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The Wisdom Of Socrates As Told By Pee-Wee Herman?
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5 Quotes To Inspire You To Take It One Step At A Time
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6 Mindshifts To Becoming An Opportunist
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Testing Your Tolerance
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Be A Self Creation
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Who’s To Blame For Your Bad Day?
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Today Is The Day
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What’s In Your Junk Drawer?
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A Simple Perspective
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Be The Butterfly

The Wisdom Of Socrates As Told By Pee-Wee Herman?

Funny post on Socrates teaching Pee Wee Herman how to find wisdom. "The only true wisdom is knowing you know nothing." Socrates quote

Note: I haven’t confirmed that the parable of Socrates and the Drowning Man is actually the work of the classical Greek philosopher. Although it has circled the internet for years, so it must be true. But let’s keep an open mind. In my version, the part of the young man will be played by Pee-Wee Herman, a comic fictional character created and portrayed by American comedian Paul Reubens.

STORY PART

Once upon a time, in the 1980s, Pee-Wee rode into Socrates’s playhouse on a red beach cruiser in search of wisdom and knowledge.

Now Socrates was a very busy philosopher, and grew weary of strangers banging on his door looking for easy answers to difficult questions. He rather thought the riffraff might discover the meaning of a successful life on their own. Or at least patronize his sandal fetish and buy his book on Amazon.

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5 Quotes To Inspire You To Take It One Step At A Time

Quote: "Here's the good news: You're one step closer today than you were yesterday. Keep it up." | www.befat.net | Stephanie DelTorchio

Getting from here to there is a matter of a taking one step at a time.

For instance: Right now I’m in desperate need desire want for a glass of wine. It’s been a long work day. Still, thirty-three steps from my perch on the couch to the wine fridge is easy math. And worth every Lego® I stepped on in bare feet in the dark to get there.

Earlier today I faced the first draft of the novel I wrote during NaNoWriMo in November. Thirty days of writing to get to 50,000 words that resemble a story. Step by step, day after day, one word at a time to get there. Now after weeks of incubation it’s time to. Page by page.

See…small steps. Small sips.

That was my day.

More importantly, what going on with you?

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6 Mindshifts To Becoming An Opportunist

Motivation quotes | If you don't hear opportunity knocking, build your own door | www.befat.net | Stephanie DelTorchio | 2.27.2017

Waiting for opportunities to be served on a silver platter might keep you hungry for a very long time. Sure, luck and fate exist, but creating shift moments and charge-ahead situations are more controllable than you might think.

Those who seem to fall into opportunistic situations are proactive. In other words good things come to those who actively make shit happen.

If you’re not normally a “builder” you’ll be happy to know that — no matter your goal — you have the power to put yourself in the right place at the right time. The way to seizing your day and making it happen is really all in your head.

Here’s 6 mindshifts to becoming an opportunist:

1. Expect good things to happen

Call it the law of attraction. Having a positive attitude and believing that opportunities will come to you has been shown to attract them. Start each day with a simple quote: “Something good is going to happen to me today.”  Of course there’s no guarantee — hasn’t won me the lottery, yet. But setting your mind right opens up possibilities for good.

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Testing Your Tolerance

Testing Your Tolerance | www.befat.net | What's your favorite flavor of shit sandwich?

Blogger Mark Manson wrote a post several years ago about the secret to finding your purpose. In the post he asks the reader to answer honestly: “What’s your favorite flavor of shit sandwich?”

Meaning that despite how excited you are about something, no matter how awesome or inspiring or fulfilling you think it’s going to be, you can bet that the sides served up with your shit sandwich might give you indigestion.

You need to ask yourself how hard you’re willing to persevere for your every pursuit. Can you choke down the ups and downs?

Because as Manson writes with great wisdom:

“Everything sucks, some of the time.” ~ Mark Manson

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Be A Self Creation

Quote: Life isn't about finding yourself. It's about creating yourself. George Bernard Shaw quote | www.befat.net | Image: Stephanie DelTorchio

No matter how hard you look, you’ll never find yourself.

Trust me on this one. I’ve tried. For years.

The best you’ll do is chase your shadow, and get really dizzy. And this is only true on a good day. If the sun is shining.

Life isn’t about finding yourself.

X has marked your spot. You’re already here, so you can give up the hunt.

Perhaps you’ve had moments, or (yikes) years, of feeling temporarily lost. Wandering around and around, looking, seeking, digging, exploring but in a mindless “where the hell are my keys?” sort of way.

Know that your presence is witness enough to the world that you exist, even if the deli clerk yelling “Next!” is oblivious to your waving hand.

You don’t need validation from ANYBODY. This is your journey.

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. It’s about creating yourself.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

It’s an awesome responsibility to create your life.

Which is why so many people don’t bother to try. Because sometimes in order to create yourself other things must be sacrificed, or worst, destroyed.

Maybe your parents put you on a path and veering from that is non-negotiable. Or your partner doesn’t understand why you must adventure travel when there’s plenty to see and do right here. Are the kids are grown? You believe this is your time to stop searching and start creating but your friends don’t get it, or support you.

