The golden squid relinquishes the stranglehold of a thousand sunsets!

“The golden squid relinquishes the stranglehold of a thousand sunsets with the birth of one lonely star!”
I like motivational quotes.
Actually, no! Occasionally I love them.
The wordplay— Clever imagery and a few thought-provoking snippets can be enjoyable!
But I often deconstruct them as well.
I’ve seen thunderclouds that transformed into downright ugly beasts before they were swept away by cyclonic winds.
None of them had the chance to be turned into cute and inspirational fluffy “silver-lined” analogies for imminent good fortune!

How are quotes working for you in real life?
Just when you thought it was safe to cross the street a Hollywood-styled typhoon hits but you’re prepared!
You have a quote!
“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
Unfortunately, the storm doesn’t care about your quote and you’ll have time to reflect on the wise words while you’re erased from existence.
I’m guessing you’re not going to take a defensive stance and mouth off to the storm.
In all probability, you’ll run away or start praying!
Are “words of wisdom” therefore worthless?
Of course not!
Quotes can be inspiring though— They can kick you in the gut or prod you to try a different approach to thinking.
Quotes and things from self-help-motivational books can be quite entertaining if nothing else?
But I guess the main idea here is that inspirational words are as useless as vapid insults if they don’t become catalysts for action.

Forge these self-help snippets of wisdom into a proper sword and learn to wield it— Then it becomes valuable.
The trick is to make the words part of your armor.
You can’t search for the correct weapons during the fight— You should already have something in hand.
Words and wisdom are the same!
You need and understand that stuff before you go into battle.
If you’ve not assimilated “words as weapons” into your very fiber you can’t go scuttling about and anxiously searching for the “right thing to say” when push comes to shove!

There is such a truckload of motivational drivel out there.
No wonder many people struggle to enhance their oeuvre with a few solid performances.
Instead, we flippantly browse through the infinite scroll of internet social-sludge and pop bubbles of “wisdom” much like we do bubble-wrap.
“Oh yeah, that’s a great one!”
“So true!”
“Love this!”
“Very very inspirational!”
But then why in blue blazes don’t we remember those profound words when the wheels come off?
It’s because there is such a truckload of info available.
Nowadays I attempt to reflect on things I read.
If it grabs me I’ll save it somewhere or attempt to remember what about it was special.
If you have a thousand bookmarked websites chock-full of wisdom you have nothing.
Pick a few good ones you can revisit and seek out new ones while discarding those you outgrow.

Rather read a few selected and memorable tomes now and then, and then re-read them.
Make them part of your armor.

So what about the crud I’m dishing up here?
If you do decide to use my comments about my perception of life as “self-help” ideas you do so at your detriment.
They are not “templates.”
These ideas about “handling stuff” is for my benefit.
And I felt like writing them down for posterity.
“My memoirs about the way I thought before I lost my mind!”
You can, however, read them and work out how they might inspire you to forge your own set of ideas!
In art, it’s a good idea to use a reference photo for inspiration rather than for verbatim copying— It teaches you to interpret what you see.
That’s the way to go!

I made up the quote with the golden squid.
It means nothing.
Not everything you read has value.
But I’m sure it sounds deep and mysterious— Even if you don’t particularly like golden squids.

So that’s my takeaway for this “intro.”
Not all “books of wisdom” necessarily contains “wisdom.”
Even the sage or prophetic words of godlike celebrities aren’t automatic gateways to eternal grace and happiness.
Someone’s eloquent phrasing isn’t always a magic bullet that solves all your woes— Nor does the truth reside in a “like” or “share!”
No, that magic lies within everything you rephrased for yourself, by squeezing words until they bled and confessed all their secrets!