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Another wonderful day at T. Dench Patel’s website and I think this article is vital for you. I had to get all Shakespearian here, after all, it was a push from his (others claim it wasn’t his work, but he is not here to tell us the truth) work that got me to become a poet twenty-two years ago.
And so, we are here present on this topic, hence why getting all Shakespearian is a perfect time.
Let’s look up the definition of fierce according to the Cambridge dictionary.
- Physically violent and frightening
- Strong and powerful
- Showing strong feeling or energetic activity
- Looking confident and acting in a way that shows that you feel good about yourself and your appearance
For the purpose of this article, I am going to be discussing the positive parts of fierce which I have highlighted in bold.
Let’s look up the definition of greed according to the Cambridge dictionary.
- A very strong wish to continuously get more of something, especially food or money
Okay, so now we can see the distinction. Can you make out which one are you or are you in between or neither?
This is purely my opinion. I think it’s better to be fierce than to be greedy and there are a lot of people who mix being greedy with being fierce. T. Dench Patel, 10 January 2020, 16:05 It’s important to select the right words here because I don’t want to mislead you.
This is how I decipher the two.
Fierce can look like you’re being greedy when you go after what you really want and greedy is when you just can’t stop wanting more and more even if how you’re getting it isn’t aligned to your soul purpose, mission, vision and values. Wanting every possible nice thing in the world isn’t a bad thing. A lot of people judge you for wanting it, but you can’t judge a person who has worked so damn hard for it. You just can’t, and you’re not in the position to do that. In fact, judging anyone isn’t for us, who do we think we are? Having everything you’ve got or wanted isn’t a bad thing BUT how you get it can be a very bad thing and when you don’t have the right mentality or gratitude you can become greedy.
Greedy is a selfish act whereas being fierce is an empowering act.
Fiercely go after what you really want, no one is going to give it to you, and around you (especially people who are not awake in life) will be jealous of what makes you happy if you get it, meaning, even if it is something you’re after which isn’t aligned to them. There are people who will ensure you don’t get it out of spite and out of greed. Dreams that you could be very close to is like a piece of meat that even vegetarians and vegans will snatch from you right under your nose because, in the end, it is a dream, it’s your dream (even if it isn’t theirs). There truly are people in this world who don’t even want you to get what you have been working hard for. So be fierce, guard your dreams, guard your soul mission, spirit, goals, all your good because we live in a reality where you might not know people’s true nature. You think you know someone? Rather get to know someone who is really working on themselves all the time. Someone who is honest about themselves and with themselves makes better friends, partners, co-workers etc. but you better be working on yourself as well. It’s like asking to date a hot person when you don’t lift a finger to exercise and look hot yourself.
Take a look at this article titled What does she is fierce mean to you.
In my opinion, fierce IS NOT greedy when you are going after what you really want out of life, especially if everything you’re doing includes soul mission, purpose, values, morals, empowerment and living your best life from all the right reasons not only keeping everything to yourself. Remember you have but one life. Fierce is the person who understands the struggle and what’s it like to keep being torn down but will not fall or let be torn down.
Fierce is “free” and Greed is unsatisfied – T. Dench Patel, 10 January 2020, 16:47
Greed just keeps everything for itself. It controls and feels entitlement for everything.
This article is really good Why women need fierce self-compassion?
I like how it discusses the yin and the yang of fierceness which are both healthy.
Yin is how we are being with ourselves and yang is how we are using our experience in the world.
Some quotes on greed
“Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, “What’s in it for me?” – Brian Tracy
“There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.” – Maya Angelou
“Greed has taken the whole universe, and nobody is worried about their soul.” – Little Richard
“Lust and greed are more gullible than innocence.” – Mason Cooley
“A greedy father has thieves for children.” – Serbian Proverb
“A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.” – Jonathan Swift
“The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury.” – Charlie Chaplin
“It is greed to do all the talking but not to want to listen at all.” – Democritus
Some quotes on being fierce
“The mountains, the forest, and the sea, render men savage; they develop the fierce, but yet do not destroy the human.” – Victor Hugo
“Gerda Lerner was fierce, brilliant and unique. She lived history by her bravery, restored history by her scholarship, and democratized its study by her activism.” – Gloria Steinem
“There’s a fierce practicality and empiricism which the whole imaginative, lyrical aspect of poetry comes from.” – David Whyte
“I hope that I helped to build a fierce pride in what we are and what we can do if we set our minds to it.” – Gene Roddenberry
“Funny how our hearts were designed to love so fiercely but break ever so gently.” – Sanober Khan
“…she doesn’t have to choose between being gentle or being fierce. Both exist in nature and both exist in her. That’s ok. She’ll know to nourish them both and when applicable, use each unapologetically.” – Steve Maraboli
“She’ll be more than fine, she’ll be fierce.” – Nicola Noble, To Face The Fire
“There is no fierce without “I”.” – Janna Cachola
“I hope you will be a warrior and fierce for change so all can live.” – Meridel Le Sueur, Ripening: Selected Work, 1927-1980
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