinkles from the water can rise to over 400 meters height and seen from 50 kilometers distance.
They were formed in a zone of crustal faults. On the flow peak, many islands divide the main flow into various divisions. On floods, the flow capacity of water gets half a million liters of water per minute. When it is dry like on October, the water levels drop significantly that people can walk on some parts there, while throughout the year especially on April it becomes at its peak as it is the rainy season there.
4. Boseong County, South Korea
Boseong-gun is a county in South Jeolla province in South Korea. It has large areas of mountains such as Mangil-Bong, Jonje Mountain and Joowol Mountain. There is also Boseong River which flows through the center of Boseong. It is one of the rainiest places in South Korea. It's very popular for its production of high-quality green tea that it is named as the green tea capital of Korea. The scenery there is beautiful and relaxing.
5. Moraine Lake, Canada
It is a lake in Banff National park which is located in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, at an elevation of approximately 6,183 feet. The lake has a surface area of 50 hectares. It reflects the most beautiful and sharp shade of turquoise blue. It is surrounded by amazing mountain peaks that make it even more fantastic.
6. Pamukkale, Turkey
Pamukkale is a town in western Turkey famous for the mineral-rich thermal waters fluxing through white travertine terraces on a nearby hillside. Pamukkale's terraces are made of travertine, a form of limestone deposited by hot springs.
7. Raja Ampat Islands, Indonesia
Raja Ampat, or the Four Kings, is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands, cays, and shoals surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo, and the smaller island of Kofiau. It is the part of Coral Triangle which contains the richest marine biodiversity on earth. Most of the archipelago is in the Southern Hemisphere, with a few small islands northwest of Waigeo such as Sajang Island in the Northern Hemisphere. Some of the islands are the northernmost parts of the Australian continent.
8. Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Japan
Bamboo Grove is the most popular place in Arashiyama, the outskirts of Kyoto. It attracts a lot of tourists because of the beautiful scenery and amazing sounds. The Ministry of the Environment in Japan has included the sounds coming from woods and leaves as Japan's top 100 Soundscapes.
9. Trolltunga, Norway
Trolltunga is a rock formation which is about 1100 meters above the sea level in the municipality of Odda in Hordaland county, Norway. The special cliff is jutting horizontally out from the mountain, into free air about 700 meters above the north side of the lake Ringedalsvatnet.
10. Antelope Canyon, Arizona
Antelope Canyon consists of two separate sections of "Upper Antelope Canyon" or "The Crack"; and "Lower Antelope Canyon" or "The Corkscrew". It was formed due to the erosion of Navajo Sandstone, which is a canyon group spread through the US states. It is an awesome place for photos and sightseeing. However, sightseeing there should be with the help of a tour guide as there may be a danger of flash flooding because rain can easily flood the canyon.
It's stressing to have the same daily routine for years without any change. Working, eating, sleeping and some activities which maybe not even pleasant for us. To break off such boredom, you ought to have something that brings out the sincere laughter of your soul. If you look into your heart carefully, you will be able to see what makes you happy. And if you cannot find that thing or things, you can just start creating them from this moment! It's not hard and it's even worth trying.
When you do something you love once a day, you will find the patience to endure any hardship that faces you with a light heart. It will bring out the best of you which will reflect positively on your purposes and goals. You will always look forward to doing it just like meeting a lover. You can put up with anything with a motivation to have that lovely time. Our hearts get hard and dull while living through our own struggles. We owe them a breather from time to time to have them healthy. It's absolutely your right to have time for yourself and for your personal joy. It's part of working hard and at the same time will be part of the good results you are hoping for.
And at one moment, just in a blink of eyes, things change. The far away dreams will be the unbelievable reality and the word impossible will surprisingly be possible.
-Do you believe that?
Because miracles can happen anywhere but not here near me.
-You seem to be a pessimist!
No, I'm just reasonable!
-You are healthy and can do much more than what you see!
No, I have a lot of health problems and I don't have motivation. I always feel I'm doomed and cannot do anything right.
A common dialog between me or you or anyone with oneself. But we always forget something really important. Life and fate may be the least expected; an exam you weren't ready for and you just got an A without enough preparations, being a loser in a situation you are already deep involved and suddenly you make some strange or idiot-like action that turns the things into your favor, or even finding some hidden money in your pocket that you have totally forgotten for a long time to just come out and surprise you at just the right time!
