Do not undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others.
It is because we are different that each of us is special.
Do not set your goals by what other people deem important.
Only you know what is best for you.
Do not take for granted the things closest to your heart.
Cling to them as you would your life, for without them, life is meaningless.
Do not let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past, nor for the future.
By living your life one day at a time, you live all the days of your life.
Do not give up when you still have something to give.
Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.
It is a fragile thread that binds us to each other.
Do not be afraid to encounter risks.
It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.
Do not shut love out of your life by saying it is impossible to find.
The quickest way to receive love is to give love;
The fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly;
In addition, the best way to keep love is to give it wings
Do not dismiss your dreams.
To be without dreams is to be without hope;
To be without hope is to be without purpose.
Do not run through life so fast that you forget not only where you have been, but also where you are going.
Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way.
Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again . . And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France.
When will we also teach them what they are?
We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michaelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel? You must work - we must all work - to make the world worthy of its children.
By Pablo Casalas
from Chicken Soup for the Soul
Most of us struggle at times with a sense of worthlessness.
Sometimes this sense of being good for nothing leads us to self- destructive behavior; sometimes it is accompanied by self-pity. At such times, other people's lives appear infinitely attractive, and we may fancy that there are easy solutions to our problems.
"If only I had two nice children, an adoring spouse, and a house in the suburbs!" we may think, or "Oh, to be single and on my own in the big city!" The truth is, and we know it when we're not in a funk, that our solutions, like our problems, lie within us. We all tend to blame other people and circumstances for our own shortcomings. That's human. But we let go of blaming if we want to grow.
We have the power to transform every situation.
If we feel trapped by a job that seems dull or a relationship that seems lifeless, we can redefine our sense of the trap. What do we want? What prevents our going after it? What opportunities have we overlooked?
If we're frightened by a prospect that seems dangerous, we can turn it into a challenge, and at the same time plan realistically how to protect ourselves.