You are important.
You work hard all the time.
You are always caring for others.
You try so hard.
You do the best you can.
You want to treat others well.
You’re not sure you’re doing enough.
Take a moment.
Take a deep breath.
Take an inventory of yourself.
How do you feel underneath it all?
What would you do? What would you say?
How would you be kind? How would you care?
What does someone need who feels the way you do?
You matter, too.
You are important, too.
It’s okay for you to take a break.
It’s okay to take care of yourself.
We are more alike than we realize. We are human. We are beings. We are creatures made for connection. We thrive when we love, and we are loved. We grow when we are in relationship with others.
We forget all of this. We focus on how we imagine we are different. We don’t even take the time to listen to each other. We want to be right. How can we all be right? How can each of us believe we know truth, and we believe the ‘other’ has no truth? What if we are looking at the same thing, and we are seeing it from different angles?
Do we not all love our families? Parents, do you not love your children? Children, do you not love your parents? Are there not parents and children all over the world? How do we imagine we have nothing in common?
Listening to each other, with attention, with curiosity, with acceptance, is one way we can bridge this artificial gap we have created. We are human. We are more alike than we are different.
As we learn to love ourselves, and accept ourselves, we can learn to love each other. As we learn to love each other, and accept each other, we can learn to love ourselves.
One of the biggest mistakes I make is thinking I have more time.
Realistically, all I am guaranteed is this moment.
I don’t have yesterday. I may not have tomorrow.
My challenge is to be mindful in this moment, aware, fully alive.
My challenge is also to believe in the future, and take action now.
The choices I made in the past are part of where I am today.
The choices I make today will be part of where I am tomorrow.
I choose to live now with gratitude and joy.
I choose to to let go of things I cannot change.
I choose to look forward with hope, and make good choices each day.
When we help others, we are also helping ourselves.
None of us is totally independent. We need other people.
When we recognize our interdependence, we can ask for help and offer help as we are able.
HOPE IS THE VOICE THAT MEETS YOU IN THE STORM, and says,
“THERE IS MORE THAN WHAT YOU CAN SEE RIGHT NOW.”
Definition from OxfordLanguages
verb: survive; 3rd person present: survives; past tense: survived; past participle: survived; gerund or present participle: surviving
continue to live or exist, especially in spite of danger or hardship.
“against all odds the child survived”
cling to life
keep body and soul together
continue to live or exist in spite of (an accident or ordeal).
“he has survived several assassination attempts”
remain alive after the death of (a particular person).
“he was survived by his wife and six children”
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