Such things may happen to you, right? They happen and many other things also may arise. It's just we don't realize the existence of the filled part of the water glass as stress and depression often force our minds into looking only at the empty part. We only have two eyes, we can't see the future as we can't see what's behind us.
Do you believe in love? Yes? No? Some people do while others don't. However, this doesn't mean that real love doesn't exist, right? Do you know how it feels to be laying down resting on a boat on an island surrounded with only green and blue colors with all types of delicious food served, all along with people you love and you are all laughing happily? Is your answer is no?
No, let me tell you, there are many people who know this feeling! So, you can't say that this only exists in movies or books and doesn't exist in real life just because you haven't experienced this yet! The ones who experienced that may have worked hard to achieve it or may have had other hardships in other forms and fighting battles no one knows about. Their lives are not perfect, they just had a good part or a successful achievement.
What I mean to say is that the place you are in right now, the feelings that control you right now, the circumstances that you are immersed in right now and the world that you are watching with your eyes right now, all these are not immortal. wake up!
We are living in a changeable world. we change, the air changes and the Earth itself changes. We all move, it's just that we choose to believe in the right beliefs and follow them with strong will and enough determination to defeat that fear of the cannot and the impossible. This doesn't mean that we are aware of all the world or even our own world. So, my friend, let's choose to believe in love, in positivity, in enthusiasm, in dreams and in our reasons of existing on this Earth. And let me remind you and remind myself that nothing will happen until you allow it to happen and the seed won't grow until you water it and work hard taking care of it. Life is what we grow within us and around us.
Sometimes, we wish we could be this one or that one while, at the same time, some other one is having the same wishes about my life. We look forward to being rich, fulfilling our dreams and being happy with our beloved ones. However, somewhere out there, there are people who dream of the sun to just rise and looking forward to eating before sleeping, while others aim to a peaceful night for their families with no shots or blood. Our priorities look very precious and important to us all, but it varies actually!
It is not bad to aim for the stars, but the awful thing is denying the blessing we have on Earth and ignoring the luxury we enjoy of being alive without ventilators and having the chance to eat and drink with no fear or insecurities as much as possible. We have to be thankful for what we have and first for who we are.
Being grateful is part of the process. We thank God for His blesses and enjoy having them. Enjoy breathing fresh air and walking and running without limits. Only then, much more abundance will be waiting for us! Looking at myself in the inner mirror of mine, with all my defects whatever they are and my shortcomings, I look gorgeous because I know I am blessed and I feel thankful for everything! People who have hardships, which go in their way, know that much, that happiness won't last, neither nor sadness. So, why torture yourself? Just enjoy the small thrilling thoughts whispering in your head that you are the best and gain your own confidence. Then, so what? What cannot I do? Nothing won't dare to stand in my way. It's not overflowing confidence but much more of faith in God and in life.
I have such thoughts from time to time and when I catch up on them I try to stick to my positivity as much as I can. I tend to be very confident walking through my journey even if it is all dull and not promising. Yet with time, I see the progress myself. Don't you have such thoughts too!
Being happy is such a great feeling. We all live our lives craving for its existence and trying our best for it to be continuous in every event of life. It's crowded and noisy out there that we mistake the moment of pleasure as normal life is. We live such times but we tend to hide the feeling of content and satisfaction as they may vanish soon, not knowing that finding happiness within them is the joy of life. It is not a must that happiness knocks the door and say I am here, we ought to exert efforts in recognizing its existence or uncover its presence. So, what is happiness? Instead of agonizing over this question, why don't we try understanding this term closely?
“It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.” – Charles Spurgeon
Happiness maybe achieving dreams, building a successful career, having strong relationships and getting a decent income. However, how we do feel and react to these achievements is what determine if we are really happy or now. It is not a must that all people feel happy feelings from the same resources. You cannot say that a rich person is a happy one or a successful businessman doesn't need anything in life anymore. Everyone gets motivated by different causes. What you are striving to make it happen is mostly the most effective reason to make you feel it.
