If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito. You don’t have to be greatly skilled or have it all figured out because God chooses ordinary people to do extraordinary things so He gets all the glory. You were not created to remain indolent. You are created to make meaningful and unquestionable mark on earth. However, you can’t be outstanding unless you stand out and to be different, you must do something different because life is all about impact-making; you are to make your life count!
In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. Everyone wants their life to count. We all wish we could make a difference in this hurting world. The good news is that we can. You don’t have to wait until you’re more accomplished before God can use you. He can, and will, use you right where you are if you surrender yourself to His will. It could be something as simple as a conversation or an act of kindness. Or He may ask you do something big and scary to speak up or to go first. Whatever it is, if you make yourself available to God, he will make your life count because we bring a deeper commitment to our happiness when we fully understand, that our time left is limited and we really need to make it count.
As I’m so often reminded what a priceless gift my life is, I ache with everything in me to make it count, so that when I finally cross the finish line, I’ll hear the words, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant’. We love God and make Him know by serving others. Service is the pathway to joy and fulfilment. If you aren’t involved in something greater than yourself, you are just putting in time because life is meant for ministry to others. God wants you to make a difference in this world. God wants to work through you. Live life, then with a due sense of responsibility, not as men who do not know the meaning and purpose of life but as those who do. Make the best use of your time, despite all the difficulties of these days. Don’t be vague but firmly grasp what you know to be the will of God. Make it about others and not yourself. We are all born with glasses turned backward. We see ourselves as the center of the universe. But making your life count means to flip the glasses and put others first. Someone once said, the value of a man’s life is in the counting of his positive influence on others. After all, you only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
What makes friendship so priceless? It’s been said that the best things in life are free, and true friends are some of the best things in life that money can’t buy.
The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship and there comes a point in your life when you realize who really matters, who never did, and who always will. When times get hard and the going seems to get tougher to the point to where you want to give up, do the people around you influence you to give up, or do they influence you to keep going. This also should make us examine how good of a friend we are to those around us. Friends come in all shapes and sizes. A true friend really gets you. They like your flaws and all. They know what to say, and more importantly, when to say nothing at all. When you flip through the collage of people in your life, you may have some people in your corner that you can count on.
Do we encourage, do we persevere with our loved ones, do we believe in our loved ones and give them hope when they are greatly discouraged. If you can answer yes with confidence to all of those questions you are truly a great friend, and if you couldn’t it doesn’t make you any less of a friend, but it should make you realize certain things you may need to start doing to be more than just a good friend, but instead, a great friend. Sometimes in life, you find a special friend. Someone who changes your life just by being part of it. Someone who makes you laugh until you can’t stop. Someone who makes you believe that there really is good in the world. Someone who convinces you that there really is an unlocked door just waiting for you to open it. This is forever friendship. When you’re down and the world seems dark and empty, your forever friend lifts you up in spirit and makes that dark and empty world suddenly seem bright and full. Your forever friend gets you through the hard times, the sad times and the confused times. If you turn and walk away, your forever friend follows. If you lose your way, your forever friend guides you and cheers you on. Your forever friend hold your hand and tells you that everything is going to be okay. And if you find such a friend, you feel happy and complete because you need not worry. You have a forever friend, and forever has no end.Choose your friends wisely, and that’s one of the best ways to level up in life. The opposite is also true because friends are the family you choose.
Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
There are too many things in this world do not have a perfect or a definite answer. Some answer will unfold naturally as you proceed in life, while some answer will never reveal by itself unless you seek it attentively. We need to always remember that life is like a road trip without a map; as you travel along the highway of life, you stop at different places, veer off down unknown roads, change direction every now and again and sometimes, although you hate to admit it, you get lost. Sadly, there are some of who insist on taking the map with them, making sure that nothing is uncertain, that all roads are clearly mapped out and getting lost is never a possibility. In life, whenever you feel confused, frustrated, lost or do not know what you really want, you can always seek guidance from your heart. The best way to get over your fear is to do what you’re most afraid of. You’ll feel more accomplished, fulfilled, happy, peaceful, and ultimately, more alive. Let your fears fuel your passion instead of allowing them to stunt your progress. If more people allowed their hearts rather than minds to serve as their compass, this whole world would explode with passion and people following their dreams. Leave fear behind and embrace the courage within you! All of us have it, and you are no different. You are capable of accomplishing anything you set your mind to, if you just believe in the power within.
