Giving doesn’t demand great sacrifice, great spending, or great selflessness. We can give thanks or praise, we can lend a hand or an ear, and we can take others into account when we make speak or act. We can put ourselves in others shoes, we can give another the benefit of the doubt, we can respect each other, we can share knowledge and wisdom. Don’t underestimate your power to give to others. And don’t underestimate the power giving holds to make the world a better place.
The most satisfying things, the most treasured things, the most earned things in life are those we worked for, sometimes sacrificed for, those we fought for. There’s no value in something that was handed to us. There’s no glory in something we took a shortcut to. The best things in life make you sweaty, with exhilaration, hard work, passion, and perseverance. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. It will be worth it.
Who is pulling the strings in your life? You? Or someone else? Sometimes we have to sacrifice, compromise, and put others first. But that should nonetheless be our own decision. We should never feel forced, controlled or trapped. We should never feel tied to a particular journey or a particular future. We don’t need anyone’s approval or permission. Nobody owns us, our life or our heart. We know ourselves best and what makes us happiest. Happiness in life is the most important. Make yourself a priority and pull the strings in your own life. Don’t leave it up to someone else.