Serve your own plate.

Night before last, I had an intense dream. Nothing new, since most of my dreams are intense. The thing is, right before I woke up, I was given advice in my dream—not sure by whom—and it echoed in my mind upon waking and for hours afterward.

The advice, as told to me in my dream, was this: “Serve your own plate.”

It is a metaphor for life, and for choosing what’s best for you in your life. The meaning behind it is simple: when you go to put food on your plate (perhaps at a smörgåsbord or potluck, for instance), serve your own plate. You alone should choose what items you put on your plate. Do not give your plate to anybody else, and do not let anyone else determine the things you will have on your plate. Select items you most want and desire, because it is your plate (your life). Since you’ll be eating those things (experiencing those things in life), you alone should determine which choices are best for you.

The advice in my dream was simple, but profound. I really had to sit with it and think about it for a while. It still resonates with me days later.

It’s not uncommon for me to see names, words, phrases in my dreams—actually written out so I can read them. This has been happening with me for the past several years. It’s a new development, as I have not had it for most of my life. However, in this dream, the advice was not written out, but spoken.

Again, I do not recall who gave me this advice, but I am grateful for it. I felt the need to share it with you all, because I believe it’s something you, too, need to hear.

So, this is your plate. It’s called life. Serve your own plate!

Where you are today

What has brought you here today, at this point in time in this lifetime? It’s all your experiences, all the people you’ve met/known, all the good/bad/ugly, all the ups and downs, all the seconds/minutes/hours/days/weeks/years…it’s not been easy, for any of us. But all of that — the culmination of ALL of it — is what has made us who we are. And while the past is the foundation of where we are today, that doesn’t mean the past has to equal who you are or what you do in the present or the future. You will have bad days, good days and “meh” days. All you gotta do is keeping walking your path…keep walking…don’t give up. If you’re still here, your journey isn’t over. Just a nocturnal thought or two that popped into my head. ♥

Your time is limited. Live your life!

*Given the events of today, this is incredibly timely & on-point wisdom*:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

—Steve Jobs

Various quotes from Nietzsche

Every word is a prejudice.

 

During the journey we commonly forget its goal. Almost every profession is chosen as a means to an end but continued as an end in itself. Forgetting our objectives is the most frequent act of stupidity.

 

To accept a faith just because it is customary, means to be dishonest, to be cowardly, to be lazy. And do dishonesty, cowardice, and laziness then appear as the presupposition of morality?

 

Perhaps truth is a woman who has reasons for not letting us see her reasons?

 

Morality is herd instinct in the individual.

 

I say unto you: One must still have chaos in oneself to give birth to a dancing star.

 

Formula for our happiness: a Yes, a No, a straight line, a goal.

 

There are many kinds of eyes. Even the sphinx has eyes—and consequently there are many kinds of “truths,” and consequently there is no truth.

Compete ONLY with yourself

Achievement doesn’t mean the same for everyone. If you measure someone else’s achievements next to yours, you’re setting yourself up for stress & disappointment. Only compete w/ yourself to improve. Be genuine/authentic with what feels right to you. Work within your own energy, your own groove, & allow others to do the same, without undue pressure of comparison. You are a unique bird; sing your OWN song!