We feel like we wake up every day, but that might not always be true.
We often get trapped by the past or worry about the future, instead of focusing on what we can do now.
We often stick to “I’ve got to,” instead of pursuing “I get to.”
We often regret what we’ve lost, instead of being grateful for what we have now.
These are all the signs that we don’t live the present moment; we’re just daydreaming.
Wake up and live now to the fullest. That’s the only way to turn your dream into reality.
This is my five-hundredth Doodle Card. And as I mentioned before, this is my ‘last’ Doodle Card.
Since I created the first Doodle Card in May 2016, creating something every morning literally saved my life. I hated myself more than anyone else and lived in the past at that time—my mind was full of regret about my decisions and resentment against the people who insulted me. But, as I continued doodling, I began to notice that I still have the power to create something from scratch and change this world—even if it’s a tiny fraction of it. I was like, “well, then, why don’t I change my thoughts, beliefs, and entire life?” And I did change.
I will keep creating things every day. I just stop creating Doodle Card as I have been doing for last 17 months. My two characters, Small One and Sticky, will never disappear. We’ll see you when we see you.
Depend more on yourself.
Self-reliance is the key to live your life.
In this world, there are millions of people who make you feel bad, but it’s your responsibility to choose how you feel. It’s meaningless to expect them to change for the better.
In this world, there are millions of things that make you feel anxious, but deep within you, you always have the power to overcome them.
Rely on yourself, and unleash your true self. It’s much powerful than you’ve ever imagined.
You get only what you need.
“You can’t always get what you want / But if you try sometimes well you just might find / You get what you need” — The Rolling Stones, You can’t always get what you want
This is exactly true, especially during tough times.
What you need is almost always different from what you want. If you only focus on your ‘wants’ and aren’t aware of your ‘needs,’ you’ll get nothing.
Identify what you want and what you need. Grab what you need, and figure out how you can get what you want by using it. Don’t even expect that someone gives you what you want or what you need.
If you don’t respond quickly to anything—or don’t respond at all—that’s also a response. That shows your indecisiveness, inefficiency or arrogance, depending on the situation. No matter how it is described, it’s weakness—and it can be a significant disadvantage if you are in business.
Thanks to advanced technologies, many people use various messenger apps and consider ‘quick response’ as a new standard. They don’t even think they respond ‘quick’ because it’s quite normal for them to reply right after they get a message.
These people are your customers. They have little tolerance for a slow response. If you don’t respond to them in a ‘timely’ manner, you might lose them—forever.
The same can be applied to your personal relationship. No matter what you use for communicating with others—email, messenger apps, or a carrier pigeon—as far as you communicate, you might as well respond quick.