Then there are those days where your week starts in an unfavourable discussion, where you are squeezed in between bigger forces of nature. You are partly to be blamed and partly responsible. You feel disappointed. But you don’t want this to loom your entire day or your entire week, so you consult Mr. Google and start searching for inspirational quotes about life. You weren’t satisfied, you wanted something more relevant, something more specific. You looked for keywords inspirational, quote, work, monday.

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordan

Eventhough you’re not really a big fan of basketball nor Michael Jordan, except probably for his Space Jam movie, you were captivated by his quote about obstacles and wall. But then you realize, there’s actually no wall infront of you, so as good as this quote can be, it’s not really affecting you.

“Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.” – Leonardo da Vinci

So you switched to someone older, someone from the Renaissance, your comrade Leonardo–no it’s not Leonardo from the movie Titanic nor from The Great Gatsby. The word obstacles caught your attention and you thought, “This is a good start, this is probably it!” As you read the lines, you noticed that it’s all about being stern and being fixed to your goal, which sounded so futuristic. You only wanted some consoling words for the current day and time…the status quo.

“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” – Aristotle

And just as about you’re going to close your Google Chrome browser, you saw a particular quote from the great Greek philosopher Aristotle. In contrast to the idiom, “it’s all Greek to me“, his quote was weighty and straight to the point–similar to how Katniss Everdeen hit the apple from the suckling pig’s mouth (and for those of you who don’t know her, watch the movie The Hunger Games).

As you digest each word, as you implicate yourself to the quote, as you put down in words the chagrin that has been eating you, you find yourself smiling (well, your friend’s out-of-tune-but-amazingly-amusing video where he sang the song The Climb did quite help a bit).

It has always been there and you’ve always known it, Happiness is not by fate, it’s a decision.