“Family, friends, a good laugh and beautiful weather are the best cures.” – Bar Refaeli
Happiness is the gladness in trying to be happy. It's finding every good thing in unfortunate events. It's working on every detail of life to make it fit our hearts and bring along our well-being.
“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” – Abraham Lincoln
It's also about being excited to go through a new level of life whether it's work or personal related. The random affection we grope while starting a new friendship or stepping into a new workplace while expecting amazing results without reading much into any other circumstances. The thrilling emotions we develop when something impossible turns into a reality after a big effort. The priceless satisfaction we seek in the eyes of someone we helped even if we don't know. Somethings maybe planned and so many others are definitely not so that if we really pursue happiness and look for every reason to get us one step closer to it we will attract all the reasons to be happy.
“If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else.” – Chinese proverb
Rumi was a Turkish Persian and Muslim scholar. He was famous for his most passionate and motivational poems. He was born at 1207 and passed away at 1273. He had several names but his real name was Jalaluddin Muhammad Balkhi.
Here are some of his most inspiring words
”The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
”Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
“What you seek is seeking you.”
“If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?”
“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”
It was never late to do anything before, now and in the future. The fact that I am living till now means that I still have unfinished business in this life. It also means that hope is still by my side. So many dreams are yet to come true and for sure so many precious people are yet to be in my life. How about you? Have you thought before that there are so many doors in front of you but it is not the time to be opened yet? Well, you must have similar thoughts too. Sometimes it feel like I am inside a game and I have to unlock so many levels to reach a new stage of playing. Throughout playing, I get bored, frustrated or unhappy that I hit the pause button for a while. However, I cannot stop playing because I know there is a treasure island on a certain stage that I need to reach and I am not ready at all to lose all the progress I have made so far.
We don’t know that much
We focus on age and time in a very negative way. We overlook the fact that age is only numbers and time is the beautiful memories and the success we gain while living. We give extreme consideration to the societal vision of our life. We judge ourselves harshly for the trivial mistakes or even the big ones we do because of weakness or due to lack of knowledge or experience that we break our own hearts. We belittle our major efforts exerted on matters that haven’t given us the desired outcomes ignoring the fact that we did what we could do at our circumstances then. We tend to hide our emotions until we somehow lose the chance to express them. We love people and we take them for granted that we ignore their feelings until they become forced to leave our side.And after that, we get filled with regrets again. We watch our journey from one side of the mirror. we don’t look at it as a whole chart which has its ups and downs and for that, we give up earlier that it should be. Sometimes, we overestimate the quality of our thoughts and decisions and ignore the fact that we know very little that we almost know nothing. God only knows everything. We need to do our best and be hopeful without limiting our beliefs to the narrow foresight of ours. There are always non expected results, mysterious facts and myths of the universe we know nothing about.
Take me back ten years ago
I want a time machine to go back ten years ago. I want to correct a certain decision. I need to seek forgiveness from someone who is not here anymore. I have to tell myself that it wasn’t late back then. There are so many things I wish to do if I get the chance to go back. Shall I tell you a secret? I can do it! Yes, I can. It’s not impossible, it is just different from what I think. Because right now I am ten years earlier of my future. I still have people I will lose and become a part of my memory and things that will disappear and never be back again. What else! On that future, I will look at the mirror and find someone else, someone who is weak, tired and displeased and full of regrets or I may find someone who is shining brightly, full of joy and optimism and ready to embrace the whole world. It all depends on the time machine I am riding right now. I am now living the present which will be once a past after ten years. The people who left and the past we regret are not coming into our life again but there are descendants of them with us right now. We can pray for those who left and treasure the ones who are still remaining. Are you convinced now? So, tell me what is your plan? What are you going to do about those people who will leave and the life of yours that’s going to be ten years older one day and the moments of your life that will be very old soon. You know what! This paragraph is coming to an end now. It’s almost in the past. It’s that fast, one minute is going away to leave a space for the next one to be born.
Shall I tell you one thing about our life?
Life is now within you! Everyday holds miracles that may lead to unexpected yet awesome turn of events. You can turn them into your side with effort and determination. What is left for you is to act, drop the negative thoughts and stay away from toxic people. And the most important thing is to believe in yourself..
