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10 Ways Life is Like a Brick Wall July 2, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Magick & Mystery, People.

I watched a compilation clip from YouTube yesterday, featuring Will Smith’s philosophies on life.

In the clip, Will talked about the summer that his father tore down a brick wall and asked Will and his brother to rebuild it.  When they said they couldn’t do it, his father disagreed.  

It took them a year and a half, but they did rebuild the wall . . . brick by brick.

Here are 10 Ways that Life is Like building that Brick Wall . . .

(1)  Life doesn’t spring into being in one fell swoop.  We build it moment by moment, experience by experience ~ each moment and experience resting on the foundation we’ve already laid.

(2)  Whether we’re building a wall, or building a life, we need to focus on the journey rather than the destination.  Don’t set out to build the best wall that’s ever been built, set out to lay each brick as perfectly as you can.  In time, the wall will appear in all its unique beauty.

(3)  Each journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.   If we’re too focused on the destination, we risk becoming overwhelmed before we even start. 

(4)  The way teaches you the way ~ each brick we lay is a bit easier than the last.  As we gain expertise in writing, art, music, or laying bricks, we become more proficient with each passing day. 

(5)  Talent standing alone will not take us where we want to go.  We must use our innate talent to inspire us to develop the skills that we need to create what we want to create. 

(6)  When we look back over the wall we’ve built, we not only see the progress we’ve made toward the ultimate destination, we see that the first bricks in the wall may not be laid as perfectly as the last.  We see how we’ve developed over time. 

And that’s where writers have an advantage over brick layers . . . we can more easily edit our “bricks.”

(7)  None of us know how long we have left.  We don’t know if we’ll have time to complete an entire wall, or build an inspiring Cathedral.  Find ways to enjoy the journey each and every day.  If we are loving life and all that it offers (right here, right now), we’ve already attained the goal behind all other goals . . . happiness.

(8)  Attitude is everything.  Whether we think we can build the wall, or we think we can’t build the wall, we’re right.  Attitude, not aptitude, determines altitude.   Where there’s a Will, there’s a way.

(9)  As we gain in proficiency and skill, we become able to share what we’ve learned with others . . . and that adds to the joy of the journey.

(10)  Don’t be realistic.  Dream big.  Fly high.  There is a magic to the Universe that manifests itself when we reach for things outside our grasp.  If we can conceive it, and believe it, we can achieve it.  

Quote:  The best thing about banging your head against a brick wall . . . it feels so good when you stop!


1. cindy - July 2, 2010

A wonderful message, thanks!

nrhatch - July 2, 2010

I already loved Will Smith . . . now I love him even more. He’s got such a wonderful, infectious love of life. : )

2. Richard W Scott - July 2, 2010

Good post, Nancy. I really enjoyed the video, too.

nrhatch - July 2, 2010

I love YouTube . . . so many “diamonds” out there waiting for us to pick them up and see their brilliance!

Mstrongair - July 2, 2010

A very enjoyable article Nancy, I love the link too.
Thank you for sharing this.

3. nrhatch - July 2, 2010

Thanks, Maria!

I love sharing inspirational thoughts. : )

4. Paula - July 2, 2010

Will Smith has added even another star to his crown…he has grown up so well – from what I am able to discern – hope it’s true!

nrhatch - July 2, 2010

I get the sense that he’s got his priorities straight . . . but he’s a good actor, so who knows? : )

5. Paula - July 2, 2010

I get the same impression, and he is a great ator, always interesting, entertaining, or both! Plus he’s cute as all get-out (sexy too) – all this means that I have been a fan since his first movie (Fresh Prince was OK, just didn’t get sold on him til he started making movies!)

So, if he is not as great a person as he seems, at least I’ll always be able to enjoy him! 😀 BTW, did you see his interview on The Actor’s Studio? He was wonderful!

nrhatch - July 2, 2010

The only interview I’ve seen on The Actor’s Studio was Robin Williams. We got it from Netflix.

I’ll have to look for Will Smith’s interview.

Like you, I didn’t know him until he started making movies and he’s made some really good one. One of my faves ~ The Pursuit of Happyness . . . such an inspirational true story.

Paula - July 2, 2010

Ali, Hancock (a riot!), Independence Day (a fave), Men In Black I and II, 7 Pounds (extraordinary!)…so many more – and all so well done! If you can get the Actor’s Studio interview, it is quite nice, as I recall! I usually enjoy the Actor’s Studio when I tune in, often forget to. The interviewer (his name escapes me now) makes me laugh…he is such a strange man, yet very knowledgeable (not that the two cancel each other out!).He manages to elicit some interesting thoughts from his guests!

nrhatch - July 3, 2010

The interviewer is a bit “unique” as I recall . . . the interview with Robin got off to a slow start and then Robin stole the show.

It wasn’t like watching Dave Letterman interact with a guest, that’s for sure. : )

6. nancycurteman - July 2, 2010

I’ve always loved Robert Kennedy’s words: “There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why… I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?” I loved Will Smith in Pursuit of Happyness.

nrhatch - July 2, 2010

I agree with Robert Kennedy . . . why not? : )

Paula - July 3, 2010

Nancy, I loved RFK, but this quote has been misattributed to him (not his fault!): Here from Wikipedia:

There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?

* Variant: “Some people see things as they are and say why? I dream things that never were and say why not?”
* Though Kennedy stated that he was quoting George Bernard Shaw when he said this, he is often thought to have originated the expression, which actually paraphrases a line delivered by the Serpent in Shaw’s play Back To Methuselah : “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’”. Robert’s brother Edward famously quoted it (paraphrasing it even further), to conclude his eulogy to his late brother after his assassination (8 June 1968): Some men see things as they are and say why? I dream things that never were and say why not?

nrhatch - July 3, 2010

Thanks, Paula!

So we’re quoting a snake. That’s great! LOL

7. Mstrongair - July 2, 2010

The song Will wrote for his son “Just the two of us” so sensitive and beautiful.
He looks mature and authentic.

nrhatch - July 3, 2010

I agree, Maria

He seems a sincere sort of person.

8. Ollin - December 4, 2010

Thank you nrhatch. I needed that. 🙂

nrhatch - December 4, 2010

Cool. It seemed a perfect fit with your post.

Here’s to laying bricks . . . and following the Yellow Brick Road. 🙂

9. Patricia - October 9, 2011

I think Will is the real deal. Or he has great people around him to put out media fires before they happen.

nrhatch - October 9, 2011

He seems pretty real to me too.

Of course, actors know how to act . . . I used to think Mel Gibson was more that he turned out to be. 😦

Patricia - October 9, 2011

Yeah, poor Mel…what a mess.

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