The world needs you to pursue your dreams, to follow your heart, to trust your instincts. The world needs you to stop procrastinating, to start making plans, to try and try again. The world needs you to use your voice, to stand up for what you believe in, to inspire others. The world needs you to love, to forgive, to move on, to hold on. The world needs you to care about something and do something about it. The world needs you, in order to keep turning. If dreams go, life is a barren field frozen in snow.
It’s easy to say we would have done something differently. It’s also easy to wallow in a mistake. The hard part isn’t battling with the guilt, humiliation or frustration, it’s rather accepting your mistakes, learning from them and moving on. Sounds simple but we don’t do it often enough. Sometimes you’ve got to forgive yourself. Sometimes you’ve got to push past the pessimism. Because taking the easier road or the harder one distinguishes the fighters from the cowards, the believers from the doubters. It’s hard to fight for yourself and to believe in yourself. But who knows what you can achieve if you do. A mistake recharges the fighter and the believer. Mistakes happen to everyone, but it’s up to you what happens next.
Hate is a deceiving emotion. We often think it makes us feel powerful, mighty and fierce. But hate is devious, manipulative and subtle. It slowly clouds over your mind. It slowly weighs you down. And it slowly eats away at your heart. Hate is a burden we carry without properly realising. It never does as much damage to another as it does to ourselves. Try practicing love instead. And I don’t only mean love in the traditional sense of kindness and passion. But also forgiveness, and if not forgiveness then acceptance, and if not acceptance then tolerance. Try practicing love with yourself as much as with others. It works wonders.
For various reasons, both unforgivable and understandable, we do not always treat each other the way we should. And sometimes when we witness an injustice or offence, we have an urge to seek some sort of revenge. But let’s not let revenge consume us. As much as we might hate it, we’ve sometimes got to be the bigger person. Sometimes we have to kill with kindness. Sometimes we have to avenge with success. Sometimes we have to forgive and forget. Where it might seem best to fight fire with fire, we’ll both still be burned. Instead of smoke, leave an air of kindness. It will linger and rub off on them.
A lot can happen in a lifetime. Sometimes life softens us and other times it hardens us. Sometimes life inspires us and other times it disheartens us. Sometimes life favours us and other times it breaks us. Life is a challenge for all of us. But don’t let it get the best of you. Even in the coldest of winters, stay warm. Don’t let life snatch away your trust, love, persistence, faith, courage, instinct, forgiveness, acceptance, strength, gratitude, honesty, positivity. Stay warm on the inside no matter how brutal it gets on the outside. If we do, the ice will eventually thaw.
Love is a strong feeling of affection. Real love is intense, passionate and unfaltering. For those we love, we go the extra mile, we accept them for who they are, and we lift them up when they are low. Imagine we loved ourselves as much as we loved others. How much more would we give? How much more would we forgive? How much more would we accept? We shouldn’t be the exception to the rule. It’s ok to share some love with ourselves. In fact, it should be mandatory. How can we expect to love someone else or for someone else to love us, before we love ourselves? We deserve the truest, realest forms of love. And it begins with ourselves.
Tis the season to be jolly. There’s something about the holiday time that changes our outlook on life. And that’s primarily because it’s a time for giving, for generosity and for kindness. We’re more forgiving and accepting of others’ flaws and mistakes. We’re more charitable and hospitable towards those less fortunate. We open ourselves up, letting love both infiltrate and radiate. Christmas time really goes to show how much giving can boost our happiness, our energy and our sense of worth. It’s a beautiful cycle that shouldn’t be underestimated or broken. It’s a spirit that we should hold onto all throughout the year.