Quote of the day.
Imagine your fear is a friend – a paranoid, anxious and fearful friend. How could you treat them? Would you feed the fear? Would you calm the fear? Would you ignore the fear? Sometimes it’s a combination of all kinds. But what they all have in common is compassion; we would want the best for our friend. And we should extend that same courtesy to ourselves. Sometimes we have to show ourselves a little compassion, accept that we’ve set ourselves certain limits and try to move past them. Fear is a friend we should be comfortable chatting with. Fear will always be with us, so why not treat it as a friend and let it travel this journey with you? Don’t fight it, confide in it. Don’t hate it, embrace it. Fear is a friend who’s misunderstood.
We all have an endless supply of blank spaces to fill. Spaces to shape who we are. Spaces to discover and explore. Spaces to learn and think. Spaces to try and fall and try again. Spaces to imagine and build. We all have endless opportunities, possibilities, and fates. We’re not stuck on one road or labelled as one person. We can be whoever we want to be, do whatever we want to do, and more. Let’s not limit ourselves. Let’s let go. Let’s make the most of it. Dwell in possibility and fill those blank spaces.
Nothing’s too crazy. Nothing’s too unrealistic. Nothing’s too absurd. Not if you don’t think so. Those limits, those boundaries, those obstacles, those fears, those excuses, those expectations. They’re all in your head. If we never try the impossible, we never have a chance to show it’s possibility. We are all human. We are all dreamers. And we are all creators. Believe in your own ideas and your own imagination. Reality will always be created by those who seize the opportunity to build and add to it. Create your own world. You can do it as good as the next person.
Be limitless. Because we touch a lot in this world. Spread positivity around like a coin that’s passed on across the world. Express love and kindness to everyone with a simple smile, compliment, gratitude, and support. Explore the corners and pockets of the earth that excite and inspire you. Exude the self love, confidence and worth you deserve.Unleash your mind in a spectrum of colour and ideas.
Don’t limit yourself, what you have to offer and what is open to you. Open yourself and open your eyes.
Even though we often tend to relive it, we ultimately cannot change the past. And whilst punishing ourselves seems to fit what we think we deserve, we need to learn to forgive ourselves. Because without forgiveness, there’s no moving forward and then there’s no future. We should always forgive ourselves for our mistakes, but here are a few times when we definitely should:
There is no sense in punishing your future for the mistakes of your past. Forgive yourself, grow from it, and then let it go.
What do you need to get better at forgiving yourself for?
We all have limitations. We all have fears and worries. We all have things that trigger our anger and frustration. We all have gaps in our perceptions, understanding and knowledge. But walls are only in the mind. We’ll never be perfect. We’ll never know everything. And that’s okay. But we can always be better. Even if it’s just at coping. We can push the limits and break down our limitations. We just need to choose to. We need to be willing to work on ourselves and grow. We set our own limitations. And we can knock them down too.
We would never be able to fall in love if we weren’t willing to take the chance of heartbreak. We would never be able to taste victory without accepting the possibility of defeat. We would never progress forward without overcoming the threats of limits. We would never learn to appreciate what we have without having lost something valuable. We would never know how strong we can be without being pulled apart piece by piece. Let’s not hide from the beauty of life in fear that we will find run into unpleasantries. Life is only experienced in its entirety when we are open to all its offerings. Let’s not become one of those who lives in “the gray twilight that knows not victory or defeat”.
Expectations of us can be encouraging, assuring and empowering, but they can equally be limiting, pressurising and de-motivating, if they force us into a vision of life that we do not visualise for ourselves. We should feel free to explore and identify our passions, beliefs and talents, no matter which boxes we have been categorised into. We should venture into different channels and find what we feel is right, regardless of the path laid out for us. We should be proactive and reactive to challenges by creating solutions that seem impossible to find. We need to work hard and push ourselves further than the people who think we’re not adequate. Do not listen to those who tell you to give up. Do not listen to those who tell you that you’re not good enough. Do not listen to those who force you onto a path you don’t want for yourself. Do not listen to those who don’t understand. Defy those expectations. The only expectations that matter anyway are the ones we have for ourselves.
(Image by Mae Chevrette)