The idea of making an impact in life is nothing new. Doing things that have a profound positive effect on those around us means that we both stand out in people’s minds, and also leave a lasting impression of what is possible with the right actions and decisions. Life is a courageous journey or nothing at all. We cannot become who we want to be by continuing to do exactly what we’ve been doing. Choose to listen to your inner voice, not the jumbled opinions of everyone else. Do what you know in your heart is right for YOU. It’s your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you. And be sure to appreciate every day of your life. Good days give you happiness, bad days give you experience, and the worst days give you the best lessons. Sometimes we don’t notice the things others do for us until they stop doing them. Don’t be like that. Be grateful for what you have, who loves you, and who cares for you. You’ll never know how much they mean to you until the day they’re no longer beside you. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Learn to recognize the negative thoughts you have. These are the self-doubts, the criticisms of others, the complaints, the reasons you can’t do something. Then stop yourself when you have these thoughts, and replace them with positive thoughts. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it to live. Instead of just going along in your usual way take a day off from that. And smile towards everyone you meet because if you’re lucky enough to have something that makes you different from everybody else, don’t change. Uniqueness is priceless.
Our self-respect tracks our choices. Every time we act in harmony with our authentic self and our heart, we earn our respect. It is that simple. Every choice matters. If you can learn to love yourself and all the flaws, you can love other people so much better. And that makes you so happy. For many people self-acceptance is hard to come by on a good day, please accept yourself more, love yourself, make the right choices, know what is good for you, and know that you are not alone.
Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it. We have to accept ourselves for who we are at heart, if we don’t we will never truly be happy when we achieve what can be seen as success. The relationship we have with our body is constantly fluctuating between love, rejection and acceptance. Every morning when we look in the mirror, we see something different. When I talk about loving ourselves, I mean having a deep appreciation for who we are. We accept all the different parts of ourselves, our little peculiarities, the embarrassments, the things we may not do so well, and all the wonderful qualities, too. We have to love ourselves, if we don’t have any love for ourselves trying to give love to somebody else is impossible.
You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection, we must make the right choices, too many times we are tempted to do things that we know deep down are the wrong things to choose to do. We have to accept the whole package with love. Unconditionally. Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person. When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.
When you love yourself you endeavor to take care of yourself physically, mentally and emotionally. You take care to look and feel your best by nurturing your body, mind and spirit. We know what is good for us, and our basic instincts tell us when something is wrong when we may not necessarily know that something is outwardly wrong. We must know that we are not alone, despite who may be around for us physically, emotionally, or spiritually during trying times, it may seem as though no one is around, but if you put your hands together, bow your head, and start talking, God will hear and answer your prayer!
If you are not willing to love yourself today, then you are not going to love yourself tomorrow, because whatever excuse you have today, you’ll still have tomorrow. Maybe you’ll have the same excuse 20 years from now, and even leave this lifetime holding on to the same excuse. Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself , no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are completely; the good, the bad and make changes as YOU see fit, not because you think someone else wants you to be different. Always remember that it ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.
Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the world belongs to you.
Happiness goes further than the exhilarating awareness we experience when we expect something good to happen to us. It is about a constant effort to make positive changes and choices to re wire the brain to start to produce ‘happy pathways’ and alter it from repetitious pessimistic behaviour patterns and thoughts which result in unhappiness. What I learned was that, although you can’t be happy all of the time, you can be happy most of the time. You just need to recognize more of the happiness that’s already happening.
If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes. You cannot judge what should bring others joy, and others cannot judge what should bring you joy. True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. One of the secrets of happiness originates from our thoughts. Years of indoctrinating ourselves with negative and harmful thoughts have resulted in unhappiness. However, all this can change by taking accountability and simply maintaining your thoughts and fixing them on happy events. This is not an overnight ‘fix’, so patience and endurance is paramount in achieving the end result which is of course happiness!
