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Love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change our world. ~ Jack Layton
Just because someone doesn’t carry their woes and heartaches on their sleeves doesn’t mean they don’t have any.
None of us gets through life without some battle scars, but too many times we use up our day, telling ourselves the same story, the very same one that’s been the cause of our stress, worry, fear and pain.
We’ve all been told life is short. And it might well be. But don’t ever let anyone tell you it’s too late.
Today is a new day and one thing hopeful people do is continue to nourish their hopes and not their sadness and pain.
Your life is a miracle and you’re an amazing expression of that miracle. Let today be the day that you shine a light through your tough times.
Forget rules just shine your light
It’s never too late to be your greatest self. People might tell you there are rules, but there aren’t.
The only rule is use your time wisely. To keep on choosing nourishing and uplifting thoughts.
Be willing to meet people who view the world differently so that you might see the world differently.
Be willing to be amazed, so you might discover how amazing you truly are.
Be willing to choose a new perspective so that your new point of view creates a new response in you.
Be willing to live the life you’ve always wanted to live, a life you’ll be proud of. And if you look and find that it’s not yet true, have the courage to persist, or start again.
Step out bravely
Feeling afraid is easy. Being brave is harder.
You are braver than you think when you’re willing to swop your life for that of another, even if you didn’t actually have to do it.
You’re braver than you think when you’ve gritted your teeth and kept on going when everything seemed hopeless and you felt lost and alone.
You’re braver than you think when every time life has knocked you down you’ve said, get up, get up…and you have. That’s shining your light.
You might never know the impact you’ve had on someone’s life by the kind word or smile you gave so freely. Don’t underestimate the power of a sincere compliment or your undivided attention.
You don’t have to swim the deepest ocean or climb the highest mountain to make a difference.
Each moment of attention we offer to another is the breathing of love into that relationship, into life. Showing appreciation to another is living from your greatest, most hopeful self.
See how easy it is to shine your light, even through tough days?
Sometimes it’s going to take a scary step to have your desires fulfilled. But the good news is it only takes one step to begin moving towards your aims.
One small step.
Don’t be discouraged when things go wrong. Nothing is ever entirely hopeless.
Imagining the end result has been the easiest way for me to experience my desires. But it’s equally important to acknowledge things that happen along the way.
- Acknowledge you’re doing the best you can.
- Acknowledge that despite every setback, every loss, every dark day, you’ve survived.
- Acknowledge your victories.
Create a victory diary
At the end of each day write down your victories. However small.
There are days when, for some, just getting out of bed can be a victory.
Writing down your victories is a great way to build confidence and self esteem. And when the next scary step shows up, read through all your victories as a reminder of how often you’ve been successful. This prevents thoughts of fear taking a hold and stopping you from taking that scary step.
It’s all in your hands
Today belongs to you. It’s yours to live the greatest life you can imagine.
I can be really good at allowing my days to be stolen by busy nothingness. And I usually have the best excuses in the world.
Each excuse made is another brick in the wall of non-achievement.
Don’t do this.
Don’t throw your days away in a flurry of busy nothingness waiting for the timing to be right. The only right time is now.
The only thing holding you back is you.
Stop sitting back waiting for life to happen, hoping your dreams will show up and knock on the door.
You are amazingly capable of the most astonishing things, but if you don’t see that, it won’t matter. Just try and remember that none of us have forever, so stop wasting those precious seconds on self-doubt or criticism they just weigh you down and prevent you from finding your wings.
Encourage one another.