You guys! It’s been a while since I’ve shared some thoughts. It's usually in vulnerable moments, weakened moments, broken moments, challenging moments, that I tend to rely more on the spirit, give all that I have to the Lord, and in-turn think more deeply and feel the urge to write raw thoughts and emotions. I want to write meaningfully on a more regular basis, not just when I'm knee deep in affliction. I want to feel as close to the spirit everyday, as I do when I'm struggling. Oftentimes, I avoid writing because I just have so many different thoughts that I push them aside or struggle organizing them or writing them out in a way that makes sense to those reading! Shoot, sometimes it’s just difficult to write something down and put it out there because I’m worried I might contradict myself down the road. I’m realizing that writing doesn’t mean it’s a done deal. People change. Views change. So contradicting myself and my thoughts is bound to happen at some point. But honestly, I miss writing, and for a few reasons. 1. What I write about represents those things that matter most to me. I feel like it helps me to focus on what really matters. 2. Writing improves my reading, writing and linguistic skills. 3. It feels good. 4. It's invigorating for me and I think sometimes helpful and encouraging to you. 5. Writing helps me to think deeper and act differently. It helps me to be more thoughtful, kind, and Christlike. I feel closer to God and to the spirit and that to me, is one of the most rewarding feelings. And in turn, it’s like one big circle, because the closer I feel to the spirit, the more I write. So if you needed an inspirational pick-me-up today, here it is! :) I just want to share a quick thought on one of my all-time favorite quotes:
“People are often unreasonable, irrational and self centered;
FORGIVE THEM ANYWAY.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
BE KIND ANYWAY.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you;
BE HONEST AND SINCERE ANYWAY.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous;
BE HAPPY ANYWAY.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten;
DO GOOD ANYWAY.
Give the best you have, and it may never be enough;
GIVE YOUR BEST ANYWAY.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God;
IT WAS NEVER BETWEEN YOU AND THEM ANYWAY.”
This quote has been a favorite of mine for as long as I can remember and I often refer to its words as a reminder. As I’m sure you can relate, there are many times I have felt taken advantage of, deceived, been lied to, falsely accused, misunderstood, and so on. In those situations it’s difficult not to want to retaliate, give up, and close myself off. This quote reminds me to remain unchanged by other people’s actions towards me. When I think of this quote before I respond in situations, I usually respond more Christlike and feel a lot better about my myself and my reaction in the end. I have a friend going through a difficult breakup who, at times, is hard on herself for how hard she loves, because loving hard can make you susceptible to a broken heart. For myself, I remember thinking in past relationships, "you may not fall as hard for me as I do you, but if it comes to that, I won’t keep myself from falling hard anyway." Why refrain yourself? Why sell yourself short? Why hold yourself back? I remember thinking that this would probably set myself up for some heartache. I remember being nervous at times, that I would come on too strong and sometimes I’m sure I did, but I didn’t let that suppress my feelings, I didn’t let that keep myself from sharing how I felt. I wasn't going to extinguish the fires in my heart because I was afraid of the potential outcome. I wasn't going to be ashamed that I love hard, or care deeply, or that I easily open my heart to others. As far as relationships go, it worked out for me in the end and I got to stay true to who I was, vulnerable and all. As I think of this dear friend and my past experiences, the quote I included above comes to mind. And although it doesn’t say these words, it inspired them: if you love with all you have, you might give some part of you away and lose it, LOVE WITH ALL YOU HAVE ANYWAY! It’s a perfect example of what this quote stands for, what it is trying to say. Don’t let the mistreatment of someone else toward you, the consequence of an action, or the result of a situation, stop you from loving, forgiving, being kind, succeeding, being honest and sincere, creating, being happy, doing good, and giving your best.