Happiness is not only important to our personal and societal lives, it is important to our global community because happiness is not having what you want. It is appreciating what you have. Try not to take small things for granted, remember how it felt to be a small child choosing an ice cream or the feeling of sand on our toes. Remember, happiness is a choice we make as adults, why not smile today and see what happens because the best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.
Confidence and intelligence will never stop being beautiful because self-confidence is the most attractive quality a person can have. How can anyone see how great you are if you can’t see it yourself?
Self-confidence is widely known as one of the biggest keys to becoming and maintaining success but many people are scared to aim to be self-confident because of all the negative connotations surrounding the trait.
Instead of fearing what others may think about us we have to be willing to ‘rock’ the truest forms of ourselves on a daily basis. There should never be a point in your day that you are made to feel uncomfortable for being genuine and honest about who you are as a person. The people with whom you are treating with a just and righteous heart – while being yourself – will love you for doing so. While the people who aren’t really for you will only desire for you to be someone you aren’t for their own fulfillment.
Be yourself, and make use of the belief you have in yourself. Don’t make apologies for who you are, and always be sure to use what you have to change the world for good.
Always smile. Life isn’t always full of reasons to smile, but your smile itself is a reason for others to smile too.
There is much more in life to stress and worry about if you choose to, but try not to devote your energy to that. Avoiding the negativity is part of what we see a lot. Also what we see is a hard thing to do, but it can be done if we make conscious decisions to do so.
Focus on bringing positive vibrations to the people you encounter on a day to day basis, and be the change that the world needs. Flash that smile when you’re going to pay for gas. Help the old lady with the loaded grocery cart that is struggling. Take a little extra time to talk to that long-winded neighbor about absolutely nothing. You never really know how much the small things really mean to the people around you.
Just be that spark of kindness that we all so desperately need in these trying times, there’s hardly ever a wrong time to smile.
Learning to love makes us deal with loss in a very upfront way. Many times we try to hold on to love when doing so only digs the hole of despair deeper for our own lives.
Moving on from a person whom you really love can be painful. Things get tough when you realize that the person you wish to spend a lifetime with isn’t a person that you can ever grow with.
Devoting your time and energy towards a person or situation that you will never be able to change alone, is a maddening process. This insane method of trying to manipulate a situation into what you want it to be often never works because it is almost impossible to change a person who doesn’t desire to do so.
Let the pain and weight of the loved one who refuses to change leave your life, or you will never find true peace or happiness.
Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s trouble, it takes away today’s peace.
Telling yourself or someone else not to worry is something that is easy to do, but much harder to accomplish in reality.
Instead of telling ourselves not to worry we must fully engage in exercises that divert us from worrying.
For people like myself getting away from worry means, meditation, hoping, and continuing to believe that there is more to life than the current circumstances that try and bind us.
You are not your circumstances, and your life isn’t going to get better without a change in attitude. If you notice that you are applying the same method of worry to your problems when they arise and you aren’t seeing a change in anything, please take the alternatives to worrying seriously.
Living a peaceful life means choosing to use alternatives when it comes to developing methods of coping with the stress of everyday life. Believe in something else besides worrying!
Being deeply loved gives you strength, loving deeply gives you courage.
It takes a lot more courage to love someone than it does to be loved. Choosing to love means that we are ultimately willing to face the fact that we will have to give a person our trust, and our whole hearts. Very rarely will we go through life giving someone access to the deepest and most private parts of ourselves and not be disappointed by them eventually.
The pain inflicted by the people we love often isn’t intentional but it happens. It takes a very strong love to continue to love someone even after we’ve been hurt by people in the past, but real love is always worth it.
Like everything in life we are going to experience ups and downs in our relationships. The only type of advice that should be received in relation to your own personal relationships with loved ones is to make sure that you are being courageous in them. Real love can not be present with an absence of courage.