- Just because someone says they don’t like something about you doesn’t mean it’s bad or you need to change it. Depending on what it is; often it’s a matter of preference.
- Don’t feel the need to do something spectacular or out of the ordinary to be an individual, all you need to show is who YOU are inside.
- Change is a constant. So changing who you are over time is inevitable, and is always likely to be a good thing if you’ve stayed informed, relevant, and clued in to the world around you and have allowed your personal development to be a top priority in your life.
- Even if your friends seem different, don’t hold back. Be yourself and if they don’t accept you they aren’t your real friends.
- If you need to be yourself, do what your heart tells you to do, say what you feel deep inside.If people bully you, you don’t have to bully them back, just turn around and ignore them. Do what you want to do now it doesn’t mean that you should go insane.Be sane and always put a smile on your face.
- Striving to be something you’re not can be unhealthy when it involves improving academic, sport, and social interactions skills. It can be highly harmful when you’re striving to “be like” someone else just to have their popularity, appearance, and attitudes rub off on you. Keep unique by keeping your perspective focused on building your strengths through the inspiration of others, not through becoming like them.
- Fads and trends are a personal decision. While some people avoid them like the plague in the name of “individualism”, it doesn’t mean you’re not being yourself when you choose to follow a trend. It’s all about what you want.
Did you know that a smile is contagious? It costs nothing to give, but reaps great rewards for both the receiver and the giver. A Smile Spreads Good Cheer!
Mother Teresa of Calcutta once said, “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”
It’s amazing that your simple smile can brighten someone’s day in a moment’s notice. Too often we underestimate the power of a smile. Although it may be considered the smallest act of caring and it takes little or no effort on our part, it has the power to turn a life around—in fact more than one. Like the ripple effect of a pebble tossed into a pond, your smile will spread far beyond the first person who receives it. You never know how many people will benefit because you smiled first.
Expect your child to mess up — all children do. And don’t get so upset when they mess up, when they don’t do what they’re “supposed” to do … because they’re supposed to mess up.
Expect your partner to be less than perfect.
Expect your friend to not show up sometimes or be irritating late.
Expect things to go not according to plan because most things do not.
Expect people to be rude sometimes because a great deal of them are.
Expect coworkers not to come through sometimes more than usual.
Expect teenagers not to wash their dishes or pick up their clothes, sometimes because most teenagers do not.
Expect the glass to break.
And accept it.
You won’t change these inevitable facts — they will happen, eventually. And if you expect it to happen — even see it as already happening, before it happens — you won’t get so upset.
You won’t overreact. You’ll respond appropriately, but not overreact. You can talk to the person about their behavior, and ask them kindly to consider your feelings when they do this … but you won’t get overly emotional and blow things out of proportion.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator, and I wanted to paint another one.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you feed a little bird, and I thought it was good to be kind to animals.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you make my favorite snack for me,
and I knew that little things are special things.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I heard you say a prayer, and I believed there is a God I could always talk to.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I felt you kiss me goodnight, and I felt loved.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw tears come from your eyes,
and I learned that sometimes things hurt, but it’s all right to cry.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw that you cared and I wanted to be everything that I could be.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I looked…and wanted to say thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn’t looking.
Thinking of EVERYTHING big and small that I have gone through in regards to my 19 1/ 2 year old twins…. I NOW look at it all in a different light…….. ( well I am least trying to )
An arrow can only be shot by pulling it back…. So when my life seems to be dragging me BACK in regards to the up and down moments with my kids and the emotional – mental and spiritual DIFFICULTIES “that I feel” that they have brought me and my 10 1/2 year old son -….. Love them but they CONTINUE to be and act so “interesting”….
Soooooo interesting (well ugly is really what I mean ) that I question if “they are really mine”….. ( im so serious )
Hmmmmmm… NOW I know that it means that MY ARROW is going to launch me into something great….
So until then, I will focus and keep on aiming on the prize which is to maintain a relationship through the craziness that they BOTH indeed continuously bring! Only GOD can show Mother’s how to love disrespectful kids!