“Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A world of optimism and hope. A ‘you can do it’ when things are tough.”- Richard M. DeVos
There are so many opportunities to do this throughout our day, yet few take advantage. As human beings, I believe we are always seeking encouragement; this often stems from the most unlikely places. Being fellows, we can, indeed, be the color in someone’s otherwise grey world. Personal circumstances may dictate otherwise and life may seem all but hopeless, but know that it is absolutely NOT. Whether it is a smile, kind word, or random act of kindness; actions indeed make an impact. Know that you are loved unconditionally. Even if I don’t personally know you, know that someone loves you for the simple fact that you ARE and nothing more. Know that you are worthy of being loved and of giving love to others. We sometimes feel as though we are alone, you are NOT; trust that I have been and continue to be on the front lines right along with you. And if no one else tells you, “You can do it and I love you!”
“It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.”
― Saint Augustine
Humility is indeed an art form; I write and talk explicitly in the hopes of encouraging and inspiring. The mere fact that I am writing publicly about humility is indeed any oxymoron. I am definitely not the most humble person in existence, yet I try my damndest. One need not be boastful about their accomplishments (I often am), but let their life and actions speak for them. I am indeed very little if I am mere talk with no actions behind me. Talk of one’s humility is extremely ironic, for often if one speaks of their humility, they are not such. I have many friends who are humble to a fault and do not like to be recognized in ANY fashion. I respect the hell out of them! It is not in my nature to do such; I try my best, but often fall short. I am well aware that I am not the smartest or most beautiful person that ever was or will be; I am neither a saint nor brilliant nor supermodel, but I am loved and that is good enough! I will attempt to practice humility as best I can… while still blogging J
“One filled with joy preaches without preaching.”
I hope I never come across as preachy; if I do, I apologize. Someone who has had great influence on me once told me: we walk this path shoulder to shoulder. Woe be it to me to stand on a soapbox and attempt to control people. I cannot; each person will do what they want to do; I simply aim to encourage and inspire, never preach. Let bygones be bygones and you can indeed affect the world; not letting anyone affect you negatively. No one! If I make you angry, I apologize in advance. Some people despise love and happiness and find it obnoxious; it strikes me as very funny. Let your actions speak for you. I am simply a conglomerate of my words and especially deeds; these must be congruent if I am to live a fruitful life of balance. Today, I am filled with joy, despite external “things”.
In talking with people over the last few days, I reminded myself how important it is that my words and deeds are in correlation. It would not be right of me to say one thing and do another; I did that for a very long time (probably at the annoyance of people!). The result was that I felt that much worse about myself; I already treated and thought of myself horribly and now, on top of that, I was a doubletalker. I told a friend last night, if you the happy= perfect, you would be gravely mistaken. Actions taken to be happy are a choice even in horrible circumstances. Life is not perfect, but you can choose to make it positive.
BTW I am going to throw some links in here; just click on them!
Mental:Oct 5-11th is Mental Illness Awareness week; for those who care to know that. Mental illness is surrounded by quite a bit of stigma; it is often thought you are “crazy” if you have mental illness. But even basic depression, PTSD, anxiety disorder, eating disorders, etc. are forms of this. Information on stigma
Physical: Water, and lots of it! You are probably thinking “YES! Everyone tells me that”. I hate water; it’s boring to me. Some people like it; me not so much. I was ill this weekend, and the first day, I drank less water; by the second I was VERY sick and could barely walk. Someone suggested that I may be dehydrated. Water with lemon adds some flavor, detoxifies, and gives you vitamin C. Score!Benefits of lemon water
Social: Be kind to yourself and others;realize we all have bad days and people aren’t perfect. Do not beat yourself up if you are not “on your A game”; at the same time allow for the fact that others may falter, as well. Do not expect everything to be 100% always; you will set yourself up for disappointment. It helps to go into situations without expectations; if the outcome is good, great! If not, if you didn’t expect anything is the first place, you won’t be disappointed!