Life is hard and complicated, yet beautiful and lovely. We are still part of this adorable mess so that we can learn and change, face the challenges and gather our strength again. Every day holds a new chance for change. And don’t forget that It will never be late to start all over again at any time whether you are twenty or ninety. You will go through new roads that will reward you with worthy destinations. It will always be better than giving up.
This quote is one of my favorites. What defines us is our strength and perseverance and never being defeated by the urge to give up hope. Giving up is like a blocking rock on the way of our goals. I wanted to start my first post with positive thoughts and motivational ideas. I hope I can be of help! When we get trapped in a closed circle of our daily routine and troubles, we tend to look for a breather. Sometimes issues becomes overwhelming that we fail to find away to be fine again. Yes, It happens with most of us.
Many people use to think through the two colors of white and black only. They cannot enjoy happy times unless they are filled with absolute happiness and likewise the hard times, they live the sadness until their hearts explode of aching, so that no one can give them the complete comfort because the rules of life have no absolutes. Reading and learning about success and motivation and how to suppress sadness and lead a happy life can be somehow helpful but it still cannot change characters easily.
There is that hint for solving this riddle. It’s about you, yes like people say the only one who can help you is you. And like everyone else, the inner soul has complications and problems that one may not even be aware of. You ought to start looking deep inside, search for the reasons of your happiness and simplify every details of your life to match well with those reasons. Start exploring the best times of your life and numerate the reasons of your joy and the causes of your distress. Consequently, the big puzzle about understanding yourself will be settled and for that many things will be fixed eventually.
Motivational thoughts and beliefs
Everyone has his own beliefs that make him strong. For me as a Muslim, I believe in God and everything about my religion. This is actually my very firm strength. It’s my compass in the deserted roads of the journey to success and a good life. Life has a special way of making one think that he is worthless at the times of despair. People can make one be suffocated to death when things get wrong that they start to blunder then hate, cheat and even kill the good memories. The good things that exist may come to cease when life gets complicated and problems arise everywhere. At such times, beliefs become the helping hands that pull the soul out of such chaos.
The feeling of being pulled out to the top again after trying the taste of drowning is one of the best things about life. When I recall that I survived, I start to see the light in every trouble comes into my way.
Kindness and helping others
That scene of the movie when someone is trapped in a complicated dilemma and we know the whole story. That moment when we feel their desperation, become so sad and wish for that imaginary superman to appear and help as soon as possible. And we start to empathize with that person, shedding tears and finally getting better after everything is resolved. You know what! It’s comfort and happiness that fill our hearts as if it was a real situation. Yes, we feel happy because someone we don’t know got help. That is because we know what it is to be helpless and weak and also because we know the whole story of that person and we put ourselves in his shoes. We are naturally kindhearted creatures.
When I help people, I become so pleased and proud of myself. The looks in their eyes that say we are saved and the thankful feelings we sense are really worthless. When our hearts become hardened, one of the best things to do is to help others. The pleasure and satisfaction of them would become the remedy of our stiff hearts.
Memories with our people
Family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and people we meet every day make one of the best life’s joy. You live to meet Someone and part with another one, to make memories that last forever and to get old holding onto those memories like treasures. people get closer until they are attached then further that they think they weren’t once closer and closer again until they cannot live without each other and then further again. They leave scars in each others’ hearts that only need their existence together to be mended and so on. Being alive is to miss someone, to wait for someone who can give you a good time and to be happy just having dinner and a simple chat with a person who makes you smile. The feeling of pleasure and pain from having them in your life is what making our hearts healthy.
Because of that, I advise you to force yourself out of the shell of introversion when you are badly distressed. Start the conversations you don’t want to and give the smile even if your lips won’t help in order to get closer to people and in the end leave the rest up to them. They may change you to be better or may force you into new people who are destined to be the gift of the hard times.
Finally, we all try hard to survive and do our best to have a great life. You need a healthy heart and a clever mind. For that, try to befriend your soul and don’t let it be badly hurt. It won’t be smooth all the time, so don’t be sad for so long and stay healthy as much as you can. You have inner power more than you imagine. You can do much more than you believe. Start working on yourself, it’s never too late for anything as long as you are alive and breathing. Never give up hope! The more you treasure yourself, the much more appreciation it receives from the others.