- Life’s biggest limitations are the ones we make in our mind. Life’s biggest causes of unhappiness are the false beliefs we refuse to let go of. We are capable of far more than we are presently thinking, imagining, doing or being. But we will ultimately become what we habitually contemplate; so we must clear our mind and let our hopes, not our hurts, shape our future.
- We must deal with the world the way it is, not the way we wish it was. Think positive. Life is good. Too many people miss the silver lining because they’re expecting pure gold. Positive thinking isn’t about expecting the best to always happen, but accepting that whatever happens is the best for the moment. So let’s keep smiling and keep following our heart. Someday, life will get tired of upsetting us.
- What others do is out of our control. We must realize that we can’t always count on others to respect our feelings, even if we respect theirs. Being a good person doesn’t guarantee that others will be good people too. We only have control over ourselves – over how we choose to be as an individual. And as for others, we can only accept them, or walk away.
- We were not meant to sit at the edge of our comfort zone. Not trying for fear of falling. Not loving for fear of losing love. Not speaking our truth for fear of what others will think. Not looking at ourselves in the mirror for fear of what we might see. We must try, and then try again with all our might. Our courage will unfold as our resolve takes hold. And with each effort we make we will earn a little more confidence which we can use to acquire what no one else can give us: Our self-respect, and the life we were meant to live.
- We are not like anyone else. Never should we let anyone tell us that we can’t be exactly who we are. In a world of comparison and conformity, we ought to take a stand. Make our own statement. Honor our own truth. Risk speaking our own thoughts and sharing our own ideas. Express our fears, tears, doubts, and insecurities – let others experience the real us. Have the courage to be ourselves and realize that we’re perfect just the way we are.
- True love is one-way traffic. It’s a pure flow of giving and expecting nothing in return. Anything else is a contract. Notice how whenever we allow love to flow we are always clear, calm and strong. It is only when the thought arises, “What have they given me in return?” that there is confusion and resentment. Ego transacts, love transforms. Life is too short for all these meticulous contracts and transactions. Remain clear, remain bright, and remain strong. Love without expectation.
- We cannot live our lives at the mercy of chance. We cannot stumble along with a map marked only with the places we fear, or the places we know we don’t want to revisit. We cannot remain trapped, endlessly, in a state where we are unable to ask for directions, even though we’re terribly lost, because we don’t know our destination. We have to stand up, look at ourselves in the mirror, and say, “It isn’t good enough for me to know only what I DON’T want in life. I need to decide what I DO want.”
- Being genuine is more important than being right. We may say or do all the right things, but if it doesn’t come from the heart, it means nothing. We may not always know the right things to say or do, but if our intent is genuine, then it means the world. When we work from a foundation of truth, we are free to make as many choices, free to make as many mistakes, free to take as much time as necessary to get it right.
- Our future depends on what we do right now. We should challenge ourselves to be who we know we are capable of being. Challenge ourselves to follow through – to live what we preach, to walk our talk. Let’s not worry about how slowly we feel we’re heading toward our goals, or how many roadblocks we find, or how many detours we’re forced to take. As long as we keep doing our thing, we’re still cruising far ahead of everyone who’s too scared to even try.