“A thousand candles can be lit by a single candle and yet not diminish the first candle’s light. Happiness (or hope) is never diminished by being shared.” — Buddha
Sometimes the world may seem like a dark place, but there is more good in the world than any of us can possibly imagine.
Negativity gets more press, but there are far more people performing acts of love and kindness in this world than those few who seek to disrupt it.
These countless individuals are beacons of hope who often perform deeds without notice and without any expectation of anything in return, but no act of kindness, no act of bravery, no act of love, no act that instills hope in others is ever wasted.
So let your light shine.
You may never know when you are a beacon of hope or a source of inspiration to others, but it matters.
Project warmth. Appear approachable. And remember to smile.
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” — Leo Buscaglia
James Cook said, “Do just once what others say you can’t do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again.”
And Garfield the Cat said, “It’s amazing what one can accomplish when one doesn’t know what one can’t do.” (memorized from a poster I had on my wall growing up.)
What’s better than both?
People who inspire you and believe in your ability to achieve.
Killing dreams is all too easy. If someone truly has a passion for something, even if you think it’s silly or unattainable, don’t be THAT person who talks others out of their dreams because you gave up on yours.
Keep an open mind and an adventurous mental attitude. And then seek out ways to surround yourself with as much brilliance, wit, good humor, inspiration, creativity, genius, and positivity as you can. To do so is like taking vitamins for your life.
“‘I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m bored.'” — Louis CK
J: Well I don’t have a creative mind and why would I explore the world when I am 12.
Me: What makes you so certain that you don’t have a creative mind?
J: I can’t even attempt to think of anything my friends can. All I can do is run scenarios of super heroes fighting and who would win.
Here’s the deal J:
1. Research indicates that the human brain isn’t even fully developed until about 25 years of age. Coming to conclusions that you’re not good at something before your brain is even fully developed is a bit premature, at best. Because even after your brain is fully developed, we always have the ability to focus on learning new skills and honing others.
2. If you’ve ever had a dream, you’re creative.
If you’ve ever worried, you’re creative.
If you’ve ever made a wish for something you don’t have, you’re creative.
If you’ve ever made up an excuse, you’re creative.
If you’ve ever run scenarios of super heroes fighting and who would win, you’re creative.
Life is short. Be responsible and respectful of others and treat yourself and others well, but don’t let anyone discourage you from having fun and going after whatever it is that fills you with joy. It’s your life. Live it.
When you think about all the things you could do or all the places you could go or all the opportunities you could take advantage of, it’d be nearly impossible to fit them into a single lifetime, let alone a stage of life.
And yet many people put off doing things until some fictional future when “everything will be right”. A distant future that rarely arrives.
Don’t waste opportunities to do things that are actually worth remembering by sitting idly as they pass. The things that a person can sit down and “do” today are generally the same things one can sit down and “do” a decade from now.
So get up, get out, and really do something.
A person only gets so many opportunities to do certain things at certain times in their life. What a person plans for matters, but what a person actually does matters even more.
Any time you’ve taken care of your responsibilities and you find yourself with the luxury of time, ask yourself, “Am I doing something worth remembering?” And if what you’re doing isn’t worth remembering, think of something that you can do that is, and then do that.