Go placidly amid the noise and haste and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others; even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away they were meant to be there... to serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson or help figure out who you are/want to become. You never know who these people may be but when you lock eyes with them, you know that very moment that they will affect your life in some profound way.
And sometimes things happen to you at a time that may seem horrible, painful and unfair, but in reflection you realize that without overcoming these obstacles you would have never realized your potential, strength, or will power.
Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of good luck, illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness, all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without these small tests, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere. Safe and comfortable but dull and utterly pointless. The people you meet affect your life. The successes and downfalls that you experience can create who you are, and the bad experiences can be learned from. In fact, they are probably the most poignant and important ones.
If someone hurts you, betrays you or breaks your heart, forgive them because they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to whom you open your heart.
If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because they are teaching you to love and to open your heart, and eyes to little things.
Make every day count, appreciate every moment and take from it everything that you possibly can, for you may never be able to experience it again.
Let yourself fall in love, break free and set your sights high.
Hold your head up because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for you don't, no one else will believe in you.
Create your own life and then go out and live it.
If you take your eyes off your goals, all you see are obstacles.
- That you cannot make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest is up to them.
- That no matter how much I care, some people just don't care back.
- That it takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it.
- That it's not what you have in your life, but who you have in your life that counts.
- That you can get by on charm for about 15 minutes. After that, you'd better know something.
- That you shouldn't compare yourself to the best others can do, but to the best you can do.
- That it's not what happens to people that's important, it's what they do about it.
- That you can do something in an instant, that will give you heartache for life.
- That no matter how thin you slice it, there are always two sides.
- That it's taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.
- That it's a lot easier to react than it is to think.
- That you should always leave loved ones with loving words, it may be the last time you see them.
- That you can keep going long after you think you can't.
- That we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.
- That either you control your attitude, or it controls you.
- That regardless of how hot and steamy a relationship is at first, the passion fades and there had better be something else to take its place.
- That heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.
- That learning to forgive takes practice.
- That there are people who love you dearly, but just don't know how to show it.
- That money is a lousy way of keeping score.
- That my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time.
- That sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you're down will be the ones to help you get back up.
- That sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.
- That true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.
- That just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have.
- That maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had and what you've learned from them, and less to do with how many birthdays you've celebrated.
- That you should never tell a child their dreams are unlikely or outlandish. Few things are more humiliating, and what a tragedy it would be if they believed it.
- That your family won't always be there for you. It may seem funny, but people you aren't related to can take care of you and love you and teach you to trust people again. Families aren't biological.
- That no matter how good a friend is, they're going to hurt you every once in a while, and you must forgive them for that.
- That it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.
- That no matter how bad your heart is broken, the world doesn't stop for your grief.
- That our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.
- That sometimes when my friends fight, I'm forced to choose sides even when I don't want to.
- That just because two people argue, it doesn't mean they don't love each other. And just because they don't argue, it doesn't mean they do.
- That sometimes you have to put the individual ahead of their actions.
- That we don't have to change friends if we understand that friends change.
- That you shouldn't be so eager to find out a secret. It could change your life forever.
- That two people can look at the exact same thing, and see something totally different.
- That no matter how you try to protect your children, they will eventually get hurt and you will hurt in the process.
- That there are many ways of falling and staying in love.
- That no matter the consequences, those who are honest with themselves get farther in life.
- That no matter how many friends you have, if you are their pillar you will feel lonely and lost at the times you need them most.
- That your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don't even know you.
- That even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help.
- That writing, as well as talking, can ease emotional pains.
- That the paradigm we live in is not all that is offered to us.
- That credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.
- That the people you care most about in life are taken from you too soon.
- That it's hard to determine where to draw the line between being nice and not hurting people's feelings, and standing up for what you believe.
- That no matter how fast or how far you go, you can't outrun your problems, or God.
- That love is not for me to keep, but to pass on to the next person.
- That even if you do the right thing for the wrong reason, it's still the wrong thing to do.
- That sometimes you follow your heart and it takes you to wonderful places.
I am hereby officially tendering my resignation as an adult. I have decided I would like to accept the responsibilities of a 6-year-old again.
- I want to go to McDonald's and think that it's a four-star restaurant.
- I want to sail sticks across a fresh mud puddle and make ripples with rocks.
- I want to think M&Ms are better than money, because you can eat them.
- I want to play kickball during recess and paint with watercolors in art.
- I want to lie under a big oak tree and run a lemonade stand with my friends on a hot summer's day.
- I want to return to a time when life was simple. When all you knew were colors, addition tables and simple nursery rhymes, but that didn't bother you, because you didn't know what you didn't know and you didn't care.
- When all you knew was to be happy because you didn't know all the things that should make you worried and upset.
- I want to think that the world is fair. That everyone in it is honest and good.
- I want to believe that anything is possible. Somewhere in my youth... I matured and I learned too much.
- I learned of nuclear weapons, war, prejudice, starvation and abused children.
- I learned of lies, unhappy marriages, suffering, illness, pain and death.
- I learned of a world where men left their families to go and fight for our country, and returned only to end up living on the streets... begging for their next meal. I learned of a world where children knew how to kill... and did.
- What happened to the time when we thought that everyone would live forever, because we didn't grasp the concept of death?
- When we thought the worst thing in the world was if someone took the jump rope from you or picked you last for kickball?
- I want to be oblivious to the complexity of life and be overly excited by little things once again. I want to return to the days when reading was fun and music was clean.
- When television was used to report the news or for family entertainment and not to promote violence and deceit.
- I remember being naive and thinking that everyone was happy because I was.
- I would walk on the beach and only think of the sand between my toes and the prettiest seashell I could find.
- I would spend my afternoons climbing trees and riding my bike.
- I didn't worry about time, bills or where I was going to find the money to fix my car.
- I used to wonder what I was going to do or be when I grew up, not worry about what I'll do if this doesn't work out.
- I want to live simple again.
- I don't want my day to consist of computer crashes, mountains of paperwork, depressing news, how to survive more days in the month than there is money in the bank, doctor bills, gossip, illness and loss of loved ones.
- I want to believe in the power of smiles, hugs, a kind word, truth, justice, peace, dreams, the imagination of mankind and making angels in the snow.
- I want to be 6 again.
I am the center of my universe.
But I do not live here alone.
Each move I make creates a ripple in someone else's ocean,
Each breath I take affects the air all around me,
Each word I utter falls on someone else's ears.
That which I touch is felt by another,
That which I do will certainly affect another,
That which I do not, will also affect another.
We never know how far reaching something we say or do really is until it returns to us... and it always does. All things in life form a circle, whether we see the circle or not.