There will be times when everything around you is sending signals that make it harder and harder to hold on to your dreams. You give power to circumstance, and find yourself farther and farther away from your vision. Before you know it, your goals have slipped down to the tips of your fingers. The beauty in this struggle is that, they are still very much in reach. Be steadfast-immovable-always abide by the vision you have for your life.
Despite being raised “baptist” I’m not high on religion. Sadly, it has evolved into a forum for judgment and exclusion. We all “sin” and will be held accountable by a higher power, but God didn’t intend for the bible to be used as a tool for condemning one another.
Being ashamed of where you’re from means being ashamed of who you are. Be authentic.
Life is made up of experiences and experience yields wisdom. Mistakes are inevitable. Focus on the lesson instead of the mistake. Share your story-it could be the difference between success and failure.
It is important to think about the “why” in action. Many factors play into our beliefs, behavior, life choices and the paths we take. We are all different-we have different experiences-been exposed to different things. So, it is inevitable that our perspective-the way in which we “frame” things be different. Differences can be great tools for interpersonal relations, but not without respect.
There is something special about the collaborative process. Not only does it provide a forum for mutual encouragement, it affords the opportunity to become enlightened-to broaden our horizons-to alter our “frames”. If we begin to think about why we “do what we do”, we might gain a deeper understanding of others.
Our beliefs, lifestyles and values are for the most part prescribed, literally from the time we are born. If everything else about me were the same (i.e. personality, temperament, race, size, blood type, etc) but I was raised in Germany by german parents, then I would be typing this in German, possibility from an entirely different perspective. I say this to say that judgement should be replaced with understanding and the acceptance of differences. Of course, we can’t always see things from the other’s perspective, or understand the logic behind their actions, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re wrong and we’re right. Respect peoples’ rights to do what they want to do and to be who they are. Respect is the only requirement for peace.
It’s not so much about regret-wisdom is most important, although I have to say that remorse is an essential part of the equation.
Thinking should always precede action….Yes, there are some exceptions but generally it’s the way to go.