Many of us make the mistake that happiness can be found in material things. But they’re pretty immaterial in the grand scheme of things. Rather it is our relationships and the people we surround ourselves with that has the biggest impact on our happiness. People can lift us up and comfort us when we’re down. People can see the greatness within us, even when we cannot see it ourselves. People can make us feel comfortable and confident enough to be ourselves. People can celebrate our successes with us and forgive our mistakes. Find the people who can do this for you. Because you deserve happiness and good energy around you.
Love keeps the world turning, because love is a language we can all speak. Love can switch the light on in someone’s dreary day. Love can lighten a heavy load. Love can lift someone up when they’re drifting down. Love nurtures love and then there’s a whole lot more to go round. So pass it on. Where there is love, there is life.
It is natural for us as humans to be drawn to telling and listening to stories. But sometimes, we’ve got to be careful what we say and what we repeat, especially when it comes to judging, interpreting and defining other people. The line between fact and fiction can become pretty foggy.
We can never pretend to know another person inside and out. We shouldn’t allow one’s opinion of another to affect our own judgement of them. We should never make conclusions about another based on the stories we’ve heard about them. We shouldn’t even hold another’s past against them.
Instead, let’s be genuine, inclusive and accepting. Let’s be open to the fact that people can change and surprise us. Let’s realise that everyone is going through their own battles, unbeknownst to us, and they affect them in profound ways. Let’s be forgiving. Let’s be fair. We all make mistakes, but we all have something valuable to offer. Let’s try to see the good in people.
Although our differences by definition are said to separate us, they in fact bring us together in a number of ways. Here are a few reasons why our differences are awesome:
- What separates us helps us grow – from our differences to other people, there is an wealth of learning material to be gained from how other people live, interact and react, by observing people’s strengths and mistakes when faced with certain situations. Another’s achievements and assets raise our expectations of ourselves and our desire to be better.
- What separates us broadens our perspectives – to make something more successful, to power progress, to establish peace and love in the world, we need different perspectives. Sometimes our viewpoint is too blind on its own, but coupled with others, it is powerful. And so, what separates us also binds us into a common vision.
- What separates us gives us abundance – life would be monotonous and boring if we were all the same. But when we all excel in different ways and travel different walks of life, life is full of new ideas that we will all benefit from, whether we just appreciate them, use them, or want to model them. No path will ever be the same, but it has been created by all those who stood at a different point, at a different time, and in a different way.
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It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognise, accept, and celebrate those differences. – Audre Lorde