Sure, it’s easier to live a safe life of default and in your spare time keep roaming around. Wondering. Wishing. Hoping.

It’s hard work to brave the elements and risk being wrong or hurt or disappointed. But it’s that ACTION which leads you in a direction of discovery.

Go out on a limb. Test and try and challenge everything. Create your self as only you can.

BE F*CKING AWESOME TODAY! (and every day)

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Who’s To Blame For Your Bad Day?

Lie quote | ...and some days it's hard to lift your head and smile at the world. That's okay. | Friendship quote | Love quote | having a bad day quote

It’s easier, always easier, to curl up in bed and avoid the world when things aren’t going well. But in doing so, you piss away a perfectly good day.

So, what’s your problem?

Are you feeling blue?

Are you mad?

At him?

At her?

At them?

At the government?

The dry cleaners lose the matching belt?

Are you being a shithead?

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What’s In Your Junk Drawer?

The Joy of Junk | picture of a junk drawer| Save Your Life. Clean Your Junk Drawer.|humor essay|www.befat.net|Stephanie DelTorchio

NOTE: Every once in a while this BeFat blog takes a sharp left and I write an essay. It’s me being F.A.T.

I‘m in a constant family battle over a junk drawer. Me not wanting one, them holding firm that everyone on the planet has one, and premium cable channels too.

You know what these kitchen repositories look like.

Ours is stuffed with paper clips, odd pens swiped from hotel rooms (thanks Honey), bandages, broken crayons, a small Phillips screwdriver, duct tape, matchbooks, kite string, nail clippers, twist ties, floral food packet, rubber bands, a plastic ruler, and, no lying, a miniature music box, that when cranked plays “Happy Birthday”. Errant and oddball crap. Crammed into a designated catch-all in case an alien attack necessitates us to defend the homestead, MacGuyver-style.

The standard chorus line for someone looking for a sewing needle or tampon is: “Look in the junk draw!”

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A Simple Perspective

Quote: While you waste time wishing for someone's life, someone is wasting time wishing for yours. Scary right? | www.befat.net | Stephanie DelTorchio | life quotes

A short tale about an accountant, a garbage collector and a King. Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke. Except nobody walked into a bar…

A lowly accountant exited his office after 5 o’clock and glanced at the sunset over the king’s palace. “It is unfortunate that I was not born of royalty,” the man said to himself. “Servants. Maidens. At the snap of my fingers, everything taken care of. My life would have been so easy.” The accountant walked towards the small town where the scent of garbage permeated the air.

Two garbage collectors carried smelly loads of other people trash on their backs.  One of them saw the accountant and said to the other: “I should have been a better student and gone to college, like that guy. I’d be shoveling papers instead of garbage all day and by the end of a normal day my back wouldn’t hurt. My life would have been so easy.”

As the sun gave up its last rays, the King looked out from his palace balcony to the people coming and going in town. He watched the accountant and the garbage collectors, the salesmen, teachers, store keepers, bakers, adults and children. How nice it must to be free to come and go through the streets of town. To do physical labor. To take care of oneself and not the burden of a kingdom. Without the worry of politics and protocol and the feeling of seclusion. “If only I’d been born a commoner. My life would have been so easy.”

While you waste time wishing for someone’s life, someone is wasting time wishing for yours. Scary right? I’ll drink to that.

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Be The Butterfly

The wings of transformation are born of patience and struggle. Janet S. Dickens quote | www.befat.net | Stephanie DelTorchio | sdeltorchio@befat.net

This is my paraphrase of an old story. The origin is unknown to me. If you know, please let me know so that I may give proper credit to the author.

A boy climbing up to his treehouse spotted a cocoon attached to a thin branch, shaking ever so gently. A closer examination revealed a tiny tear in the cocoon where the butterfly feverishly worked to free itself.

The slow progress tested the boy’s patience. He had things to do, trees to climb.

The cocoon shook with the butterfly’s effort and determination to get out. Although moment by long moment the opening got bigger, the boy began to worry that the butterfly would become too exhausted to free itself.

“The wings of transformation are born of patience and struggle.” ~JANET S. DICKENS

He couldn’t watch the poor thing struggle any longer.

Taking his trusty army knife, he cut the cocoon away to free the butterfly. It worked! The butterfly was immediately relieved of doing the hard chore for himself.

But very soon it was obvious that the butterfly was in trouble.

Its weak body trembled.

Instead of spreading its wings they barely moved.

For the remainder of the day the boy watched the butterfly drag its body along the tree branch, until it stopped trying altogether.

The boy didn’t understand that the butterfly needed to complete the process on its own. To break through the cocoon and allow the life-giving fluids and nutrients to move its wings. Only then would it become the beautiful butterfly it was meant to be.

A friend to lean on can be wonderful in times of distress. But if our difficulties are handled by an outside force we will not become the viable creatures we’re meant to be. Sometimes you must work through the hard parts for yourself.

Fight through the challenge today, spread your wings and BE the butterfly.

BE F*CKING AWESOME TODAY! (and every day)

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